Even though Valentine’s Day has passed, it’s never too late to plan a romantic getaway. Katie Kuchta shows us the 10 most romantic parks in Texas for an unforgettable retreat.
For lovers who prefer the open air, Texas has an abundance of parks where the flora and romance are blooming. Just imagine a hike or picnic under the blue Texas skies. Here are the ten most romantic parks in Texas.
Big Bend is such an immense park that it’s easy to get lost. With mountains, plateaus, hot springs, waterfalls, and a quiet so deep it makes you want to whisper, this is an incredible place to get lost with that special someone. The skies are dark here, so you can bet on seeing the Milky Way and more than your share of shooting stars
Caddo Lake State Park
Caddo Lake, one of Texas’ only naturally occurring lakes, is sure to mesmerize with nearly a quarter million acres of cypress swamp offering forty-two miles of boat paths. It’s a paradise for birdwatchers, anglers, and anyone with a sense of wonder.
Colorado State Bend Park
With dozens of miles of hiking trails along the Colorado River, this park offers plenty of chances to steal a kiss. Hike to the top of Spicewood Springs trail for outstanding canyon views, or take the route to Gorman falls to enjoy sixty-foot waterfalls cascading over a dense, fern-encrusted grotto. If you fancy a stroll through a cave, this park has countless crevices you can explore.
There is nothing like this granite dome arching up out of seemingly nowhere in the Texas hill country. Enchanted Rock, just north of Fredericksburg offers an easy hike to the top. The views are spectacular, and there are few things more romantic than watching a sunrise or sunset from this vantage point.
The first ever public park in Houston, Hermann Park offers some reprieve from the hustle and bustle of the city. There are picnic sites and running trails, but the Japanese Garden is a secluded and visually stunning place for romance. A rare chance to feel like the only two people on earth, in the middle of a booming city.
Inks Lake State Park
Near Burnet, this park never disappoints with it’s immaculately managed trails and campsites set amongst incredible biodiversity and glowing pink granite outcroppings. Take the Devil’s Backbone trail to the Devil’s Watering Hole, where the natural beauty will take your breath away.
Lost Maples State Natural Area
For all those naysayers who claim Texas doesn’t get any autumn color, Lost Maples is there to prove them wrong. This park gets the most traffic in the months of October and November but can give you and your sweetheart an eyeful of stunning rock formations year-round.
Monahans Sandhills State Park
Hard to believe that smack dab in the middle of Texas you can find towering white sand dunes, This slightly out-of-the-way gem is a particularly picturesque spot for catching the sun on its way up or down. Come for the romantic views, stay for the sand-sledding.
Palo Duro Canyon State Park
The Texas panhandle is notorious for long, monotonous drives through the plains, which is why Palo Duro Canyon State Park is such a delightful surprise. It’s the second-largest canyon in the country, right after the Grand Canyon, so you can imagine the geology is incredible. The towering red pillars and gaping canyons are sure to inspire a little magic in your hearts. Get there before it gets too crowded!
Pedernales Falls State Park
This park oozes romance! We’re talking about endless hiking trails, bird blinds, a butterfly garden, waterfalls, and even opportunities for horseback riding. Crystal-clear water and a glorious view from Wolf Mountain hit all the right notes for a sweet time together.
You can spice up your outing with a bottle of wine, a picnic basket or maybe that hidden diamond ring for just the right moment. But your best bet is to start at one of the ten most romantic parks in Texas.
About the Author
Katie Kuchta is a gardening and outdoor living guru, and self-proclaimed foodie. She can often be found cooking in the kitchen or on the hunt for the best tacos, follow her on Instagram @atxtacoqueen.