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Texas Highways: Scenic Route



Hill Country

From Nov. 22-Jan. 1, the Marble Falls Walkway of Lights transforms the shoreline of Lake Marble Falls into a trail of twinkling sculptures, trees, and winter scenes. From US 281 in Marble Falls, turn west onto Second Street, then south onto Main Street. Follow the road to Lakeside Park. To obtain the view across Lake Marble Falls, from US 281, turn west onto FM 2147.

(Photo by J. Griffis Smith)

See our list of holiday light trails.



Hill Country

To reach Pedernales Falls State Park from US 290, take FM 2766 east (from Johnson City) or FM 3232 north (if coming from Austin), to Park Road 6026. Travel about three miles on Park Road 6026 to the park. Enter and stop at park headquarters for an entrance permit. Go to the swimming area and take the trail toward the river. At the bottom of the stairs, turn left.

(Photo © Mark Everett Weaver)



Big Bend Country

From the inter-section of Farm-to-Market Road 170 and Texas 118, travelers can either head southeast into Big Bend National Park or turn west for a different adventure. A short jaunt along FM 170
and a turn onto Ghost Town Road leads to the Terlingua Cemetery, which hosts a Day of the Dead celebration on November 2.
The Terlingua chili cook-off championships are the same weekend this year.

(Photo by J. Griffis Smith)



Gulf Coast

From Park Road 22 at Padre Island National Seashore, take Bird Island Basin Road to the Laguna Madre side of the island, where this directional sign stands outside Worldwinds Windsurfing. The sign notes the hometowns of people who have come to windsurf at this location, considered one of the best sites in the continental U.S. Expect park entrance and basin day-use fees.

(Photo by J. Griffis Smith)

Want to see more? Check out the National Park Service website on Padre Island National Seashore.

From the August 2013 issue.

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