Fed by headsprings on the Edwards Plateau, the Nueces River wends for 315 miles, mainly through rural Texas. Here, the river is shown just north of Camp Wood, located on the western edge of the Hill Country.

After nearly three months cooped up at home without traveling much farther than our local grocery stores, our staff is looking forward to future trips to some of our favorite Texas spots as well as exploring new ones.

The first time I saw this month’s cover photo of the crystal-clear Nueces River, I immediately added it to the top of our family’s bucket list. After you’ve finished reading writer-at-large Joe Nick Patoski’s excellent portrait of the river and its environs, I’m betting you’ll want to add it to yours, too. Here’s where some of our other staff members are setting their sights:

Tyson Bird, Digital Strategies Manager: I’m looking forward to visiting a region of Texas I’ve spent very little time in, but have always wanted to explore: the Panhandle. As a frequent visitor and volunteer in Texas state parks, I’ve long wanted to camp in Caprock Canyons and Palo Duro.

Julia Jones, Assistant Editor: When I can, I’ll be heading into the wilderness of the Piney Woods with a novel, a hammock, and some binoculars. Hiking through the pines in Sam Houston National Forest is the most engaged my senses have ever been. The air is different in East Texas; there’s nothing like it.

Matt Joyce, Senior Managing Editor: Having been largely deprived of camping during our lovely springtime, I jumped when the Texas Parks and Wildlife Department reopened its camping reservation system in late May. Scouring the department’s website, I lucked out and found open sites in the coming weeks at three family favorites: Lost Maples, Kickapoo Caverns, and the Davis Mountains. Saddle up!

Natalie Moore, Product and Engagement Manager: I have always been into rock climbing. In college, I was an instructor at a summer camp. Our April 2020 issue inspired me to plan a trip out to Hueco Tanks State Park one day. Bouldering is not my strong suit, but I’m willing to give it a shot.

What Texas destinations are you most looking forward to visiting again or for the first time? Send us an email at [email protected] and let us know.

From the July 2020 issue
The March 2024 cover of Texas Highways Magazine

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