Best Scenic Drives in Texas

This list represents the most popular scenic drives in Texas. Use this list to plan your next Texas scenic drives trip. Select a state and/or activity below to find even more top trails.

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#1. Willow City Loop


A 22-mile paved route through a particularly rugged area of the Hill Country noted for its excellent spring wildflowers. In recent years the Willow City Loop has been discovered as one of the best pla…
From the guidebook "Scenic Driving Texas"
Willow City, TX - Scenic Drives - 22 miles BestScenic Drives Trail - Click to view all (About Top Trails)
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#2. Springs and Rivers: San Marcos to Guadalupe River State Park


A 53-mile paved route through the Hill Country, from the springs and river in San Marcos to the rushing whitewater of the Guadalupe River. This drive starts in San Marcos, a small city located on the…
From the guidebook "Scenic Driving Texas"
San Marcos, TX - Scenic Drives - 53 miles
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#3. Canyons and Rivers: Medina to Garner State Park


A 46-mile paved drive from Medina to Garner State Park through some of the most rugged parts of the Texas Hill Country. This drive crosses some of the most rugged parts of the Texas Hill Country as it…
From the guidebook "Scenic Driving Texas"
Medina, TX - Scenic Drives - 46 miles
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#4. Lost Maples: Kerrville to Lost Maples State Natural Area


A 49-mile paved drive along the scenic upper Guadalupe River and over a divide to the narrow canyons and fall color of Lost Maples State Natural Area. Special attractions: Lost Maples State Natural…
From the guidebook "Scenic Driving Texas"
Hunt, TX - Scenic Drives - 49 miles
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#5. Trans-Mountain Highway: El Paso and Franklin Mountains


An 11-mile paved highway through the rugged Franklin Mountains, around which the city of El Paso forms a horseshoe shape. El Paso lies at the far western tip of Texas, squeezed between Old Mexico to t…
From the guidebook "Scenic Driving Texas"
El Paso, TX - Scenic Drives - 11 miles
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#6. Bluewater Highway: Surfside Beach to Galveston


A 40-mile drive along the Texas coast from the sleepy beachtown of Surfside Beach to the bustling port and tourist center of Galveston. The drive follows the coast, starting in a section that is relat…
From the guidebook "Scenic Driving Texas"
Surfside Beach, TX - Scenic Drives - 40 miles
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#7. Big Bend National Park


Encompassing a vast tract of wilderness on the north side of a very big bend in the Rio Grande River bordering Mexico, the park combines both desert and mountain terrain. It also contains many strikin…
From the guidebook "Great American Wilderness: Touring America's National Parks"
Alpine, TX - Scenic Drives
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#8. Palo Duro Canyon


A 21-mile drive across the High Plains and into the depths of Palo Duro Canyon. Most people quickly become bored by the flat, treeless terrain of the Texas Panhandle and respond by pressing harder on…
From the guidebook "Scenic Driving Texas"
Canyon, TX - Scenic Drives - 21 miles
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#9. Lakes and Caves: Marble Falls to Inks Lake


A 25-mile paved route to several Colorado River lakes and Longhorn Cavern. Special attractions: Inks Lake State Park, Longhorn Cavern State Park, Lake Marble Falls, hiking, boating, fishing, scenic vi…
From the guidebook "Scenic Driving Texas"
Marble Falls, TX - Scenic Drives - 25 miles
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#10. Rio Grande Valley: Bentsen - Rio Grande Valley State Park to Santa Ana National Wildlife Refuge


A 24-mile paved drive through agricultural areas of the Rio Grande Valley between two small remaining islands of subtropical forest habitat. Deep in the Rio Grande Valley lies one of the southernmost…
From the guidebook "Scenic Driving Texas"
McAllen, TX - Scenic Drives - 24 miles
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#11. Enchanted Rock: Llano to Fredericksburg


A 42-mile paved highway through the Central Texas mineral region, including Enchanted Rock, to the historic German town of Fredericksburg. This drive passes through one of the most scenic parts of Cen…
From the guidebook "Scenic Driving Texas"
Llano, TX - Scenic Drives - 42 miles
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#12. The Old Tunnel: Comfort to Luckenbach


A 23-mile paved drive through Hill Country back roads from the German-settled town of Comfort along the route of the former Fredericksburg and Northern Railway to Luckenbach, the small village of coun…
From the guidebook "Scenic Driving Texas"
Comfort, TX - Scenic Drives - 23 miles
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#13. Trail of the Dinosaur: Cleburne to Dinosaur Valley State Park


A 28-mile paved drive through rolling North Texas terrain to a place where dinosaurs once roamed. Special attractions: Dinosaur Valley State Park, Cleburne State Park, Brazos River, dinosaur tracks, h…
From the guidebook "Scenic Driving Texas"
Glen Rose, TX - Scenic Drives - 28 miles
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#14. Davis Mountain Loop: Fort Davis


A 74-mile loop through the lush Davis Mountains, the second highest range in Texas. Unlike the rugged Guadalupe Mountains to the northwest and the Chisos and other rough desert ranges of the Big Bend…
From the guidebook "Scenic Driving Texas"
Fort Davis, TX - Scenic Drives - 74 miles
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#15. Sam Houston National Forest: Anderson to Huntsville State Park


A 43-mile paved route from the eastern edge of the blackland prairie through the thick pine forests of the Sam Houston National Forest to Huntsville State Park. Special attractions: Sam Houston Nati…
From the guidebook "Scenic Driving Texas"
Anderson, TX - Scenic Drives - 43 miles
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#16. Indian Mounds and Old Spanish Missions: Alto to Kennard


A 24-mile paved route through the lush pine forests of Davy Crockett National Forest to Indian mounds, a Spanish mission, and a small forest lake. This drive traverses a section of the lush pine fores…
From the guidebook "Scenic Driving Texas"
Alto, TX - Scenic Drives - 24 miles
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#17. Scenic Views and Steam Trains: Love's Lookout to Rusk


A 32-mile paved drive from one of the best viewpoints in East Texas to the steam trains and historic sites of Rusk. The drive starts at Love’s Lookout, one of the best viewpoints in East Texas. Spec…
From the guidebook "Scenic Driving Texas"
Jacksonville, TX - Scenic Drives - 32 miles
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#18. La Bahia Road: Burton to Washington-on-the-Brazos State Historic Park


A 39-mile paved highway through pastoral countryside and historic sites important to the creation of the Republic of Texas. The drive passes through pastoral farm and ranch country important in the ea…
From the guidebook "Scenic Driving Texas"
Independence, TX - Scenic Drives - 39 miles
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#19. Padre Island: Aransas Pass to Padre Island National Seashore


A 41-mile drive, beginning with a ferry crossing, along two coastal barrier islands, Mustang and Padre islands. This drive follows two of many low-lying islands that line the coast of Texas and other…
From the guidebook "Scenic Driving Texas"
Aransas Pass, TX - Scenic Drives - 41 miles
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#20. Cypresses and Steamboats: Daingerfield State Park to Caddo Lake


A 54-mile paved road through two of Texas’s most interesting state parks, with beautiful lakes and the historic port town of Jefferson. This drive starts at Daingerfield State Park, a popular site wit…
From the guidebook "Scenic Driving Texas"
Jefferson, TX - Scenic Drives - 54 miles
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