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.

  • #1 Willow City Loop

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    Willow City, TX

    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 ...
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    A 22-mile paved route through a particularly rugged area of the Hill Country noted for its excellent spring wildflowers. ...

  • #2 Springs and Rivers: San Marcos to Guadalupe River State Park

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    San Marcos, TX

    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 ...
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    A 53-mile paved route through the Hill Country, from the springs and river in San Marcos to the rushing whitewater of the ...

  • #3 Trans-Mountain Highway: El Paso and Franklin Mountains

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    El Paso, TX

    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 ...
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    An 11-mile paved highway through the rugged Franklin Mountains, around which the city of El Paso forms a horseshoe shape. ...

  • #4 Canyons and Rivers: Medina to Garner State Park

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    Medina, TX

    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 ...
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    A 46-mile paved drive from Medina to Garner State Park through some of the most rugged parts of the Texas Hill Country. This ...

  • #5 Lost Maples: Kerrville to Lost Maples State Natural Area

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    Hunt, TX

    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 ...
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    A 49-mile paved drive along the scenic upper Guadalupe River and over a divide to the narrow canyons and fall color of Lost ...

  • #6 Big Bend National Park

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    Alpine, TX

    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 ...
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    Encompassing a vast tract of wilderness on the north side of a very big bend in the Rio Grande River bordering Mexico, the ...

  • #7 Bluewater Highway: Surfside Beach to Galveston

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    Surfside Beach, TX

    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 ...
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    A 40-mile drive along the Texas coast from the sleepy beachtown of Surfside Beach to the bustling port and tourist center ...

  • #8 Palo Duro Canyon

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    Canyon, TX

    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 ...
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    A 21-mile drive across the High Plains and into the depths of Palo Duro Canyon. Most people quickly become bored by the flat, ...

  • #9 Lakes and Caves: Marble Falls to Inks Lake

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    Marble Falls, TX

    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, ...
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    A 25-mile paved route to several Colorado River lakes and Longhorn Cavern. Special attractions: Inks Lake State Park, Longhorn ...

  • #10 Enchanted Rock: Llano to Fredericksburg

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    Llano, TX

    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 ...
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    A 42-mile paved highway through the Central Texas mineral region, including Enchanted Rock, to the historic German town of ...

  • #11 Rio Grande Valley: Bentsen - Rio Grande Valley State Park to Santa Ana National Wildlife Refuge

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    McAllen, TX

    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 ...
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    A 24-mile paved drive through agricultural areas of the Rio Grande Valley between two small remaining islands of subtropical ...

  • #12 The Old Tunnel: Comfort to Luckenbach

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    Comfort, TX

    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 ...
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    A 23-mile paved drive through Hill Country back roads from the German-settled town of Comfort along the route of the former ...

  • #13 Trail of the Dinosaur: Cleburne to Dinosaur Valley State Park

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    Glen Rose, TX

    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 ...
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    A 28-mile paved drive through rolling North Texas terrain to a place where dinosaurs once roamed. Special attractions: Dinosaur ...

  • #14 Davis Mountain Loop: Fort Davis

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    Fort Davis, TX

    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 ...
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    A 74-mile loop through the lush Davis Mountains, the second highest range in Texas. Unlike the rugged Guadalupe Mountains ...

  • #15 Sam Houston National Forest: Anderson to Huntsville State Park

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    Anderson, TX

    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 ...
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    A 43-mile paved route from the eastern edge of the blackland prairie through the thick pine forests of the Sam Houston National ...

  • #16 Scenic Views and Steam Trains: Love's Lookout to Rusk

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    Jacksonville, TX

    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. ...
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    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 ...

  • #17 Indian Mounds and Old Spanish Missions: Alto to Kennard

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    Alto, TX

    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 ...
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    A 24-mile paved route through the lush pine forests of Davy Crockett National Forest to Indian mounds, a Spanish mission, ...

  • #18 La Bahia Road: Burton to Washington-on-the-Brazos State Historic Park

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    Independence, TX

    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 ...
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    A 39-mile paved highway through pastoral countryside and historic sites important to the creation of the Republic of Texas. ...

  • #19 Cypresses and Steamboats: Daingerfield State Park to Caddo Lake

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    Jefferson, TX

    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 ...
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    A 54-mile paved road through two of Texas’s most interesting state parks, with beautiful lakes and the historic port town ...

  • #20 Padre Island: Aransas Pass to Padre Island National Seashore

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    Aransas Pass, TX

    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 ...
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    A 41-mile drive, beginning with a ferry crossing, along two coastal barrier islands, Mustang and Padre islands. This drive ...