We had about a foot of snow last week. And we’re expecting another foot of snow today. While my dogs really love the snow, some days I wish I were back in Texas enjoying its milder winter weather. I used to live in central Texas and there are so many pet friendly places there that I miss.
My favorite places to take my dogs were Georgetown Lake, Zilker Park and its connecting trail to the Barton Creek Greenbelt in Austin, and the Bastrop State Park in Bastrop, Texas. I believe much of the Bastrop State Park burned from the major forest fires in 2011, but much of it is still intact too. The image above is a drawing I made in pastels of a scene that I saw at Georgetown Lake when I hiked it with my dog Smokey. This one below is of me and Smokey at Georgetown Lake.
Another great place to visit in central Texas is Enchanted Rock. Enchanted Rock is named from an interesting rock formation which can be hiked or climbed. There are lots of places around Enchanted rock to hike and dogs love it! Go in the cooler weather in winter to avoid the rattle snakes! Here is a review from the DogTipper dog travel experts – http://www.dogtravelexperts.com/postcards/enchanted-rock-state-natural-area-fredericksburg-texas.
Another place to visit in the Texas Hill Country includes the River Walkway in San Marcos. You can almost always see people with their dogs swimming there… maybe not in winter months, but winter in Texas is very short. The Riverwalk in San Antionio is great too, although it is not really a place to swim, but a place to shop. Walk the Riverwalk in San Antionio, then sit down at an outdoor cafe for a bite to eat. The Alamo, too, is off the Riverwalk, but dogs are not allowed. You can see the Alamo very well from the street with your dog, so it would be worth stopping by. GoPetFriendly has done a great review of areas in the Texas Hill Country – http://gopetfriendlyblog.com/pet-friendly-tour-of-texas-hill-country/
I’ve also enjoyed taking my dogs to McKinney Falls State Park in Austin. The park has lots of campsites, trails for hiking and mountain biking, and fishing areas. You can go swimming too and have a wonderful family picnic.
There are many many more places in central Texas to visit. These are just a few of the ones I could think of off the top of my head. Have any of you ever been to central Texas? Tell us about your experience.