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Big Bend Country- Big Bend Country covers most of western Texas. The biggest attraction in the region is Big Bend National Park but this geologically diverse region offers numerous other outdoor recreation attractions.
Gulf Coast- The Gulf Coast region is a nearly level, slowly drained plain less than 150 feet in elevation, dissected by streams and rivers flowing into the Gulf of Mexico. This region offers some excellent recreation attractions, most of them centered around the waters of the Gulf.
Hill Country- The Hill Country region is located in central Texas. Because of its hilly scenery, this is one of the more popular areas in Texas for outdoor recreation.
Panhandle Plains- This region encompasses the Texas Panhandle and much of northern Texas. This region makes up the southern end of the Great Plains of the central United States.
Pineywoods- The Pineywoods region covers northeast Texas. Pineywoods topography is gently rolling to hilly forested land. This region includes almost all the National Forest land in Texas.
Prairies & Lakes- The Prairies and Lakes region covers a large portion of northeast and central Texas, including the Dallas/Fort Worth area. This region features numerous large lakes and more state parks than any other region in the state.
South Texas Plains- The South Texas Plains region covers a large portion of south Texas, stretching from the San Antonio area, south to Laredo and the Rio Grande River.This region offers numerous state parks, lakes and historic sites which offer numerous outdoor recreation opportunities.

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Description - Texas has been divided into seven travel regions: Panhandle Plains, Prairies and Lakes, Pineywoods, Gulf Coast, South Texas Plains, Hill Country and Big Bend Country. By searching within one of these travel regions, you can find a recreation site closer to your desired location.

Attractions - Due to the size and diversity of Texas, each travel region offers its own unique attractions. Within each region can be found an assortment of state parks, state historic sites, National Park or National Forest sites, National Wildlife Refuges and Lakes or Reservoirs which are listed within that region.

Recreation - This large state offers a wide array of outdoor recreation opportunities. Some of the most popular activities include fishing, boating, camping, picnicking, water skiing, sailing, operating personal watercraft, hunting, hiking, backpacking, birdwatching, viewing scenery, viewing wildlife and viewing historic sites.

Climate - Texas is a huge state with varying climates but generally the climate could be said to be primarily hot and humid in the summer months and mild to cool in the winter. Western Texas receives very little rainfall with the exception of the higher elevations. This is the driest area of the state having a relative humidity of 50 percent and an annual rainfall average of eight inches.

Northern Texas is infamous for its quickly changing weather. This is the area of the state that receives remarkable tornadoes and hailstorms. This is also the only region of the state to accumulate snow. An average of 15 inches falls each year along with 20 inches of rain.

Eastern Texas experiences hot and humid summers. Temperatures in the metro areas of Fort Worth and Dallas often reach 100 degrees in July and August. This makes for a dangerously high heat and uncomfortable for traveling. Winters are pleasant in this region, where the temperatures rarely dip below 32 degrees. Average rainfall in eastern Texas reaches 25 inches or more.

Location - Texas is located in the south-central United States. The state is divided into seven geographic travel regions.


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Texas Dept. of Transportation, Travel Division, P.O. Box 149248 , Austin, TX, 78714-9248, Phone: 800-452-9292

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Texas - Texas is the second largest state in the country. Recreation opportunities in Texas mirror the vast land and diverse environments of the state.

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