Texas Department of Transportation

Travel & Outdoor
Texas Highways Magazine

Texas Highways Magazine July 2017

Texas Highways, the official travel magazine of Texas, encourages recreational travel within Texas and tells the Texas story to readers around the world. Renowned for its photography, statewide events coverage, top weekend excursions, off-the-beaten path discoveries, and scenic destinations, Texas Highways helps readers discover the treasures of the Lone Star State.

United States
Texas Department of Transportation
Read More
12 Issues

in this issue

1 min.
fall in love with texas waterways

RIVERS AND LAKES DEFINETexas. The mighty Rio Grande forms the southern border from El Paso to the Gulf of Mexico, and the Red and the Sabine mark our northern and eastern boundaries. The state’s 80,000 miles of watercourses have played essential roles in settlement, agriculture, ranching, and transportation. Hydroelectric dams along the Colorado River created the Highland Lakes and provided the first electricity to many towns in the Hill Country. But beyond their historical and economic significance, Texas’ lakes and rivers also make really fun vacation spots. Whether you spend a day swimming in the Nueces (see Page 54), launching a boat to discover the pristine views at Fall Creek Falls (see Page 8), or relaxing on the serene shores of Inks Lake (see Page 32), don’t let the summer pass…

3 min.

GOT SOMETHING TO SAY? STEVE SPENCE, ATASCOSA COUNTY OUR FAVORITE SOCIAL MEDIA OF THE MONTH Eating in a restaurant is fine, but to me stopping and eating at a roadside park or rest stop really gives you the feel of the open road. MARK MCKEE, HOUSTON We were down in Galveston a few weekends ago, and man what a difference the beach renovation project has made. FREDDIE JOHNSON, WACO Texas Surf Thank you for an excellent article on the Texas Surf Museum [June]. It underscores the “stoke” that Texas surfers share with surfers worldwide. There is a saying that the best surfer out in the water is the one having the most fun, and Texas surfers have fun. When the waves are good, there’s nothing more fun than surfing South Padre, Port Aransas, Galveston, or Surfside. There have…

1 min.
falling light

30º 55' 21.06" N 98º 26' 52.90" W VENTURING OUT ON the water is the only way to see Fall Creek Falls, which pours into Lake Buchanan near Tow. To capture this image, photographer Erich Schlegel canoed to the falls in the early morning and balanced his tripod on a small ledge. He lit the waterfall with his headlamp and took a 15-second exposure. You can visit the falls, located about 17 miles by water north of Buchanan Dam on the Colorado River, by taking a Vanishing Texas River Cruise, renting a kayak from Canyon of the Eagles park store, or launching a boat from Cedar Point Recreation Area. For more information about Lake Buchanan, visit buchanan-inks.com.…

4 min.
built by baked goods

DETOUR + STAY + TEXAS WILD + TEXAS TICKET SOMETHING AMAZING, AND IN FACT, QUITE REGAL is hidden in Bellville, a tiny town roughly halfway between Austin and Houston. Though primarily known as the seat of Austin County, this not-so-sleepy small town (pop. 4,000) has recently distinguished itself for more than its governmental function. Longtime resident Michael Newman could have gone down in history as the owner of Bellville’s much-loved Newman’s Bakery, which for 34 years has drawn a loyal patronage for breakfast specials like made-from-scratch donuts, sugar-dusted French toast, and over-easy eggs paired with buttery housemade croissants. But these days, visitors stop by the bakery for more than pastries and breakfast; it’s the first stop on a tour of a whimsical edifice outside of town known as Newman’s Castle, a full-scale…

5 min.
home on the hill

WITH TYLER IN MY REARVIEW MIRROR, I’m driving southeast toward the tiny town of Arp on twisting farm-to-market roads, deep in a rolling countryside that unfolds into towering forests and varying shades of green. I roll down the windows to smell the pines and see the wildflower meadows more clearly. Watching for the sign marking High Hill Farm, my destination and accommodations for the weekend, I notice a pickup truck is close behind. There’s no shoulder on this tiny road so I can’t let the truck pass me, but soon I realize the driver isn’t in any hurry, either. When I swing into High Hill Farm’s gravel driveway, so does the truck. In a minute or so, I meet the driver, Scott Herod, who’s carrying a box of steaks from his…

5 min.
creature comfort

ON THE OUTSKIRTS OF MURCHISON IN EASTTexas, a sprawling animal sanctuary has provided a home for rescued animals for nearly 40 years. With more than 40 species—ranging from American bison to Asian water buffalo, giant tortoises, llamas, and chimpanzees— Cleveland Amory Black Beauty Ranch provides a home to 900 animals, which outnumber the human population of their hometown by 30 percent. The late animal-rights advocate Cleveland Amory founded Black Beauty Ranch in 1979 as a home for Grand Canyon wild burros that had been targeted for extermination. The easterner chose East Texas because of the good grass for horses and relatively inexpensive land. A prominent journalist and TV commentator from the 1940s to the 1990s, Amory named the 1,400-acre refuge for the popular Anna Sewell novel about a 19th-century London workhorse,…