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Texas Highways Magazine October 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.

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1 min.
texas strong

AS WE WERE FINISHING THIS issue, Hurricane Harvey made landfall on the Texas coast. After battering coastal treasures like Rockport and Port Aransas, the hurricane caused unprecedented flooding that affected millions of Texans. While we only had to contend with heavy wind and rain here in Austin, we watched in horror as the storm left many dead, countless injured, and vast areas of homes and businesses flooded or destroyed. We checked in with family members, friends, and colleagues in Houston, Kemah, Port Arthur, Corpus Christi, La Grange, Wharton, and elsewhere. And we thought of you, our dear readers, many of whom live in Houston and were certainly affected by this devastating turn of events. As a former Houstonian, I was heartbroken to see the images of entire neighborhoods underwater and…

1 min.
ghost stories

@ texashighways.com EXCLUSIVE WEBSITE CONTENT Texans can tell a good ghost tale just about anytime of the year, but October is a frightfully perfect time to hear spooky tales. Across the state you can find haunted mansions, hotels, railroad tracks, trains, and more to explore. Join us, if you dare, as we scare up a few of Texas’ top haunted hot spots. We also invite you to share your own chilling accounts. BIG BEND WILDLIFE TOUR Big Bend Ranch State Park is a remote playground for hiking, mountain biking, horseback riding, and exploring by vehicle. But how much do you know about the animal life it supports? Writer Amanda Ogle takes us on a wildlife tour of the park’s permanent and migratory residents, including 16 species of bats, more than 300 bird species, bighorn…

3 min.
your magazine is the best, as far as i’m concerned. i just can’t do without it.

GOT SOMETHING TO SAY? OUR FAVORITE SOCIAL MEDIA OF THE MONTH In 1940, my dad proposed to my mom on the highway overlook at Guadalupe Peak, or what they called “Signal Peak” back then. JOHN C. MOORE, GALVESTON The Monahans Sandhills are so unexpected. You have to see them. It’s a small area, but it makes a big impact. BARBARA TURNER LEGG, PITTSBURGH, PENNSYLVANIA Follow us on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram Personal Favorites I think your September issue was just for me! I have made an annual trip to Clifton for the last four years and always stay at the Screen Door Inn. The charm and character of the inn make it a soothing, restful stay. My visits are a sentimental journey for me. My ancestors came to Bosque County in the 1880s, settling in what…

1 min.
scenic route

Historic Haunt 32º 45' 18.72" N 94º 20' 45.78" W STOP FOR A GHOST Burger and a slice of pie at the Hamburger Store on the corner of Market and Austin streets in Jefferson. If it is a Friday or Saturday night, after dinner, head northwest for a block on Austin Street to the corner of Austin and Vale streets for the Historic Jefferson Ghost Walk. The walking tour roams through alleyways and courtyards while historian Jodi Breckenridge shares local tales and legends. For more information, go to visitjeffersontexas.com.…

6 min.
paradise in the desert

BACKCOUNTRY AFICIONADOS FLOCK TO THE largest state park in Texas, Big Bend Ranch State Park, to explore its rugged 315,000 acres on horse, bike, or foot—usually in splendid isolation. But visitors seeking both a wilderness adventure and a cozy place to call home will find it at Sauceda Ranger Station, located in the center of the park. There, the Sauceda Bunkhouse, a former 1960s hunting lodge, offers dorm-style lodging and close proximity to spectacular trails, natural springs, and the darkest night skies in Texas. Originally called “Saucita”—Spanish for the willows that once grew in a nearby spring-fed arroyo—Sauceda has a ranching heritage dating to 1905, when George A. Howards originally settled the land. Ranch ownership changed hands several times over the decades until the Texas Parks and Wildlife Department purchased the…

5 min.
it’s the great hill country pumpkin patch!

Ironically, apples—not pumpkins— get most of the credit for inspiring The Great Hill Country Pumpkin Patch. AS A YOUNG CITY SLICKER, I EAGERLY ANTICIPATED summer visits with my grandmother and other kinfolk in their tiny, two-gas-station town southwest of Fort Worth. The local ranchers knew me and let me tag along as they rounded up cattle or sheared sheep. To them it was work; to me it was fun, and I learned a lot about how to grow things. Those childhood memories resurfaced as I surveyed a veritable blur of activity—the sweet chaos of The Great Hill Country Pumpkin Patch—on a Saturday afternoon last year in the usually sleepy Hill Country community of Medina. On Saturdays, Sundays, and Mondays in October, Love Creek Orchards attracts thousands of guests with wholesome family fun…