Kayak the Devil's River, TX. Said to be the best river to raft or kayak in Texas.-From Del Rio, go north on State Highway 277 for 45 miles, turn left on Dolan Creek Road (gravel) and go 18.6 miles to the SNA boundary. Dolan Creek Road is a rough 22-mile gravel/dirt county road with multiple low-water crossings. Use caution if you see flowing water! This is working ranch country, so please drive carefully and be mindful of loose livestock.http://tpwd.texas.gov/state-parks/devils-river
Davis Mountains State Park Close by is the McDonald Observatory (http://mcdonaldobservatory.org/) and the Historical Fort Davis (http://www.fortdavis.com/), not far down the road is Balmorhea State Park a west Texas desert oasis of spring water to swim in, the Guadalupe Mountains just a short drive
McKinney Falls State Park is only 13 miles outside of Austin! The park is named after Thomas F. McKinney who once lived on the land, in fact, his homestead and horse trainer’s cabin are preserved in the park. Campsites are $15 – $24 depending on what you’re looking for. There are seven miles of trails where you can try and spot as many bird species as you can.