Texas has no shortage of amazing views and great places to explore. No matter what the weather is like outside, there is always a spot to cool off with a great view just around the corner. To help you choose where to take your next adventure, here is a list of some of the more scenic places in North Texas that you can reach without the hike being too advanced.

Arbor Hills Nature Preserve

Price: Free

Address: 6701 W. Parker Rd. Plano, TX 75093

Why you need to go: The 200-acre park offers short three-mile hikes up to outlooks over the entire park so you can enjoy the amazing green scenery. 

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Lake Meredith

Price: Free

Address: 419 E. Broadway, Fritch, TX 79036

Why you need to go: This amazing lake welcomes visitors to not only take a dip but also take a small hike up the cliffside for an amazing view of the lake.

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Possum Kingdom 

Price: $4

Address: 3901 State Park Rd. 33 Caddo, TX 76429

Why you need to go: The lake tends to be an amazing attraction but it's all the trails around it that offer the best views. You should definitely hike to the ever famous Hell's Gate for a scenic view.

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Great Trinity Forest

Price: Free

Address: 6500 Great Trinity Forest Way, Dallas, Texas

Why you need to go: This this the largest urban forest in the United States and the trails are unbelievable. You'll get an amazing view of the Dallas skyline in the distance. 

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Lake Mineral Wells

Price: Free

Address: 100 Park Road 71, Texas

Why you need to go: The lake is more famous for all the rock climbing people do but hikers can have just as much fun at all of the amazing outlooks they have.

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Lake Whitney

Price: Free

Address: 433 FM 1244, Whitney, TX 76692

Why you need to go: These cliffs are great to get a beautiful view of blue Texas water. They have plenty of trails that lead to a scenic viewpoints and you can take to the water by jumping off.

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Eagle Moutain Lake Park

Price: Free

Address: Eagle Moutain Lake, Texas

Why you need to go: This park has 400 acres designated just for hikers. They have too many beautiful spots no matter what trail you're on. Depending on the trail, you'll get an amazing view of the water or of all the green nature they have around.

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We strongly advise that before you go swimming or visit any location, you check the most recent updates on potential hazards, security, water quality, and closures. If you do plan to visit a location, respect the environment.

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