Texas could possibly be the eighth wonder of the world with all its amazingness. Full of natural wonders, with rivers, lakes, mountains, caverns, and beaches, you can find just about anything here in this great state. And if you wander far enough, you might even find a volcano.

Tungurahua Volcano eruption long exposure with lava

When you think about volcanoes, most folks probably think of Hawaii. But...there are indeed volcanoes right here in Texas. Approximately 200 of them.

The largest of these is Pilot Knob, located about eight miles south of Austin, near the airport. It has a diameter of over two miles. You could have driven right past and not even realized it.

Fortunately, all the Texas volcanoes are extinct and haven't erupted in millions of years. You can, however, hike the rocky trails around Pilot Knob and imagine the hot red lava streaming down its sides. Pilot Knob is listed as being one of the best hikes in Texas.

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Another fact you might not know is that many Texas beaches were formed by volcanic activity.

The time I have come closest to an active volcano is when I was in Hawaii. While in Honolulu, we saw the volcano known as Diamond Head. I only saw it from a distance. I wish we could have taken a helicopter tour over the top. Have you ever seen a volcano in real life?  I would love to see your pics if you have them.

Texas is full of so many adventures. You don't even have to leave the state to go on a vacation.

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