The Rockin' Rolling Plains

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Lying west of the Cross Timbers, the Rolling Plains is the largest geographic section within the North Central Region. They stretch for about 300 miles from the northern most point to the southern most point and is just under 200 miles across. In most of the rolling plains , the landscape is slightly "rolling".This is a result of deposition of sediments from both wind, water, and many more . Your eyes will be astonished by the beautiful sight of gently rolling hills and broad flats, as they harbor the headwaters of the great rivers of Texas, including the Canadian, the Colorado , the Concho , and the Red River. These rivers and their tributaries are inhabited by some of the rare and unique fauna of Texas.

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A visit to the Rolling Plains of Texas is one that you will never forget. Surrounded by beautiful scenery, you will like you are in harmony with nature. With the fluctuating climate, your days in the rolling plains will never be a bore. There is also plenty of beneficial vegetation in the rolling plains. Some include pecan trees, sugar berry trees, Chickasaw plum shrubs, western wheat grass, and panhandle grapes. How delicious! It's so convenient to pick up fresh fruits whenever . Because of the abundance of vegetation in this eco-region , we encourage you to enjoy the fresh air and amazing scenery that the Rolling Plains offer so book your trip today!

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Caprock Escarpment

Located on the border of this region is the Caprock Escarpment. This rocky layer uplifted area rises as high as 1000 ft. above the plains! Unsurprisingly, this prominent land form was formed through surface erosion about one to two million years ago. In fact, the name, Caprock , applies to the formation itself. In addition ,the small Prairie Dog Town Fork of the Red River created the huge Palo Duro Canyon by slowly eroding into the Caprock Escarpment over millions of years. The picture on the right shows the redness of color which indicates that the sediments were originally deposited in non-marine environments.

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According to the Lubbock Avenue Journal, the eastern Panhandle and Rolling Plains south of the Red River continue to rank among the best regions anywhere, not just in Texas , for producing giant bucks.

City Person

There are urban cities in the Rolling Plains , too. Some of the larger and commonly known communities include Wichita Falls and Abilene.


Armed forces personnel work at the large United States Air Force Base in Abilene.


Schools here include Midwestern State University, Abilene Christian University, Hardin-Simmons University, McMurry University , and Angelo State University.


Distribution and marketing are considered important activities in Wichita Falls. In addition, Abilene is an important oil services and marketing center, a major center for agribusiness, and the largest wool producing market in the United States!

Farmer/ Rancher

Sheep and goats graze in the drier western parts of this section. They can survive on the sparse vegetation better than cattle can. In the wetter area to the east, field crops of various kinds are grown. These include cotton, grain sorghum, and wheat. Specialty crops , including pecans and peaches are also grown. This region supports good populations of white-tailed deer and Rio Grande turkeys, bobwhites, scaled quail, mourning doves, collared peccary, and a variety of song birds, small mammals, waterfowl, shorebirds, reptiles, and amphibians. Native grasses include little bluestem, blue grama, sideoats grama, Indiangrass, and sand bluestem.

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