Best Hikes with Dogs Texas Hill Country and Gulf Coast  by Melissa Gaskill

Best Hikes with Dogs: Texas Hill Country & Gulf Coast Guide Book

by Melissa Gaskill (The Mountaineers Books)
Best Hikes with Dogs Texas Hill Country and Gulf Coast  by Melissa Gaskill
A native Texan, Melissa Gaskill has spent more than 20 years hiking and camping with her dogs all over the Lonestar State. In this new guidebook, she shares her favorite hikes in the Hill Country and Coast areas that are sure to delight both you and your pet. The hikes range from short jaunts to longer, challenging trails. Discover everything from rugged hills with limestone cliffs and rolling terrain, to wide-open areas with brush and cactus, to the coastal plain with its grasslands and pine forests. For each hike, leash regulations and availability of water are noted, along with any trail concerns pertinent for your dog. Advice is given on topics such as proper canine trail etiquette, wildlife encounters, and weather concerns. There’s also a handy Trail Finder chart that lists hikes by length, terrain, difficulty for dogs, and more.

© 2006 Melissa Gaskill/The Mountaineers Books. All Rights Reserved.

Trails from the "Best Hikes with Dogs: Texas Hill Country & Gulf Coast" Guide Book
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Displaying trails 1 to 20 of 55.

This 70,504-acre wildlife refuge is on the Blackjack Peninsula in the Gulf of Mexico. The landscape includes grasslands, oak mottes, redbay thickets, tidal marshes, freshwater ponds, and shores. Ara ...
Austwell, TX - Hiking - Trail Length: 1
Rather than being a more typical trail, this hike follows 2 miles of the lakeshore in this 323-acre park on upper Lake Travis, and depending on the lake level, you and your dog will be walking on a mi ...
Austin, TX - Hiking - Trail Length: 4
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This greenbelt, smack in the middle of an urban area, is surprisingly wild and quiet. About the only sound along much of the route will be birds, a lot of them. The entire trail, from one end to the o ...
Austin, TX - Hiking - Trail Length: 7.25
The park has picnic areas, campsites, cabins, lodges, and a swimming pool with a bathhouse built by the Civilian Conservation Corps. In addition to the Lost Pines Trail, there are another 3.5 miles of ...
Bastrop, TX - Hiking - Trail Length: 8.2
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The Big Thicket National Preserve, the first preserve in the National Park System, is 97,000 acres on nine land units spread over 50 square miles in seven counties. Ten well-defined habitats are the r ...
Beaumont, TX - Hiking - Trail Length: 1.5
The Big Thicket National Preserve, managed by the National Park Service, was created to protect the complex biological diversity of a once-vast combination of pine and cypress forest, hardwood forest, ...
Livingston, TX - Hiking - Trail Length: 5.4
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This wildlife refuge, along with the nearby San Bernard and Big Boggy refuges, provides vital coastal wetlands for migrating waterfowl in winter and is an entry point for songbirds migrating across th ...
Freeport, TX - Hiking - Trail Length: 1
This hike combines loops around two of the park’s lakes for a scenic route that practically guarantees alligator sightings. This rock and caliche trail leads into wooded bottomland of sprawling oaks, ...
Houston, TX - Hiking - Trail Length: 4
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The park has multiuse and tent camping, picnic areas, a recreation hall, and a playground, in addition to a lake that allows nonmotorized boating and fishing for catfish, bass, crappie, perch, and, in ...
Bastrop, TX - Hiking - Trail Length: 7.7
You will emerge from the trees and walk through expanses of wildflowers (most of the year), wooded stretches, and over some cedar post bridges. A beautiful high cliff rises on your left at one point. ...
Austin, TX - Hiking - Trail Length: 3
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This 940-acre park has campgrounds, RV sites, and sixty-four dog-friendly rooms at the lodge, which also has a swimming pool and restaurant. An observatory on the property is open for public stargazin ...
Austin, TX - Hiking - Trail Length: 2.2
This 940-acre park has campgrounds, RV sites, and sixty-four dog-friendly rooms at the lodge, which also has a swimming pool and restaurant. An observatory on the property is open for public stargazin ...
Austin, TX - Hiking - Trail Length: 2.5
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This 940-acre park has campgrounds, RV sites, and sixty-four dog-friendly rooms at the lodge, which also has a swimming pool and restaurant. An observatory on the property is open for public stargazin ...
Austin, TX - Hiking - Trail Length: 2.8
There are trails through four types of habitat here—marsh, prairie, creek, and woodlands—and our route passes through all of them.
Boerne, TX - Hiking - Trail Length: 2.5
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This park, located on a bend of the picturesque upper Colorado River above Lake Buchanan, has 12.3 miles of hiking trails. While many of those miles are through typical Hill Country landscape, there i ...
Brady, TX - Hiking - Trail Length: 5.2
There are 27 miles of beach on the Bolivar Peninsula and four communities, beginning with Port Bolivar closest to the ferry, then Crystal Beach, Gilchrist, and High Island. All are unincorporated, so ...
Houston, TX - Hiking - Trail Length: 4.5
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This hike is best in cooler weather or cloudy days, as it is sunny and dry and there is no water on the route, so be sure you carry enough for you and Fido. There are shaded pavilions, restrooms, and ...
San Antonio, TX - Hiking - Trail Length: 2.5
Emma Long Metropolitan Park, on the shore of Lake Austin, has camping, picnic areas, two boat ramps, a fishing pier, swimming beach, restrooms, and showers. There are restrooms and water fountains in ...
Austin, TX - Hiking - Trail Length: 2.9
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Echo Canyon Trail passes between Enchanted Rock and Little Rock, and a good third of it is scrambling over and around an amazing jumble of rocks and large boulders. Dogs need to be big and agile enoug ...
San Antonio, TX - Hiking - Trail Length: 2
Enchanted Rock is one of the nation’s largest batholiths—an underground rock formation uncovered by erosion—a 640-acre dome of pink granite rising 425 feet above the surrounding countryside. Tonkawa I ...
San Antonio, TX - Hiking - Trail Length: 4.5
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