Best Trails of Texas

This list represents the most popular trails in Texas. Use this list to plan your next Texas outdoor trip. Select a state and/or activity below to find even more top trails.

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#1. Cross Timbers Trail


About 35 miles NW of Sherman. A moderate overnight trip along undeveloped southern shoreline of Lake Texoma. Special Attractions: Lake. Permit required for camping.…
From the guidebook "Hiking Texas"
Dallas, TX - Hiking - 18 miles Best Trail in tx - Click to view all (About Top Trails)
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#2. Northshore Trail


This is Mecca, the trail people think of when they talk about north Texas. Most folks just call it Lake Grapevine, but there are two other nice trails on Grapevine Lake. Still, this is the only trail…
From the guidebook "Mountain Bike! Texas and Oklahoma"
Flower Mound, TX - Mountain Biking - 18 miles Best Trail in tx - Click to view allBestMountain Biking Trail - Click to view all (About Top Trails)
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#3. Enchanted Rock


About 17 miles north of Fredericksburg. An easy day hike onto and around a large granite dome. Special Attractions: Pink granite dome, rock climbing. Permit required for camping.…
From the guidebook "Hiking Texas"
Austin, TX - Hiking - 5 miles Best Trail in tx - Click to view all (About Top Trails)
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#4. Guadalupe Peak


For more than one reason, this trail is the high point of Guadalupe Mountains National Park. Guadalupe Peak is not only the highest spot in the park, but also in all of Texas. At 8,749 feet, Guadalupe…
From the guidebook "Hiking Carlsbad Caverns & Guadalupe Mountains National Parks"
Salt Flat, TX - Hiking - 8.4 miles Best Trail in tx - Click to view all (About Top Trails)
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#5. Memorial Park Trails


This is all a lot of Houston mountain bikers know. And this is still the quintessential Houston-area mountain bike trail. The older maze of ridiculousness and general foolish riding has become a thing…
From the guidebook "Mountain Bike! Texas and Oklahoma"
Houston, TX - Mountain Biking - 6 miles Best Trail in tx - Click to view allBestMountain Biking Trail - Click to view all (About Top Trails)
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#6. Grapevine Lake


About 10 miles north of Dallas-Fort Worth Airport. A moderate day hike along the shores of Grapevine Lake. Special Attractions: Lakeshore views, natural area in urban setting.…
From the guidebook "Hiking Texas"
Ft. Worth, TX - Hiking - 14 miles Best Trail in tx - Click to view all (About Top Trails)
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#7. The Anthills / Terry Hershey Park


I had been dragging around Houston for a couple of days, riding a bunch of stuff that I had seen before, and I fell into this place. Terry Hershey Park has some of the nicest trails in Texas. Not the…
From the guidebook "Mountain Bike! Texas and Oklahoma"
Houston, TX - Mountain Biking - 16 miles Best Trail in tx - Click to view allBestMountain Biking Trail - Click to view all (About Top Trails)
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#8. Lost Mine


The Lost Mine Trail is one of the most popular in the park. Most hikers in good shape can do the round-trip in three to four hours. For those without the time to hike to the South Rim, this trail is a…
From the guidebook "Hiking Big Bend National Park"
Chisos Mountains, TX - Hiking - 2.4 miles Best Trail in tx - Click to view all (About Top Trails)
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#9. Emory Peak


A strenuous day hike to the highest peak in the Chisos Mountains. Special Attractions: views, maples. Permit required for camping.…
From the guidebook "Hiking Texas"
Marathon, TX - Hiking - 9 miles Best Trail in tx - Click to view all (About Top Trails)
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#10. Trinity Trail


This is a moderate day hike along the shores of Lake Lavon. Lake Lavon, managed by the Army Corps of Engineers, rests in an area of gently rolling grasslands. Here and there patches of woods break u…
From the guidebook "Hiking Texas"
Dallas, TX - Hiking - 18 miles Best Trail in tx - Click to view all (About Top Trails)
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#11. McAllister Park Trails


There is some pretty cool trail in here. Not the hardest in the state, or the prettiest, but worthy woods just the same. There are trails and trails and trails out here—you may wonder if you know wher…
From the guidebook "Mountain Bike! Texas and Oklahoma"
San Antonio, TX - Mountain Biking - 20 miles Best Trail in tx - Click to view all (About Top Trails)
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#12. Erwin Park Trail


This is a sweet collection of sneaky single-track, and it’s one I love. This is a good place to do laps for conditioning, both mental and physiological. It’s not so hard or so far that you can’t have…
From the guidebook "Mountain Bike! Texas and Oklahoma"
McKinney, TX - Mountain Biking - 8 miles Best Trail in tx - Click to view all (About Top Trails)
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#13. Santa Elena Canyon


This hike takes you into the mouth of one of the three major canyons of the Rio Grande in Big Bend National Park. Because the 1,500-foot-deep canyon is spectacular and the hike is easy, this trail is…
From the guidebook "Hiking Big Bend National Park"
Terlingua Creek, TX - Hiking - 0.8 mile Best Trail in tx - Click to view all (About Top Trails)
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#14. Jack Brooks Park Trail


I don’t need filler, at this point, and if I didn’t like riding here I would have left the Jack Brooks Park out. I dig it, the gumbo reminds me of home, and the short ups and downs are really exciting…
From the guidebook "Mountain Bike! Texas and Oklahoma"
Hitchcock, TX - Mountain Biking - 5 miles Best Trail in tx - Click to view all (About Top Trails)
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#15. Three Falls Hike at Barton Creek Greenbelt


This out-and-back hike begins midway along the Barton Creek Greenbelt. Leave the busy Twin Falls–Gaines Access, and descend into the creek canyon. Then head upstream, passing Twin Falls, Sculpture F…
From the guidebook "60 Hikes within 60 Miles: San Antonio & Austin"
Austin, TX - Hiking - 6.8 miles Best Trail in tx - Click to view all (About Top Trails)
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#16. Rowlett Creek Nature Preserve Trails


Oh man, this place is sweet. It’s a series of single-track loops right in the middle of a major Metromess suburb. It has something to offer riders of all skill and endurance levels. There’s enough e…
From the guidebook "Mountain Bike! Texas and Oklahoma"
Garland, TX - Mountain Biking - 10 miles Best Trail in tx - Click to view all (About Top Trails)
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#17. Arbor Hills Nature Preserve Mountain Bike Trail


Five minutes from where I live, and then about ten light years to the left of everyday life. This is a delightful place to forget the city grind. You’ll forget you’re still in a tiny corner of the Met…
From the guidebook "Mountain Bike! Texas and Oklahoma"
Plano, TX - Mountain Biking - 2 miles Best Trail in tx - Click to view all (About Top Trails)
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#18. Dinosaur Valley


About 60 miles SW of Fort Worth. An easy day hike through the hills above the Paluxy River. Special Attractions: Dinosaur tracks, views. Permit required for camping.…
From the guidebook "Hiking Texas"
Ft. Worth, TX - Hiking - 4.3 miles Best Trail in tx - Click to view all (About Top Trails)
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#19. Four C Trail


About 40 miles east of Crockett. A moderate two to three day backpack with a car shuttle through East Texas pine and hardwood forests. Special Attractions: Big Slough Wilderness Area, endangered red…
From the guidebook "Hiking Texas"
Longview, TX - Hiking - 40 miles Best Trail in tx - Click to view all (About Top Trails)
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#20. Lost Maples


About 50 miles SW of Kerrville. An easy day hike through bigtooth maples in a narrow Hill Country canyon. Special Attractions: Fall maples, deep canyons. Permit required for camping.…
From the guidebook "Hiking Texas"
San Antonio, TX - Hiking - 4.6 miles Best Trail in tx - Click to view all (About Top Trails)
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