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.

  • #1 Cross Timbers Trail

    14 Reviews

    Dallas, TX

    About 35 miles NW of Sherman. A moderate overnight trip along undeveloped southern shoreline of Lake Texoma. Special Attractions: Lake. Permit required for camping.
    •  18 miles
    •  Guide

    About 35 miles NW of Sherman. A moderate overnight trip along undeveloped southern shoreline of Lake Texoma. Special Attractions: ...

  • #2 Northshore Trail

    14 Reviews

    Flower Mound, TX

    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 ...
    •  18 miles
    •  Guide

    This is Mecca, the trail people think of when they talk about north Texas. Most folks just call it Lake Grapevine, but there ...

  • #3 Enchanted Rock

    13 Reviews

    Austin, TX

    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.
    •  5 miles
    •  Guide

    About 17 miles north of Fredericksburg. An easy day hike onto and around a large granite dome. Special Attractions: Pink ...

  • #4 Guadalupe Peak

    13 Reviews

    Salt Flat, TX

    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, ...
    •  7 hours
    •  8.4 miles
    •  Guide

    For more than one reason, this trail is the high point of Guadalupe Mountains National Park. Guadalupe Peak is not only the ...

  • #5 Memorial Park Trails

    7 Reviews

    Houston, TX

    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 ...
    •  6 miles
    •  Guide

    This is all a lot of Houston mountain bikers know. And this is still the quintessential Houston-area mountain bike trail. ...

  • #6 Grapevine Lake

    11 Reviews

    Ft. Worth, TX

    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.
    •  14 miles
    •  Guide

    About 10 miles north of Dallas-Fort Worth Airport. A moderate day hike along the shores of Grapevine Lake. Special Attractions: ...

  • #7 The Anthills / Terry Hershey Park

    4 Reviews

    Houston, TX

    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. ...
    •  16 miles
    •  Guide

    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 ...

  • #8 Lost Mine

    14 Reviews

    Chisos Mountains, TX

    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 ...
    •  1-1.5 hours
    •  2.4 miles
    •  Guide

    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 ...

  • #9 Santa Elena Canyon

    13 Reviews

    Terlingua Creek, TX

    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 ...
    •  45 minutes
    •  0.8 miles
    •  Guide

    This hike takes you into the mouth of one of the three major canyons of the Rio Grande in Big Bend National Park. Because ...

  • #10 Emory Peak

    9 Reviews

    Marathon, TX

    A strenuous day hike to the highest peak in the Chisos Mountains. Special Attractions: views, maples. Permit required for camping.
    •  9 miles
    •  Guide

    A strenuous day hike to the highest peak in the Chisos Mountains. Special Attractions: views, maples. Permit required for ...

  • #11 Trinity Trail

    8 Reviews

    Dallas, TX

    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 ...
    •  18 miles
    •  Guide

    This is a moderate day hike along the shores of Lake Lavon. Lake Lavon, managed by the Army Corps of Engineers, rests ...

  • #12 McAllister Park Trails

    6 Reviews

    San Antonio, TX

    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 ...
    •  20 miles
    •  Guide

    There is some pretty cool trail in here. Not the hardest in the state, or the prettiest, but worthy woods just the same. ...

  • #13 Erwin Park Trail

    6 Reviews

    McKinney, TX

    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 ...
    •  8 miles
    •  Guide

    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, ...

  • #14 Jack Brooks Park Trail

    4 Reviews

    Hitchcock, TX

    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 ...
    •  5 miles
    •  Guide

    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, ...

  • #15 Three Falls Hike at Barton Creek Greenbelt

    5 Reviews

    Austin, TX

    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 ...
    •  3-4 hours
    •  6.8 miles
    •  Guide

    This out-and-back hike begins midway along the Barton Creek Greenbelt. Leave the busy Twin Falls–Gaines Access, and descend ...

  • #16 Four C Trail

    6 Reviews

    Longview, TX

    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 ...
    •  40 miles
    •  Guide

    About 40 miles east of Crockett. A moderate two to three day backpack with a car shuttle through East Texas pine and hardwood ...

  • #17 Arbor Hills Nature Preserve Mountain Bike Trail

    3 Reviews

    Plano, TX

    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 ...
    •  2 miles
    •  Guide

    Five minutes from where I live, and then about ten light years to the left of everyday life. This is a delightful place to ...

  • #18 Dinosaur Valley

    9 Reviews

    Ft. Worth, TX

    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.
    •  4.3 miles
    •  Guide

    About 60 miles SW of Fort Worth. An easy day hike through the hills above the Paluxy River. Special Attractions: Dinosaur ...

  • #19 Lake Georgetown, Good Water Trail

    4 Reviews

    Georgetown, TX

    The rugged Good Water Trail is named for the Tonkawa people, or Tickanwatic, who called this land near the North Fork of the San Gabriel River the “land of good water.” The trail winds through ...
    •  15 hours
    •  26 miles
    •  Guide

    The rugged Good Water Trail is named for the Tonkawa people, or Tickanwatic, who called this land near the North Fork of ...

  • #20 Lost Maples

    4 Reviews

    San Antonio, TX

    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.
    •  4.6 miles
    •  Guide

    About 50 miles SW of Kerrville. An easy day hike through bigtooth maples in a narrow Hill Country canyon. Special Attractions: ...