Best Backpacking in Texas

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

  • #1 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 ...

  • #2 Bush Mountain

    0 Reviews

    Salt Flat, TX

    This loop trail offers an ideal multi-day adventure in the remote regions of the Guadalupe Mountains—and also the opportunity to see the most famous features of the park, such as Guadalupe Peak ...
    •  At least two full days
    •  17.8 miles
    •  Guide

    This loop trail offers an ideal multi-day adventure in the remote regions of the Guadalupe Mountains—and also the opportunity ...

  • #3 Three Rivers, Mathis, Corpus Christi, Padre and Mustang Islands, and Kingsville

    1 Reviews

    Corpus Christi, TX

    Located halfway between San Antonio and Corpus Christi, the community of Three Rivers is best known as the gateway to Choke Canyon. Continue south to Corpus Christi. This city of 275,000 residents ...
    •  One day to several days
    •  Guide

    Located halfway between San Antonio and Corpus Christi, the community of Three Rivers is best known as the gateway to Choke ...

  • #4 Blue Ridge Trail

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    Salt Flat, TX

    This trail is for the adventurous hiker only. It goes through the most remote and rugged part of Guadalupe Mountains National Park. This trip could be done in one very long day of strenuous walking, ...
    •  Two full days
    •  14.8 miles
    •  Guide

    This trail is for the adventurous hiker only. It goes through the most remote and rugged part of Guadalupe Mountains National ...

  • #5 Blanco, Fischer, Devil's Backbone Scenic Drive, and Wimberley

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    Wimberley, TX

    To reach Blanco, go north of San Antonio past miles of cattle ranches and Hill Country vistas. Formerly a “Wild West” kind of town, the community was originally the seat of Blanco County. Although ...
    •  One day to several days
    •  Guide

    To reach Blanco, go north of San Antonio past miles of cattle ranches and Hill Country vistas. Formerly a “Wild West” kind ...

  • #6 Brackettville, Del Rio, and Seminole Canyon State Historical Park, Texas, and Ciudad Acuna, Mexico

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    Del Rio, TX

    This weekend trip has a lot to offer, from shoot-’em-up fun at Alamo Village to an afternoon dip in Del Rio’s San Felipe Springs. Hop across the border for some bargain shopping, a margarita, ...
    •  One day to several days
    •  Guide

    This weekend trip has a lot to offer, from shoot-’em-up fun at Alamo Village to an afternoon dip in Del Rio’s San Felipe ...

  • #7 Alvin, Santa Fe, Hitchcock, and Le Marque

    1 Reviews

    La Marque, TX

    Basically a farming community first settled in the 1840s, Alvin prospered with the coming of the railroad in the 1880s and remains a major agricultural center today. As a tourist destination ...
    •  One day to several days
    •  Guide

    Basically a farming community first settled in the 1840s, Alvin prospered with the coming of the railroad in the 1880s and ...

  • #8 Eagle Pass, Texas, and Piedras Negras, Mexico

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    Eagle Pass, TX

    Go southwest from San Antonio to Eagle Pass and its sister city, Piedras Negras. These destinations are popular for a weekend of shopping, partying, and south-of-the-border fun. Like other border ...
    •  One day to several days
    •  Guide

    Go southwest from San Antonio to Eagle Pass and its sister city, Piedras Negras. These destinations are popular for a weekend ...

  • #9 The Alamo City: San Antonio

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    San Antonio, TX

    As Texas’s second-largest city, San Antonio has the reputation of a fun-loving town. Located south of Austin, the city always has something going on to attract visitors. No matter when you choose ...
    •  One day to several days
    •  Guide

    As Texas’s second-largest city, San Antonio has the reputation of a fun-loving town. Located south of Austin, the city always ...

  • #10 Humble, Cleveland, and Coldspring

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    Cleveland, TX

    Humble’s Main Street is now a stroll through struggling small-town Americana, but things are looking up. Fresh interest in restoring Main Street to its original appearance has resulted in several ...
    •  One day to several days
    •  Guide

    Humble’s Main Street is now a stroll through struggling small-town Americana, but things are looking up. Fresh interest in ...

  • #11 Rock Hound's Delight: Llano and Mason

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    Mason, TX

    This trip is a favorite with rock hounds and outdoor lovers. Continuing from Buchanan Dam, you’ll see more and more granite outcroppings—huge boulders protruding from the rugged land. This entire ...
    •  One day to several days
    •  Guide

    This trip is a favorite with rock hounds and outdoor lovers. Continuing from Buchanan Dam, you’ll see more and more granite ...

  • #12 Clear Lake, Seabrook, Kemah, and League City

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    League City, TX

    The launching of Sputnik also launched America’s space program and triggered the construction of the NASA/Lyndon B. Johnson Space Center. Visitors now access some portions of that facility via ...
    •  One day to several days
    •  Guide

    The launching of Sputnik also launched America’s space program and triggered the construction of the NASA/Lyndon B. Johnson ...

  • #13 Bryan-College Station and the Brazos River Valley

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    College Station, TX

    The joint communities of Bryan-College Station tend to have a single connotation to Houstonians—Texas A&M University. While visitors to that sprawling campus will find much of interest, there ...
    •  One day to several days
    •  Guide

    The joint communities of Bryan-College Station tend to have a single connotation to Houstonians—Texas A&M University. While ...

  • #14 Painted Churches: McKinney Falls State Park, Lockhart, Luling, Flatonia, Praha, and Schulenburg

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    Schulenburg, TX

    A favorite with those looking for a quick getaway from the city, McKinney Falls State Park includes plenty of chances to view the area’s wildlife, including white-tailed deer, raccoons, squirrels, ...
    •  One day to several days
    •  Guide

    A favorite with those looking for a quick getaway from the city, McKinney Falls State Park includes plenty of chances to ...

  • #15 Johnson City, Stonewall, Luckenbach, Fredericksburg, & Enchanted Rock State Natural Area

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    Fredericksburg, TX

    The most popular stop in Johnson City is the LBJ Boyhood Home, managed by the U.S. Park Service. LBJ was five years old in 1913 when his family moved from their country home near the Pedernales ...
    •  One day to several days
    •  Guide

    The most popular stop in Johnson City is the LBJ Boyhood Home, managed by the U.S. Park Service. LBJ was five years old in ...

  • #16 Austin, Texas

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    Austin, TX

    Maybe it’s the college student population that tops 50,000. Maybe it’s the live music industry that has made this city a haven for fans and performers alike. Or maybe it’s just geography, situated ...
    •  One day to several days
    •  Guide

    Maybe it’s the college student population that tops 50,000. Maybe it’s the live music industry that has made this city a ...

  • #17 Military History: Belton, Killeen, The Grove, and Temple

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    Belton, TX

    Built on the Leon River and Nolan Creek, the community of Belton was once named Nolanville, a place where merchants sold goods from wagons and tin cups full of whiskey from a barrel. Today Belton ...
    •  One day to several days
    •  Guide

    Built on the Leon River and Nolan Creek, the community of Belton was once named Nolanville, a place where merchants sold ...

  • #18 Tomball, Montgomery, Conroe, The Woodlands, and Spring

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    Conroe, TX

    First up is the farming community of Tomball, named for early-twentieth-century congressman Thomas H. Ball. On Main Street find numerous antiques stores in the heart of town. An Indian trading ...
    •  One day to several days
    •  Guide

    First up is the farming community of Tomball, named for early-twentieth-century congressman Thomas H. Ball. On Main Street ...

  • #19 New Braunfels and Gruene

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    New Braunfels, TX

    If you’re looking for a romantic getaway in a historic inn or a weekend of outdoor fun, New Braunfels is the place. Just half an hour northeast of San Antonio, this town of 30,700 offers something ...
    •  One day to several days
    •  Guide

    If you’re looking for a romantic getaway in a historic inn or a weekend of outdoor fun, New Braunfels is the place. Just ...

  • #20 Pasadena, La Porte, Baytown, and Morgan's Point

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    Baytown, TX

    Slightly off the usual Sunday drive itinerary, this upper bay region has several things to see and do. Start with a tour of the Port of Houston and the ship channel, and then head east to digest ...
    •  One day to several days
    •  Guide

    Slightly off the usual Sunday drive itinerary, this upper bay region has several things to see and do. Start with a tour ...