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.

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#1. Lake Georgetown, Good Water Trail


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 dense…
From the guidebook "Best Hikes with Dogs: Texas Hill Country & Gulf Coast"
Georgetown, TX - Backpacking, Hiking - 26 miles
Published by The Mountaineers Books

#2. Bush Mountain


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 and th…
From the guidebook "Hiking Carlsbad Caverns & Guadalupe Mountains National Parks"
Salt Flat, TX - Backpacking, Hiking - 17.8 miles
Published by Falcon Guides

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


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 is…
From the guidebook "Day Trips from San Antonio"
Corpus Christi, TX - Backpacking, Hiking
Published by The Globe Pequot Press

#4. Blue Ridge Trail


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, b…
From the guidebook "Hiking Carlsbad Caverns & Guadalupe Mountains National Parks"
Salt Flat, TX - Backpacking, Hiking - 14.8 miles
Published by Falcon Guides

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


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 the…
From the guidebook "Day Trips from San Antonio"
Wimberley, TX - Backpacking, Hiking
Published by The Globe Pequot Press

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


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, and a Me…
From the guidebook "Day Trips from San Antonio"
Del Rio, TX - Backpacking, Hiking
Published by The Globe Pequot Press

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


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 its prima…
From the guidebook "Day Trips from Houston"
La Marque, TX - Backpacking, Hiking
Published by The Globe Pequot Press

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


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 tow…
From the guidebook "Day Trips from San Antonio"
Eagle Pass, TX - Backpacking, Hiking
Published by The Globe Pequot Press

#9. The Alamo City: San Antonio


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 to v…
From the guidebook "Day Trips from Austin"
San Antonio, TX - Backpacking, Hiking
Published by The Globe Pequot Press

#10. Humble, Cleveland, and Coldspring


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 anti…
From the guidebook "Day Trips from Houston"
Cleveland, TX - Backpacking, Hiking
Published by The Globe Pequot Press

#11. Painted Churches: McKinney Falls State Park, Lockhart, Luling, Flatonia, Praha, and Schulenburg


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, and…
From the guidebook "Day Trips from Austin"
Schulenburg, TX - Backpacking, Hiking
Published by The Globe Pequot Press

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


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 Space C…
From the guidebook "Day Trips from Houston"
League City, TX - Backpacking, Hiking
Published by The Globe Pequot Press

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


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 are seve…
From the guidebook "Day Trips from Houston"
College Station, TX - Backpacking, Hiking
Published by The Globe Pequot Press

#14. Rock Hound's Delight: Llano and Mason


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 regi…
From the guidebook "Day Trips from Austin"
Mason, TX - Backpacking, Hiking
Published by The Globe Pequot Press

#15. Austin, Texas


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 on…
From the guidebook "Day Trips from San Antonio"
Austin, TX - Backpacking, Hiking
Published by The Globe Pequot Press

#16. Johnson City, Stonewall, Luckenbach, Fredericksburg, & Enchanted Rock State Natural Area


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 River…
From the guidebook "Day Trips from San Antonio"
Fredericksburg, TX - Backpacking, Hiking
Published by The Globe Pequot Press

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


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 is a…
From the guidebook "Day Trips from Austin"
Belton, TX - Backpacking, Hiking
Published by The Globe Pequot Press

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


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 post la…
From the guidebook "Day Trips from Houston"
Conroe, TX - Backpacking, Hiking
Published by The Globe Pequot Press

#19. New Braunfels and Gruene


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 for…
From the guidebook "Day Trips from San Antonio"
New Braunfels, TX - Backpacking, Hiking
Published by The Globe Pequot Press

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


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 some…
From the guidebook "Day Trips from Houston"
Baytown, TX - Backpacking, Hiking
Published by The Globe Pequot Press