Best Hiking in Texas

This list represents the most popular hiking in Texas. Use this list to plan your next Texas hiking 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 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 ...

  • #3 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 ...

  • #4 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: ...

  • #5 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 ...

  • #6 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 ...

  • #7 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 ...

  • #8 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 ...

  • #9 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 ...

  • #10 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 ...

  • #11 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 ...

  • #12 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 ...

  • #13 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: ...

  • #14 Caprock Canyons

    6 Reviews

    Quitaque, TX

    About 90 miles NE of Lubbock. An easy day hike or overnight trip in the red rock canyons of the caprock's edge. Special Attractions: Red rock formations, views. Permit required for camping. ...
    •  6 miles
    •  Guide

    About 90 miles NE of Lubbock. An easy day hike or overnight trip in the red rock canyons of the caprock's edge. Special ...

  • #15 McKittrick Canyon

    6 Reviews

    Salt Flat, TX

    As you drive up the road toward McKittrick Canyon, you might not believe you're headed for one of most famous and scenic spots in Texas. The topography hides the canyon well. Rest assured that ...
    •  4 hours
    •  4.6 miles
    •  Guide

    As you drive up the road toward McKittrick Canyon, you might not believe you're headed for one of most famous and scenic ...

  • #16 Guadalupe Peak - Texas Highpoint

    5 Reviews

    Pine Springs, TX

    Highpoint rank by height: 14th. The Guadalupe Peak area is subject to sudden and violent weather changes. High winds, rain and lightning can develop faster than you might imagine. Be prepared! ...
    •  5 hours
    •  8.4 miles
    •  Guide

    Highpoint rank by height: 14th. The Guadalupe Peak area is subject to sudden and violent weather changes. High winds, rain ...

  • #17 Devil's Hall

    5 Reviews

    Salt Flat, TX

    The first mile of this trip follows a well-defined trail up Pine Springs Canyon. This is the horse route up Guadalupe Peak, so the trail is well-defined and easy to follow. The trail passes through ...
    •  4 hours
    •  4.2 miles
    •  Guide

    The first mile of this trip follows a well-defined trail up Pine Springs Canyon. This is the horse route up Guadalupe Peak, ...

  • #18 The Lighthouse

    6 Reviews

    Amarillo, TX

    About 25 miles SE of Amarillo. An easy day hike to a large shale and sandstone pinnacle. Special Attractions: Colorful rock formations.
    •  6 miles
    •  Guide

    About 25 miles SE of Amarillo. An easy day hike to a large shale and sandstone pinnacle. Special Attractions: Colorful ...

  • #19 Little Lake Creek Wilderness

    5 Reviews

    Huntsville, TX

    About 35 miles NW of Conroe. A moderate day hike along the Lone Star Trail into the Little Lake Creek Wilderness. Special Attractions: Small East Texas Wilderness area, mature forest.
    •  9.5 miles
    •  Guide

    About 35 miles NW of Conroe. A moderate day hike along the Lone Star Trail into the Little Lake Creek Wilderness. Special ...

  • #20 Wild Basin Wilderness Preserve

    5 Reviews

    Austin, TX

    Part of the Balcones Canyonlands Preserve and operated as an educational resource by St. Edward’s University, these 227 acres are a rare tract of undisturbed Hill Country within the city li ...
    •  1-2 hours
    •  1.8 miles
    •  Guide

    Part of the Balcones Canyonlands Preserve and operated as an educational resource by St. Edward’s University, these 227 acres ...