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.

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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)
Published by Falcon Guides

#2. 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)
Published by Falcon Guides

#3. 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)
Published by Falcon Guides

#4. 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)
Published by Falcon Guides

#5. 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)
Published by Falcon Guides

#6. 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)
Published by Falcon Guides

#7. 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)
Published by Falcon Guides

#8. 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)
Published by Falcon Guides

#9. 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)
Published by Menasha Ridge Press

#10. 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)
Published by Falcon Guides

#11. 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)
Published by Falcon Guides

#12. 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)
Published by Falcon Guides

#13. Caprock Canyons


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.…
From the guidebook "Hiking Texas"
Quitaque, TX - Hiking - 6 miles
Published by Falcon Guides

#14. McKittrick Canyon


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 McKittr…
From the guidebook "Hiking Carlsbad Caverns & Guadalupe Mountains National Parks"
Salt Flat, TX - Hiking - 4.6 miles
Published by Falcon Guides

#15. 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

#16. Guadalupe Peak - Texas Highpoint


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! The vie…
From the guidebook "Highpoint Adventures: The Complete Guide to the 50 State Highpoints"
Pine Springs, TX - Hiking - 8.4 miles
Published by Colorado Mountain Club Press

#17. Devil's Hall


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 th…
From the guidebook "Hiking Carlsbad Caverns & Guadalupe Mountains National Parks"
Salt Flat, TX - Hiking - 4.2 miles
Published by Falcon Guides

#18. Little Lake Creek Wilderness


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.…
From the guidebook "Hiking Texas"
Huntsville, TX - Hiking - 9.5 miles
Published by Falcon Guides

#19. The Lighthouse


About 25 miles SE of Amarillo. An easy day hike to a large shale and sandstone pinnacle. Special Attractions: Colorful rock formations.…
From the guidebook "Hiking Texas"
Amarillo, TX - Hiking - 6 miles
Published by Falcon Guides

#20. Wild Basin Wilderness Preserve


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 limits. Wit…
From the guidebook "60 Hikes within 60 Miles: San Antonio & Austin"
Austin, TX - Hiking - 1.8 miles
Published by Menasha Ridge Press