Best Horseback Riding in Texas

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

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#1. Government Canyon State Natural Area, Lytle’s Loop Trail


This is a relatively new park with more than 36 miles of trails in two areas, the Frontcountry and the Backcountry. Texas Parks and Wildlife purchased this 8600-plus-acre park in cooperation with a nu…
From the guidebook "Best Hikes with Dogs: Texas Hill Country & Gulf Coast"
San Antonio, TX - Hiking, Horseback Riding - 4.8 miles
Published by The Mountaineers Books

#2. Hill Country State Natural Area, Comanche Bluff Trail


This park opened in 1984 and has 40 miles of multiuse trails crisscrossing 5369 acres of grassy valleys, steep limestone hills, and spring-fed streams. The donors of the bulk of the park’s acreage req…
From the guidebook "Best Hikes with Dogs: Texas Hill Country & Gulf Coast"
Bandera, TX - Hiking, Horseback Riding - 4.2 miles
Published by The Mountaineers Books

#3. Hill Country State Natural Area, Loop to Wilderness Camp Trail


This 5369-acre park, most of it donated by the Merrick Bar-O Ranch with the stipulation that it be kept natural and untouched, has 40 miles of multiuse trails. This particular hike is a classic Hill C…
From the guidebook "Best Hikes with Dogs: Texas Hill Country & Gulf Coast"
Bandera, TX - Hiking, Horseback Riding - 5.8 miles
Published by The Mountaineers Books

#4. McKinney Roughs Nature Park: Riverside Trails


This route combines the best of the 17 miles of McKinney Rough Nature Park’s crisscrossed collection of loops and out-and-back trails into one spectacular 2.5- mile hike. Start from the flat ridgeto…
From the guidebook "Best Hikes Near Austin and San Antonio"
Austin, TX - Hiking, Horseback Riding - 2.5 miles
Published by Falcon Guides

#5. McKinney Roughs Nature Park: Buckeye Trail


It’s always great to find a new trail, and the Buckeye Trail in McKinney Roughs Nature Park qualifies, having opened in late 2007. This is really a connector trail between the Road Runner Trail and…
From the guidebook "Best Hikes Near Austin and San Antonio"
Austin, TX - Hiking, Horseback Riding - 3 miles
Published by Falcon Guides

#6. Nails Creek Unit / LakeSomerville State Park: Flag Pond Loop


Flag Pond Loop is the best for viewing and photographing waterfowl. Viewing areas are located the entire length of the trail. Hike over gently rolling terrain through dense stands of yaupon, post oak,…
From the guidebook "Best Hikes Near Austin and San Antonio"
Somerville, TX - Hiking, Horseback Riding - 5.9 miles
Published by Falcon Guides

#7. Hill Country State Natural Area: Hermit’s Trace


Hermit’s Trace in the Hill Country State Natural Area offers strenuous hiking combined with the feeling of being in the wilderness. There are two difficult climbs and descents, made more treacherous b…
From the guidebook "Best Hikes Near Austin and San Antonio"
Bandera, TX - Hiking, Horseback Riding, Mountain Biking - 2.3 miles
Published by Falcon Guides

#8. Hill Country State Natural Area: Wilderness and Twin Peaks Trails


Sections of the Wilderness Trail combined with the Twin Peaks Trail is hiking at its best in the Hill Country State Natural Area. A combination of single-track and double-track trails add interest. Go…
From the guidebook "Best Hikes Near Austin and San Antonio"
Bandera, TX - Hiking, Horseback Riding, Mountain Biking - 3 miles
Published by Falcon Guides

#9. Guadalupe River State Park: Loops 2 and 3


This is a park for river lovers. The Guadalupe River’s 4 miles of frontage is awesome. The river’s banks are lined with 100–foot-high bald cypress trees and several swirling rapids along steep limesto…
From the guidebook "Best Hikes Near Austin and San Antonio"
Boerne, TX - Hiking, Horseback Riding, Mountain Biking - 5.6 miles
Published by Falcon Guides

#10. Cibolo Nature Center: Prairie, Creekside, and Woodlands Trails


Along the Creek Trail, towering bald cypress trees create a canopy for singing birds and darting dragonflies. Look into the clear water of Cibolo Creek to see red-eared slider turtles and catfish. T…
From the guidebook "Best Hikes Near Austin and San Antonio"
Boerne, TX - Hiking, Horseback Riding - 2.2 miles
Published by Falcon Guides

#11. Bear Creek Nature Trail


Hike over an area that had been farmed by German immigrants and their descendants for one hundred years. At Bear Creek Pioneers Park, deer are common and frogs and empty snail shells are numerous. V…
From the guidebook "Best Hikes Near Houston"
Addicks, TX - Hiking, Horseback Riding - 3.6 miles
Published by Falcon Guides

#12. Pundt Park: Pundt Lake, Creekside, Walnut, Red Bay, and Hardwood Trails


Folks who like to explore new trails will not be disappointed with these recent additions to the Spring Creek Greenway that opened in March 2009. Follow a series of well-marked, point-to-point trails…
From the guidebook "Best Hikes Near Houston"
Spring, TX - Hiking, Horseback Riding - 2 miles
Published by Falcon Guides

#13. Pundt Park: Spring Creek Greenway and Fallen Pine Trail


This hike is for those who like to mix open woods with heavy woods, small ponds, cypress bogs, and cleared resting areas. It is a new trail, having been completed in mid-2009, and is one of the first…
From the guidebook "Best Hikes Near Houston"
Spring, TX - Hiking, Horseback Riding - 2.2 miles
Published by Falcon Guides

#14. Jones Forest: Middle LakeHiking Trail


This hike alternates between trails in the deep woods and dirt park roads. Go by areas set aside for colonies of red-cockaded woodpeckers, an endangered species. Cross a unique land bridge that divide…
From the guidebook "Best Hikes Near Houston"
Tamina, TX - Birding, Hiking, Horseback Riding - 2.3 miles
Published by Falcon Guides

#15. Walnut Grove Trail


This 3-mile trail hugs the south shore of Lake Grapevine, offering stunning views and surprising solitude. The first part of the trail is through woods; the second part is along the shoreline. The tra…
From the guidebook "Best Easy Day Hikes: Dallas/Fort Worth"
Westlake, TX - Hiking, Horseback Riding - 3 miles
Published by Falcon Guides

#16. Hill Country State Natural Area: Wilderness and Twin Peaks Trails


Sections of the Wilderness Trail combined with the Twin Peaks Trail is hiking at its best. Go through canyons, up and down rocky hills, and across seasonal creeks to see some of the best scenery in ce…
From the guidebook "Best Easy Day Hikes: San Antonio"
Bandera, TX - Hiking, Horseback Riding, Mountain Biking - 3 miles
Published by Falcon Guides

#17. Cibolo Nature Center: Prairie, Creekside, and Woodlands Trails


Along the Creekside Trail, towering bald cypress trees create a canopy for singing birds and darting dragonflies. Look into the clear water of Cibolo Creek to see red-eared slider turtles and catfish.…
From the guidebook "Best Easy Day Hikes: San Antonio"
Boerne, TX - Hiking, Horseback Riding - 2.2 miles
Published by Falcon Guides

#18. McKinney Roughs Nature Park:Riverside Trails


This route combines the best of the 17 miles of McKinney Roughs Nature Park’s crisscrossed collection of loops and out-and-back trails into one spectacular 2.5-mile hike. Start from the flat ridgetop,…
From the guidebook "Best Easy Day Hikes: Austin"
Garfield, TX - Hiking, Horseback Riding - 2.5 miles
Published by Falcon Guides

#19. McKinney Roughs Nature Park:Buckeye Trail


It’s always great to find a new trail, such as the Buckeye Trail in McKinney Roughs Nature Park qualifies, which opened in late 2007. This is really a connector trail between the Road Runner Trail a…
From the guidebook "Best Easy Day Hikes: Austin"
Crawford, TX - Hiking, Horseback Riding - 3 miles
Published by Falcon Guides

#20. Mary Moore Searight: Metro Loop Trail


This park has a number of intersecting trails, totaling over 6 miles, which makes it easy to alter the hike depending on the time available and amount of solitude wanted. These trails can be reached f…
From the guidebook "Best Easy Day Hikes: Austin"
Manchaca, TX - Hiking, Horseback Riding, Trail Running - 2.4 miles
Published by Falcon Guides