Best Trail Running in Texas

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

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#1. Southeast Metropolitan Park: Primitive Trail


Hiking nearly 3 miles up, down, and around the backbone of a ridge, with forest, cactus, and undergrowth reaching to the trail’s edge, makes this feel like the wilderness. Two ponds offer resting poin…
From the guidebook "Best Hikes Near Austin and San Antonio"
Austin, TX - Hiking, Trail Running - 2.6 miles
Published by Falcon Guides

#2. McKinney Falls State Park: Homestead Trail


The walk to get to the trailhead is a mini-adventure. Go over the lava-like rock flows from Pilot Knob volcano, which created Lower McKinney Falls 80 million years ago. Then ford Onion Creek, or wade…
From the guidebook "Best Hikes Near Austin and San Antonio"
Austin, TX - Hiking, Mountain Biking, Trail Running - 3 miles
Published by Falcon Guides

#3. Government Canyon State Natural Area: Savannah Loop


The Savannah Loop in the front country of Government Canyon State Natural Area is one of the tamer trails in this state natural area. This is a good hike for families. The trail parallels Government C…
From the guidebook "Best Hikes Near Austin and San Antonio"
San Antonio, TX - Hiking, Mountain Biking, Trail Running - 2.9 miles
Published by Falcon Guides

#4. San Antonio Parks and Recreation: Mission Espada


The Mission Trail, paralleling the San Antonio River, is the hike for Texas history lovers. It’s rare to be able to hike a trail and actually see buildings that were constructed before the American Re…
From the guidebook "Best Hikes Near Austin and San Antonio"
San Antonio, TX - Hiking, Trail Running - 4.3 miles
Published by Falcon Guides

#5. Friedrich Wilderness Park: Main Loop, Vista Loop, and Fern Del Trail


Perched high on the Balcones Escarpment, this hike becomes exhilarating on the short Fern Del Trail. Go up steep limestone outcroppings, called steps, through a dwarf forest and along a single-track,…
From the guidebook "Best Hikes Near Austin and San Antonio"
San Antonio, TX - Hiking, Trail Running - 2.3 miles
Published by Falcon Guides

#6. Medina River Park: El Camino and Rio Medina Trails


Medina River Park is perfect for nature and river lovers. Start on the El Camino Trail, a concrete, wheelchair-accessible path that goes to an overlook on the Medina River. Pick up the Rio Medina Trai…
From the guidebook "Best Hikes Near Austin and San Antonio"
San Antonio, TX - Hiking, Trail Running - 3 miles
Published by Falcon Guides

#7. Buffalo Bayou: Tinsley Trail


This hike has a split personality. The Houston skyline is to the north, Allen Parkway and Memorial Drive serve as north and south borders, and in between is the park with a large greenbelt area and Bu…
From the guidebook "Best Hikes Near Houston"
Houston, TX - Hiking, Mountain Biking, Trail Running - 2.4 miles
Published by Falcon Guides

#8. Buffalo Bayou: Sabine to Waugh


Explore 2 miles on the north side of Buffalo Bayou, just west of downtown Houston. Good views of the downtown skyline are available. There is much greenspace, and the edges of the bayou have a wide va…
From the guidebook "Best Hikes Near Houston"
Houston, TX - Hiking, Mountain Biking, Trail Running - 4.4 miles
Published by Falcon Guides

#9. Hermann Park


This is a great hike for the entire family. The enlarged McGovern Lake includes three new islands supplying wetland habitat. There are many amenities for young hikers, including a miniature train ride…
From the guidebook "Best Hikes Near Houston"
Houston, TX - Hiking, Trail Running - 1.8 miles
Published by Falcon Guides

#10. John T. Mason Park


Mason Park offers hikers short, tree-filled trails on the east side of Houston. Brays Bayou flows into and then out of the park’s 104 acres. The development of 3.5 acres of retention ponds have help…
From the guidebook "Best Hikes Near Houston"
Houston, TX - Hiking, Trail Running - 1.1 miles
Published by Falcon Guides

#11. Collins Park: Gourley Nature Trail


It’s always exciting to hike a new trail. But it’s downright thrilling to hike on the first completed leg (dedicated in December 2008) of an eventual 32-mile trail along Cypress Creek. When finished,…
From the guidebook "Best Hikes Near Houston"
Bammel, TX - Hiking, Trail Running - 1.2 miles
Published by Falcon Guides

#12. Collins Park: Cypress Creek Greenway


This trail is for creek lovers, and is one of the new Cypress Creek Greenway trails. It is an out-and-back trail, mostly along the creek, that presents two different views: one in the manicured playfi…
From the guidebook "Best Hikes Near Houston"
Bammel, TX - Hiking, Mountain Biking, Trail Running - 1.8 miles
Published by Falcon Guides

#13. Faulkey Gully Trail


This hike is representative of many of the new, linear, in-city trails in Houston. They are built along gullies, bayous, and floodplain property. One edge of the trail generally abuts a residential ar…
From the guidebook "Best Hikes Near Houston"
Kohrville, TX - Hiking, Mountain Biking, Trail Running - 1.6 miles
Published by Falcon Guides

#14. Katy Trail


The former railroad right-of-way has gone from neighborhood eyesore to the place to see and be seen in uptown Dallas. It’s the closest thing North Texas hiking has to a singles bar, as the city’s buff…
From the guidebook "Best Easy Day Hikes: Dallas/Fort Worth"
Dallas, TX - Hiking, Trail Running - 5 miles
Published by Falcon Guides

#15. Little Bear Creek Trail


A popular dog park adjacent to this trail makes it ideal for canines. Educational markers identifying various tree species, a scenic dock overlooking a large pond, and well-maintained fields and a pla…
From the guidebook "Best Easy Day Hikes: Dallas/Fort Worth"
Euless, TX - Hiking, Trail Running - 2 miles
Published by Falcon Guides

#16. River Legacy Park Trail


This flat, paved trail is popular with runners, cyclists, and hikers alike. The 1,300-acre park includes 8.0 miles of trails along the West Fork of the Trinity River, where the river’s steep banks are…
From the guidebook "Best Easy Day Hikes: Dallas/Fort Worth"
Euless, TX - Hiking, Trail Running - 3.2 miles
Published by Falcon Guides

#17. Eisenhower Park: Hillview, Red Oak, and Cedar Flats Trails


The Hillview and Cedar Flats Trails have been combined into a counterclockwise loop. This provides a range of hiking from easy to moderate through some of the most scenic sections of the 320-acre park…
From the guidebook "Best Easy Day Hikes: San Antonio"
Helotes, TX - Hiking, Trail Running - 3.1 miles
Published by Falcon Guides

#18. Eisenhower Park: Yucca, Shady Creek, and Cedar Flats Trails


Eisenhower Park, with its 320 acres and over 5 miles of trails, allows hikers to choose from paved, relatively flat trails or rocky, natural-surface, strenuous hikes. This hike offers some of both. Ce…
From the guidebook "Best Easy Day Hikes: San Antonio"
Helotes, TX - Hiking, Trail Running - 1.9 miles
Published by Falcon Guides

#19. Stone Oak Park: Spider’s Dare Trail


This relatively new park, which opened in 2006, is developing some short but very interesting trails. The area is prime karst territory, somewhat similar to the Hill Country. The entrances to Cub Cave…
From the guidebook "Best Easy Day Hikes: San Antonio"
Wetmore, TX - Hiking, Trail Running - 1.2 miles
Published by Falcon Guides

#20. Comanche Lookout Park: Loop and Lookout Tower Trails


The 92-acre Comanche Lookout Park has a wealth of history. The Loop Trail has been combined with the Comanche Lookout Tower Trail to explore the most interesting sections of the park. The four-story m…
From the guidebook "Best Easy Day Hikes: San Antonio"
Wetmore, TX - Hiking, Trail Running - 1.7 miles
Published by Falcon Guides