25 Must-Do Hikes in Texas

You've got a lot of ground to cover.

Texas is a huge state and even though much of the terrain is the rugged desert landscape that you'd expect, you'll also be surprised at the diversity you'll find on the trail. From lush swimming holes, to wildflower meadows and epic summit views, the Lone Star State has a few gems hidden up its sleeve. Whether you're looking for a remote, all-day trek or just a quick escape close to town, everyone can find something that satisfies their hiking needs on this list. 

1. Hike to the Lighthouse in Palo Duro Canyon


Photo: Korey Taylor

2. Hike to Cattail Falls


Photo: Andrew Slaton

3. Hike Santa Elena Canyon in Big Bend


Photo: Sarah Vaughn

4. Climb Guadalupe Peak


Photo: Tim Holland

5. Hike to Enchanted Rock


Photo: Nick Tort

6. Hike the Gypsum Sand Dunes, Guadalupe Mountains NP

Photo: Kyle Obermann

7. Hike through the Wild Basin Wilderness Preserve


Photo: Taylor Klugman

8. Hike the Window Trail in Big Bend


Photo: Chris Mongeau

9. Hike through St. Edwards Park


Photo: Brooke Simmons

10. Hike to the Boquillas Hot Springs


Photo: Korey Taylor

11. Hike Big Bend’s Emory Peak


Photo: Warren Goh

12. Hike among the Gators in Brazos Bend


Photo: Dan Casioppo

13. Hike to West Peak


Photo: Korey Taylor

14. Hike to Crockett Gardens and Falls


Photo: Amanda Webb

15. Hike to the Upper Guale Mesa in Big Bend Ranch State Park


Photo: Andrew Miller

16. Hike through Muleshoe Bend Recreation Area


Photo: Amanda Webb

17. Hike Palo Duro Canyon’s Rock Garden Trail


Photo: Greg Christensen

18. Hike Cedar Flats Trail at Eisenhower Park


Photo: Lauren Bonczek

19. Hike the Closed Canyon Trail in Big Bend Ranch SP


Photo: Helen Yoon

20. Hike the East Trail at Lost Maples


Photo: Sarah Vaughn

21. Summit Old Baldy, Garner State Park


Photo: Sarah Vaughn

22. Hike Pine Ridge Overlook


Photo: Brooke Simmons

23. Hike through the Arbor Hills Nature Preserve


Photo: Dan Toups

24. Hike Sugarloaf Mountain


Photo: Hunter Hausman

25. Hike to Penitentiary Hollow via Red Waterfront Trail


Photo: Korey Taylor

Cover photo: Kyle Obermann

Published: January 27, 2017

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