The Best Outdoor Activities in Texas

Discover the best hiking, camping, backpacking, fitness, and more.

Hike to Penitentiary Hollow via Red Waterfront Trail

Texas / Lake Mineral Wells State Park Entrance

Lake Mineral Wells is one of the closest state parks in the area located less than an hour and a half from Dallas and only 45 minutes from Fort Worth.

Korey Taylor
480 Saves

Swim in Barton Springs Pool

Texas / Barton Springs

Barton Springs Pool is a historical staple in the city of Austin. Located within Zilker Park, the location is easy to find and even has easy accessible parking.

Sarah Vaughn
465 Saves

Camp at Pace Bend Park

Texas / Pace Bend Park

Pace Bend is a favorite camping and day use destination near Austin, Texas.

Brooke Simmons
464 Saves

Hike to the Lighthouse in Palo Duro Canyon

Texas / Lighthouse Trailhead

Palo Duro Canyon is considered the Grand Canyon of Texas and the Lighthouse is one of the most unique geological formations found there.

Korey Taylor
456 Saves

Hike through St. Edwards Park

Texas / St. Edwards Trail


Brooke Simmons
427 Saves

Explore Dinosaur Tracks in Leander

Texas / South Fork San Gabriel River

About a half mile west from the Hwy 183 bridge that crosses the South Fork of the San Gabriel River lies approximately 12 dinosaur footprints embedded in the river bed.

Brooke Simmons
422 Saves

Hike to Cattail Falls

Texas / Cattail Falls Parking Area

Head south on the Ross Maxwell Scenic Drive in Big Bend. Just after mile marker 3, you will see signs for the Sam Nail Ranch overlook, and a small opening in the scrub brush will appear on your left.

Andrew Slaton
412 Saves

Hike Santa Elena Canyon in Big Bend

Texas / Santa Elena Canyon Parking Area

Santa Elena Canyon is one of the crown jewels of Big Bend National Park, and something you surely don't want to miss if you pay the park a visit.

Sarah Vaughn
405 Saves

Explore Galveston Island State Park

Texas / Freshwater Pond Loop

Galveston Island State Park is one of the several state parks in Texas offering coastline to the Gulf of Mexico.

Sarah Vaughn
371 Saves

Stargaze at Fort Griffin

Texas / Fort Griffin State Historic Site

Witness the Milky Way in all of it's glory at Fort Griffin State Historic Site.

Korey Taylor
356 Saves

Kayak at Guadalupe River State Park

Texas / Guadalupe River State Park

Once you enter Guadalupe River State Park, be sure to grab a map of the park as the roads can be a little confusing.

Reghan Gillman
350 Saves

Hike the Window Trail in Big Bend

Texas / Chios Basin Campground

The Window Trail is one of the most popular hikes in Big Bend National Park.

Chris Mongeau
339 Saves

Hike through the Arbor Hills Nature Preserve

Texas / Arbor Hills Nature Preserve

Arbor Hills Nature Preserve is a free, fantastic get-away for a quick dose of the outdoors in the middle of the busy city.

Dan Toups
323 Saves

Hike to the Boquillas Hot Springs

Texas / Hot Springs Historic Trailhead

The Boquillas Hot Springs are the most famous of geothermal hot springs along the big bend of the Rio Grande River. The springs were originally built into a bathhouse by J.O.

Korey Taylor
316 Saves

Paddle on Lady Bird Lake in Austin

Texas / Lady Bird Lake Austin Texas

Getting There: Lady Bird Lake is located just South of Downtown Austin. One of many ways to access Lady Bird Lake is from Zilker Metropolitan Park and Barton Springs Pool.

Zachary Heiliger
314 Saves

Discover Dinosaur Tracks along Blue Hole Trail

Texas / Dinosaur Valley State Park Entrance

Dinosaur Valley is located in the small town of Glen Rose about an hour and a half Southwest of Dallas.

Korey Taylor
313 Saves

Hike through the Wild Basin Wilderness Preserve

Texas / Wild Basin Parking Area

Wild Basin Wilderness Preserve is managed as part of the Balcones Canyonlands Preserve and consists of 227 acres of beautiful Hill Country woodlands owned jointly by Travis County (164.

Taylor Klugman
307 Saves

Backpack the Chisos Mountains

Texas / Laguna Meadows Trailhead

Most people don’t know that there are 8,000-foot peaks in Texas, but in the exceptionally remote southwest corner of the Lone Star State, Big Bend National Park’s Chisos Mountains soar high over the .

Nick Lake
304 Saves

Explore White Rock Lake

Texas / White Rock Lake Parking Lot

White Rock Lake is the crown jewel of Dallas. It includes a 9.3 mile loop trail that is available for hikers, bikers, and walkers.

Korey Taylor
303 Saves

Hike Big Bend's Emory Peak

Texas / Emory Peak Trailhead

The hike to Emory Peak zig-zags up the face of the mountain, and only when you reach the peak do you get the full, 360 view of Big Bend National Park. Trust me, it's gorgeous.

Warren Goh
288 Saves

Camping at Caprock Canyon State Park

Texas / Caprock Canyon Campground Trailhead

Caprock Canyon State Park is equipped with two primitive campgrounds: North Prong and South Prong. These campgrounds are equipped with pit toilets as seen in the above photos.

Suril Patel
269 Saves

Climb Guadalupe Peak

Texas / Guadalupe Peak Trail Visitors Center

It's na 8.5 mile round trip that has an elevation gain of over 3000 ft. The trail is a lot of switch backs which help you gain that 3000 ft very quickly. The first 1.

Tim Holland
264 Saves

Hike Boquillas Canyon in Big Bend

Texas / Boquillas Canyon Trailhead

Boquillas Canyon is one of the longest and most beautiful canyons Big Bend has to offer. To get here you will head towards Rio Grande Village from the park's headquarters at Panther Junction.

Sarah Vaughn
234 Saves

Adventure at Krause Springs

Texas / Krause Springs

Spend the day swimming and exploring or stay the night and see everything this privately owned park has to offer! From the spring fed concrete pool, to natural spring fed swimming hole, waterfall, bu.

Ross Kyker
234 Saves

Hike to West Peak

Texas / Spring Branch Trailhead

West Peak is situated in the beautiful Hill Country State Natural Area which is located near the popular Lost Maples and Garner state parks.

Korey Taylor
232 Saves

Hike Among the Gators in Brazos Bend

Texas / 40-Acre Lake Trailhead, Brazos Bend SP

Looking for the chance to get up close and personal with some American Alligators? Brazos Bend will do just that and more.

Dan Casioppo
231 Saves

Primitive Camp at Moss Lake

Texas / Enchanted Rock Loop Trailhead

Enchanted Rock is one of the most popular destinations in Texas, but if you want to enhance your experience at this treasured site, I suggested primitive camping at Moss Lake.

Korey Taylor
226 Saves

Feed Exotic Wildlife at Fossil Rim

Texas / Fossil Rim Wildlife Center

Fossil Rim Wildlife Center started it's journey about 30 years ago when a few passionate conservationists took it upon themselves to start a fight to save many endangered species.

Korey Taylor
224 Saves

Hike to McKittrick Ridge Campground

Texas / McKittrick Canyon Trailhead

This hike is not for the faint of heart or the out of shape.

Andrew Miller
215 Saves

Photograph Pennybacker Bridge (Austin 360 Bridge)

Texas / Pennybacker Bridge (Austin 360 Bridge)

If you're looking for excellent views of hill country, the skyline, or just an awesome place to watch the sunset this is the place to be.

Ross Kyker
211 Saves

Camp at Huntsville State Park

Texas / Huntsville State Park Campground

Note: The lake camping photo is of a Huntsville State Park sanctioned campsite. Huntsville State Park is located about an hour north of Houston off of I-45.

Laura Irizarry
202 Saves

Visit the Cathedral of Junk

Texas / Cathedral of Junk

The Cathedral of Junk is a hidden gem within the Austin City Limits, actually located in the Artists backyard.

Ross Kyker
200 Saves

Hike to Crockett Gardens and Falls

Texas / Cedar Breaks Park

This is a 5.8 mile out-and-back trail snaking along the banks of Lake Georgetown. The trailhead is located in Cedar Breaks Park.

Amanda Webb
197 Saves

Camp at Nugent Mountain

Texas / Nugent Mountain Primitive Campsite

Nugent Mountain is a very handsome butte and Big Bend is a great place to go get some splendid desert solitude and recharge your good vibes.

Andrew Slaton
191 Saves

Camp out at Four Sisters Ranch Cabin

Texas / Four Sisters Ranch Cabin

If you're looking for a beautiful secluded cabin to camp in the Texas Hill Country make sure to check out Four Sisters Ranch Cabin.

Korey Taylor
184 Saves

Camp at Dinosaur Valley State Park

Texas / Cedar Brake Outer Loop Trailhead

Starting at the Cedar Brake Outer Loop trailhead, leave your car and toss your pack on your back.

Lauren Bonczek
183 Saves

Canoe or Kayak the Medina River

Texas / Medina City Park

Start at the river crossing of Patterson Avenue in the town of Medina, Texas. From here, you have several take out options which can be seen in the map pictured above (spots marked by "x").

Kyle Obermann
174 Saves

Hike the Bull Creek Greenbelt Trail

Texas / Bull Creek Greenbelt Trail

Park in the lot off of Lakewood Drive (see map) to access the trail. This trail is good for all skill levels and is dog-friendly.  Photos: BrandonLord, James Lavin 

Catch a Sunrise over Lake Raven

Texas / Huntsville State Park

Huntsville State Park's 250 acre Raven Lake is a perfect spot for catching a sunrise. Watch for Egrets along the shoreline while enjoying the solitude of the early morning hour.

Lisa Groene
166 Saves

Relax at Klyde Warren Park

Texas / Kylde Warren Park

Klyde Warren Park spans 5.2 acres over the Woodall Rogers Freeway in downtown Dallas and is a great place to spend an afternoon or Saturday.

Korey Taylor
163 Saves

Swim and Relax at Common's Ford Ranch

Texas / Commons Ford Ranch Metropolitan Park

Commons Ford is a lakefront park offering a boathouse that can be reserved, fishing, volleyball net and picnicking.

Brooke Simmons
160 Saves

Hike Sugarloaf Mountain, Texas

Texas / Sugarloaf Mountain, Texas

Being surrounded by plains, it's nice to get away every once in awhile. Sadly, you would have to drive pretty far to get to a nice hike.

Hunter Lee
158 Saves

Explore Buffalo Bayou Park

Texas / Buffalo Bayou

Boasting 160 acres, Buffalo Bayou is a common go-to destination for some relaxation and recreation for local Houstonians.

Sarah Vaughn
156 Saves

Paddle Guadalupe River at Berghiem

Texas / Bergheim Campgrounds

Drive up to Bergheim Campgrounds located at 103 White Water Rd Boerne, TX 78006 for a safe place to park your vehicles.

Sam Mauldin
154 Saves

Hike Pine Ridge Overlook

Texas / McKinney Roughs

Pine Ridge Overlook is one of the longest hikes at McKinney Roughs Nature Area offering 2.7 miles through piney woods that overlook valleys and offer glimpses of the Colorado River.

Brooke Simmons
153 Saves

Camp at Kelly's Pond, Sam Houston National Forest

Texas / Kellys Pond Campground

Kelly's Pond is a primitive camping area off the beaten path with no potable water or electricity.

Glen Jarrett
143 Saves

Bike through Iconic Graffiti Landmarks in Austin

Texas / Austin Graffiti Tour

You don't have to rent a bike but it's the "Austin" thing to do.

Ross Kyker
142 Saves

Hike through Muleshoe Bend Recreation Area

Texas / Muleshoe Bend Recreation Area

Spend all day wandering the endless fields of bluebonnets above the banks of the Colorado River in this hill country oasis.

Amanda Webb
123 Saves

Swim at Hippie Hollow

Texas / Hippie Hollow Park

Park in the parking lot and head to Hippie Hollow, a nude-friendly section on the Lake Travis shoreline just 20 minutes from downtown. Must be 18 or older to enter.

Hike Palo Duro Canyon's Rock Garden Trail

Texas / Rock Garden Trailhead

Of all the trails in Palo Duro Canyon, the Rock Garden is arguably the most challenging, the most strenuous, and – not coincidentally – rewards hikers with the best views of the canyon.

Greg Christensen
113 Saves

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

Texas / Rancherias West Trailhead

Big Bend Ranch State Park is certainly one of Texas most beautiful "hidden" gems. Boasting over 300,000 acres of wild, rugged high desert terrain, this park is an explorers paradise.

Andrew Miller
111 Saves

Watch the Sunrise at Cadillac Ranch

Texas / Cadillac Ranch

Cadillac Ranch isn't actually a ranch but an art installation and sculpture that was installed in 1974 by a group called Ant Farm.

Korey Taylor
110 Saves

Bouldering at Hueco Tanks State Park

Texas / North Mountain Parking Lot

Hueco Tanks is comprised of 3 mountains and 1 spur (a lateral offshoot of a mountain). North Mountain has the most dense bouldering but access requires a reservation.

Sarah Williams
109 Saves

Walk the Katy Trail

Texas / Katy Trail Parking

The Katy Trail cuts through the busy downtown Dallas area and offers the perfect way to get away for a lunch break or afternoon walk.

Korey Taylor
108 Saves

Swim at Rio Vista Waterfall

Texas / Rio Vista Waterfall

Located about an hour north of San Antonio. The San Marcos River at Rio Vista Park in San Marcos, a short drive off from I-35.

Dave Cavanaugh
106 Saves

Hike Cedar Flats Trail at Eisenhower Park

Texas / Cedar Flats Trailhead

Eisenhower Park is located on the north side of San Antonio, outside of loop 1604.

Lauren Bonczek
99 Saves

Paddle the Guadalupe River at Sisterdale

Texas / Sisterdale General Store

Take the short drive up to the friendly little town of Sisterdale to find the General Store. Here you can safely leave your vehicle, rent kayaks and arrange shuttles for your trip of choice.

Sam Mauldin
97 Saves

Hike Sister Groves Trail

Texas / Sister Groves

The parking area contains ample parking, bathrooms and covered picnic tables.

Dan Toups
84 Saves

Catch a Sunset on the Window View Trail

Texas / Window View Trailhead

If you're staying at Chisos Basin, the sunset at Window View Trail is one to see. The Window View Trail is a paved, wheelchair-accessible, 0.

Matthew Chang
83 Saves

Hike the Vista Loop at Friedrich Wilderness Park

Texas / Friedrich Wilderness Park

Just north of 1604, off I10 is Friedrich Wilderness Park.

Lauren Bonczek
82 Saves

Camp on Padre Island National Seashore's North Beach

Texas / Malaquite Visitor Center

The largest undeveloped barrier island on Earth, the seashore is more than 130,000 acres of dunes, grasslands, and beaches. Drive over 60 miles along the beach to choose the perfect camping spot.

Amanda Webb
81 Saves

Hike the Closed Canyon Trail in Big Bend Ranch SP

Texas / Closed Canyon Trail

There is plenty of parking at the trailhead and a covered picnic table. The hike is mostly flat, but some big rock negotiation is necessary.

Helen Yoon
77 Saves

Hike the Brushy Creek Regional Trail

Texas / Brushy Creek Regional Trail

Park in the big lot off E Little Elm Trail Road (see map) to access the trailhead. Trail is accessible year round and is dog-friendly.  Photos: Knowsphotos, Texas Tongs, Drew Kolb

Camp at Lake Somerville: Nail's Creek

Texas / Lake Somerville State Park

Lake Somerville State Park has two portions you can visit, Nails Creek on the South side of the lake, and Birch Creek located on the North side of the lake.

Sarah Vaughn
74 Saves

Primitive Camp at Lost Maples State Natural Area

Texas / West Trailhead, Lost Maples State Natural Area

Start at the day use overflow parking lot, there is a picnic area and a paved road will lead you to the trailhead for the  East and West Trail Loops.

Lauren Bonczek
73 Saves

Mountain Bike at Erwin Park

Texas / 4300 County Road 1006, Mckinney, Texas 75071

Erwin Park is a single-track loop system designed for mountain biking which has drawn interest from trail runners and hikers, as there are tight turns, fast downhills, and technical sections of stack.

Dan Toups
69 Saves

Hike Crockett Gardens and Falls

Texas / Crockett Gardens and Falls

Park in the circle off of Cedar Breaks Park Rd. (see map) to access the trail). There is some difficult terrain so be sure to wear sturdy shoes. Trail is accessible year-round.

Rock Climb at Gus Fruh

Texas / Gus Fruh

NOTICE: For this activity it is necessary to have someone with lead climbing and belaying expertise. There is a wide range of difficulties on the routes.

David Duyker
62 Saves

Summit El Capitan in Guadalupe Mountain NP

Texas / Guadalupe Peak Trailhead

The route to the summit of El Capitan starts from the Guadalupe Peak trail some 300ft below the summit where you can first see the full vista of El Capitan stretching out before you.

Kyle Obermann
60 Saves

Hike the Purgatory Creek Natural Area

Texas / Purgatory Creek Natural Area

Park in the dirt lot off of Hunter Road (see map) to access the trail. Trail is open year round and is dog-friendly.  Photos: amboo who?, Rafael Marquez, bendini

Swim at Overlook Park, Canyon Lake

Texas / Canyon Lake

Set your directions for Overlook Park. A short trail will guide you down the rocky slopes to get to the main beach.

Lauren Bonczek
60 Saves

Hike the Wild Basin Trail

Texas / Wild Basin Trail

Park at the Wild Basin Wilderness Preserve (see map) to access the trail. Good for families or to visit alone.  Photos: Matthew Peoples, Ivers McGraw, Kelly Bolinger

Scuba Dive Balmorhea State Park

Texas / Balmorhea Lake and Balmorhea State Park

Texas has a wonderful state park system, and Balmorhea State Park in West Texas is no exception.

Lauren Bonczek
57 Saves

Hike the Gypsum Sand Dunes, Guadalupe Mountains NP

Texas / Williams Road Gate

To get there, first talk to park ranger at the Pine Springs Visitor Center. There is a gate that you may need to borrow a key for.

Kyle Obermann
56 Saves

Bike the Salado Creek Trail System

Texas / Salado Creek Trail System

This beautiful bike trail exists in the middle of San Antonio,  and is an offshoot of the Salado Creek Greenway. You can start this trail past the electrical tower at the north end of the greenway.

Lauren Bonczek
54 Saves

Hike the Lost Mine Trail in Big Bend NP

Texas / Lost Mine Trail

If you are looking for expansive views of the Chisos Basin in Big Bend NP, the Lost Mine and South Rim Trails are MUST do's!  The South Rim Trail is a much longer 12+ mile hike (best views in park) w.

Sarah Levant
50 Saves

Sand Surf Down Monahans Sandhills

Texas / Monahans Sandhills State Park

The Monahans Sandhills are a surprise. They aren't as big as Great Sand Dunes National Park, but they are still fun for an afternoon or weekend adventure.

Hillary + Matt
47 Saves

Hike the Mud Creek Loop at McAllister Park

Texas / Mud Creek Loop Trailhead

I love McAllister Park. Sure it can get a little stinky after the torrential Texas rains sweep through, but on a clear, dry day you can always find a new and LOVELY trail.

Lauren Bonczek
45 Saves

Camp & Mountain Bike at Flat Rock Ranch

Texas / Flat Rock Ranch, Texas

About 45 miles northwest of San Antonio is Flat Rock Ranch. The ranch has 1300 rugged acres that have been in the same family for over 100 years.

Jess Curren
44 Saves

Scenic Drive: Llano to Fredericksburg

Texas / Scenic Drive: Llano to Fredericksburg

The trail is 38 miles long and is moderately trafficked. The trail is predominately used for scenic driving, and is accessible year-round.

Boomerang Float in Santa Elena Canyon

Texas / Santa Elena Canyon Parking Area

With a small group of people, canoes and kayaks, and one vehicle the boomerang trip (paddling against the current, then floating back downstream) up Santa Elena Canyon is the best option for floating.

Trey Brennan
36 Saves

Hike through the Houston Arboretum and Nature Center

Texas / Houston Arboretum and Nature Center

The Arboretum is a 155 acre nature sanctuary located within Memorial Park, about 6 miles from downtown Houston.

Hike to Turkey Peak

Texas / Summit Trail Trailhead

There isn't an official trail to Turkey Peak, but it is one of the best views in the park. This is no easy climb, so be prepared to be sweating!From the parking lot head towards the Gazebo.

Adam Hite
33 Saves

Hike the Winters Bayou Trail

Texas / Winters Bayou Trail

The trailhead is located off of 1725 (see map). This trail is a point-to-point so if you plan to do the whole thing be sure to plan transportation accordingly. Trail is accessible year-round.

Hike the Edith L Moore Nature Sanctuary Trail

Texas / Edith L Moore Nature Sanctuary Trail

Park at the Houston Audubon Society (see map) to access the trail. Great place for birding and wildlife viewing. This trail is accessible from 7am-7pm and is good for all skill levels.

Hike the Sawmill Trail

Texas / Sawmill Hiking Trail

Park in the circle in the Boykins Springs Recreation Area (see map) to access the trail. This is a dog-friendly trail that doesn't get crowded.Photos: US Forest Service - Southern Region

Hike or Bike the Lake Bryan Trail

Texas / Lake Bryan Trail

Park in the lot off of P4-746 (see map) to access the trail). You need $5 to access the lake trails.  Photos: Teddy Wilson, Mohamad Afif Izdihar Jais

Hike the Lake Somerville Trail

Texas / Lake Somerville Trail

Park in the lot off of State Park Road 57 to access the trail. This trail is accessible from February to November, great for all skill levels and is dog-friendly.

Hike Double Lake Hiking Trail

Texas / Double Lake Hiking Trail

Trail is off of F R Road (see map). Moderate trail that is shared by hikers and bikers. Be sure to bring cash for the land fee.  Photos: US Forest Service - Southern Region

Camp at Shaffer Bend Recreation Area

Texas / Shaffer Ben

After turning off Highway 1431 you'll drive through a little quiet and narrow one road neighborhood to arrive at the entrance to Shaffer Bend Recreation Area.

Ben Singer
23 Saves

Hike to Moss Lake via Echo Canyon Trail

Texas / Moss Lake via Echo Canyon Trail

The trail is a loop which goes past a lake! Bring a lunch, hang out, and swim for a while. There are bathrooms along the trail.

Hike the Cypress Creek Trail

Texas / Cypress Creek Trail

Park off of Telge Road (see map) to access the trail. Accessible year-round and dog-friendly. The trail will be muddy after rain.  Photos: mlhradio

Hike the Davis Mountains State Park Loop

Texas / Old CCC Trail Trailhead

The majority of the Davis Mountains are privately owned, but the state park is one of the few ways to access it.

Adam Hite
21 Saves

Hike the Mayfield Park Lake Trail

Texas / Mayfield Preserve Garden Walk and Amble

Mayfield Nature Preserve is a 21-acre park that features roaming peacocks. The nature preserve is in Austin, Texas and is near the shores of Lake Austin. Photos: Andy, Sean O'Neill, and Adam J

Backpack the 4-C National Recreation Hiking Trail

Texas / 4 - C National Recreation Hiking Trail

There is a campsite at mile 9.2 - Walnut Creek Shelter. There is no potable water around this trail, so bring ample supplies.

Hike Ore Terminal Trail

Texas / The Ore Terminal Trailhead

Before I describe this trail, what season are you hiking? If summer, stop reading now and find another hike. Not summer? Okay, great, let's get started.

Marilla Havens
21 Saves

Hike the Lost Maples West Trail Loop

Texas / Lost Maples West Trail Loop

Park in the designated area along Can Creek (see map) to access the trail. Acessible year-round and dog friendly!Photos: mlhradio, Knowsphotos

Hike the Upper Gorman Creek Trail

Texas / Upper Gorman Creek Trailhead

The trail is located off of Old County Road 446 (see map) and there is a parking area. Shared by hikers and bikers and accessible year-round.  Photos: mlhradio

Hike Cougar Canyon to Hermit's Trace Loop

Texas / Cougar Canyon to Hermit's Trace Loop

Hike in the designated area up the road from the Bandera State Nature Area border (see map). Trail is accessible from March to October and is dog-friendly.

Hike Loblolly Loop Trail to Chocolate Bayou

Texas / Camp Mohawk Parking

Southeast of Houston is flat. It's damp, lots of bugs, not the place many visitors think of as having outdoor recreation opportunities.

Nathaniel Carter
18 Saves

Hike the Four Notch Loop

Texas / Four Notch Hunter Camp

The Four Notch Loop is a relaxing ~10 mile hike just north of Houston.

Bryan Young
16 Saves

Hike the Rocky Hill Ranch Trail

Texas / Rocky Hill Ranch Trail

You can park right at the trailhead (see map) to begin this hike. Trail is open year-round and costs $20 to access. The trail is a 10.

Hike the Western Oaks Trail

Texas / Western Oaks Trail

The trail is primarily used for hiking and mountain biking.  Photos: Miguel Vieira and Nature Serve

Hike or Bike Wildcat Canyon to Sendero Balcones Loop Trail

Texas / Wildcat Canyon to Sendero Balcones Loop Trail

You can park in the big lot on Park Road (see map). This trail is a 6.9 mile loop, shared by bikers and hikers and is accessible year-round.  Photos: Brian Romans and mlhradio 

Hike the Muleshoe Bend Trail

Texas / Muleshoe Bend Trail

This trail offers the chance to see wildflowers and wildlife. Dogs are allowed to be off leash here.  Photos: Cole Young and Paul Long 

Hike to North Franklin Peak

Texas / Franklin Mountain Peak Trailhead

El Paso is a sprawling city that is remarkably split by the Franklin Mountains.

Bryan Young
14 Saves

Hike Lost Maples Flats

Texas / Lost Maples Flats Outs & Back

Start the route by walking back to picnic ground entrance, crossing Can Creek where it flows into the Sabinal River, then going up Can Creek to the dam and "The Pond", reverse direction at The Pond a.

Run the Gordon Lake (AKA Duck Lake) Loop in Iowa Park

Texas / Gordon Lake, Iowa Park, TX

The loop around the lake is just over one mile, and is great for doing repeats.

Nathaniel Carter
14 Saves

Hike Lone Star Hiking Trail: Phelps Segment

Texas / Phelps Trailhead (LSHT)

The trailhead is located off of Evelyn Lane (see map). Trail is dog friendly and accessible year-round. Trails may be difficult to navigate during and after rain.

Bike Bluff Creek Ranch

Texas / Bluff Creek Ranch Trail

Bluff Creek Ranch is located off of Owl Creek Road (see map). There are 8 miles of well-shaded trails that are accessible year-round and is shared by hikers and bikers.

Hike the Boardwalk Trail

Texas / Boardwalk Trail

Park in the lot off of Grissom Road (see map) to access the trail. This trail is good for all skill levels and is open year-round.

Hike the Cedar Chopper Loop

Texas / Cedar Chopper Loop Trail

The trail offers a number of activity options and is accessible year-round. Dogs are also able to use this trail. Photos: mlhradio

Hike the George Mitchell Preserve Trails

Texas / George Mitchel Preserve Trails

Preserve is right along Flintridge Dr. George Mitchel Preserve is near Hufsmith, TX. Trail is best used from March to October and is good for all skill levels. Photos: Blackroom Pictures

Hike the Upper Sunset Trail at Franklin Mountains SP

Texas / Upper Sunset Trailhead

The trick to this view is that the park gate closes at 5 pm. Therefore you have two options:  Park at the entrance of the park (outside of the gate) and hike into the park.

Bryan Young
10 Saves

Hike the Woodway Trail

Texas / Woodway Trail

The trail is a great for bird watching and trail running. In the spring, this trail features ample opportunities for seeing wildflowers.  Photos: Stuart Geiger and Rita Hogan

Hike the Johnson Settlement Trail

Texas / Johnson Settlement Trail

Lyndon Johnson's grandfather and great-uncle established a cattle droving headquarters in the 1860s. Their log cabin and subsequent barns, cooler house, and windmill still stand.

Hike to Double Lake Via Lone Star Hiking Trail

Texas / Double Lake Via Lone Star Hiking Trail

The trail is recommended for use from September to May. Wild boar and spring butterflies are often seen near this trail.  Photos: Stephane Mignon

Camp at Roadrunner Campground

Texas / Roadrunner Flat Primitive Campground

We set off from Austin to Big Bend, a 7 hour drive with no stops. Some advice had wizened us to the idea of staying in a state park along the way.

Becky Heath
7 Saves

Hike the W. Goodrich Jones State Forest: Middle Lake Trail

Texas / Middle Lake Trail

Trail is a 3.5 mile loop. Trail is dog friendly and accessible year-round. The trail is also open to horses, and the outer trail is extra wide.

Jack Brooks Park Trail

Texas / Jack Brooks Park Trail

This trail is primarily used for hiking and mountain biking, and is open year round.

Hike the Big Thicket - Turkey Creek Trail

Texas / Big Thicket - Turkey Creek Trail

This trail is good for all skill levels, and is approximately 3.4 miles out-and-back. The trailhead has a small picnic area and restrooms. Lots of benches and scenic bridges.

Hike the Dow Woods Trails

Texas / Dow Woods Trails

Park off of Old Angleton-Clute Rd (see map) to access the trail. Trail is accessible year-round. There are bathrooms and an environmental education pavilion used for special events.

Bike the Lost Pines of Bastrop

Texas / Park Rd 1A

In the fall of 2011, the most destructive fire in Texas history burned through Bastrop, just 45 minutes east of Austin, TX. This makes for an interesting, and eerie, bike ride.

Adam Hite
3 Saves