25 Must-Do Hikes in Texas

By: The Outbound Collective + Save to a List

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 Twin Falls and Sculpture Falls via Barton Creek Greenbelt Trail

Photo: Erin Newman-Mitchell

25. Hike to Penitentiary Hollow via Red Waterfront Trail

Photo: Korey Taylor

Cover photo: Kyle Obermann

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