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Looking for the best chillin in Texas? We've got you covered with the top trails, trips, hiking, backpacking, camping and more around Texas. The detailed guides, photos, and reviews are all submitted by the Outbound community.

Top Chillin Spots in and near Texas

  • Amarillo, Texas

    Cadillac Ranch

    4.6
    Cadillac Ranch isn't actually a ranch but an art installation and sculpture that was installed in 1974 by a group called Ant Farm. The original installation consisted of ten cars buried into the ground and painted black to provide a fresh canvas for fellow travelers. However, over the years they'...
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  • San Antonio, Texas

    Hike Cedar Flats Trail at Eisenhower Park

    4.0
    2 mi / 170 ft gain
    Eisenhower Park is located on the north side of San Antonio, outside of loop 1604. Take the road to Camp Bullis, and you'll see the entrance to the park on your left a few hundred feet before the gate to the military base. The Cedar Flats trail will get you to your destination. It's an easy mile ...
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  • Corpus Christi, Texas

    Camp on Padre Island National Seashore's North Beach

    4.7
    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. Four-wheel drive is recommended to drive the full length of beach; however, two-wheel drive vehicles ...
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  • Monahans, Texas

    Sand Surf Down Monahans Sandhills

    4.0
    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.  The State Park entrance fee is $4 per adult daily. There are sand toboggan/ disks rentals at the park's headquarters. If you are looking to s...
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  • Barton Creek Greenbelt: Trail 11, Texas

    Barton Creek Greenbelt Trail via Spyglass Trailhead

    5.0
    3.03 mi / 128 ft gain
    Outside of the fantastic job market, one of the most magical things about Austin is how quickly you can go from city life to being immersed in nature. Nearly every day, I take a quick jaunt down to the Barton Creek Greenbelt with my trusty companion, Sage the Chocolate Lab. We live within walking...
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  • Georgetown, Texas

    Blue Hole in Georgetown

    5.0
    Head to the location pin and you will find free parking. Get out and head north on S Rock Street and you will come across a wide sidewalk that runs parallel with the South Fork San Gabriel River. Look East and you will see the Blue Hole about 600ft away. The waterfall has 3 levels. The first leve...
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  • Terlingua, Texas

    Boomerang Float in Santa Elena Canyon

    5.0
    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 the prettiest section of the Rio Grande while simultaneously avoiding pesky outfitters and the he...
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  • Canyon Lake, Texas

    Swim at Overlook Park, Canyon Lake

    5.0
    Set your directions for Overlook Park. A short trail will guide you down the rocky slopes to get to the main beach. A slight trail to the left will take you along the shoreline to a more secluded spot. It's a bit rocky, so either bring a chair or a cushion to sit on. Floaties are a nice addition,...
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  • Balmorhea, Texas

    Scuba Dive Balmorhea State Park

    4.0
    Texas has a wonderful state park system, and Balmorhea State Park in West Texas is no exception. Located a few hours southeast of El Paso, Balmorhea boasts a large natural spring with views of the Davis Mountains. Stay in the cabins or camp on location. This is a great place for year round scuba ...
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  • Austin, Texas

    Rock Climb at Gus Fruh

    0.5 mi / 50 ft gain
    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. A guide that has climbed at this wall before is recommended. GETTING THERE:You can enter Gus Fruh from a couple of different points starting in ...
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  • Burton, Texas

    Camp at Lake Somerville: Nail's Creek

    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. Both offer a variety of activities including camping, swimming, fishing, hiking, and horseback riding.Within the Nails Creek Unit you can se...
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  • Houston, Texas

    Houston Arboretum and Nature Center Outer Loop

    2.16 mi / 115 ft gain
    The Arboretum is a 155 acre nature sanctuary located within Memorial Park, about 6 miles from downtown Houston. The trails alternate between gravel, dirt, and wooden walkways and wind through a variety of Houston habitats: everything from bayou, to pond, wetland, meadow and prairie with virtually...
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  • Fort Worth, Texas

    Hike Eagle Mountain Park

    4.3
    10 mi / 285 ft gain
    Located just north of Fort Worth, Eagle Mountain Park offers about ten miles of trails (roundtrip, two different loops) with great views of the beautiful Eagle Mountain Lake, and serene walks through cross timber forest. There are two main loops. The northern loop is about 3.5 miles round trip. T...
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  • Salado, Texas

    Hike the Chalk Ridge Falls Trail

    3.0
    2.5 mi / 131 ft gain
    The Chalk Ridge Falls Trail can be found within Chalk Ridge Falls Park just outside of Belton, Texas. The trail features one main waterfall as well as a neat suspension bridge. The hike to the waterfall and the bridge are not but about half a mile from the parking lot. Overall the trail is about ...
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  • McKinney, Texas

    Mountain Bike at Erwin Park

    8.25 mi / 40 ft gain
    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 stacked logs.There are numerous parking lots for different entry points into the trail system. At the m...
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  • Austin, Texas

    Hike the Mayfield Park Lake Trail

    3.0
    1 mi / 0 ft gain
    Mayfield Nature Preserve is a 21-acre park located just west of downtown Austin, Texas. This nature preserve is unique from all other parks in Austin in that it that features free-roaming peacocks. It's a beautiful park full of beautiful nature and the trail leads down near the lake. The trail is...
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