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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

  • San Marcos, Texas

    Hike the Spring Lake Preserve Loop

    4.31 mi / 380 ft gain
    The Spring Lake Preserve Trail is a 4.3 mile loop trail located within the The Meadows Center for Water and the Environment in San Marcos, Texas. The hike offers beautiful and scenic lake views. It's perfect for families and those of all ages. There are a wide variety of nature and wildlife spott...
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  • Austin, Texas

    Take a Stroll on the Dick Nichols Park Trail

    1.09 mi / 16 ft gain
    The Dick Nichols Park Trail is a 1 mile loop neighborhood park trail located in Southwest Austin. The trail is completely flat and is entirely paved. It circles the park and is equally shaded and exposed. It's very kid-friendly and perfect for walking the dog, biking, trail running, hiking, and e...
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  • Austin, Texas

    Turkey Creek Trail

    2.72 mi / 259 ft gain
    Turkey Creek trail is a 2.7 mile out-and-back hike located within Emma Long Metropolitan Park in Northwest Austin, Texas. This trail is perfect for cycling, running, walking, and general exercise. The trail is made of dirt with few inclines. Please note, however, at the beginning of the trail the...
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  • County Road 317, Texas

    Paddle Board or Kayak on Keller Bay

    If you're interested in kayaking, paddle board, or just chilling, this spot is perfect for you (you can also fish, take photos and bird watch). To get to the spot, you will need to take I-10 from Houston, 71 from Austin, or 239 from San Antonio. The launch point is literally at the end of county ...
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  • Marble Falls, Texas

    Balcones Canyonlands Sunset Deck

    The Sunset deck at Balcones Canyonlands is an amazing family- and pet-friendly spot. Parking is only about 100 feet from the overlook and is easily accessible for any and everyone. The overlook is absolutely serene and great for a picnic. There is also a small beginner trail ("Ridgeline Trail") n...
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  • Fort Davis, Texas

    Stargaze at McDonald Observatory

    5.0
    So, you’re in West Texas (or driving in from out of state) and maybe you’re bound for Big Bend National Park--because why wouldn’t you be? If you’ve budgeted your time wisely, you may have already planned for stops, but whether you have or not, consider revising your itinerary to include a short ...
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  • Austin, Texas

    Hike Lost Trail

    1.5 mi / 52 ft gain
    Lost Trail is a 1.3 mile loop hike through the Upper Bull Creek Greenbelt in northwest Austin, Texas. The trail features a beautiful waterfall, an abundance of wildlife and wildflowers, several benches, and many beautiful scenes. During the wet season, the creek fills up and flows very nicely. T...
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  • San Marcos, Texas

    Hike Spring Lake Wetland Walk

    5.0
    0.7 mi / 6 ft gain
    The Spring Lake Wetland Walk is a 0.7 mile loop hike located in The Meadows Center for Water and Environment. It's a great walk with a self-guided tour purposed for learning about the surrounding nature, wildlife, and invasive species. This area is not particularly great for exercising or anythin...
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  • Georgetown, Texas

    Hike San Gabriel River From Blue Hole

    10.4 mi / 380 ft gain
    San Gabriel River from Blue Hole is a 10.4 mile out and back hike that follows along the North San Gabriel River in Georgetown, Texas. The trail is moderately trafficked. A large majority of the trail is paved, shaded, and well-maintained. It provides beautiful views of the river with an abundan...
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  • Austin, Texas

    Watch the Sunrise at Highway Scenic Overlook

    This spot is located right off of the North Capital of Texas Highway (Loop 360) on the west side of Austin. It faces east and is perfect for catching the sunrise over the city or just overall chillin'. It provides easy and accessible parking. It's a popular spot for sunset and sunrise. There are ...
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  • Austin, Texas

    Take a Stroll around Red Bud Isle

    1 mi / 0 ft gain
    This small isle is a nice feature of the section of the Colorado River that flows through Austin. The isle is pretty small and is a good scenic location for a quick 1-2 hour outing. All the trails are pretty flat and easy to walk. Definitely worth checking out if you are looking for a nice park i...
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  • San Antonio, Texas

    Hike the Hillview Nature Trail

    2.9 mi / 285 ft gain
    The Hillview Nature Trail is a 2.9 mile loop hike located in Northwest San Antonio within Eisenhower Park. This trail is extremely heavily trafficked. This is a very family friendly park. There is a playground at the entrance of the trail and an educational area. The park is known for its attrac...
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  • Austin, Texas

    Hike the Violet Crown Trail: 360 to 290 Trailhead

    1.8 mi / 239 ft gain
    The Violet Crown Trail: 360 Trailhead to 290 trail is a 1.8 mile point-to-point hike that stretches from Loop 360 to Highway 290. Only a portion of the trail follows alongside Barton Creek before heading south towards HWY 290 while the creek veers off to the west. Dogs are more than welcome as lo...
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  • Niederwald, Texas

    Explore the Five Mile Dam Park

    Located about 6 miles from downtown San Marcos, the Five Mile Dam Park is a popular destination for swimming, boating, and other outdoor activities. It has a large flat field for playing soccer as well as many bathrooms. The Blanco River flows through the park and as the name implies, there is a ...
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  • Ingram, Texas

    Swim at Schumacher Crossing

    Schumacher Crossing is located just west of Ingram, Texas, and about 77 miles west of San Antonio. It's an extremely popular swimming hole on the Guadalupe River during the summer season. It has several small waterfalls that flow into a large pond. Parking is easily accessible, however there are ...
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  • Austin, Texas

    Hike Mary Moore Searight Park Trail

    2.1 mi / 65 ft gain
    The outer loop trail at Mary Moore Searight park is 2.1 miles and is interconnected by several smaller trails, which can be used to shorten the length of the hike. The trail is relatively easy with very few inclines and declines. The trail is mostly very thin crushed gravel and great for an easy ...
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