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The Best Running in Texas

Looking for the best running 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 running spots in and near Texas

  • Austin, Texas

    St. Edwards Park Yellow & Blue Trails

    4.6
    1.24 mi
    St. Edwards Park offers 2 main trails taking you along a creek, up hill trails with gorgeous views from atop a bluff, through exposed meadows filled with prairie grasses and cacti, and to a small swimming hole with a rope swing. The Creek Trail is a much easier, family friendly hike compared to ...
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  • Plano, Texas

    Arbor Hills Nature Preserve Loop

    3.8
    2.44 mi / 20 ft gain
    Arbor Hills Nature Preserve is a free, fantastic get-away for a quick dose of the outdoors in the middle of the busy city. Safe and family-friendly, this preserve has a wide variety of visitors doing every type of activity, from jogging to mountain biking to drone flying. The playground sits nex...
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  • Dallas, Texas

    White Rock Lake Loop

    5.0
    9.39 mi / 328 ft gain
    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. In addition to the trail, there are several scenic docks for fishers or people just looking to spend the evening somewhere outside of downtown. Whether you are lookin...
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  • Houston, Texas

    Hit the Trails at Memorial Park

    3.5
    Memorial Park is a hub for Houstonians looking to escape that busy day-to-day urban rush. With a 3 mile running loop and 10 miles worth of multi-use trails to offer, the park does tend to get pretty busy, however it is rare that you would not be able to find parking on any given day.The best trai...
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  • Austin, Texas

    Hike or Bike the Walnut Creek Trail

    3.7
    4.4 mi / 190 ft gain
    Walnut Creek Park has a TON of little side trails that make this a must do if you are in or near the area. This particular trail (1 of 2 major ones) is a 15 mile loop but can be done as a shorter out and back. Once you park in the parking lot head southwest to find the trailhead and you're good t...
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  • Austin, Texas

    Hike the Lower Bull Creek Greenbelt Trail

    5.0
    2.86 mi / 78 ft gain
    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. 
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  • Big Bend National Park, Texas

    Camp at Nugent Mountain

    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. This campsite, NM1, is the perfect spot to relax and get a great practice in.NM1 is one of the park's many backcountry, car camp sites. You will need to get...
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  • Houston, Texas

    Explore Buffalo Bayou Park

    4.3
    5 mi
    Boasting 160 acres, Buffalo Bayou is a common go-to destination for some relaxation and recreation for local Houstonians. At any given time you will find people here enjoying a picnic, playing pick-up volleyball or basketball games, walking their dog, biking, or simply just enjoying the views of ...
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  • Dallas, Texas

    Katy Trail

    3.7
    7.16 mi / 138 ft gain
    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. The trail runs from Mockingbird to Houston St and can be traveled in both directions. The best place for parking is at the North end off of Travis and Knox St wher...
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  • Cedar Creek, Texas

    Pine Ridge Overlook

    4.5
    2.95 mi
    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. McKinney Roughs is considered a nature and learning park and requires a $5 entrance fee per-person at the Visitor ...
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  • Princeton, Texas

    Hike Sister Groves Trail

    5.0
    7.6 mi / 50 ft gain
    The parking area contains ample parking, bathrooms and covered picnic tables. The clearly marked trail head sits to the south of the circular parking area and welcomes hikers, trail-runners, mountain bikers, and dogs. The trail is a 7 mile loop that consists of 4 smaller trails that are clearly...
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  • Cedar Park, Texas

    Hike the Brushy Creek Regional Trail

    4.5
    6.5 mi / 85 ft gain
    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. 
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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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  • San Marcos, Texas

    Hike the Purgatory Creek Natural Area

    4.0
    9.07 mi / 465 ft gain
    Park in the dirt lot off of Hunter Road (see map) to access the trail. Trail is open year round and is dog-friendly. 
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  • San Antonio, Texas

    Hike the Mud Creek Loop at McAllister Park

    1.5 mi / 181 ft gain
    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.  The Mud Creek Loop (or the Green Loop) is a 1.5 mile dirt trail used by hikers and mountain bikers. The trail itself is rela...
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  • Zavalla, Texas

    Sawmill Trail

    3.3
    4.3 mi / 371 ft gain
    Park in the circle in the Boykin Springs Recreation Area (see map) to access the trail. This is a dog-friendly trail that doesn't get crowded.
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