Wondering where to hike in Texas? Or where to hike near you? Welcome to the Ultimate Texas Hiking Guide!
Here you’ll find an ongoing list of places you can hike all around Texas broken down by main parks and major cities. This will hopefully encourage everyone to get out there and hit the trails! The Texas Hiking Guide has everything from the major state parks to popular regional parks.
Be advised that the trail systems listed below are mixed-use trails, so there may be some that favor mountain biking over hiking.
Main Park Systems
These park systems have locations throughout the Lone Star State:
Texas Parks & Wildlife
The state parks are run by the Texas Parks & Wildlife Department. Over 90 different locations that range from state parks to natural areas, there’s sure to be something for everyone.
Make sure you visit the State Parks by Region post to see which parks are close to your area.
U.S. Army Corps of Engineers
The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers run facilities all throughout the state, and a good majority of them are close to bodies of water. Visit the directory for more information on campgrounds and parks.
The Lower Colorado River Authority maintains parks all along the Colorado River and also has some of the nicest parks I’ve hiked at. There are some parks that offer camping, so check out the guide to learn more. You can also check out some of the top picks on this post.
U.S. Fish & Wildlife
The U.S. Fish & Wildlife maintains multiple wildlife refuges for the purpose of conserving lands for the wildlife that inhabit the areas. What they typically lack in amenities they make up for in amazing views of areas that are usually not as traveled. Here is a listing of all locations in Texas.
National Park Sites
The National Park system maintains multiple historic sites, trails, and monuments in Texas that are great options for enjoying the outdoors, but also learning a little more of some great Texas history. Here you’ll find the full list of places including the Waco Mammoth National Monument and more. FULL LIST.
Where to hike in Dallas:
North Central Texas Trail System
North Shore Trail, Lake Grapevine
DORBA (A off-road biking resource, but shows a lot of places for hiking too)
Where to hike in Houston
Don’t See your Favorite Place to hike? Let me know!
Where to hike in Austin
Note that there are a handful of LCRA parks in the Austin area.
Where to hike in San Antonio/New Braunfels
Greenway Trail Brochure (there are a handful of different maps for the same area it turns out)
Where to hike in the Valley
Caracara Trails ( This is going to be fantastic when it’s all completed)