The Ultimate Texas Hiking Guide

Wondering where to hike in Texas? Check out this comprehensive Texas Hiking Guide to learn about which trails are closest to you, and where to hike in Texas

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.

LCRA 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:

Dallas Parks & Recreation

Urban Hiking, The Loop

Dallas County, County Trails

Trinity Forest Trails

North Central Texas Trail System

Plano Trail System

Richardson Trail System

City of Irving Parks & Rec

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

Houston Parks & Rec

Bayou Greenways

Buffalo Bayou Hike & Bike

Sam Houston Trails Coalition

Lone Star Hiking Trail

Spring Creek Nature Trail

Missouri City Trails

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.

Full Austin Trail Directory

The Trail Foundation

Austin Parks & Rec

Austin Urban Trails

Violet Crown Trail

Belterra Trail Maps

River Place Trails

Lakeway Parks & Rec

San Marcos Greenbelt Alliance

Where to hike in San Antonio/New Braunfels

San Antonio Parks & Rec

Greenway Trail Brochure (there are a handful of different maps for the same area it turns out)

Headwaters at Incarnate Word

Friedrich Wilderness Park

NPS Missions Trail

Comal Trails Alliance

HIking & Health

Learn more about how hiking can help with your mental health.

20 Things:

Everything you should know before starting your hiking adventure.

hiking and hydrating

Stay Hydrated

Tips on how to hike and stay hydrated in the heat.

Where to hike in the Valley

Caracara Trails ( This is going to be fantastic when it’s all completed)

Laredo Parks & Rec.

Mission Hike & Bike Trails

East and West and Beyond

East Texas Outdoors

Big Bend National Park

El Paso Trail System


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