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Texas Bike, Hike, and Horse Trails

If you enjoy biking, hiking, or riding horses, then here is a list of some of the best Texas trails for hiking, biking, or equestrian use. We would welcome your feedback on Texas hiking, biking or horse trails that you enjoy. We have also included Texas Outside's and other ratings of the Texas trails. We welcome your feedback and reviews - email us.

Texas Trails For Hiking, Biking, and Horses

Trail Name Nearest City Type of Trail Length Rating
(1 -5 Stars)
Strenuous Level 1-5 Maps Pictures Comments
Barton Creek Greenbelt Austin Hiking Trails Biking Trails 7.9 miles 5 Texas Outside Star
3-4
Map Pictures A treasure hike/bike - sheer cliff walls, lush vegetation, and popular swimming areas. Baron Creek Greenbelt has some very technical and one of the most strenuous climbs in the state
Turkey Creek Austin Hiking Trails 2.5 miles 4 Texas Outside Star
1 - 2
Pictures Easy walk thru the trees along Turkey Creek
Bastrop State Park Bastrop Hiking Trails Biking Trails 8/13 miles 4 Texas Outside Star
1-4
Map Very nice trails in the State Park and a 13 mile road ride on Road 1Cto Buescher State Park
Lost Pines Nature Trails & Colorado River Refuge Bastrop Hiking Trails Biking Trails 95 acres     The Lost Pines Nature Trails Project is a multi-phase project to develop recreational biking and walking trails on a 30 acre tract of land along the Lower Colorado River
McKinney Roughs Nature Park Bastrop hiking trails Horse Trails 15.4 miles   Map Variety of trails through rolling hills, trees, and along the Colorado River
Muleshoe Bend Recreational Area Spicewood horse trailsbike trails 6.5
3
  Riders of all experience levels can enjoy the trail and significant portions of the bike trail are shaded.
Colorado Bend State Park Bend Hiking Trails Biking Trails 20+ miles
1-3
Map Ride through the beautiful canyon lands of the Colorado
Bentsen-Rio Grande Valley State Park Bentsen-Rio Grande Valley Hiking Trails Biking Trails 4 miles
1
Paved roads dedicated to biking, hiking. Take an easy ride around the park and get a glimpse of some amazing birds and other wildlife.
Dome Trail Big Bend Ranch State Park Hiking Trails Biking Trailshorse trail 4 miles
4
A rocky roller coaster ride sporting arroyos, jeep tracks & hilltops.
Fresno Canyon-Sauceda Loop Trail Big Bend Ranch State Park Hiking Trails Biking Trails 17.4 miles
2-5
Parts of the trail are single track while others incorporate abandoned mines, ranch ruins, and archaeological sites.
Marufo Vega Trail Big Bend National Park hiking trail 14 miles
4
Map   Wonderful views resembling a mini Grand Canyon
Lost Mine Trail Big Bend National Park Hiking Trails 4.7 miles       Magnificent views of Casa Grande peak
Window Trail Big Bend National Park Hiking Trails 4 miles       A narrow slot in the canyon wall at the top of a 200 foot dropoff is at the end of this trail
South Rim Trail Big Bend National Park Hiking Trails 13 miles       Selected by Backpacker Magazine as #9 in America's Best Day Hikes with views through the eyes of a falcon
Horse Trap Trail Big Bend Ranch State Park Hiking Trails Biking Trails 5 miles
Map   Varied terrain, difficult and not well maintained
Encino Trail Big Bend Ranch State Park Hiking Trails Biking Trails 7.5 miles
Map
Rancherias Trail Big Bend Ranch State Park Hiking Trails 20 miles
Map
Contrabando Trail Big Bend Ranch State Park Hiking Trails Biking Trails 11 miles
Map
East Main Trail Big Bend Ranch State Park Hiking Trails Biking Trails 55 miles
4
    55 miles round trip on easy to difficult, remote, and challenging terrain with elevation changes (1100 feet) and temperature extremes
Llano Loop Big Bend Ranch State Park Hiking Trails Biking Trails 5.5 miles
Map   Appropriate for families
Oso Loop Big Bend Ranch State Park Hiking Trails Biking Trails horse trail
Map
Bonham State Park Bonham Hiking Trails Biking Trails 7 miles
1-2
Map Some of the trail surface here is loose broken rock, but a lot of it is dirt, especially the areas under the dense woods
Burnet Hiking Trails 14 miles
1-4
  A variety of trails with lake views, nesting eagles, plenty of wildlife, and more
Choke Canyon State Park Calliham Hiking Trails 18 Miles     The area's terrain ranges from eroded, gently rolling brush land to rugged and rocky areas that provide habitat for a variety of wildlife.
Cedar Hill State Park Cedar Hill Biking Trails
12 Miles
2
  DORBA trail was built by mountain bikers for mountain bikers. Over 1200 acres of prime mountain bike landscape are crisscrossed
Cleburne State Park Cleburne Biking Trails
6+ Miles
4-5
  Beautiful scenery with a variety of challenges for all experience levels
Rocky Ledge Loop Cooper Breaks State Park Hiking Trails Biking Trails .5 miles
2
Map
Juniper Ridge Nature Trail Cooper Breaks State Park Hiking Trails .5 miles
Map
Bull Canyon Trail Cooper Breaks State Park Hiking Trails Biking Trails horse trail 9.5 miles
2
Map   Alternates between old ranch roads and narrower, rocky sections and exhilarating descents for the more experienced riders
Dallas Trails Dallas Hiking Trails Biking Trails       Map   A map of the various trails in the Dallas area
White Rock Creek Trail Dallas Hiking Trails Biking Trails 7.5 miles 4 Texas Outside Star
1
  Very nice paved trail along a creek and through the trees-- leads into White Rock Lake Trail
Katy Trail Dallas Hiking Trails Biking Trails 3.5 miles 4 Texas Outside Star
1
Map   Great paved trail from SMU to the West End and will eventually connect to the Trinity Strand Trail and Whiterock Lake trail
White Rock Lake Trail Dallas Hiking Trails Biking Trails 11.1 miles 4 Texas Outside Star
1
  Great paved trail that circles White Rock Lake
Elm Fork Nature Preserve Elm Fork Nature Preserve Hiking Trails 1 mile
1
  This 40-acre ecosystem offers wooded trails for hiking and some of the features include a pond, Interpretive Center, guided hikes,  and classes.
River Legacy Trail Arlington Hiking Trails Biking Trails 10.2 miles  
Map Fun, Fast and Full of Surprises, this trail is guaranteed to send you home w ith a grin from ear to ear.
Trinity River Trail Fort Worth Hiking Trails Biking Trails 40+ miles 4 Texas Outside Star
1

Over 40 miles of trails the meet near downtown Fort Worth and run North to the historic Stockyards, South to Benbrook, West to Fort Worth Naval Air Station and East to Riverside Park and the trails pass by the Botanic Gardens, the Cultural District Museums, the Zoo, and over 20 other city parks.

Frisco Commons Frisco Hiking Trails Biking Trails 2 miles
  Flat paved paths that cross lakes and wooded areas -- Best Design award in 2005 by Texas Recreation and Park Society
Spring Creek Forest Garland Hiking Trails Biking Trails
  Not uncommon to spot coyotes, bobcats, and foxes on this trail
Guadalupe Peak Guadalupe National Park Hiking Trails 4.2 miles       Mentioned by Backpacker Magazine as one of America's Best Day Hikes -- climbs 3000' for views of New Mexico and Mexico
Dinosaur Valley State Park Glen Rose Hiking Trails Biking Trails 19.5 miles 4 Texas Outside Star
3-5
Map Pictures Lots of different trails to ride -- along creeks, through the trees, up and down hills, very scenic - some of the most difficult trails in the State
Huntsville State Park Huntsville Hiking Trails Biking Trails 11 mile 5 Texas Outside Star
1 - 3
Map Pictures Great hike/bike trails through the campsites and around the lake
Pedernales Falls State Park Johnson City Hiking Trails Biking Trails horse trail 40 miles
  Over 40 miles of great hiking, biking, or riding trails
Lajitas Hiking Trails Biking Trails horse trails 75 miles 4 Texas Outside Star
1 - 3
    Over 25,000 acres to explore on horseback, bikes, or hiking plus a fantastic resort and spa with golf, ATVs, white water rafting, and more
Trinity Trail Lake Lavon Hiking Trails horse trail 25 miles     Map   9 mile trail along the shoreline of Lake Lavon
CrossTimbers Back Country Trail Lake Mineral Wells Hiking TrailsBiking Trails horse trail 9 miles 2.5 Texas Outside Star
4-5
Map   Wide multi-use trail that is mostly flat and relatively boring.  The last section is the best part and winds up and down some moderate hills and is much prettier. 
Lake Front Trail Lake Mineral Wells Hiking Trails Biking Trails horse trail 5 miles 4 Texas Outside Star
1 - 2
Map
Pilot Knoll Lewisville Lake Hiking Trails horse trail 8 miles
Lewisville Lake Hiking Trails .3 to 2.1 miles  
1-2
Map   4 habitats, lots of birds and wildlife
Elm Fork Lewisville Lake Hiking Trails horse trail 6 miles  
     
Ray Roberts Greenbelt Lake Ray Roberts Hiking Trails Biking Trails horse trail 10 miles  
    Excellent family cycling along the Trinity River on this compacted limestone trail
Northshore Trail Lake Grapevine Hiking Trails Biking Trails 9 miles 5 Texas Outside Star
2 - 5
    Great trail -- through the woods, by the lake, with lots of ups & downs.  Hard ride
Rocky Point Trail Lake Grapevine Hiking Trails horse trail 3 miles  
     
Crosstimbers Horse Trail Lake Grapevine Hiking Trails horse trail 5 miles  
     
Knob Hills Trail Lake Grapevine Hiking Trails Biking Trails 4 miles  
     
Walnut Grove Trail Lake Grapevine Hiking Trailshorse trail 10 miles
Bosque Hiking Trail Meridian State Park Hiking Trails 2.33 miles 4 Texas Outside Star
2
Map   Very nice walk up and down some hills around Lake Meridian
Onion Creek McKinney Falls State Park Hiking Trails Biking Trails 3 miles
  Paved trail that winds around the campground and along Onion Creek
Smith Rock Shelter Trail McKinney Falls State Park Hiking Trails .75 miles
  Interpretive trail
Homestead Trail McKinney Falls State Park Hiking Trails Biking Trails 3 miles
  Moderately strenuous dirt trail -- very pretty
Brazos Bend State Park Needville Hiking Trails Biking Trails horse trail 21 miles
1-2
    Hike and bike trails are located around 40-Acre, Elm and Hale Lakes and interconnect.
Possum Kingdom Lake Possum Kingdom Lake Hiking Trails Biking Trails 5 miles
2
Map Pictures Outstanding, five foot wide natural trails through
timbered terrain with panoramic views that takes mountain bikers or hikers to panoramic views of
the lake atop a large hill. It will eventually connect with 20 more miles
of nature trails yet be be constructed.
Arbor Hills Nature Preserve Plano Hiking Trails Biking Trails horse trail 3 miles
  Paved paths for walking and 2.2 miles for off-road biking
Caprock Canyons State Park Quitaque Hiking Trails Biking Trails horse trail 64 miles
1-2
  A 64 mile abandoned railway bed that was converted to a trailway
Johnson Park Trail Ray Roberts Lake State Park -- Isle du Bois Unit Hiking Trails Biking Trails horse trail 9 miles
3-4+
Map
Elm Fork Trail Ray Roberts Lake State Park -- Isle du Bois Unit 3.5 miles
1- 2+
Map
Center Loop Trail Ray Roberts Lake State Park -- Johnson Branch Hiking Trails Biking Trails 4.5 miles 3 Texas Outside Star
1
Map   Paved trail that runs through the woods and campground
Dogwood Canyon Ray Roberts Lake State Park -- Johnson Branch Hiking Trails Biking Trails 10 miles 4 Texas Outside Star
2 - 5
Map   Varies from easy trails through the woods and along the lake to very challenging rides for advanced bikers
Galatyn Woodland Preserve Richardson Hiking Trails Biking Trails 1 mile 3 Texas Outside Star
1
  Paved tails through the woods and along the creek
Trail by the Rail Richardson Hiking Trails Biking Trails
  Paved trail along the Dart rail
Alamo River RV Ranch & Campground San Antonio/Von Ormy Hiking Trails horse trail 15 miles 4 Texas Outside Star
1
    Heavily wooded trails on gently rolling terrain and along the Medina River
Buescher State Park Smithville Hiking Trails Biking Trails 12 Mile  
4
    The scenic, 12-mile-long, winding, and hilly, paved road between Buescher and Bastrop State Parks is ideal for biking
Dana Peak Trails Stillhouse Hollow Reservoir Hiking Trails Biking Trails horse trail 12 miles 4 Texas Outside Star
4-5
Map Pictures Variety of trails and some great views
Chalk Ridge Falls Park Stillhouse Hollow Reservoir Hiking Trails 5 miles 5 Texas Outside Star
1-2
Map Pictures Easy and fun hike - kids should like most of it
Blackjack Nature Trail Tyler State Park Hiking Trails .3 miles
1
Map
Tyler State Park Trail Tyler State Park Hiking Trails Biking Trails 13 miles 5 Texas Outside Star
1 - 3+
Map   Great dirt trails up and down the hills and through the trees
Lake Mineral Wells State Trailway Weatherford Hiking Trails Biking Trails horse trail 20 miles 2.5 Texas Outside Star
1
Map   Twenty mile, 10' wide crushed limestone trail that is flat and winds gently through remote farm and ranch land.  This trailway was the Texas & Pacific Railway track that winds through remote farm and ranch lands.

Here are some popular hiking trails in Texas:

  1. Cross Timbers Trail, Dallas, TX
  2. Trinity Trail, Dallas, TX
  3. Four C Trail, Longview, TX
  4. Grapevine Lake, Ft. Worth, TX
  5. Lost Maples, San Antonio, TX
  6. Enchanted Rock, Austin, TX
  7. Barton Creek, Austin, TX
  8. Guadalupe Peak, Salt Flat, TX
  9. Little Lake Creek Wilderness, Huntsville, TX
  10. Big Creek, Huntsville, TX

Click here to view all of the hiking trails in Texas according to Trails.com. Their list of the best biking trails in Texas includes:

  1. The Anthills / Terry Hershey Park, Houston, TX
  2. Northshore Trail , Flower Mound, TX
  3. Arbor Hills Nature Preserve Mountain Bike Trail , Plano, TX
  4. McAllister Park Trails , San Antonio, TX
  5. Memorial Park Trails, Houston, TX
  6. Boulder Park Trail , Dallas, TX
  7. Double Lake Park Mountain Bike Trail, Cleveland, TX
  8. "The Breaks" at Bar-H Ranch , Saint Jo, TX
  9. Flat Rock Ranch , Comfort, TX
  10. Huntsville State Park, Huntsville, TX

Other Biking Resources and Information

MountainBikeTX.com has a very comprehensive list of trails including an easy way to find a Texas mountain bike trail
Trails.com - check out their list of the best mountain biking trails in Texas
Biking in State Parks - this is a great resource for bike trails in state parks in Texas

 

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