Hiking and Backpacking in Texas

If you like to hike or backpack, here is a list of several Texas hiking and backpacking links loaded with information on hiking and backpacking in Texas. Texas offers a wide variety of hiking and backpacking trails and options from the hills of Big Bend to the plains of east Texas – you can always find something that meets your fancy from flat nature trails to rugged climbs with stunning views.  Take a Hike in Texas!

Best Places To Hike In Texas

Big Bend (South Rim Trail) & Guadalupe Peak Mentioned by Backpacker Magazine as some of the Best Day Hikes in America
Some Must Hike Trails in Texas 5 trails that you should add to your "must hike" list
Texas State Park Hiking and Walking Trails Lists of some of the best and most diverse trails in Texas
Texas Hiking Trails You/ve Got To Try Here are some Texas Hiking Trails you've got to hike
Texas Outside's Best Hiking Trails
Here's our list of some of the best trails for hiking in Texas
Best State Park Hiking Trails
The best trials in State Parks, most of which offer camping
Guadalupe Mountains Hiking Trails A list of some of the best hiking trails in the Guadalupe Mountains

Texas State Park Natural Areas


These natural areas of Texas offer some of the best hiking trails in Texas and some have camping

Devils River

Lewisville Lake Environmental Learning Area is a 2000-acre wildlife preserve with 5 hiking trails ranging from .3 miles to 2.1 miles, along with paddling trails, fishing, and primitive camping.

Best Trails in Texas by Trails.com


Trails.com lists these trails as the best in Texas and they have great content and maps for the serious hikers

Enchanted Rock



Best Hiking Areas in Texas According to Texas Highways

Hill Country State Natural Area


40 miles of multi-use trails - try Routes 1 & 6 for a 5.8 mile hike over rocky hills and down canyons or Route 5B up a steep, rocky staircase to the top of Twin Peaks for a majestic countryside view

Sam Houston National Forest


Try the 27 mile section of the Lone Star Hiking Trail (128 miles) which goes through thick brush and swampy ares, and crosses several creeks - you'll likely see deer, turkey, quail, and rabbits

Lake Georgetown Good Water Trail

Lake Georgetown

A 23 mile trail with multiple tail heads and several campgrounds that circumnavigates Lake Georgetown and traverses limestone cliffs, open prairie grasslands, and streams

Lake Somerville State Park

Lake Somerville

An easy sandy 13 mile trail that crosses meadows, creeks, and ponds and is great for bird watching with lots of great blue herons, canvasbacks, mallards, and ducks

Caprock Canyons State Park


Dramatic canyon and peaks of red sandstone and siltstone with trails along 3600' cliffs - over 90 miles of trails

Guadalupe Mountains National Park

El Paso

You can hike to the highest point in Texas, the 8749' Guadalupe Peak, in this 86,415 acre park of desert, canyons, windswept mountains with strenuous hikes with breathtaking views - see our review on Guadalupe Mountains National Park camping

Big Thicket National Preserve


100,000 acres managed by the National Park Service with a vast ecosystem of meadows, swamps, and forest and a multitude of different species of trees, ferns, orchids, and carnivorous plants

Davis Mountains State Park

Fort Davis

A beautiful and scenic 4.5 mile trail connects Davis Mountains State Park and the Fort Davis National Historic Site - here is a link to our review of Davis Mountains State Park

Lost Maples State Natural Area


Try this trail in the fall with the changing colors of the Bigtooth Maples or anytime to enjoy the clear Sabinal River, with swimming holes and waterfalls

Inks Lake State Park


A variety of trails with a variety of scenery over granite, along streambeds, and beside the lake - check out our review of Inks Lake State Park


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Texas Hiking Clubs, Guided Hikes, and Hiking Tours

Texas Parks and Wildlife
Check out the hikes that are sponsored by Texas Parks & Wildlife
Hiking Treks & Tours in Texas
Interesting hikes including a camel riding and hiking tour
Texas Hiking Clubs
Guide to Texas hiking clubs for novices to pros. Check out your local group.
El Paso Ridge Walkers
Hiking club based in El Paso
HTXoutdoors is Houston's newest club for young adults with a zest for adventure. We're Houstonians in our 20s & 30s who love outdoor activities, socials & exploring Houston.
Texins Outdoor Club
Dallas based outdoor club
Lone Star Chapter
The Texas chapter of the Sierra Club
Ten Bits Ranch/Cowboy Inn
A unique B&B with guided offroad tours, as well as hiking tours and ATVs, plus unique lodging
Copper Canyon Tours

Escape to Mexico and stay in a rustic lodge on the rim of Copper Canyon and take hikes along the rim or to the bottom of the canyon - visit caves, waterfalls, and marvel at the spectacular panoramic views

Big Bend Hiking Tours
1/2 and 1 day tours throughout the park
Lone Star Trekking
Guided backpacking in Big Bend


Information and Links on Hiking in Texas

Texas Parks and Wildlife
Good lists of places to hike in Texas
Texas Hiking Information
Lots of good information on hiking in Texas
Brazos Walking Sticks Walking sticks and canes individually handcrafted by local artisans in Central Texas
Hiking Shoes Guide
Helpful buying guide to the leading hiking shoes currently on the market
Texas Trails Network
Over 600 trails and allows you to search by activity (hiking, mountain biking, equestrian, walking, birding, jogging, and more), difficulty, amenities, and county
Texas Hiking
Covers hiking trails all over the state of Texas.  Users can search for trails, view them on maps and record their own hiking adventures
Texas Hiking Trails & Maps
Great clickable Texas map with trails, trail descriptions, and much more
Dallas/Fort Worth Hiking Trails
Hiking Trails located in and around the Dallas/Fort Worth area.
Houston Hiking Trails
Hiking Trails located around Houston.
Austin Hike and Bike Trails
Your Comprehensive Guide To The Austin Area Outdoors!
Texas Hiking Trail Finder
Texas Hiking Trail Finder is designed to provide quick access to Texas hiking trail info and sites.
Free Hiking Trek Brochures
Here you will find some free brochures on Texas Hiking Treks
Climbing and hiking forum

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