Best Texas Bike, Hike, and Horse Trails

If you enjoy biking, hiking, or riding horses in Texas, 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 companies trail ratings of the Texas trails. We welcome your feedback and reviews - email us.

Best Texas Hiking

Barton Creek Greenbelt

Austin

Rated - 5 Texas Outside Star

Hiking Trails Biking Trails

7.9 Miles

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

Rated - 4 Texas Outside Star

Hiking Trails

2.5 Miles

Pictures

Easy walk thru the trees along Turkey Creek

Bastrop

Rated - 4Texas Outside Star

Hiking TrailsBiking Trails

8-13 Miles

Map

Very nice trails in the State Park and a 13 mile road ride on Road 1Cto Buescher State Park

Hiking TrailsBiking 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

Hiking TrailsHorse Trails

15.4 Miles

Map

Variety of trails through rolling hills, trees, and along the Colorado River

horse trailsBiking Trails

6.5 Miles

 

Riders of all experience levels can enjoy the trail and significant portions of the bike trail are shaded.

Hiking Trails Biking Trails

20+ Miles

Map

Ride through the beautiful canyon lands of the Colorado

Violet Crown Trail

Austin

Hiking Trails

14 Miles

 

This is a six-mile route that begins in Zilker Park and goes through the Barton Creek Greenbelt passing swimming holes and limestone crags that are perfect for climbing. Outside Magazine ranked it as one of the best trails in the world.

Bentsen-Rio Grande Valley State Park

Bentsen-Rio Grande Valley

Hiking TrailsBiking Trails

4 Miles

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 TrailsBiking Trailshorse trails

4 Miles

A rocky roller coaster ride sporting arroyos, jeep tracks & hilltops.

Fresno Canyon-Sauceda Loop Trail

Big Bend Ranch State Park

Hiking TrailsBiking Trails

17.4 Miles

Map

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 Trails

14 Miles

Map

Wonderful views resembling a mini Grand Canyon

Lost MineTrail

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 TrailsBiking Trails

5 Miles

Map

Varied terrain, difficult and not well maintained

Encino Trail

Big Bend Ranch State Park

Hiking TrailsBiking 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 TrailsBiking Trails

11 Miles

Map

East Main Trail

Big Bend Ranch State Park

Hiking TrailsBiking Trails

55 Miles

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 TrailsBiking Trails

5.5 Miles

Map

Appropriate for families

Oso Loop

Big Bend Ranch State Park

Hiking TrailsBiking Trailshorse trails

 

Biking Trails

14 Miles

Map

The Wichita Falls hike and bike trail is a great ride for cyclists and will only get better as it evolves toward a complete circuit around the city. The longest complete stretch of the existing trail is 14 miles. The projected complete circuit will be on the order of 35 miles. Most of the trail is well maintained 10 ft wide concrete. A real north Texas gem. 

Bonham State Park

Bonham

Hiking TrailsBiking Trails

7 Miles

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

Canyon of the Eagles

Burnet

Hiking Trails

14 Miles

A variety of trails with lake views, nesting eagles, plenty of wildlife, and more

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

DORBA trail was built by mountain bikers for mountain bikers. Over 1200 acres of prime mountain bike landscape are crisscrossed

Biking Trails

6+ Miles

Beautiful scenery with a variety of challenges for all experience levels

Rocky Ledge Loop

Cooper Breaks State Park

Hiking TrailsBiking Trails

.5 Miles

Map

 

Juniper Ridge Nature Trail

Cooper Breaks State Park

Hiking Trails

.5 Miles

Map

 

Bull Canyon Trail

Cooper Breaks State Park

Hiking TrailsBiking Trailshorse trails

9.5 Miles

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

Rated - 4Texas Outside Star

Hiking Trails Biking Trails

7.5 Miles

Very nice paved trail along a creek and through the trees-- leads into White Rock Lake Trail

Katy Trail

Dallas

Rated - 4Texas Outside Star

Hiking Trails Biking Trails

3.5 Miles

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

Rated - 4Texas Outside Star

Hiking Trails Biking Trails

11.1 Miles

Great paved trail that circles White Rock Lake

Hiking Trails

1 Mile

This 40-acre ecosystem offers wooded trails for hiking and some of the features include a pond, Interpretive Center, guided hikes,  and classes.

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

Ft Worth

Rated - 4Texas Outside Star

Hiking Trails Biking Trails

40+ Miles

Map

Over 40 miles of trails that 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

Rated - 4Texas Outside Star

Hiking Trails Biking Trails

19.5 Miles

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

Rated - 5 Texas Outside Star

Hiking Trails Biking Trails

11 Miles

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

Rated - 4 Texas Outside Star

Hiking Trails Biking Trails horse trails

75 Miles

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

Rated - 2.5 Texas Outside Star

Hiking TrailsBiking Trails horse trail

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

Rated - 4 Texas Outside Star

Hiking Trails Biking Trails horse trail

5 Miles

Map

 

Pilot Knoll

Lewisville Lake

Hiking Trails horse trail

8 Miles

 

Lewisville Lake

Hiking Trails

.3 to 2.1 Miles

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

Rated - 5 Texas Outside Star

Hiking Trails Biking Trails

9 Miles

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 horse trail

4Miles

 

Walnut Grove Trail

Lake Grapevine

Hiking Trailshorse trail

10 Miles

 

Bosque Hiking Trail

Meridian State Park

Rated - 4 Texas Outside Star

Hiking Trails

2.33 Miles

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

Hike and bike trails are located around 40-Acre, Elm and Hale Lakes and interconnect.

Possum Kingdom Lake

Possum Kingdome Lake

Hiking Trails Biking Trails

5 Miles

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

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

Map

 

Elm Fork Trail

Ray Roberts Lake State Park -- Isle du Bois Unit

3.5 miles

Map

 

Center Loop Trail

Ray Roberts Lake State Park -- Johnson Branch

Rated - 3 Texas Outside Star

Hiking Trails Biking Trails

4.5 Miles

Map

Paved trail that runs through the woods and campground

Dogwood Canyon

Ray Roberts Lake State Park -- Johnson Branch

Rated - 4Texas Outside Star

Hiking Trails Biking Trails

10 Miles

Map

Varies from easy trails through the woods and along the lake to very challenging rides for advanced bikers

Galatyn Woodland Preserve

Richardson

Rated - 3 Texas Outside Star

Hiking Trails Biking Trails

1 Miles

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

Rated - 4 Texas Outside Star

Hiking Trailshorse trail

15 Miles

Heavily wooded trails on gently rolling terrain and along the Medina River

Buescher State Park

Smithville

Hiking Trails Biking Trails

12 MIles

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

Rated - 4 Texas Outside Star

Hiking Trails Biking Trails horse trail

12 Miles

Map

Pictures

Variety of trails and some great views

Chalk Ridge Falls Park

Stillhouse Hollow Reservoir

Rated - 5 Texas Outside Star

Hiking Trails

5 Miles

Map

Pictures

Easy and fun hike - kids should like most of it

Blackjack Nature Trail

Tyler State Park

 

Hiking Trails

.3 Miles

Map

 

Tyler State Park Trail

Tyler State Park

Rated - 5 Texas Outside Star

Hiking Trails Biking Trails

13 Miles

Map

Great dirt trails up and down the hills and through the trees

Lake Mineral Wells State Trailway

Weatherford

Rated 2.5 Texas Outside Star

 

Hiking Trails Biking Trails horse trail

20 Miles

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

 

If you would like to share your favorite trails, please email us. Thanks for your help.

 

 

About Texas Outside

Texas Outside has been alive & well since 1996 - that's ancient by today's internet standards! Texas Outside was originally developed by Lone Star Internet which is an Austin based web development company with an excellent reputation & client base. In March of 2006, we purchased Texas Outside & made a commitment to add new, exciting, & informative content on Texas outdoor activities & fun things to see & do.

Read More >>>

Contact Us

Please feel free to send us your suggestions.

Suggestions or Comments: