There is no shortage of spots to hike and explore in Texas.
And you can see from the pictures how stunning the views can be. Texas has the added benefit of being a little warmer while much of the United States are getting colder.
Be sure to look at the last hiking area: you’ll feel like you are looking at somewhere in New England!
Enjoy this Fall weather. Hike Texas. See you on the Trails!
Out of all the states, Texas offers some of the best spots for hiking due to the sheer diversity in terrain. Whether you want to hike steep mountains or flat, swampy grasslands, you can find plenty of beautiful places to explore here. With over 70 national and state parks scattered all over the state, there’s never a shortage of opportunities to take in Mother Nature here. So, grab your backpack, water bottles, and best friends, because these amazing hiking spots are calling your name!
Big Bend National Park
Arguably the best place to go hiking in the entire state of Texas, Big Bend is a hiker’s paradise with over 150 miles of trails. Both experienced backpackers and day hikers alike will enjoy the boundless beauty of this West Texas masterpiece.
Balcones Canyonlands National Wildlife Refuge
West of Austin in Marble Falls, this beautiful wildlife refuge offers seven miles of trails, including one called the Rimrock Trail, which takes you to the top of a plateau and lends the perfect view to the striking beauty of the Texas Hill Country.
Pedernales Falls State Park
See those rocks? Well, you can actually climb all over them, just be careful not to fall in the river (I almost did once). Besides the area with the rocks on Pedernales River, you can also enjoy other trails, such as the Equestrian Trail, and the Wolf Mountain trail, which offers an expansive view of the hill country from 1000 feet up.
Guadalupe Peak – Guadalupe Mountains National Park
Located 110 miles east of El Paso, the drive way out west is totally worth it. If you can hike the 3,000 ft to the top of the peak, you will be at 8,749 feet, the highest point in Texas. On a clear day, you might even spot the distant sierras on the other side of the border. Talk about a great view.
Lost Maples State Natural Area
When you go hiking here, you will feel like you’ve been transported to Vermont. Located on the Edwards Plateau 5 miles north of Vanderpool, the bigtooth maples give the park its name. Obviously, you’ll want to come in the fall to experience the full display of fall colors.
Don’t these gorgeous photos of Texas’ wonderfully diverse landscape just make you want to get lost in nature for hours? Let me know some more of your favorite hiking spots so I can add them to my ever-growing list!
Thanks to Kristen Lawrence and OnlyInYourState: http://www.onlyinyourstate.com/texas/15-epic-hiking-spots-in-tx/
Image of Big Bend National Park from Adam Baker/Flickr. Image of Balcones Canyonlands National Wildlife Refuge from mlhradio/Flickr.
Image of Pedernales Falls State Park from SEWinds/Flickr. Image of Guadalupe Peak from Clay June11/Flickr
Image of Lost Maples State Natural Area from Knowsphotos/Flickr