the best hikes in Texas

The 20 Best Summertime Texas Hikes

The warmer months are upon us and, after being locked up in our homes for the past year, now is the time to embrace the outdoors like never! Wander where your feet have never wandered before, gaze out over landscaped never before seen, and breathe in the fresh air your lungs have longed for.

We're bringing you some of the best trails Texas offers, some of which you won't event believe lie in your own backyard. Grab your packs, snacks, and LOTS of water to help stay hydrated under that Texas sun. 




1. West & East Trails

Length: 11.3 miles
Elevation gain: 1,272ft
Location: Lost Maples State Park

2. Mount Ol' Baldy 

Length: 1.0 mile
Elevation gain: 436ft
Location: Garner State Park

3. Enchanted Rock Loop Trail 

Length: 5.4 miles
Elevation gain: 344ft
Location: Enchanted Rock State Park

4. San Marcos River, Mesquite Flats and Ottine Swamp Trails

Length: 3.1 miles
Elevation gain: 45ft
Location: Palmetto State Park

5. Rock Garden Trail

Length: 5.0 miles
Elevation gain: 777ft
Location: Palo Duro Canyon State Park

6. Colorado Bend State Park River Trail

Length: 8.3 miles
Elevation gain: 541ft
Location: Colorado Bend State Park

7. Sawmill Hiking Trail

Length: 4.3 miles
Elevation gain: 121ft
Location: Angelina National Forest

8. Twin Falls and Sculpture Falls 

Length: 3.2 miles
Elevation gain: 124ft
Location: Barton Creek Greenbelt Trail

9. Wolf Mountain, Juniper Ridge and South Loop Equestrian Trail

Length: 6.6 miles
Elevation gain: 374ft
Location: Pedernales Falls State Park

10. Spring Branch and Wilderness Trail

Length: 7.4 miles
Elevation gain: 908ft
Location: Hill Country State Natural Area

11. Haynes Ridge and Upper North Prong Trail Loop 

Length: 6.3 miles
Elevation gain: 856ft
Location: Caprock Canyon State Park



12. Emory Peak Trail

Length:10.4 miles
Elevation gain: 2,522ft
Location: Big Bend National Park

13. Hunter Peak

Length: 9.9 miles
Elevation gain: 2,847ft
Location: Guadalupe Mountain National Park

14. North Mount Franklin Trail

Length: 7.2 miles
Elevation gain: 2,408ft
Location: Franklin Mountains State Park

15. 4 - C National Recreation Hiking Trail

Length: 20.1 miles
Elevation gain: 948ft 
Location: Davy Crockett National Forest

16. Outer Mountain Loop

Length: 24.1 miles
Elevation gain: 5,708ft
Location: Big Bend National Park

17. Lone Star Hiking Trail and Little Lake Creek Trail

Length: 13.8 miles
Elevation gain: 600ft
Location: Sam Houston National Forest

18. Texas Hill Country Overland Route

Length: 191 miles
Elevation gain: 9,271ft
Location: Llano, Texas

19. Guadalupe Peak Texas Highpoint Trail

Length: 8.4 miles
Elevation gain: 2,952ft
Location: Guadalupe Mountain National Park

20. Good Water Loop

Length: 26.9 miles
Elevation gain: 1,519ft
Location: Georgetown, TX