When it come to Texas, there are no shortages of hiking trails. Lace up those hiking boots and hit the trails on one of these 10 must visit day hikes in Texas.
Need some fresh air and wide open spaces? Then head out to one of these fun hiking destinations!
10 Amazing Day Hikes in Texas
Palo Duro Canyon State Park – The park has over 18,000 acres and 30 miles of hiking trails that range from easy to difficult. The park offers an array of 2-4 mile hiking trails that overlook the canyons and are family friendly.
Eagle Mountain Lake – This is a hiking gem located just outside of downtown Fort Worth. The park has 6 trails to choose from with maps throughout the park. The trials are wide, well maintained and great for all hiking levels.
Enchanted Rock – Climb to the top of the pink granite dome for sweeping views of the Texas Hill Country. To reach the top of the dome, you have to climb 425 ft but it’s well worth it. The park has over 10 miles of trails and the loop around the dome is a great trail if you aren’t up for climbing up.
Big Bend National Park – With over 150 miles of trails and 800,000 acres, there is no shortage of trails to explore. Read all about Julie Measures adventures here.
Caprock Canyon State Park – The park has over 90 miles of trails that range from 1 to 15 miles. The park has free roaming bison and is the summer home to half a million bats! If you’re looking for a full days’ hike, be sure to explore the Trailway. It passes through Clarity Tunnel which is one of the last active railroad tunnels in Texas. Read all about My Curly adventures here.
Mineola Nature Preserve – Located overlooking the Sabine River, this is an East Texas gem. Take the alligator loop trail and if you’re lucky enough, you might spot one of the creatures!
Suter Wildlife Refuge – This 1-mile nature trail takes you through grassy marshes, woodlands, mudflats and is a nature lover’s paradise. Be sure to bring binoculars to get an up close view of all the birds.
Big Thicket National Preserve – Has over 40 miles of trails to choose from. You can choose your hiking trails by length or by what you want to see during the hike. The park offers a wide range of trees, plants, wildflowers and birds.
Tyler State Park – Located in the Piney Woods of Texas, you will enjoy shaded trails, towering trees and plenty of wildlife. If exploring nature isn’t enough for the little ones, have them find the geocaching that’s hidden around the park. Read all about mejorando mi hogar adventures here.
Dinosaur Valley State Park – Hike along the Paluxy River in search of dinosaur footprints! Be sure to pick up a map at the entrance that has locations of all the dinosaur tracks. After a day of hiking, cool off in the Blue Hole swimming area.
Social Distancing in Parks
Due to limited capacity, it’s best to purchase day passes to state parks on-line. Remember to bring face coverings as they are required in all buildings.