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Hike the Lone Star State: Best Hikes in Texas

Explore Texas's vast landscape with this wide-ranging selection of top hikes.

Hiking Moderate, Difficult

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Texas, the famous Lone Star State, is absolutely massive! Bigger than most European countries, this vast landscape measures about 8% bigger than the country of France. In the USA, Texas ranks second in size only to Alaska.

In a landscape this vast and this diverse, you can bet that there are plenty of incredible hikes to discover! In this guidebook, we've rounded up a diverse array of the best hikes from across the vast expanse of Texas.

Many of these top hikes come from Texas's two national parks: Big Bend and Guadalupe Mountains. While many people only think of Texas as a big, flat prairie, both of these national parks prove those people wrong with towering mountain ranges! Guadalupe Peak reigns as the highest point in Texas, soaring to 8,751 feet above sea level.

Once you've thoroughly explored these gorgeous national parks, the next most logical place to turn for adventure is Texas's expansive state park system. Texas Parks and Wildlife manages over 640,000 acres of land across 89 state parks—many of which are just as incredible as the two national parks! Palo Duro Canyon is one of the most impressive, as it's home to the second-largest canyon in the USA. Bet you can't guess what the largest one is...

Other incredible state parks featured here include Big Bend Ranch, Seminole Canyon, McKinney Falls, Franklin Mountains, and more! Whether you're looking for a multi-day epic, a challenging peak climb, a narrow slot canyon, or just a scenic stroll in the woods, you'll find all that and so much more in this guidebook.

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