Guidebook

Hike the Lone Star State: Best Hikes in Texas

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

Greg Heil

Description

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.

Guadalupe Peak
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Guadalupe Peak

4 - 5 hrs
13.1 km
926 m
926 m
Hike to the highest point in Texas!
Difficult
Private
Lost Mine Trail
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Lost Mine Trail

2 - 3 hrs
7.3 km
340 m
340 m
A popular hike in Big Bend National Park with endless views of the Chisos Mountains.
Difficult
Private
Santa Elena Canyon Trail
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Santa Elena Canyon Trail

0 - 1 hrs
2.3 km
87 m
87 m
A classic riverside hike in Big Bend with stunning views at the mouth of Santa Elena Canyon.
Moderate
Private
Lighthouse Trail
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Lighthouse Trail

2 - 3 hrs
9.3 km
158 m
158 m
A stunning hike through red rock canyons bound for Lighthouse Peak.
Moderate
Private
Hunter Peak Loop
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Hunter Peak Loop

4 - 5 hrs
15.8 km
938 m
938 m
A stunningly-beautiful 11-mile loop with a summit of 8,368' Hunter Peak.
Difficult
Private
Seminole Canyon State Park Loop
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Seminole Canyon State Park Loop

2 - 3 hrs
12.2 km
121 m
121 m
Hike along a scenic rock rim and then reach the US/Mexico border!
Difficult
Private
South Franklin Mountain via Ron Coleman Trail
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South Franklin Mountain via Ron Coleman Trail

1 - 2 hrs
5.5 km
487 m
487 m
A short, yet difficult hike to the highest point in El Paso, South Franklin Mountain.
Difficult
Private
McKinney Falls State Park Loop
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McKinney Falls State Park Loop

2 - 3 hrs
10.5 km
104 m
104 m
Hike through the depths of McKinney Falls State Park on beautiful singletrack trails.
Moderate
Private
Closed Canyon
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Closed Canyon

0 - 1 hrs
2.4 km
47 m
47 m
Hike down a short but stunning slot canyon in Big Bend Ranch State Park.
Moderate
Private
Caprock Canyons Trailway
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Caprock Canyons Trailway

1 day +
103.1 km
357 m
799 m
A long distance hiking trail connecting the Caprock Escarpment to the Red River Valley.
Moderate
Private
Lone Star Hiking Trail
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Lone Star Hiking Trail

1 day +
151.7 km
913 m
967 m
The longest thru-hiking trail in the state of Texas.
Moderate
Private
Lost Maples: East Trail Loop
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Lost Maples: East Trail Loop

2 - 3 hrs
8.4 km
217 m
217 m
One of Texas's best hikes for fall colors!
Moderate
Private
South Rim Trail Lollipop
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South Rim Trail Lollipop

6 - 7 hrs
23.3 km
933 m
933 m
Gain stunning views off of Big Bend's elevated South Rim.
Difficult
Private
Cross Timbers
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Cross Timbers

4 - 5 hrs
20.8 km
490 m
490 m
A wild, rugged, and remote hike along the southern shores of Lake Texoma.
Difficult
Private