27 Jul Where to Go Hiking in Texas
In Texas there are a large variety of hiking trails to choose from. From the biggest protected open space of the Chihuahuan desert to creek side views, there is beautiful scenery to be enjoyed. Here at All Dry USA these are the hiking trails in Texas that we think are the best places to try.
Big Bend National Park South Rim
This is the largest protected area of diverse wildlife and cactus in the Chihuahuan desert. At the South Rim, one could cross over to the border town of Boquillas del Carmen in Mexico. After crossing the border, be sure to visit the hot springs and enjoy the cuisine of Mexico. In Big Bend there is very little light pollution, making it a great spot to star gaze after a day of hiking.
Barton Creek Greenbelt
This gem in Austin is an oasis for enthusiasts of the outdoors. In Austin there is everything from hiking and mountain biking to kayaking available. The Barton Lake Greenbelt trails are just minutes away from downtown Austin, and hikers can climb limestone masses that rise up to three hundred feet. This also connects many trails that will lead to quiet spots near the creek, complete with swimming holes that appear after a good rain.
Big Thicket is an area with varied ecosystems and is a national forest reserve that contains over forty miles of hiking trails. Big Sandy Trail is also available to bring horses for horseback riding, the only trail that allows this in Big Thicket. Camping is available here, although there are no established campgrounds. This is a great way to commune with nature and spend days hiking and sleeping under the stars.
The Smith Spring Loop
The Smith Spring Loop is located in the wooded areas of the Guadalupe Mountains in Guadalupe National Park. The most beautiful time to hike here is in the fall when all of the leaves are changing. There is everything from deserts to canyons to lush woods to discover on a hike. Smith Spring Loop is 2.3 miles round trip and is a picturesque journey and destination. Also be sure to take the rarely traveled Frijole Ranch hike to Smith Spring. This will take the hiker through the desert on the way to a lush spring.
Caprock Canyons Trail System
One of the very special parts of the trail system at Caprock is the bison. Herds of bison thrive here and can be seen from any of the thirteen hiking trails, all equaling ten miles. Six of the trails follow the trailway system into the park, which is the best place for viewing these bison. Hikes can be taken to fishing waters as well, and the park loans fishing rods free of charge.
Colorado Bend State Park is a great place to see the famous Texas wildflowers. In the park, just a quick 1.5 mile hike will take the hiker to Gorman Falls. This is a fall that flows sixty feet down a cliff, resplendent with moss.