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Best Hiking Trails in Texas – USA

Overview

The Lone Star state of Texas, the second largest in the US, has a few small mountainous areas for hiking, in the western part of the state.  The main areas to hike are in the Guadeloupe Mountains and in Big Bend National Park.  Texas Hill Country, near San Antonia, is popular for hiking but not quite mountainous. The best months to hike in Texas are September to May. Read on for more information on where and when to hike in Texas. 

Capital: Austin

When To Hike in Texas – USA?

September – May: Coolest months of year
June – August: Too hot

Climate:  There is mostly arid and semi-arid climates in the mountainous areas – dry, hot summers, mild winters with minimal precipitation.

 

Texas Monthly Weather

Accessibility of Hiking

Easy: Well-established trails with good maps and guidebooks.

Transportation required: Car

Where to stay in Texas for hiking:

  • El Paso
  • Pine Springs

Top Places to Hike in Texas – USA

The main areas for mountain hiking are found in west Texas, in the very north (on the border with New Mexico, in the Guadalupe Mountains) and very south (on the Mexican border, with Big Bend National Park), as well as in the smaller mountain ranges located throughout. Highest Mountain: Guadalupe Peak (2667 m) in Guadalupe Mountains.

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Palo Duro Canyon State Park

Christmas Mountains

Quitman Mountains

  • Not sure if there’s trails here

Chinati Mountains State Natural Area

  • Chinati Peak

Davis Mountains

  • Mount Livermore
  • Madera Canyon

Franklin Mountains

Texas – USA's Long Distance Trails

Texas – USA's Walking & Hiking Resources

Texas Hiking Books: 

  • Hiking Texas: A Guide to the State’s Greatest Hiking Adventures, 4th Edition, by Laurence Parent,  2019, Falcon Guide
  • Hiking Big Bend National Park: A Guide to the Big Bend Area’s Greatest Hiking Adventures, Including Big Bend Ranch State Park, by Laurence Parent, 2022, Falcon Guides
  • Big Bend Ranch State Park: Half Day Hikes (or Less), by Robert Fuller, Jenny Fuller, 2019, Half Day Hikes

 

Texas Hiking Associations/Clubs: – there are many clubs

 

Best Hiking Trails in Texas:

You can find more details on hiking these trails from hiking guidebooks, official park websites, trail maps/apps, other websites, and tourist offices:

  • Guadeloupe Peak – Guadeloupe Mountains National Park
  • Emory Peak – Big Bend National Park
  • South Rim Trail – Big Bend National Park
  • Ron Coleman Trail – Franklin Mountains State Park
  • Upper Guale Mesa – Big Bend National Park
  • Old Baldy – Garner State Park
  • El Paso Tin Mines Trail – Franklin Mountains State Park
  • North Franklin Mountain – Franklin Mountains State Park
  • Pinnacles Trail – Big Bend National Park
  • Marufo Vega Trail – Big Bend National Park

Easy Hiking Trails in Texas:

  • Window Trail – Big Bend National Park
  • Lighthouse Trail – Palo Duro Canyon State Park
  • Santa Elena Canyon – Big Bend National Park

 

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What Else To Do

  • Hill Country State Natural Area – hilly area near San Antonio 
  • Lone Star Hiking Trail – a popular long distance hiking trail in the eastern part of Texas

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