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Best trails in Texas

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Trying to find the best Texas trails? AllTrails has 1,613 great hiking trails, running trails, mountain biking trails and more, with hand-curated trail maps and driving directions as well as detailed reviews and photos from hikers, campers, and nature lovers like you. Whether you're looking for the best trails in Guadalupe Mountains National Park or around Austin, San Antonio or El Paso we've got you covered. If you're looking for great Texas state park trails, check out Palo Duro Canyon State Park. Or for some great local park options, check out Barton Creek Greenbelt or Emma Long Metropolitan Park near Austin. Just looking to take a quick stroll? We've got 1,058 easy trails in Texas ranging from 0.6 to 66.4 miles and from 0 to 5,912 feet above sea level. Start checking them out and you'll be out on the trail in no time!
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#1 - Guadalupe Peak Texas Highpoint Trail
Guadalupe Mountains National Park
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Length: 8.1 mi • Est. 5 h 12 m
The hike up Guadalupe Peak is a rewarding, although very strenuous hike. It will take from 6 to 8 hours to complete the round trip hike. The hike provides fantastic views from the highest point in the state of Texas (8,749). It also introduces hikers to several of the parks ecosystems including the high desert and the high elevation forests. The trail starts at the RV section of the Pine Springs Campground (1/2 mile from the Pine Springs Visitor Center check in at the visitor center, then turn right out of the visitor center parking lot). Follow the signs for Guadalupe Peak Trail. Follow the hiker trail; the horse trail will add about 1 extra mile to the trip (although it is less steep). You will encounter the steepest part of the hike in the first mile and a half, as the trail switchbacks up the first steep slope. Be sure not to cut across the switchbacks, as this causes accelerated erosion. The views will get better with every switchback you climb. After about a mile and a half, the trail will become less steep as it passes a cliff and then turns around to the north-facing slope. Here, hikers will discover a small forest of pinion pine, south-western white pine, and Douglas fir. The forest exists here since on a north-facing slope there is not as much sunlight. The slightly cooler, shadier climate allows these pines to survive. After nearly three miles the trail will top out at a false summit. It is still a little more than a mile to the actual summit. The trail will flatten out for a short distance as it passes through a sparse forest of ponderosa pine. The backcountry campsite for overnight backpackers is on this summit. After passing the backcountry campsite, the trail descends slightly and crosses a wooden bridge. After the bridge, the trail begins the final climb to the summit. After only a few switchbacks, the top of El Capitan will dominate the view to the south. Eventually you will pass the horse hitching posts and arrive at the summit, where on a clear day you will be rewarded with a tremendous view of the surrounding mountains and desert.Show more
#2 - Lost Mine Trail
Big Bend National Park
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Length: 4.2 mi • Est. 2 h 26 m
The Lost Mine trail serves as an outstanding introduction the flora and fauna of the Chisos Mountains, only 1 mile into the hike their is a saddle offering stunning views of Casa Grande and Juniper Canyon. The remainder of the trail climbs steeply in and out of juniper, oak, and pine forest. The trail abruptly levels out at the ridge with superb views of Pine Canyon and the Sierra del Carmen in Mexico.Show more
#3 - Emory Peak via South Rim Trail and Boot Springs Trail
Big Bend National Park
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Length: 14.9 mi • Est. 8 h 8 m
This route goes counter-clockwise and hikers have reported that the access, if you decide to go clockwise is actually closed off. Show more
#4 - Twin Falls and Sculpture Falls Via Barton Creek Greenbelt Trail
Barton Creek Greenbelt
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Length: 3.7 mi • Est. 1 h 35 m
#5 - The Window Trail
Big Bend National Park
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Length: 5.2 mi • Est. 2 h 44 m
The Window Trail begins near the Chisos Basin lodge, descending 800 feet over about two miles through rolling hills and vertical rock walls to a narrow pouroff, which overlooks the surrounding Chihuahuan Desert. The trail is usually dry, but the pouroff area is very dangerous during flash-floods.Show more
#6 - The Lighthouse Trail
Palo Duro Canyon State Park
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Length: 5.7 mi • Est. 2 h 38 m
This trail is experiencing full or partial closure due to COVID-19. Please see the open trails nearby for alternate hiking options.Show more
#7 - Emory Peak Trail
Big Bend National Park
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Length: 10.4 mi • Est. 5 h 54 m
This is a roundtrip hike to the highest point in Big Bend National Park (7,832'). The last 25 feet require a scramble up a sheer rock wall, but your reward is the ultimate panoramic view! From the Basin Trailhead take the Pinnacles trail for 3.5 miles. At this point, the one mile trail to the summit cuts off and heads upward. For fantastic views and solitude, this trail is hard to beat! Most hikers require approximately 5-6 hours for the roundtrip journey.Show more
#8 - Barton Creek Greenbelt Trail
Barton Creek Greenbelt
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Length: 13.8 mi • Est. 5 h 58 m
#9 - Santa Elena Canyon Trail
Big Bend National Park
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Length: 1.5 mi • Est. 1 h 1 m
This trail begins at the end of the Ross Maxwell Scenic Drive. Although a short trail, it is one of the grandest spectacles in the park. After crossing Terlingua Creek, the trail climbs several short switchbacks and then gradually descends along the banks of the Rio Grande. Hikers are surrounded by lush riparian vegetation and 1,500-foot towering vertical cliffs of solid limestone. The trail ends where canyon walls meet the river. Take a lunch and enjoy the scene. Note: Following rains, flash floods, or periods of high water, Terlingua creek can be impassable, effectively closing the trail.Show more
#10 - Cedar Brake Trail
Cedar Ridge Preserve
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Length: 2.2 mi • Est. 1 h 3 m
The preserve is closed on Mondays. Note: Trails in the area may be closed after recent rainfall.Show more
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