This week, we’re travelling virtually to the US of A and that huge state with so much character! Texas, with its diversity in terrain, offers some of the best hikes for all hiking enthusiasts, and if you consider yourself one, here’s a little help your way. Keep reading to discover 7 of the best hiking spots scattered across the state.
7 Best Hiking Spots in Texas
Not a lot of people are aware of the hike to Cattail Falls, but that’s the beauty of it. The trail is around 1.5 miles up the canyon with both desert and vegetation and once you get there, the beautiful oasis at the end is totally worth it all.
Wild Basin Wilderness Preserve
Take the 2.5 mile hike to Creative Research Center for an different hiking experience altogether. You definitely can’t expect to take your bike here or go picnicking, because they’re all not allowed, and even though it may seem to be a bit strict, it is definitely worth the visit.
Santa Elena Canyon
The Santa Elena Canyon is one of the best highlights of the Big Bend National Park– a place you definitely wouldn’t want to miss out on experiencing if you’ve got a nature lover in you. The hike takes you some 160 f above Rio Grande and still surrounded by towering canyons- it can really be one of a kind experience! This certainly is one of the best hiking spots in Texas.
Sam Houston National Forest
Looking to get lost in nature for hours? Get on this extensive 128 mile hike that goes through the forest and is spread out across 4 counties. Infact, the hike is so long you might have to take several trips to explore all the trails through the area.
Big Thicket National Preserve
With over 40 miles of trails, the Big Thicket National Preserve is another great hiking spot for all hikers to explore. You can pick from the 8 different trails and explore the wilderness in its truest form- everything from butterflies and rabbits to even alligators and snakes!
You absolutely wouldn’t want to miss out on this 4 mile hike with very little elevation that stills gives you some of the most gorgeous 360 degree views of the Texas Hill Country. Hiking to the Enchanted Rock is great for another reason- it is family and pet friendly too, considering that the trail is super easy! So one of the best hiking spots in Texas for families!
Guadalupe Mountains National Park
You might have to drive a bit for this one, but we promise you, its going to be totally worth it. If you’ve got it in you to hike the 3000 feet to the top of the peak, you’ll be able to relish the views from the top of the highest point in Texas. If you’re looking to take things up a notch, you can also hike through the Gypsum sand dunes there.
So now that we’re done with the best hiking spots in Texas, where do you think we’ll travel to next week? Any suggestions?
Image Credits: Jeff Lynch Photography, Wild Basin Preserve – Larry Moore, Santa Elena Canyon – Flickr , Sam Houston National Park – Flickr, Big Thicket National Preserve – North Texas Active Life, Enchanted Rock – Texas Parks & Wildlife, Guadalupe – Wikimedia