Texas, located in the southern U.S., is known for its flat-desert-like terrain in the southwest part of the state, where the peaks of the Davis, Guadalupe and Santiago mountains rise up. Along the coastline, bayous, bays and saltwater marshes dot the landscape making for very scenic hiking in Texas.
Texas is home to Big Bend and Guadalupe Mountains national parks. With towering mountain mesas, dry Texas deserts and canyons blooming with life, Big Bend National Park pulls in hundreds of thousands of visitors every year.
The editors at Backpacker have created an extensive collection of popular trails and trips for hiking and backpacking Texas.
From prickly pear desert to verdant gorges, this hike shows off the range of the Lone Star State.
Upper Neches River, Big Thicket National Preserve, TX
Elsewhere in the country, hikers are putting away their boots and packs for the winter, but here in Lost Maples, I’m about to set up a picture-perfect campsite on an outcrop 400 feet above the fall scenery. BY JUDY PAUL
At eight thousand feet in Guadalupe Mountains, the Texan desert seemingly stretches forever.
Our expert's top tips for hiking Big Bend National Park in spring