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.
Just half an hour north of Austin, a constellation of parks clings to the edge of a chain of clear blue lakes. At night, turn your eyes from the Hill Country’s quiet forests to the dark skies above for a stellar show. You’re far from the city now.
For these 12 hikers, local trails so inspired them that they made it their mission to open the outdoors to everyone, one mile at a time. Now let them fire you up with picks so close you can’t say no.
You don't always need to go far to go big. Case in point: these stunning hikes, all within a day trip of a major metropolitan area.
Enchanted Rock is the second-largest granite batholith in the country. Don’t know what a batholith is? Find out by hiking up one.
This shoulder-season cruiser delivers you to some of the best views in West Texas.
We’re all for tagging summits, but the best way to experience a peak? Hike around it. You’ll see a mountain’s many faces on a single, peak-circling loop. These 14 trips circumnavigate the best of the best.
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