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Top Hikes in Texas

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Texas: It’s a big state. You can’t drive across it in one day, and can't even think about walking across it. But you can ramble on its plethora of hiking trails, routes that lead you to urban greenbelts and soaring canyons, along lake shores and atop mountainous peaks. There’s a lot of Texas to see... so you better get trekking.
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4 - C National Recreation Hiking Trail, Texas 75847, USA
Amid pine trees, swamps, curling oak trees, and Muscatine grapevines, stride through Davy Crockett National Forest, located 20 miles east of Crockett, on Texas Highway 7. A protected area that contains more than 150,000 acres of East Texas...
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6701 San Jose Dr, San Antonio, TX 78214, USA
Unlike many national parks, San Antonio Missions isn’t just one location. Rather, the park comprises a chain of centuries-old Catholic mission churches snaking along the San Antonio River. A daylong tour introduces travelers to several of...
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I awoke at 6:30 this morning to find this view greeting me from our 12th floor balcony. This is looking eastward across Memorial Drive and Buffalo Bayou Park toward the Houston downtown skyline just about an hour before sunrise. Waking up at this...
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Trinity Skyline Trail, Dallas, TX 75207, USA
Jog to views of downtown Dallas along the Trinity Skyline Trail. With a 12-foot-wide hard surface, the trail caters to both hikers and bikers, and extends along the Trinity River for 4.6 miles. Part of an extensive trail system being re-worked and...
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Lighthouse Trail, Canyon, TX 79015, USA
Known as the "Grand Canyon of Texas," Palo Duro Canyon is the second largest canyon in the United States. Its symbol, a soaring hoodoo (a column of multi-hued, eroded rock) earned the name Lighthouse for its pinnacle-like shape and sentry-like...
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16710 Ranch Rd 965, Fredericksburg, TX 78624, USA
A pink dome of granite, Enchanted Rock begs to be climbed. Hikers, backpackers, birders, families and their dogs, stargazers, slackers, and scouts—every Texan, in fact, hankers to clamber up the Rock. Most popular is the mile-long Summit Trail,...
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Big Bend National Park, TX, USA
Big Bend recalls the past: remote and heart stirring, its terrain blends desert, canyon, and mountain landscapes. Inside the park, you’ll find the dramatic Chihuahuan Desert, as well as the 7,400-foot high Chisos Mountains. Temperatures swing...
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Lost Pines Trail, Texas 78602, USA
Pine needles pad the trails of Lost Pines like a carpet—but the Hill Country ups and downs, and an undercoat of oak trees, remind you that you are closer to Austin than the pine forests to the east. Still, the ancient “lost pine” trees and slender...
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3301 S International Blvd FM 1015, Weslaco, TX 78596, USA
Come here for the 200 species of butterflies—or to spy a blue-throated hummingbird, or any of the other astonishing 326 species of birds in the area. And, if not for them, how about to see the 60 types of dragonflies or the alligators who glide...
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FM 420, Kountze, TX 77625, USA
At first sight, the Big Thicket National Preserve may appear to be impenetrable forest, but you can infiltrate it on the 2.5-mile Kirby Trail, a loop through tangled limbs, black-as-ebony marshes, and gurgling streams. This one’s for the intrepid...
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37221 FM 187, Vanderpool, TX 78885, USA
Like a lost treasure found, Lost Maples wows—especially in October and November, when the bigtooth maple trees glitter in hues of gold. With around ten miles of crisscrossing trails, the park can be experienced in one active day, though many come...
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2800 S Bentsen Palm Dr, Mission, TX 78572, United States
A must-visit destination for both amateur bird watchers and professional ornithologists, this tree-studded reserve in far south Texas belongs to the World Birding Center, a collection of top birding locales in the state. With 525 documented...