Texas August 13, 2017
If There Are Only 7 Hikes You Ever Do In Texas, Make Them These
The incomparable beauty of Texas deserves to be explored on foot so that you can take a step back and really enjoy the stillness of nature. So lace up your boots and start with these seven epic hikes – trust me, you’ll be up for even more once you’re done with these!
1. Guadalupe Peak Trail (Salt Flat)
You'll feel on top of the world on this hike. The trail takes you through ascending canyons, steep cliffs, and raging waterfalls until you reach the summit at over 8,000 feet of elevation. It's the highest point in Texas!
2. McKittrick Canyon (Salt Flat)
West Texas might be full of sprawling deserts, but it turns into an enthralling display of colors when fall rolls around. McKittrick Canyon trail in Guadalupe Mountains National Park is only .9 miles long and takes less than an hour to complete, so you'll have plenty of time to stop and take in the scenery if you choose to.
3. "The Window" Trail (Big Bend National Park)
Big Bend is easily the most talked-about national park in Texas, and for good reason. There's something so mystical about its remote location and towering mountains. 'The Window' trail offers arguably the most breathtaking view in all of the state, letting you peer into a gap between two peaks and watch the beautiful colors of the sunset. The hike is less than five miles, wheelchair accessible, and suitable for all fitness levels.
4. Lost Maples State Natural Area (Vanderpool)
West Texas isn't the only part of the state that experiences fall in a breathtaking way. The trees at Lost Maples turn into a canopy of reds, golds, and greens during autumn, making this into a beautiful wonderland of color - but it's just as beautiful the rest of the year.
5. Gorman Falls (Bend)
Gorman Falls is an oasis tucked away in the hill country, rendering it unknown to a good portion of the population. Luckily, nearly everyone can enjoy it because the hike is so incredibly easy!
6. Wolf Mountain Trail (Johnson City)
It's hard to find hiking trails in Texas that aren't overly crowded and lacking in the peace and tranquility that's supposed to come along with being in nature. Wolf Mountain Trail in Pedernales Falls State Park is almost always desolate because most people prefer exploring the rocks down by the river.
7. Cattail Falls (Big Bend National Park)
Cattail Falls is a truly hidden gem in Texas. It requires going off of the main path, so most people have no idea it exists. No worries, though, it's very easy to find, and the 80-foot waterfall waiting for you is more than enough of a reward.
Have you hiked any of these trails? If you could name your five favorite Texas hikes, which trails would make the list?