10 Incredible Hikes Under 5 Miles Everyone In Texas Should Take
By Katie Lawrence|Updated on March 29, 2022(Originally published March 24, 2022)
Katie Lawrence is a Southeast Texas native who graduated 18th in her high school class with a GPA of 4.25. She attended college in the Houston area and began writing for OnlyInYourState in 2015.
Today, Katie writes, edits, and performs several other tasks for OnlyInYourState and has never been more passionate about a job before. Outside of work, you can likely find her curled up on with a hot cup of coffee, practicing yoga, baking, or exploring the beautiful Lone Star State (in particular, the vast and mystical West Texas desert).
We all want to appreciate the beauty of Texas, but sometimes we’re not in the mood for an all-day, 20 mile, strenuous hiking route. Fortunately, there are plenty of places in our state with shorter trails that still award you the same experience you would get otherwise. Here are 10 of the best hikes in Texas, if you’re looking for less of a time commitment.
Though they are short, these may just be some of the best hikes in Texas! Where’s your favorite place in Texas for a nice, short hike?
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What are some good hiking trails near me in Texas?
The great state of Texas has plenty in the way of gorgeous, fun hikes to fill your soul and feed your sense of adventure. Trade your cowboy boots for hiking boots and let’s get exploring! For the avid hiker and daredevil, Guadalupe Peak offers the highest peak in Texas at an elevation of 8,751 feet above sea level. This hike is located in Guadalupe Mountains National Park, and the views from the top are absolutely breathtaking. If you are looking for something slightly less challenging, check out Blanco State Park for a leisurely, relaxing stroll along the spring-fed Blanco River in beautiful Texas Hill Country.
What are some kid-friendly hikes around Texas?
If you are an avid hiker looking for ways to introduce the children in your life to the joys of the great outdoors, Texas has got you covered. The state has plenty of beautiful, kid-friendly hikes that the whole family can enjoy. For instance, Caprock Canyons Upper Trail in Caprock State Park in Quitaque, Texas is sure to be a hit with children and adults alike. In the park you can see gorgeous canyon views, along with herds of free-range bison, and a plethora of other animal and plant life. The park has around 25 miles of trails to explore. Keep those eyes peeled for the flora and the fauna that calls the park home, including white-tailed deer, foxes, raccoons, and porcupines! Another great kid-friendly hiking spot is Monahans Sandhills State Park in Monahans, Texas. While not a typical choice for hiking expeditions, the park has over 4000 acres of land to explore, and it is basically a giant sandbox! Monahans Sandhills State Park boasts mesmerizing sandy views as far as the eye can see, and offers never-ending opportunities for kids to run around and play. Don’t forget the sleds for some epic sand sledding down the dunes!