Everything is bigger in Texas, and that includes the views. The best way to see the jaw-dropping scenery Texas is famous for is on foot, and there are hiking trails that are suitable for every age and ability.
Gorman Falls Trail
Gorman Falls is a 70-foot tall spring-fed waterfall in Colorado Bend State Park. The trail to Gorman Falls is a little over three miles round trip. Expect rocky terrain and steep inclines. Dogs are welcome on the trail, but they must be leashed at all times.
South Rim Trail
The South Rim Trail, also known as the Boot Springs Trail, is a difficult 11-mile trail through Big Bend National Park. The views are stunning, especially when the wildflowers are in bloom, and hikers often report spotting rare birds along the trail.
Creekfield Lake Nature Trail
More than 250 alligators call Brazos Bend State Park home. The Creekfield Lake Nature Trail offers hikers the opportunity to explore the wetlands and view the indigenous reptiles from the observation deck.
Red Waterfront Trail
The Red Waterfront Trail is a short yet challenging trail that leads to Penitentiary Hollow. Be on the lookout for snakes hiding near the trail’s many boulder outcroppings.
Boquillas Hot Springs
Hike a short, 1-mile trail to Boquillas Hot Springs. The geothermic springs, located near Big Bend, have a year-round temperature of 105 degrees. Consider making this trek at night. The stargazing at Boquillas Hot Springs is incredible.
Santa Elena Canyon
The Santa Elena Canyon Trail is a family-friendly trail, but dogs are not allowed. Hikers will find themselves deep in the canyon, surrounded by walls of limestone. The short trail ends at the Rio Grande River.
The Lighthouse Trail, near Canyon, Texas, is one of the most heavily traveled trails in the state. Hikers will enjoy unrivaled views of the Palo Duro Canyon and an up close and personal look at the impressive Lighthouse Rock.
This Central Texas hiking trail offers access to the Enchanted Rock State Natural Area. The main feature of this trail is the enormous pink granite dome. The park closes when it reaches capacity, so hikers should plan accordingly.
No matter where you are in Texas, there’s always a great view to behold. If traveling, and wIth a little forward thinking, you may even be able to pepper a few of these into your Texas itinerary. If you’re a Texas native, take a weekend road trip and enjoy the natural beauty of your home state!