Best hiking destinations in Texas

Primarily because of its wide variety and diversity of terrain, the Lone Star state of Texas offers some of the best sites for hiking in the United States. Texas is home to more than 70 national and state parks scattered throughout the state. Hiking buff Mack Prioleau recommends the places listed below for a truly pleasurable and memorable hiking experience on scenic, breathtaking trails.

Lost Maples State Natural Area

Hiking in Lost Maples is especially soothing and awe-inspiring during autumn when the leaves bring out a wide array of colors. The trails are to be found on the Edwards Plateau, about five miles to the north of Vanderpool. Its name is derived from the abundance of bigtooth maples in the area.

Brazos Bend

This spot, found along the Brazos River in Needville, is an excellent destination in Texas not just for hiking but for horseback riding and biking. It’s home to a diverse array of fauna for those looking to espy local wildlife along the trails (including American alligators). What’s more, Brazos Bend is not hard to get to, as it’s just near Houston.

Big Bend National Park

Many Texan natives will argue that this is the best hiking spot in the entire state, and with good reason, as it showcases over 150 miles of trails for both beginning and experienced hikers. Big Bend is situated in West Texas, near the Mexican border.

Gorman Falls Trail

This 2.6-mile trail is one of the Texas Hill country’s most popular and picturesque, the moderate hiking path ending at the gorgeous Gorman Falls. This waterfall is special for the high concentration of carbon dioxide in the water, giving it the moniker “living waterfall,” explains Mack Prioleau. Both the trail and the waterfall are in the Colorado Bend State Park.

Vanderbilt University student Mack Prioleau enjoys outdoor activities such as hiking, hunting, surfing, and fishing. For more on Mack and his interests, visit this website.

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