|Lost Maples State Natural Area provides bright color for a fall hike.|
From the remote mountains and desert of far west Big Bend National Park to the Gulf Coast’s Padre Island National Seashore (which protects the longest undeveloped barrier island in the world), Texas offers a bounty of hiking opportunities and venues for exploring the glories of nature in the state.
|Hike to this waterfall at Colorado Bend State Park.|
|Bastrop State Park has plenty of family fun.|
Some favorite family trails and nature walks can be found at Pedernales Falls State Park near Austin, Monahans Sandhills State Park Near Odessa, and Huntsville State Park, which meanders through a pine forest. Inks Lake State Park and Franklin Mountains State Park are two of the best places to witness spectacular sunsets.
|There are many trails to hike at Davis Mountains State Park|
|Hike amid red rocks at|
Caprock Canyons State Park
If you want to hike in the rough and tumble western section of Texas, put Laurence Parent’s book, Hiking Big Bend National Park, in your backpack. Parent explores 44 hiking trails in the remote national park and others in Big Bend Ranch State Park.
|Loose yourself at Mother Neff |
Hikers who are history buffs will enjoy Allan Kimball’s accounting of Texas’s state parks and how each got its name in Who Is Mother Neff and Why Is She a State Park?The Texas Parks and Wildlife Department offers information online. Whether you are looking for a short nature trail or an adventurous, all-day endeavor through remote landscapes, Texas is prime hiking territory.
|Big Bend National Park offers starkly beautiful|
landscapes in West Texas.
Texas Parks and Wildlife.