I hike a lot of miles in Texas, and folks want to know: Where do you go? If you’re new to hiking in Texas, it can be a daunting question. For starters, everything is spread over a huge land mass. This is annoying when all you want is a 10-mile jaunt in the woods without having to drive an hour to get there. Second, Texas isn’t known for having a lot of water, trees, or elevation.
Maybe this is where the blog post should end because now this sounds dismal. It is, and it isn’t.
While you’re not going to get the elevation that you would in Colorado (our highest peak is 8,750 feet, which, you know, is the starting elevation of a lot of trails in other higher places) and the summer heat will drive you indoors by 10 a.m., you will have the chance to get some ground under your feet, burn calories and work on a tan.
Now this sounds worse.
OK. What I’m trying to say is this: If you find yourself living in Texas, as I have, and your main source of exercise is hiking with your dogs, as is mine, you do have options. I’ll share the ones I’ve found in Central Texas. Most of them are state parks because that’s one of the few places where people actually obey the dog leash laws.