While some of us are quite content with spending most of our lives in a sedentary position (with the occasional stretching out over a comfy bed), it’s not what humans were built to do – our bodies are better-suited for long walks as would be expected from an essentially nomadic species.
Many find hiking to be a great way of working around the comforts of the 21st century lifestyle. It’s not as strenuous as running or hitting the gym, but it’s also challenging enough even for those who are in shape – there’s no turning back once you’re in the middle of a hiking trail, and you better find it in you (and your boots) to complete the trail before collapsing.
Due to its amazing hill country and natural scenery, Texas has no shortage of great hiking trails that will put your walking abilities to the test. Here are 4 that combine the challenges of proper hiking terrain with all the beautiful sights you could hope for.
Places To Hike In Texas
The Greenbelt Corridor: With all the talk about natural beauty, it seemed a shame not to include Ray Roberts Lake State Park’s gem as the first entry on the list. With fourty-some miles of trail depending on how far out you’re willing to go, the Corridor isn’t going to disappoint when it comes to its ability to give you a workout. Make sure to bring a camera, too, as you’ll definitely want to capture some of the sights on your road to fitness. Also, when you’re done hiking, there are plenty of other things to do in the area – fishing, kayaking and horseback riding to name just a few.
Lake Mineral Wells State Trailway: Don’t underestimate the fact that the Mineral Wells Trailway is only ‘around’ twenty miles long – it’s sure to give you a workout on your way to the finish line, especially if you’re hiking during the summer. This is one of those trails that provide additional motivation for hiking aside from wanting a better physique and enjoying the countryside – from the many exquisite species of birds one can catch singing and nesting around the trail to the always-interesting National Vietnam War Museum, you’ll have no shortage of reasons to pick this trail over any other.
San Antonio Mission Tour: Are you proud of your religiousness and enjoy taking every opportunity to get closer to the Lord? Well, here’s one way to do it that will also improve your overall fitness – traversing the San Antonio Mission Tour trail will introduce you to all of the most important missions, including four historic churches that remain active to this very day. Feel free to stop at any of the missions and have a look for as long as you’d like, but be warned – the ‘tour’ is a full-day one, and you better have a good idea of distance and time if you’re going alone and aren’t willing to spend the night out.
Trinity River Trail: If you’re not one for wilderness hikes that make you feel removed from civilization, Trinity River Trail is the perfect combination of urban and rural. With over 15 miles of hiking trail, you can expect to walk for a good half a day, not that you should have trouble ending the hike prematurely thanks to the generally-urban surroundings – oh, and did we mention that the view of the river is something to behold?