Outsiders and some locals always tend to assume that Texas is a barren desert wasteland with no good places to go hiking. This state is actually jam-packed with green oases and stunning shaded parks you could spend all weekend at without getting too hot or bored. Here is our list of the best hiking spots in Texas that you need to put on your bucket list this summer.

Daingerfield State Park

Price: Free

Address: 455 Park Rd. 17, Daingerfield, TX

Why You Need To Go: This place is home to everything you need to enjoy an exciting summer day — swimming, fishing, boating, and hiking. The spot is so dense with trees and countless streams, you'll feel like you've left Texas and entered a mystical jungle.

Palo Duro Canyon State Park

Price: $8

Address: 11450 Park Road 5, Canyon, TX

Why You Need To Go: There are many trails weaving through this awesome one-of-a-kind state park, with views that will leave you insanely satisfied.

Rio Grande Village Springs

Price: $30 Park Fee

Address: Big Bend Ranch State Park, 1900 S. Saucedo, Presidio, TX

Why You Need To Go: At the end of this trail, you will find these incredible hot springs to relax in. There's no better way to end a trip to Big Bend than with a steamy spot to release tension.

Balcones Canyonlands

Price: Free

Address: 24518 Farm to Market Road 1431, Marble Falls, TX 

Why You Need To Go: This beautiful hike will lead you to some exciting views and wonderful bodies of water to chill in once you've got your workout in. The flowers that grow across the countryside are always a welcoming site.

Milton Reimers Ranch Park

Price: Free

Address: 23610 Hamilton Pool Rd, Dripping Springs, TX

Why You Need To Go: There are plenty of trails to hike on at this park, plus you can find swimming holes, cliffs, and even go horseback riding.

Goose Island State Park

Price: $5

Address: 202 S Palmetto St, Rockport, TX

Why You Need To Go: This state park is home to many unique features that make for a great scenic hike. Take a trip out and relax under a 1000-year-old giant oak tree.

Garner State Park

Price: $8 

Address: 234 RR 1050 Concan, Texas

Why You Need To Go: From this state park, you can find some of the most peaceful views of the green and blue Texas landscape. Getting to the top of the most iconic trail is worth the effort.

Chalk Ridge Falls Park

Price: Free

Address: 5600 FM1670, Belton, Texas

Why You Need To Go: This park encompasses everything you need to have a good day out. It has plenty of peaceful trails, tons of suspension bridges to run across, waterfalls, bodies of water, and stunning green spaces.

Tyler State Park

Price: $6

Address: 789 Park Rd. 16 Tyler, TX 75706

Why You Need To Go: You can hike across 13 miles of nature-filled fun here. It's the perfect place to get some great views of the water while enjoying the weather underneath the shade of the trees.

Santa Ana National Wildlife Refuge

Price: $5

Address: 3325 Green Jay, Alamo, TX

Why You Need To Go: This wildlife preserve is packed with birds and other animals in their natural territory. There is plenty of greenery and the most exciting suspension bridge you can walk on over the trees.

Big Thicket National Reserve

Price: Free

Address: 6044 FM 420 Kountze, TX 

Why You Need To Go: This stunning reserve gives visitors a chance to hike, camp, and canoe through its vast wetlands. You can find some truly magical swamps and high towering trees.

Big Spring State Park

Price: Free

Address: No. 1 Scenic Dr., Big Spring, TX

Why You Need To Go: This hike leads you to the most expansive stretch of views across the city. It really is a unique spot to visit out in that area of Texas.

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