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This year's National Trails Day is on June 2, 2012

State Parks across Texas will host hiking, biking, paddling, and other trail related events for this years National Trails Day. Join in the celebration of "America's Largest Trailgating Party" by attending one of dozens of special events being held at Texas State Parks on Saturday, June 2 to commemorate the 20th annual National Trails Day.

Find a park near you or join us at one of the guided hikes listed below. Check the list often, more hikes added soon.

Abilene State Park
150 Park Road 32
Tuscola TX 79562
(325) 572-3204
Location: meet at park headquarters entry.
Hike time: 1-2 p.m.
Description: Enjoy a leisurely hike through some of the most scenic areas near the city of Abilene. Discover the abundant wildlife and proximity to water that has made this park a popular gathering place for hundreds of years.

Bastrop State Park
3005 Hwy 21 East
Bastrop TX 78602
(512) 321-2101

Hike name: Discover the Lost Pines Hike
Location: meet at kiosk by park playground.
Hike meeting time: 10 a.m.
Description: Go for a walk through the park and explore the history, flora and fauna that make this park unique. Bring water and wear comfortable shoes. Hike is one mile, and considered easy.

Hike name: Spot a Pine
Location: meet at park scenic overlook area.
Hike meeting time: 5 p.m.
Description: Enjoy a short hike to discover the next generation of the park’s towering pines, as this valuable ecosystem renews itself following drought and wildfire.

Bentsen-Rio-Grande-Valley State Park
2800 South Bentsen Palm Drive
Mission, TX 78572
(956) 584-9156
Location: meet at park store headquarters;
Hike meeting time: 9-11 a.m.
Description: Join park naturalists for a search of tracks and scat along one of the park’s many walking trails. Learn the best places to look for tracks, how to identify tracks and scat, and estimate how old the tracks or scat may be.  Program is open for all ages. No pre-registration is required. This program is free with paid admission to Bentsen State Park.

Big Bend Ranch State Park complex
Barton Warnock Vistor Center
FM 170 West, Terlingua, TX 79852
Fort Leaton State Historic Site
FM 170 E., Presidio, TX 79845
(432) 424-3327
Hike name: HooDoos Moonlight Hike
Location: meet at Fort Leaton SHS in Presidio, or Barton Warnock Visitor Center
Hike meeting time: 8:30 p.m.
Description: Enjoy a guided, two-hour hike along the Rio Grande River. Interpretive Rangers from Big Bend Ranch State Park, Barton Warnock Visitor Center, & Fort Leaton SHS will guide visitors on a one-mile hike through the HooDoos rock formations to the Rio Grande River under a full moon. Find out information on nocturnal wildlife of the Chihuahuan Desert, geology of the HooDoos, and a few ghost stories. Visitors will meet at parking lots of Fort Leaton in Presidio, TX, and at Barton Warnock Visitor Center in Lajitas, TX, at 8:30 p.m. and then drive to the Hoodoos trailhead meeting there at 9 p.m. Bring a flashlight, hiking stick or pole, sturdy shoes or boots and appropriate clothing for desert environment.

Blanco State Park
101 Park Road 23, Blanco TX 78606
(830) 833-4333
Location: meet at Caswell Nature Trail parking area
Hike meeting time: 10 a.m.
Description: Come celebrate National Trails Day by enjoying a guided one-mile hike along the Caswell Nature Trail. Along the way, discover beautiful native central Texas plants, and learn about the destructive capabilities of invasive plants and what we can all do to keep them off our beloved trails. Wear sturdy walking shoes, bring a hiking stick or pole and dress appropriately for weather. No pets please. Hike is free with the purchase of a daily entry permit into the park.

Brazos Bend SP
21901 FM 762
Needville, TX 77461
(979) 553-5102
Location: get hike information at park headquarters.
Hike meeting time: 8 a.m. - 5 p.m.
Description: Come celebrate National Trails Day at Brazos Bend State Park, when the park will be offering a full day of guided trail hikes ranging from bird watching hikes to alligator watching hikes to general nature hikes through a pristine bottomland forest along the Brazos River. There will also be children’s story time, a photography hike as well as programs on reptiles, birds and more. All hikes will be guided by either the park naturalist or trained volunteers. Please check out our website ( for detailed information and times.

Buescher State Park
100 Park Rd. 1 E
Smithville, TX 78957
(512) 237-2241
Hike name: Pine Gulch Hike
Location: meet at parking area across from MD Anderson on Park Road 1C
Hike meeting time: 6:30 p.m.
Description: On this 1.5-mile, easy hike, we’ll journey from Buescher’s famed oak forest to a little-known portion of our hiking trail: the unique Pine Gulch. Bring water, insect repellent, hiking stick or pole, and wear good hiking shoes. Meet at the parking area across from MD Anderson Science Center on Park Road 1C. Parking is limited.

Caddo Lake State Park
245 Park Rd. 2
Karnack, TX 75661
(903) 679-3351
Location: meet at the trail head at the park’s boat ramp.
Hike time: 10 a.m. - 11:30 a.m.
Description: Join the park’s naturalist to celebrate National Trails Day by hiking one of several trails within Caddo’s unique ecosystem. The 1.5-hour hike will introduce visitors to the native flora and fauna of East Texas. This one-mile hike includes wildlife and habitat identification and will accommodate the group's related interests. Recommend that participants wear comfortable footgear, and bring drinking water, a hiking stick or pole and insect repellant.

Caprock Canyons State Park
3 miles N of Quitaque on FM 1065
Quitaque, TX 79255
(806) 455-1492
Hike location: hikers meet at the South Prong parking lot inside the park.
Hike time: 8:30 - 10 a.m.
Description: General nature hike on the Upper Canyon Trail where anything from the geology, history, flora, and fauna of the park will be discussed by park staff. This will be a moderate hike with no limits on age or group. Please bring comfortable hiking shoes, hiking stick or pole and plenty of water. Program is free with paid park entry fee of $4 per person for adults ages 13 and older; $2 for seniors ages 65 and older, and children ages 12 and younger are free.

Choke Canyon State Park
Calliham Unit
358 Recreation Road 8
Calliham, TX 78007
(361) 786-3868
Location: meet at the main birding trail near the boat ramp.
Hike meeting time: 10 a.m.
Description: Join our Interpretive Park Ranger on a guided hike as we explore all that nature has to offer within Choke Canyon State Park. Your guide will show you how Native Americans used native plants for medicine and food sources and introduce you to the wildlife that calls the park home. The tour lasts about one hour. Canyon State Park-Calliham Unit is located 12 miles west of Three Rivers on State Highway 72 to Tilden. Participants will want to dress appropriately for weather and may also want to bring drinking water and binoculars.

Cleburne State Park
5800 Park Rd. 21
Cleburne, TX 76033
(817) 645-4215
Location: Hikers will meet at the Coyote Run Trailhead.
Hike time: 10 a.m.
Description: Join a park ranger for a guided nature hike down the park's most popular trail, Coyote Run, and discover the many sights and sounds of this picturesque park.

Colorado Bend State Park
10 miles south of Bend, TX., on gravel road,
Bend, TX 76824
(325) 628-3240
Hike time: 8 a.m. - 10 p.m.
Description: We are celebrating National Trails Day with miles and miles of beauty and adventure. Go with experienced guides on morning trial runs, afternoon waterfall hikes, a moonlit night hike, and morning and afternoon mountain bike rides. Or you or your group can strike out on your own to trek some of the 30 miles of exciting trails at Colorado Bend State Park. All trail day events are free. Contact the park for details and schedules or visit the Friends Of Colorado Bend State Park’s webpage at

Hike name: Morning Trail Run
Location: Park Headquarters.
Hike meeting time: 7 a.m. - 8 a.m.

Hike name: Gorman Falls Hike 1
Location: Gorman Falls Trailhead
Hike meeting time: 10 a.m.

Hike name: Gorman Falls Hike 2
Location: meet at Gorman Falls Trailhead.
Hike meeting time: 2 p.m.

Hike name: Sounds of the Night Hike
Location: Spicewood Day Use Area.
Hike meeting time: 9 p.m.

Cooper Lake State Park
South Sulphur Unit,
1690 FM 3505,
Sulphur Springs, TX. 75482
(903) 945-5256
Location: meet at Coyote Run Trailhead sign in Heron Harbor Day Use parking lot.
 Hike Meeting Time: 9:30 a.m.
Description: Meet the park interpreter and hike the back country of Cooper Lake State Park (approx. 2.5 to 3 hr hike). You’ll learn a bit about preparing for a hike, and then hike about 2-3 miles of trail and discover the history, plants and wildlife, and enjoy the outdoor experience. No pets please. Bring appropriate footwear, a walking stick or pole, a hat, and drinking water. Optional items: camera, binoculars, and sun screen. Accessible for the visually and hearing impaired. Regular park entry fees apply. 

Davis Mountains State Park
TX Hwy 118 N, Park Rd 3
Fort Davis, TX 79734
(432) 426-3337
Hike name: Old CCC Trail Hike
Location:  meet at park Interpretive Center.
Hike meeting time:  9 a.m.
Description:  enjoy a pleasant, 3.4-mile hike and an overview of the flora, fauna and history of the Davis Mountains State Park along the Old CCC Trail. Please bring hats, sunscreen, water, hiking stick or pole, and proper clothing and footwear.

Dinosaur Valley State Park
1629 Park Road 59,
Glen Rose, TX, 76043
(254) 897-4588
Location:  Meet at the trailhead parking lot for the Bird Watching Hike and in the parking lot at Track Site #2 for the other hikes.
Hike times:  8 a.m., 10 a.m. and 1 p.m.
Description:  Join Dinosaur Valley State Park rangers to celebrate National Trails Day! We’ve got three very different hikes planned throughout the day. Join us early for the Bird Watching Hike where we will explore Golden-Cheeked Warbler and Black-Capped Vireo habitat and learn about the variety of birds that inhabit the park. Come walk with us at 10 a.m. on the Nature Hike to learn about the Paluxy River Valley and how to measure the height of a tree. If you’re really wanting to get out and explore the park, join us at 1 p.m. for the Park Highlights Hike that will lead to Cretaceous-aged coral reef formations, beautiful overlooks with breathtaking views, into Black-Capped Vireo and Golden-Cheeked Warbler habitats, and much, much more! Open to anyone interested in exploring and learning more about the unique features of the park. Please wear comfortable clothes and sturdy shoes, as well as a hiking stick or pole to hike with. The trails can be rugged and steep so no flip-flops please. Bring plenty of water, sunscreen and a hat. It will be hot! 

Hike name: Bird Watching Hike
Hike meeting location: Trailhead Parking Lot
Hike meeting time: 8 a.m. 

Hike name: Paluxy River Nature Hike
Hike meeting location: Track Site #2 Parking Lot
Hike meeting time: 10 a.m.  

Hike name: Park Highlights Hike
Hike meeting location: Track Site #2 Parking Lot
Hike meeting time: 1 p.m. 

Eisenhower State Park
50 Park Road 20
Denison, TX 75020
(903) 465-1956
Hike name:  Ike’s Hike and Bike Ride”
Location:  Both the hike and bike ride will begin from the Elm Point Day Use Area.
Hike time:  8:30 a.m.
Description:  Come hike a new section of trail at Eisenhower State Park at with the Park Superintendent.  He will lead a three-mile hike into what will soon become a section of the park’s Chinquapin Ridge ATV Trail.  These trails are in their initial stage of development, so be among the first to see this unique area.  The hike is open to all who can handle strenuous hiking with steep elevation.  After the hike, there will be an opportunity to bike the park trails at 10:30 a.m. with a volunteer who can show you all sections of the four mile hike & bike trail.  The bike ride is open to serious off-road bike riders who can handle a strenuous bike ride.  Bring water, appropriate clothing, and hiking and biking gear, but please no pets or small children.  No reservations are needed and no fees apply other than the standard park entrance fees.

Enchanted Rock State Natural Area
16710 Ranch Rd 965
Fredericksburg, TX 78624
(830) 685-3636
Hike name: Summit Trail Hike
Location: meet at the park’s headquarters.
Hike time:  8:15-9:30 a.m.
Description:  We will have a guided Summit Trail hike at one of Texas’ most famous landmark geologic features. Come climb the rock and we’ll talk about the geology, cultural history, and diverse ecology of Enchanted Rock State Natural Area. Participants are encouraged to wear hiking boots, hats, and bring a hiking stick or pole, and water on this 1.2-mile hike. 

Estero Llano Grande State Park
154-A Lakeview Drive
Weslaco, Texas 78596
(956) 565-3919
Description: For National Trails Day, enjoy two great hikes on June 2nd, and one more on June 3rd! The bird walk and night hike are also on the park’s events calendar as regularly occurring hikes, and the Trails on Wheels is a new addition just for this weekend. 

June 2nd: Hike name:  Trails with Binoculars
Hike meeting location: Estero Llano Grande Visitor Center
Hike meeting time:  8:30--10:30 a.m.   

June 2nd: Hike name:  Trails on Wheels  
Hike meeting location: Estero Llano Grande Visitor Center
Hike meeting time:  9—11 a.m.

June 3rd: Hike name:  Trails at Night (Full Moon Hike)  
Hike meeting location: Estero Llano Grande Visitor Center
Hike meeting time:  8—10 p.m. 

Falcon State Park
Park Rd 46
Falcon Heights, TX 78545
(956) 848-5327
Location: meet at “hidden” day-use parking lot area
Hike time:  8 a.m.
Description:  Bicyclists will be ready to ride a short, 3-mile trail; bicycle helmets are required.  Riders should have bottled water. In addition, gloves should be worn as per incidental contact with thorny brush.  Sunscreen is also advisable.  Afterwards, group is welcome to stick around with park staff and discuss options for adding new trails and discuss types of future events they would like to see at Falcon State Park. Besides meeting other nature and bicycling enthusiasts, you may choose to bring a fishing pole to fish along the lakeshore or just picnic. 

Fort Richardson State Park and Historic Site
228 Park Road 61
Jacksboro, TX 76458  
(940) 567-3506
Hike Location: meet at park group pavilion.
Hike time: 9—10 a.m.
Ranger guided nature hike along lost creek trail.  Moderate, one-mile hike exploring flora fauna, and area ecosystems. Open to the general public.  No limit to participation.  Dress for heat and wear comfortable and sturdy shoes, and bring a hiking stick or pole.  Meet at the Group Pavilion to start the hike.  Free event but park entry fees still apply.

Franklin Mountains State Park
1331 McKelligon Canyon Rd
El Paso, TX 79930
(915)` 566-6441
Description:  The Franklin Mountains State Park will be offering two hiking opportunities to celebrate National Trails Day; read about your options below and pick the perfect hike for you. 

Hike Option 1 -- Hike: West Cottonwood Springs
TRAILHEAD:  Meet at the West Cottonwood Springs trailhead (Tom Mays Unit)
Start Time: 8 a.m.
Length:  1.6 miles / 2 - 3 hours
Description:  Moderate - difficult.  Begin with a gradual incline over rubble, proving to be challenging for some; then transition to a steady climb over loose rock.  At the summit of this hike we’ll cross a small wooden bridge where we encounter the towering Cottonwood Trees, a continuously dripping spring and an ecosystem all its own. Hikers should bring water, sturdy shoes and hiking stick or pole. 

Hike Option 2 -- Hike:  Lower Sunset
TRAILHEAD: Meet at SITES 1-5 (Tom Mays Unit; the first road to the left past the booth)
Start Time: 8 a.m.
Length:  about 7 miles / 3 - 4 hours;
Description:  Moderate to Difficult. Well maintained trails, with occasional short steep ascents, and fabulous views along the edges of the arroyos and off to the west. The trail has level surfaces for a about a mile down an old jeep road, with a steep ascent at the end of the last leg of the hike back to the main road. Hikers should bring water, sturdy shoes and hiking stick or pole.

Galveston Island State Park
14901 FM 3005,
Galveston, TX 77554 
(409) 737-1222
Hike Location:  Meet at the Bay Side Visitor’s Center.
Hike Time:  9 a.m. and 2 p.m.
Description:  Come learn about the unique plants and animals that call Galveston Island State Park their home. You will learn about their importance to the Texas coastal ecology and how their recovery after the devastation left behind by Hurricane Ike is nothing short of miraculous. This will be geared for beginners. Please bring binoculars if you have them.

Garner State Park
234 RR 1050
Concan, TX. 78838
(830) 232-6132 ext.236
Hike Location:  hikers meet at the pavilion dance floor.
Hike time: 9 a.m.
Description:  Join us for a hike to White Rock Cave to learn about Native Americans who once may have occupied this Rock Shelter for protection. Hike is open to the public, and no group limit; participants should dress comfortably and wear good hiking shoes. Bring plenty of drinking water and a hiking stick or pole.  Any and all able-bodied visitors may hike.  A $7 day-use entry fee is required for all adults ages 13 and older.

Goliad State Park
108 Park Rd. 6
Goliad, TX 77963
(361) 645-3405
Hike location:  U.S. Hwy 59 water crossing and landing; take out point is Goliad State Park.
Hike time:  9 a.m.—3 p.m.
Description: The Annual Goliad Paddle Trail Summer Flotilla is an organized group float down the San Antonio River in Goliad, TX, one of the most Historic Communities in Texas. Paddlers are to bring their own equipment. Volunteers will help paddlers launch their craft between 9—10:30 a.m. at the U.S .Hwy. 59 landing site; and will assist with take out at Goliad State Park. The State Park will provide free shuttle service. The only fee will be the normal daily entry fee in to the State Park. Preregistration by paddlers is requested and can be done by emailing In the event of inclement weather or high/low flows, contact Goliad State Park. 

Goose Island State Park
202 S. Palmetto St. – Lamar,
Rockport, TX 78382
(361) 729-2858
Hike location: meet at North Turk’s Cap Trail Parking area.
Hike time: 9—11 a.m.
Description:  for a nature hike in the coastal woodlands. This event is for everyone! Moderate, .66 to 1.3 mile hike, Bring water, good walking shoes, hiking stick or pole, and bug spray (if needed).  Park entrance fees apply; Adults $5 per person; Seniors $3 per person; children ages 12 and under are free entry. 

Government Canyon State Natural Area
12861 Galm Rd
San Antonio, TX 78254
(210) 688-9055, extension 285
Hike location: meet at park headquarters.
Hike and Bike ride times: 8 a.m.—noon; 9 a.m.—noon;
Description:  All events will be guided by park staff or park volunteers. The park will be offering both easy and advanced hikes and rides on its extensive Edwards Plateau trail system, from 9 a.m. until noon. Children must be accompanied by an adult. For reservations, please e-mail names of participants under the age of 18, (send an e-mail address and a phone number) at

National Trails Day guided Bike Rides”
Friends of Government Canyon State Natural Area will host guided bike rides in celebration of the20th annual National Trails Day guided bike rides (both easy and advanced) will be led by volunteers of the State Natural Area. For reservations please email kind of ride (easy or advanced,) names of participants, ages if under 18, an email address and a phone number to  Children must be accompanied by an adult.  All participants need to bring at least two liters of water per person, snacks, sunscreen, bike, and helmet and dress appropriately for the activity and weather. Reservations required and will be accepted from noon on May 2, 2012 until noon June 1, 2012. All regular entry fees apply for adults ages 13 and older.   

Guadalupe River State Park
3350 Park Road 31
Spring Branch, Texas 78070
(830) 438-2656
Hike location: meet at park headquarters.
Hike time: 9—11 a.m.
Description:  Join the Friends of Guadalupe River and Honey Creek on June 2nd as they lead you on a journey that you won’t soon forget Honey Creek State Natural Area, consisting of 2,293 acres is a true hidden jewel of the Texas hill country and is accessible only by guided tour. The Friends will lead you along a 2-mile trail and along the way point out some of the diverse history, flora and fauna that are located along the banks of Honey Creek. The hike is free with a Texas State Parks Pass or with paid park admission to Guadalupe River State Park. The tour is about 2 hours and is leisurely in pace though there is some uneven terrain at times. Because of environmentally sensitive areas around Honey Creek, pets are not allowed. All park visitors are invited to attend the tour and we recommend that you wear good rubber-soled shoes. 

Hill Country State Natural Area
10600 Bandera Creek Rd
Bandera, TX 78003
(830) 796-7001
Hike location: participants should meet at the park headquarters.
Hike time:  8—10 a.m.
Description:  Come walk with a ranger over the hills and through the woods for fresh air, beautiful views and healthy exercise.  The climbs and pace will be moderate with stops along the way to identify the trees, shrubs, vines and wildflowers.  A short lesson in local geology will also be included. 

Hueco Tanks State Park and Historic Site
6900 Hueco Tanks Rd. #1,
 El Paso, TX 79938
(915) 849-6684
Hike name: Choose Your Hueco Adventure
Hike meeting location: Hueco Tanks State Park and Historic Site headquarters.
Hike meeting time: 7:45 a.m.
Description:   visitors may choose between a strenuous, moderate, or family-friendly nature hike. Each hike will accommodate 10 participants and will be led by a ranger or trained volunteer. Participants should bring a camera, water, and a backpack for their items while scrambling up or down rocks, as well as a hiking stick or pole. Dress for desert environment: sunblock, a hat, long sleeves, and hiking boots are recommended. Hiking tours are not accessible for the mobility, visually, or hearing impaired. Reservations are required, and are taken until the tours are full. There is a $2 activity fee for ages 5 and above in addition to the $7 entrance fee for ages 13 and older.

Huntsville SP
565 Park Rd 40 W
Huntsville TX, 77320
(936) 295-5644
Hike name: HSP Trail Sampler.
Hike meeting location: Nature Center
Hike meeting time: 10 a.m.
National Trails Day is June 2nd! Come out to Huntsville State Park to help us celebrate! This event is open to anyone and everyone! Our Trail Sampler will consist of three different trails that Huntsville State Park has to offer, all combined into one hike totaling about four miles. Dress comfortably, bring your bug spray, WATER, hiking stick or pole, and don’t forget your camera! Dogs are welcome as well.. Persons ages 13 and older will pay a $5 entrance fee to enter the Park. Hope to see y’all out at “America’s largest TRAILgating party”! 

Inks Lake State Park
3630 Park Road 4 West,
Burnet TX 78611.
(512) 793-4689
Hike name: Hike the Gneiss                               
Hike meeting location:  meet at Devils Waterhole parking area.                  
Hike meeting time: 8:30 a.m.; hike is from 9—11 a.m.
Description:  A one-mile hike up outcroppings and into the creek bed provide you an opportunity to get your feet wet as you explore a waterfall and interesting geology of the refreshing Valley Spring Creek waterfall and trail.  Then head out to see the great vistas of the lake and woodland scenery. All ages welcome.  Wear closed-toed shoes. Bring your vehicle, as we must drive to the trailhead within the park. Park entrance fees apply for visitors ages 13 and older.

Kickapoo Cavern State Park
22 & 1/2 miles N of Hwy 90 on RR 674
Brackettville, TX 78832
(830) 563-2342
Hike location:  participants should meet at the park headquarters.
Hike time:  meet at 8:30 a.m.
Description:  The park staff will lead the park visitors on an easy, ¾-mile day hike to Seargeant Memorial Lookout point along a scenic trail from 9—10 a.m. Enjoy transverses creek beds and outcropping ridges as well as an overlook with spectacular views of hills and valleys in the park. The hike will begin at the park headquarters. 

Lake Brownwood State Park
200 St. Hwy. Park Rd. 15,
Brownwood, TX 76801
(325) 784-5223
Everyone is welcome to meet a park ranger at the trailhead of the Texas Oak trail for a moderate difficulty hike of 1.5 miles to observe plants and wildlife and catch some great views of Lake Brownwood. You can also choose to join a ranger at the pavilion next to the Group Recreation Hall and hike the Lakeside Trail (easy to moderate and approx. 1mi.) showcasing the CCC’s development of our rustic and beautiful park. Bring plenty of water, sturdy shoes, binoculars, hiking stick or pole, cameras and your favorite person to hike with. Regular park entrance fees required, which are $4 per person ages 13 and older. 

Texas Oak Trail Hike:
Hike location: TX Oak Trailhead
Hike time:  10 a.m. 

CCC Hike on Lakeside Trail
Hike location: meet at Pavilion next to Group Rec Hall;
Hike time: 10 a.m. 

Lake Texana State Park
Hwy 111 – 46 Park Rd. 1
Edna, TX 77957
(361) 676-6055
Hike location: meet at park’s nature center.
Hike time: 10 a.m., 7:30 p.m.
Description:  Come celebrate National Trails Day with a Nature Hike in the morning, or a Night Hike after dark or do both.  Bring your water bottles, hiking stick or pole, comfortable closed-toe shoes, and binoculars for a walk through the woods.  Entrance Fees are $3 per person for adults ages 13 and older, and kids ages 12 and younger are free. 

Lockhart State Park
4179 State Park Rd.
Lockhart, TX 78644
(512) 398-3479
Hike meeting location:  End of park’s camping loop.
Hike meeting time:  10—11 a.m.
Description:  This will be a one-mile guided hike in association with the National Trails Day event, and open to the public; pets on a leash are allowed.  Regular park entrance fees of $3 per person for people 13 years and older will apply. 

Lost Maples State Natural Area
37221 FM 187
Vanderpool, TX 78885
(830) 966-3413
Hike location:  hikers meet in the overflow parking area.
Hike time: 9 a.m.—noon
Description:  The National Trails Day Hike at Lost Maples is for those who want to trek one of Texas’ most unique State Natural Areas.  The Interpretive Ranger will lead a guided nature tour of the West Trail which is remote and accessible only to foot traffic.  Prepare for a five-mile (three-hour) hike in rugged terrain so participants are encouraged to bring proper clothing, sturdy footgear, a hiking stick, and plenty of water. Hike is limited to 25 participants so please call ahead for availability and sign up. There is no charge for the guided tour but Park entrance fees will apply. 

Lyndon B. Johnson State Park and Historic Site
199 Park Road 52,
Stonewall, Texas 78671
(830) 644-2252
Hike Name:   National Trails Day – LBJ Adventure Hike & Centennial Tour
HIke Location:  meet at park Visitor Center
Hike Meeting Time:   9 a.m. and 10 a.m.
Description:  Join park staff on an adventure hike at Lyndon B. Johnson State Park and Historic Site and celebrate Lady Bird Johnson’s Centennial Year.  Visitors will not only learn a little history along the way, but they’ll learn about the great outdoors and the flora and fauna of the Texas Hill Country.  Participants are encouraged to bring water, binoculars, and wear sturdy hiking shoes.  All ages are welcomed on this family-friendly hike. No pets please.  No reservations required unless a large group of 10 or more attending.  Trail conditions are rated as low-to-moderate difficulty and no fees charged for this event 

McKinney Falls State Park
5808 McKinney Falls Pkwy
Austin, TX 78744
 (512) 243-1643
Hike location:  both hiking groups meet at Smith Visitor Center.
Hike times: 10 a.m. and 2 p.m.
Description:  Visitors should wear comfortable shoes and weather-appropriate clothing, bring a hiking stick or pole, and carry water for themselves and their pet during the hike(s). Each hike is open to the public and free with paid regular park admission fees for adults ages 13 and older; children ages 12 and younger are admitted free. Groups of more than 10 members should email the park for their own tour time. For more information, email

Hike name: Pet Hike Guided Tour
Hike time: 10 a.m.
Grab your best friend’s leash and join us for a pet-friendly guided tour of the 2.8-mile Onion Creek trail. 

Hike name: Rock Shelter Trail Guided Tour
Start time:  2 p.m.
Join us for National Trails Day out at McKinney Falls State Park for a guided tour of the Rock Shelter Trail at 2 p.m. Saturday, June 2. Learn about huge trees, rocks that were once alive and fossilized poo. This trail is about one mile long. 

Mission Tejas State Park
120 State Park Road 44
Grapeland, TX 75844
(936) 687-2394
Hike locations:  Hike times: 10 a.m., noon, 2 p.m., and 4 p.m.
Descriptions:  Park staff will be conducting free, one-hour tours of the historic El Camino Real, the mission and Rice Family Log Home throughout the day as part of Houston County’s 175th birthday celebration. Groups should not exceed 20 persons per tour.  Dress in comfortable clothing with footwear suitable for a walk in the woods. The buildings are wheelchair accessible.  Park entrance fees for hike participants are waived. 

Mother Neff State Park
1680 TX 236 HWY 
Moody, TX  76557
(254) 853-2389
Event time:  9 a.m.—4 p.m.
Description:  Visitors can party down at Mother Neff’s Trailgating Party being hosted by the park’s Friends Group, the YMCA and Girl Scouts. Children can get their faces painted, play with a pioneer toy at the wash pond and enjoy games. There also will be a three-mile hike through three ecosystems and geocaching. 

Mustang Island State Park
17047 St Hwy 361
Port Aransas, TX 78373
(361) 749-5246
Hike location: participants meet at the Fish Pass Jetties
Hike time: 9-11 a.m.
Description:  Join the park naturalist at Mustang Island State Park as he leads a walk along the beach and uncovers what the tide brings in. Bring your binoculars for spotting birds and a bag for collecting seashells and sea beans and learn about the diverse ecosystem of a Texas barrier island.  Event is free with paid Park entrance fees. Call the park office for more information. 

Old Tunnel State Park
10619 Old San Antonio Road,
Fredericksburg, TX 78624
(830) 535-4896
Hike name: Wildlife is Everywhere Nature Hike.
Hike location: participants meet at the park’s upper viewing area.
Hike time: 9—10 a.m. 
Description:  Join us for a short hike to explore the nature trail at Old Tunnel State Park. Old Tunnel is famous for its bat population, but there is also evidence of other wildlife at the park. Enjoy a short ½-mile nature walk as we look for signs of wildlife such as birds, lizards, insects and small mammals. Hike is open to both adults and children. Please wear comfortable shoes, bring water and binoculars. Although the trail is short, it is steep in some locations. If you need additional information contact the park superintendant by email:

Palo Duro Canyon State Park
11450 Park Road 5         
Canyon, TX  79015
(806) 488-2227
Hike location:  hikers meet in the parking lot of the entrance office;
Hike time:  meet at 7:45 p.m.
Description:  Meet the park interpreter and walk the Rim Trail for a short but scenic hike, and easy for most anyone. Participants will be able to view the beautiful panhandle sunset at the second-largest canyon in the U.S. No pets, please.

Pedernales Falls State Park
2585 Park Road 6026,
Johnson City, TX 78636                     
(830) 868-7304
Hike location:  meet in the parking lot of the Falls.
Hike time:  9—10:30 a.m.
Description:  This 1.5-hour nature hike will consist of exploring Pedernales Falls while learning about Texas Hill Country geology, ecology, endangered species, Native American habitation, and more. The event is open to the general public and no reservations are necessary. Participants should be prepared for a moderately strenuous hike and are encouraged to wear hiking shoes, bring a hiking stick or pole, and a bottle of water. Group size for hike: 50 people. Park Day Use Fees apply: $5 for adults ages 13 and older; $3 for TX resident seniors 65 and older; kids ages 12 and younger are free. 

Ray Roberts  Lake SP
Isle Du Bois unit
100 PW 4137
Pilot Point, TX  76258
(940) 686-2148
Hike Name:  Sunset/Twilight Hike.
Hike Meeting Location:  Lost Pines Nature Trail
Hike Meeting Time: 7:45 p.m. (hike begins at 8 p.m.) till approx. 9 p.m.
Description:  Meet at the Lost Pines Nature Trail for a guided sunset hike! This is an easy half-mile hike. Participants will want to bring drinking water, camera, flashlight, hiking stick or pole, and bug spray. 

Resaca de la Palma State Park
1000 New Carmen Road,
Olmito, TX   78575
(956) 350-2920
Hike location:  meet at park headquarters.
Hike time:  9 a.m.—noon
Description:  Bring your bike or rent ours to explore the park on two wheels, and a little interpretation thrown in also. Enjoy our park on the safe three-mile paved loop without worrying about car traffic. Or bring your own bike to explore off-road on our 10 miles of nature trails. The interpretive ranger will guide a five-mile bike ride around the park while you view animals and learn about the park. You are welcome to take a map and strike out on your own for an exciting adventure. Make sure to bring bug spray, sunscreen, and plenty of water. All ages welcome!

Seminole Canyon State Park and Historic Site
US Hwy 90 W
Comstock, TX  78837
(432) 292-4464
Hike time:  10—11:30 a.m.
Description:  Park staff will offer a guided tour to view the famous Lower Pecos Pictographs. The moderately strenuous tour is 1 ½ hours, two miles round trip and the visitor will see some of Texas's oldest known pictographs. Please call the park with any questions or for further details. 

South Llano River State Park
1927 Park Rd 73
Junction, TX  76849
Description:  Hikers should wear good walking shoes and bring plenty of water and a hiking stick or pole. Park entrance fees apply for all hikes for adults ages 13 and older; children ages 12 and younger receive free park admission. 

Hike name:  Kid's Nature Hike
Hike meeting location: meet at Fawn Trail trailhead south of park headquarters.
Hike meeting time:  1:30 p.m.
On this short hike where we will look for a variety of interesting things found in nature inside this scenic Hill Country park. 

Hike name:  Back Country Nature Hike
Hike meeting location: meet at Fawn Trail  trailhead south of park headquarters.
Hike meeting time:  3:30 p.m.
A 3 ½ mile-hike through the back country area exploring the diversity of plants and animals found in this special part of the park.

Hike name:  Moonlight Nature Hike
Hike meeting location: hikers meet at the park’s Acorn Bird Blind.
Hike meeting time:  9 p.m.
At night, a different world comes alive in the park.  Join a ranger for a short walk through the river bottom to see what happens in the park after dark. 

Stephen F. Austin State Park
Park Rd. 38
San Felipe, TX 77473
(979) 885-3613
Hike name: Experience Nature Trail Hike
Hike meeting location: meet at the park’s Amphitheater
Hike meeting time:  9:30 a.m.
Description: Experience nature with staff from Stephen F. Austin State Park during a guided hike through the Brazos river bottomlands. The hike will be approximately two miles long, where the terrain will be moderate with a few slopes and may be difficult for some users based on personal fitness level. The event is open to the public; hikers will want to wear long pants and closed-toe shoes (hiking boots preferably) and bring a hiking stick, plenty of water and a snack, In case it is buggy-bring insect repellent (applying a little vanilla extract on your face respells gnats very well). Pets are allowed on a leash.

If you have any questions, comments, or concerns feel free to contact park headquarters.

Go to the American Hiking Society website for information on National Trails Day events throughout the country.