Live webcam view to the southeast from Big Bend National Park headquarters towards the Sierra del Carmen range in Mexico.
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Texas Hiking Trail Finder
This site is designed to provide quick access to Texas hiking trail info and sites. Hiking enthusiasts like you have posted excellent pages on free web servers -- only to be ignored by search engines. The purpose of this site is to provide a way to find those personal hiking pages, and make your research easier.
- Angelina National Forest -- Sawmill Hiking Trail The 5.5 mile Sawmill Hiking Trail spans from Bouton Lake to Boykin Springs Recreation Area in Angelina National Forest. Forest Service Site, good info and quite thorough.
- Bastrop State Park -- Lost Pines Hiking Trail pdf file of Lost Pines Hiking Trail, Bastrop State Park.
- Big Bend National Park this is the hiking page. Took us ten minutes to find this (well, maybe not quite) through the maze of NPS.gov.confusion. Anyway, we put this link here because, after all, we're slackpackers and we'll take the easiest route. Includes general information, recommendations, the usual .gov nonsense (such as: Carry water!) but most importantly, links to the key hiking and backpacking trails.
- Big Bend National Park this is the other hiking page on the National Park Service website. Looks very similar. Instead of just hikes, however, this one is called great hikes. Hmmm. Makes me think the page above is for the people who just want an average hiking experience. Some good info here. Make that great info.
- Big Bend National Park this is the climbing page. Again, took us awhile, so we provide the link. Has the rules, regulations, and some suggested climbs. Nothing too specific, but helpful for planning.
- Big Thicket National Preserve here's the hiking trail roster on the National Park Service site. Not very in-depth, but it will give you a nice overview of the hikes available.
- Enchanted Rock State Park State site. Hiking, climbing, etc. Fredericksburg, TX; lots of valuable information here. Or click this link: for a hiking trail map in .pdf format.
- Big Bend National Park personal narrative and photo page -- excellent pics, quite thought-provoking -- on a well-done hiking website by Ben Brothers.
- El Paso Area this is a group of real friendly El Pasoans (El Pasites? El Pasarians? maybe the ladies are El Pasoettes? I'll figure it out and get back to you) anyway they are the one and only El Paso Ridge Walkers, who enjoy hiking and backpacking in the West Texas/Southern New Mexico area. Plenty of organized jaunts, social activities, pool parties -- good people, good fun. Group hikes every weekend, so you ought to click the link and check it out.
- Friedrich Wilderness Park San Antonio. This is the "Friends of Friedrich" page; quite pleasant.
- Garner State Park fantastic photos, brief narrative, etc. on the BackpackingTexan site by "Calvin & Debra, Hiking Flatlanders"
- General Texas Hiker.com features first hand accounts of trails and state park attractions, camping, insider tips and a not-so-subtle sense of Texas pride and pageantry. Really nice site run by Chris Dortch and Steve Fountain, Texans, long time friends and avid hikers. They have an open-ended offer to help anyone with "Texascentric" questions. I don't speak Texan myself, but I believe that means that they will answer hiking oriented questions if you can't find the info anywhere else. I have to admit, although I've done a bit of hiking in the Hill Country and Guadelupe Mountains, when I'm in Texas I tend to spend more time at the local barbeque pit than I do on the trail. Anyway, this is an excellent site, a definite click-through. Please pass the beans...
- General BackpackingTexan site. This is a mish-mosh of Texas hiking destinations with a few non-Texas locales thrown in. It's a darn nice site, of Calvin & Debra fame.
- General Texas page for the US Forest Service; includes National Forests and Grasslands located within Texas. Click, then click on the area you're interested in, then click on recreation, then on hiking, click, then click some more. Hiking is in there somewhere. The USFS sites are improving, believe it or not.
- Guadalupe Peak a 1999 climb in Guadalupe Mountains Nat'l Park, on a great site by "Calvin & Debra, Hiking Flatlanders"
- Guadalupe National Park - Smith Spring Trail brief but interesting report with some terrific photos on the Natural Born Hikers website.
- Houston Area, General
The Lone Star Hiking Trail club host events all year round, offering group hikes, group camp-Outs and trail Maintenance work-hikes on the 2nd and 4th Saturday of each month. Event location is primarily on the Lone star Hiking Trail (LSHT) in the Sam Houston National Forest (SHNF), one hour north of Houston, Texas. And this, folks, is their very fine website.
- Houston Area, General The Woodlands Hiking Club is a group of about 60 hikers who hail mostly from The Woodlands, Conroe, Spring, and surrounding communities. They do monthly camp outs, usually at Texas State Parks. These camp outs include a Saturday hike, day hikes (normally once a month on Saturdays), potluck suppers or a stop at a restaurant. What's not to like about that?! They also plan backpacking trips to meet the interests of members. Alright, so I went to the site to check it out, and was clicking around and decided to click on "photos," you know, picture is worth a thousand words kind of thing. I wanted to see if this is a fun group...lo and behold the very first photo I got to showed a group of people after a hike, sitting in some sort of fast food bistro, munching away and knocking back a few Tecates...bonafide slackpackers! You can't beat that with a stick! I tell you, if I lived in certain Houston environs, this would be my hiking club.
- Lake Mineral Wells State Park located in Mineral Wells, this is one of Texas' many outstanding hiking/climbing locales. State Parks page.
- San Antonio Area, General this is the Sierra Club page, Alamo chapter.
- San Antonio Area, General San Antonio Parks & Rec page, site is sponsored by Whole Earth Provisions of San Antonio. Good site for Hill Country & other San Antone info.
Amarillo by morning...
I've learned the hard way that a guy from New Jersey shouldn't try to tell people about Texas, so I'll keep my mouth shut. But I can tell you that Texas won one of the most exciting football games I ever saw. It was No. 1 vs. No. 2 when the top-ranked Longhorns played Arkansas in Fayetteville, AR on December 6, 1969. President Richard Nixon was on hand to declare the winner national champions. Late in the third quarter, with the Razorbacks holding a 14-0 lead, Texas QB Slick Street led the Longhorns on an 80-yard drive capped by a 42-yard Street touchdown gallop. That caused a well known player named Mo Mentum to transfer to Texas, who went on to win in the fourth quarter. Arkansas was stunned. What a game.
If you want to know about Texas, ask a Texan. If you want to know about hiking in Texas, ask Laurence Parent. He's the go-to guy, and he's a better writer than most who pen the hiking guide books. Two that come to mind are
Hiking Big Bend National Park and
Hiking Texas; these are FalconGuides, both by Parent, and both illustrated beautifully. I really prefer these to the "great content, bad photos" hiking guides. Never mind that the majority on my bookshelf fall into that category. Another volume is ideal for those who don't have the time or inclination to do a lot of research on the web. It's Mildred & Mickey Little's
Hiking and Backpacking Trails of Texas: Walking, Hiking, and Biking Trails for All Ages and Abilities, and tends to focus on State Park trails. As I said, you can obtain all the pertinent info on the web just by doing some inventive clicking through one of the state park links above. On the other hand, the Littles do add some insights that the average hiker will find helpful.
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Alright. I'll tell one story. This is true story about one of Texas' own. Billy Bob was one of those big, strapping homegrown Texans; tall, good looking, slightly cement-headed athletic type who lived in Denton. He fell in love with Lurleen, a beautiful, curvaceous blonde from Oklahoma. They got married in Oklahoma City, then drove to Dallas to catch a plane to the Caribbean for their honeymoon. As they crossed the state line, Billy Bob swelled with Texas pride, and decided to put his hand on Lurleen's knee. Lurleen cozied up to Billy Bob and purred, in a real sultry voice, "It's ok, we're married now, you can go farther!"
So Billy Bob drove to Austin.
-- Rick Bolger
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