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3 Texas Hikes to Take in Summer That Won’t Melt Your Face Off

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Summer’s here and the hiking is easy…well, sort of. If you’re an avid outdoors person, there are some prime areas in Texas where you can take a hike, and not melt in the summer sun. They offer some of the more accessible and adaptable ways for people to get out by themselves or as a family and enjoy the great outdoors. Boasting a wide array of hikes for every ability as well, one can stroll along enjoying the scenery, or take treks for miles, through thick woods, into open country, or along high inclines that require moderate to extreme effort. Here are three summer Texas hikes to enjoy when the heat’s a little too much to bear.

1. Sam Houston National Forest

Three Texas Hikes to Take in Summer That Won’t Melt Your Face Off

Photo: Facebook/Suzanna Reeves

Along the portion of the East Texas Lone Star Hiking Trail in the Sam Houston National Forest, between Evergreen and Cleveland, is a good 27-mile shaded, narrow path you might find is worth your while to hike along. Designated a National Recreation Trail, the trees are tagged every 25 to 50 yards, marking the route, however, the Sam Houston National Forest district ranger’s office will also have maps for those that require them (located in New Waverly). Magnolias and pines provide shade along the trail, which also passes through some swampy areas and thick brush, crosses a number of creeks and even the eastern fork of the San Jacinto River. Along the way, you may encounter quail, rabbits, turkeys, and possibly some white-tailed deer. It’s an invigorating chance to get out for a summer Texas hike in an area that feels slightly untamed, and won’t make you want to find the nearest air conditioning unit to sit in front of!

2. Lost Maples State Natural Area

Three Texas Hikes to Take in Summer That Won’t Melt Your Face Off
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