Everyone should get the opportunity once in a while to be able to appreciate the beauty of the Texas Hill Country. But on occasion, you’re not in the mood, or you haven’t trained for an all-day hike, which can sometimes be a little more strenuous than stress-relieving. As luck would have it, there are quite a few places in the Hill Country that have shorter trails that allow you to get away from the nonsense that clogs your gray matter, and get out into the fresh air, rewarding you with the same experience and a reprieve from the everyday hubbub. Here are some of those no-nonsense hikes in the Hill Country that are under five miles.
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No-Nonsense Hikes Under 5 Miles Everyone Should Take in the Texas Hill Country
Barton Creek Greenbelt, Austin
This is an exhilarating three-mile hike, with the sound of rushing water washing your cares away. The shorter distance, coupled with the splendid scenery and sounds are just the incentive you need to keep moving. You can always extend the hike further if you prefer, but the three miles is most definitely worth it, and lingering at the rapids provides time to think (and maybe even toss in a penny as you make a wish!) before turning around to head back.
Reimers Ranch Park, Dripping Springs
Photo: Facebook/Nat Chittamai
This hike can be anywhere between three and four miles, depending on your desire, interest, and stamina. Reimers Ranch is most familiar to the Texas Hill Country rock climbing crews. However, it also has many beautiful paths to hike at a moderate pace and stride. All of the hiking trails collectively make up a three to four-mile hiking opportunity that can be easily completed under a few hours. A river runs through it (pun/reference intended) and there’s even a rope swing into the Pedernales River if you’re feeling impetuous!
Boerne City Park Cibolo Wilderness Trail, Boerne