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3 Stunningly Beautiful Texas Hikes Ordered by Fitness Level

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An invitation to hike in Texas is an invitation to expand your horizons…far into the great wilderness and nature trails that are encompassed within our state borders. We are blessed with a beauty that’s beyond compare and getting out into an electronic-free, and commerce-free zone once in a while is good for the soul. Here are three Texas treks to hike and enjoy from hikers of every ability.

Guadalupe Mountains National Park

Three Texas Hikes to Take and Enjoy: From Strenuous to Easy in Ability

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Out in  West Texas, the Guadalupe Mountains National Park features 86,415 acres of the great outdoors. The highest point in the state resides here, at the summit of Guadalupe Peak. All 8,749 feet of it will allow you the highest access point from which to look out over Texas and survey all that is windswept, reshaped, and molded by Mother Nature. This is an 8.5-mile, 3,000-foot climb and can be strenuous at times. It’s a peaceful and rewarding awakening for a day when you’re prepared (and properly packed) for the challenge.

Davis Mountains State Park & Fort Davis National Historic Site

Three Texas Hikes to Take and Enjoy: From Strenuous to Easy in Ability

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A 4.5-mile trail connecting Davis Mountains State Park and Fort Davis National Historic Site is a wonderful hike to traverse for the moderately fit. Not only will you witness beautiful scenery, but you’ll practically be transported back in time as you see the ruins of a late 1800s outpost for the military and visit the park’s interpretive center. At one point, you can observe 360-degree views of the Davis Mountains—something that few can say they’ve witnessed. Grab your pack and wear rugged shoes to enjoy the meandering path.

Lake Somerville Nails Creek State Park

Three Texas Hikes to Take and Enjoy: From Strenuous to Easy in Ability

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For the least strenuous but longest of these three hikes, the Lake Somerville Trailway system covers 13 miles between the Nails Creek and Birch Creek state park units traveling along the west side of the Somerville reservoir (Lake Somerville). Gentle, rolling terrain, grassy carpets, and stands of hickory, yaupon, and oak all welcome you to this veritable “walk in the park.” Shelters are available along the route for resting and shade. And if you’re a bird watcher, there’s a bird blind where you may spy great blue herons, wood ducks, and canvasbacks. It’s a day in the life of Lake Somerville, and it’s well worth the time for the Texas fresh air and enjoyment!