5 Best Trail Running Spots in Texas

By Ian-Spiegel Blum

5 Best Trail Running Spots in Texas

With its rolling plains and desert valleys, Texas is a glorious spot to go for a run outdoors. Trail running not only makes for a more interesting workout, but a more challenging one. Trail terrain can vary, creating a trek that requires more work than running on the sidewalk. Jogging on the treadmill just isn’t quite as scenic as these five awesome trail running spots in Texas! 

1. Hill Country State Natural Area, Bandera, TX

The Hill Country State Natural Area in Bandera, Texas, is an “undeveloped and secluded retreat,” with over 40 miles of trails. Hikers, bikers, runners, and equestrians will equally find much to enjoy on these natural tracks. 

2. Bear Springs Blossom Nature Preserve, Pipe Creek, TX

The Bear Springs Blossom Nature Preserve has 12 different trails throughout its 125 acres, with vastly different terrain. Depending on how you set out, you might contend with rolling hills, a pond, or dry desert. 

3. McKinney Falls State Park, Austin, TX

McKinney Falls State Park in Austin has nine trails of differing terrain. Before heading out, make sure you take a good look at the trail maps, as some have hard pavement designed for strollers, and others are unpaved for runners and hikers. 

4. Blanco Shoals, San Marcos, TX

Blanco Shoals is unique in that most of its 81 acres remain completely undeveloped, with no plans for future development any time soon. That means that many trails throughout, full of high bank bluffs, tall cottonwoods, and shoals, will remain pristine for you to come back again and again. 

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5. San Marcos River Walk Trail, San Marcos, TX

Start off your San Marcos River Walk Trail experience at the City Park Pavilion before winding along the San Marcos River. You’ll run for around three miles through this nature-filled retreat. 

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