Dog Friendly Hiking Trails in Texas

If your dog likes to ruff it, bring Fido hiking in Texas. Our dog friendly hiking section includes everything from easy one-hour walks to fantastic overnight trips in Texas that won’t be soon forgotten. Seriously, go take a hike!

Pet Friendly Houston Arboretum & Nature Center
Houston Arboretum & Nature Center The Houston Arboretum & Nature Center offers a dog-friendly, 155-acre nature sanctuary with 5 miles of walking trails that wind through forest, meadow and wetland habitats. Please abide by all city ordinances including controlling your dog on the leash at all times and cleaning up after your pet while visiting the Arboretum. Dogs must be kept on the trails (no swimming in the ponds). Dogs are allowed in the building lobby – tiled areas only. Take a self-guided Habitat Hike - Each hike passes one of the educational Field Stations and features some of their Naturalist’s favorite stops like ponds teaming with wildlife, trees with interesting stories, insect houses, and other fun points of interest. See Details
Pet Friendly Palo Duro Canyon State Park
Palo Duro Canyon State Park Palo Duro Canyon State Park is a spectacular dog-friendly attraction near the Texas Panhandle in Canyon, TX. It was formed by millions of years of water erosion, is 120 miles long, as much as 20 miles wide, and has a maximum depth of more than 800 feet. Its elevation at the rim is 3,500 feet above sea level. It is often claimed that Palo Duro Canyon is the second largest canyon in the United States. The Lighthouse Trail is a dog-friendly route which is best traversed in cooler months between September and May. Visitors and their leashed dogs can admire beautiful colorful cliffs that surround the valley and one of the park's most famous rock formations known as The Lighthouse. Please note that dogs are not permitted in any buildings at Texas State Parks. See Details
Barton Creek Greenbelt Preserve Barton Creek Greenbelt Preserve is a pet-friendly recreation area in Austin, TX. This park is popular among nature lovers and adventurists alike. Visitors can enjoy activities such as hiking, rock climbing, mountain biking, swimming and bird watching. Your leashed pet is welcome to join you as you explore this lovely space with hiking trails leading to Twin Falls and Sculpture Falls. See Details
Katy Trail (Dallas) The Katy Trail (Dallas) is one of 1600 rail-trails supported by Rails-to-Trails Conservancy, a nonprofit organization that is working to create a nationwide network of trails from former rail lines and connecting corridors. Previously an unused railroad corridor, this dog-friendly "rail-trail" is now a great place to walk Fido in Dallas! The map below shows a parking area with convenient access to the Katy Trail (Dallas). Rails-to-Trails Conservancy has generously provided map data for this trail to Bring Fido for informational purposes only. For more detailed trail information, please visit TrailLink.com. See Details
Memorial Park Memorial Park, a municipal park in Houston, TX, is one of the largest urban parks in the United States. Opened in 1924, the park covers approximately 1,466 acres inside the 610 Loop, across from the neighborhood of Memorial. Leashed dogs are welcome. The park offers several dog-friendly trails ranging in distance and difficulty, but the 3-mile Seymour Lieberman Trail may be best for Fido as it is pedestrian-only with a crushed granite surface and drinking fountains. The park also hosts food trucks each day near Eastern Glades - a 5.5-acre area offering relaxing picnic areas next to Hines Lake. See Details
Inks Lake State Park Bring Fido to the popular, dog-friendly Inks Lake State Park in Burnet, TX, where you both can enjoy backpacking and hiking in the beautiful Texas wilderness. Dogs must be leashed at all times on leashes no longer than 6 feet long. There is a fee per person to enter the park. See Details
Canyon Overlook Park Canyon Overlook Park is a pet-friendly recreation area in Canyon Lake, TX, where dogs are welcome on the trail that overlooks the pretty lake. Don't forget to clean up any mess your pup leaves behind to preserve the cleanliness of the trail and the surrounding water. See Details
The Lighthouse Trail The Lighthouse Trail in Palo Duro Canyon State Park is pet-friendly. This trail is nearly six miles there and back. You can bring your pooch on the trail with you to explore this trail that leads to a rocky outcrop known as the Lighthouse. If you want to experience it alone, make sure you and your pooch set off nice and early. See Details
Enchanted Rock State Natural Area As one of the largest batholiths in the US, Enchanted Rock State Natural Area in Fredericksburg, TX, is a popular spot for hiking, star gazing, picnicking, bird watching, rock climbing and the thorough enjoyment of nature. Bring your pooch along to explore this dog-friendly, natural wonderland featuring diverse plant communities and animals such as armadillos, rabbits, rock and fox squirrels, lizards, turkey vultures and white-tailed deer. During peak season, the park may temporarily close to new arrivals when the parking lot is filled to capacity. Peak season is September through May, so plan accordingly. There is an admission fee per person to enter the area. See Details
Guadalupe River State Park Guadalupe River State Park is pet-friendly. This premium swimming spot is a great place to come for a dip, but it's more than a great swimming hole. The scenery is stunning and the park is steeped in history. The park has four miles of river frontage and 13 miles of hike and bike trails. The trails range from the 2.86-mile Painted Bunting Trail to the .26-mile Barred Owl Trail. Spend the day hiking along the river and then hop in a kayak with your pooch for an adventure on the water. Adults incur a charge of $7 and children under 12 enter for free. The access gate to the park is open every day of the week from 8am until 10pm. See Details
Government Canyon State Natural Area Government Canyon State Natural Area allows pets on its Frontcountry trails. The Frontcountry has two loops, Savannah Loop and Lytle's Loop. Dogs must be cleaned up after and on a leash no longer than six feet during their hike. Three dog waste stations are placed in the Frontcountry and dog owners should bring along water for Fido.

Entrance fees are $6. Government Canyon State Natural Area is open from 7am to 10pm Friday through Monday. On major holidays and Spring Break, Government Canyon opens for additional dates, which can be found on its events page. Dog owners should call ahead to ensure trails are open and max capacity has not been reached.
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James Kiehl River Bend Park James Kiehl River Bend Park is a serene 25-acre natural area with grass and woodland that is dog-friendly. You and Fido can walk along the 1.5 miles of multi-use trails that go alongside the Guadalupe River, including the Pecan Loop, the Prairie Loop, and the River Loop. The park is open every day of the week from 7am to 7pm. See Details
Oak Point Park and Nature Preserve Oak Point Park and Nature Preserve is dog-friendly. This park is the largest in Plano, spanning 800 acres in total size. There are a number of different trails that weave around the area. These nature trails can be accessed every day of the week from sunrise to sunset. See Details
Emma Long Metropolitan Park Your pet will love to explore the beautiful trail with gorgeous views of Lake Austin in this park. Pets must be leashed in all areas of the park. See Details
Medina Natural Area Leashed pets are welcome in the Medina River Natural Area. Ten miles of hike and bike trails wind through a variety of landscapes from riversides with towering pecan and bald cypress trees to uplands lined with cactus and honey mesquite.

The Medina River Greenway is an integral part of the natural area?s trail system: 2.91 miles of the Greenway trail lie within the natural area boundaries and an additional 3.73 miles traverse neighboring property managed by the non-profit Land Heritage Institute. The trails have varying levels of accessibility ranging from concrete to natural surfaces. Please see the trail maps section of this website for more information about our trail system.

At Medina River Natural Area you can enjoy a variety of outdoor activities! Ride your bike, walk your dog on a leash, or take a slow hike through the natural area?s serene habitat. Bird watchers enjoy excellent birding opportunities, with specialties such as green kingfisher and painted bunting. Excellent fishing opportunities are available at designated fishing sites along the Medina River. (A fishing license is required; fishing line recycling containers are provided at every fishing site). Swimming in the river is prohibited. Horses, skateboards, and motorized vehicles (excluding wheelchairs) are not allowed on the trails.

A large covered pavilion, with six picnic tables, is available for use and may be reserved. The Natural Area also features a group campground with six tent pads, a large barbecue grill, potable water, and composting toilets. No electricity is available. There is a 0.52-mile trail to the river for campers (not available for use by the general public). The campground is available by reservation only. Reservations may be made in person at the Ron Darner Headquarters building (5800 Old Hwy 90 West).
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Crockett Gardens and Falls The hike to Crockett Gardens and Falls is pet-friendly. Hike with your pooch around the cliffs of Lake Georgetown, where a natural spring feeds several small waterfalls. The path to this pretty and secluded area is part of the San Gabriel Goodwater Loop, a 26 mile loop around Lake Georgetown. It's quite shaded on hot days and can be rocky in places. Keep an eye on Fido to make sure they stay on the pathways. See Details
Medical Center Park Leashed dogs are welcome to join their owners around for a stroll around the lake at this Amarillo park. Medical Center Park also offers parking, athletic fields, and a playground. Helium Monument inside the Medical Center Park and worth a trip if you like science and engineering. See Details
Cedar Ridge Nature Preserve Leashed pets are welcome on the hiking trails at Cedar Ridge Nature Preserve in Dallas. The preserve offers 600 acres and features native trees, grasses, and wildflowers along with picnic areas and a butterfly gardens. See Details
McAllister Park 976 wooded acres with 15 miles of trails (hard and soft) for on leash walking. Also has dog park for off the leash play with separate areas for large and small dogs. Park has 4 pavilions, 197 picnic units, fitness station, 8 baseball fields, restrooms, off-street parking, 16 baseball fields (leased), 22 soccer/rugby fields (leased), and 6 multi-purpose fields. See Details
Pedernales Falls State Park Spend the day with your furry best friend at the dog-friendly Pedernales Falls State Park in Johnson City, TX. You and Fido can enjoy hiking along the 7-mile Wolf Mountain Trail as it winds along the canyons created by the Mescal and Tobacco Creeks. There is also a duck pond, a quarter-mile nature trail to a scenic overlook, and a wheelchair-accessible wildlife viewing station. As in all Texas state parks, dogs must be kept leashed at all times on leashes no longer than 6 feet. There is a fee per person to enter to the park. See Details
Onion Creek District Park Your pet will love the chance to join you off-leash on the designated walking trail in this Austin park. Be careful, though, as the area is not fenced. See Details
South Llano River State Park Known for pristine water and abundant wildlife, the South Llano River State Park in Junction, TX, offers you and your pup more than 18 miles of dog-friendly, multi-use trails to explore. Enjoy a day out in the Texas sunshine with your furry best friend as you hike in the wilderness and spot the wildlife. As in all Texas state parks, dogs must remain leashed at all times on leashes less than 6 feet long. There is a fee per person to enter the park. See Details
Edinburg Municipal Park Edinburg Municipal Park is pet-friendly. This 90-acre park welcomes leashed pets and has great scenery and trails. Make sure to take your water bottles to keep hydrated because there is only one water station at the beginning of the trail. Dog owners are reminded to clean up any mess left behind. See Details
Harker Heights Community Park 1 mile paved trail with dog waste disposal stations along the route. See Details