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 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's often claimed that Palo Duro Canyon is the second-largest canyon in the United States. 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
Pet Friendly Houston Arboretum & Nature Center
Houston Arboretum & Nature Center Houston, TX's 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
Comanche Lookout Park Comanche Lookout Park is a 96-acre recreational area in San Antonio, TX. Fido is welcome to explore the 4.55 miles of pet-friendly, multi-service trails with you but must remain on a leash. 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 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
The Lighthouse Trail The Lighthouse Trail at Palo Duro Canyon State Park in Canyon, TX, 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
Trinity Park Trinity Park welcomes leashed pets to join their owners for a visit in this Fort Worth, TX, recreation space. The 252-acre pet-friendly park offers a wide variety of amenities, including a basketball court, walking paths, a playground, picnic shelters, an observation deck and more. See Details
James Kiehl River Bend Park James Kiehl River Bend Park, located in Comfort, TX, 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. Pups must be leashed at all times. See Details
Oak Point Park and Nature Preserve Oak Point Park and Nature Preserve is a pet-friendly park in Plano, TX. This 800-acre area has a variety of trails you can enjoy with your pup. You can also enjoy views of the lake and the shaded pavilion. See Details
Brazos Bend State Park Branded as a nature lover's paradise, Brazos Bend State Park in Needville, TX is dog friendly! Dogs on a leash no longer than six feet are welcome to explore the park as long as they do not drink from or enter the lakes. Dog owners should be very aware that Brazos Bend is home to alligators. Alligator safety tips are available on Brazos' website. The State Park's 37 miles of trails circle lakes and wind through the hardwood forest. See Details
Aransas National Wildlife Refuge Bring Fido to explore the pet-friendly Aransas National Wildlife Refuge in Austwell, TX. This park encompasses more than 115,000 acres and features tons of lovely hiking trails for you and your canine friend to walk. Dogs must be leashed at all times and cleaned up after. See Details
Guadalupe River State Park Visit the pet-friendly Guadalupe River State Park in Spring Branch, TX. 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. There are four miles of river frontage and 13 miles of hike and bike trails, ranging 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. See Details
Government Canyon State Natural Area Government Canyon State Natural Area is a pet-friendly spot in San Antonio, TX. Leashed dogs are allowed to join you on their front country trails. The path system has two loops, Savannah and Lytle, to explore. Please note there could be potential closures due to poor weather or condition. See Details
Landa Park Leashed dogs are welcome at Landa Park in New Braunfels, TX. This pet-friendly, 51-acre park features numerous trails. Enjoy nature along the Panther Canyon Trail, or relax in the shade of the giant oak trees. Please note that pets are not allowed to enter any of the waterways throughout the park. See Details
Garner State Park Garner State Park in Concan, TX is a dog-friendly recreation area with 16 miles of scenic trails. Located in Hill County, the park occupies 1,774 acres and a 2.9 mile stretch of the Frio River. Take in mountain views from all vantage points along the 2.9 mile Frio Canyon Trail, or Traverse the 1.7 mile Foshee Trail and access the expansive and secluded back country. Dogs must be leashed on all trails within the park. Along with hiking, Garner State Park is an ideal spot to camp, study nature, picnic, canoe, fish, geocache and ride bikes with Fido. Garner State Park charges a small admission fee for adults and a nightly fee apples to all campsites throughout the park. Campsite reservations are highly recommended during peak season between Memorial Day and Labor Day. See Details
Emma Long Metropolitan Park Your pet will love to explore the beautiful, pet-friendly trail with gorgeous views of Lake Austin at Emma Long Metropolitan Park in Austin, TX. Pets must be leashed in all areas of the park, which also features open space, camp sites, boat ramps and reservation based large picnic table sites. See Details
Inks Lake State Park Bring Fido to the popular, dog-friendly Inks Lake State Park in Burnet, TX. 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
Medina River Natural Area Medina River Natural Area is a pet-friendly destination in San Antonio, TX. Your leashed furry friend is welcome to explore the 511-acre property that has been enhanced with 7 miles of trails. Waste stations and a doggie fountain are available on site. See Details
Crockett Gardens and Falls Crockett Gardens and Falls is a pet-friendly hike in Georgetown, TX. Explore with your pup around the cliffs of Lake Georgetown, where a natural spring feeds several small waterfalls. This path is a 3.7-mile-out-back trail and is considered a moderately challenging route for you and your pup. See Details