National Parks With Hiking

Amistad National Recreation Area
Dogs are allowed on the trails in this park

Big Bend National Park
Dogs are not allowed on the trails in this park

Big Thicket National Preserve

Fort Davis National Historic Site
Dogs are allowed anywhere but in the historic buildings

Guadalupe Mountains National Park
Dogs are not allowed on the trails in this park

Lake Meredith National Recreation Area

Padre Island National Seashore
Dogs are allowed on the trails in this park

San Antonio Missions National Historic Park
Dogs are allowed at all 4 mission sites and
within the compound walls

Links to National Forests With Hiking

Angelina National Forest

Caddo National Grassland

Davy Crockett National Forest

Lyndon B. Johnson National Grassland

Rita Blanca National Grassland

Sabine National Forest

Sam Houston National Forest


State Parks With Hiking

Dogs are permitted on most Texas state park trails; check for specific park restrictions on pets on trails or in primitive areas. Dogs are not allowed on thr trails or in the campgrounds at Big Bend Ranch State Park.

 Abilene State Park http://www.tpwd.state.tx.us/park/abilene/

 Atlanta State Park http://www.tpwd.state.tx.us/park/atlanta/

 Bastrop State Park http://www.tpwd.state.tx.us/park/bastrop/

 Bentsen-Rio Grande Valley State Park http://www.tpwd.state.tx.us/park/bentsen/

 Big Spring State Park http://www.tpwd.state.tx.us/park/bigsprin/

 Blanco State Park http://www.tpwd.state.tx.us/park/blanco/

 Boca Chica State Park http://www.tpwd.state.tx.us/park/boca/

 Bonham State Park http://www.tpwd.state.tx.us/park/bonham/

 Brazos Bend State Park http://www.tpwd.state.tx.us/park/brazos/

 Buescher State Park http://www.tpwd.state.tx.us/park/buescher/

 Caddo Lake State Park -http://www.tpwd.state.tx.us/park/caddo/

 Caprock Canyons State Park & Trailway http://www.tpwd.state.tx.us/park/caprock/

 Cedar Hill State Park http://www.tpwd.state.tx.us/park/cedarhil/

 Choke Canyon State Parks http://www.tpwd.state.tx.us/park/choke/

 Cleburne State Park http://www.tpwd.state.tx.us/park/cleburne/

 Colorado Bend State Park http://www.tpwd.state.tx.us/park/colorado/

 Cooper Lake State Parks http://www.tpwd.state.tx.us/park/cooper/

 Copper Breaks State Park http://www.tpwd.state.tx.us/park/copper/

 Daingerfield State Park http://www.tpwd.state.tx.us/park/daingerf/

 Davis Mountains State Park http://www.tpwd.state.tx.us/park/davis/

 Dinosaur Valley State Park http://www.tpwd.state.tx.us/park/dinosaur/

 Eisenhower State Park http://www.tpwd.state.tx.us/park/eisenhow/

 Enchanted Rock State Natural Area http://www.tpwd.state.tx.us/park/enchantd/

 Fairfield Lake State Park http://www.tpwd.state.tx.us/park/fairfiel/

 Falcon State Park http://www.tpwd.state.tx.us/park/falcon/

 Fort Boggy State Park http://www.tpwd.state.tx.us/park/fortboggy/

 Fort Griffin State Historic Site http://www.tpwd.state.tx.us/park/fortgrif/

 Fort Parker State Park http://www.tpwd.state.tx.us/park/fortpark/

 Fort Richardson State Historic Site http://www.tpwd.state.tx.us/park/fortrich/

 Franklin Mountains State Park http://www.tpwd.state.tx.us/park/franklin/

 Galveston Island State Park http://www.tpwd.state.tx.us/park/galvesto/

 Garner State Park http://www.tpwd.state.tx.us/park/garner/

 Goliad State Historical Park http://www.tpwd.state.tx.us/park/goliad/

 Guadalupe River State Park http://www.tpwd.state.tx.us/park/guadalup/

 Hill Country State Natural Area http://www.tpwd.state.tx.us/park/hillcoun/

 Honey Creek State Natural Area http://www.tpwd.state.tx.us/park/honey/

 Huntsville State Park http://www.tpwd.state.tx.us/park/huntsvil/

 Inks Lake State Park http://www.tpwd.state.tx.us/park/inks/

 Jim Hogg State Historic Site http://www.tpwd.state.tx.us/park/jhogg/

 Kerrville-Schreiner State Park http://www.tpwd.state.tx.us/park/kerrvill/

 Kickapoo Cavern State Park http://www.tpwd.state.tx.us/park/kickapoo/

 Lake Arrowhead State Park http://www.tpwd.state.tx.us/park/lakearro/

 Lake Bob Sandlin State Park http://www.tpwd.state.tx.us/park/lakebob/

 Lake Brownwood State Park http://www.tpwd.state.tx.us/park/lakebrow/

 Lake Casa Blanca International State Park http://www.tpwd.state.tx.us/park/lakecasa/

 Lake Colorado City State Park http://www.tpwd.state.tx.us/park/lakecolo/

 Lake Corpus Christi State Park http://www.tpwd.state.tx.us/park/lakecorp/

 Lake Houston State Park http://www.tpwd.state.tx.us/park/lakehous/

 Lake Livingston State Park http://www.tpwd.state.tx.us/park/lakelivi/

 Lake Mineral Wells State Park & Trailway http://www.tpwd.state.tx.us/park/lakemine/

 Lake Rita Blanca State Park http://www.tpwd.state.tx.us/park/lakerita/

 Lake Somerville State Parks http://www.tpwd.state.tx.us/park/lakesome/

 Lake Texana State Park http://www.tpwd.state.tx.us/park/laketexa/

 Lake Whitney State Park http://www.tpwd.state.tx.us/park/lakewhit/

 Lockhart State Park http://www.tpwd.state.tx.us/park/lockhart/

 Longhorn Cavern State Park http://www.tpwd.state.tx.us/park/longhorn/

 Lost Maples State Natural Area http://www.tpwd.state.tx.us/park/lostmap/

 Lyndon B. Johnson State Historical Park http://www.tpwd.state.tx.us/park/lbj/

 Martin Creek Lake State Park http://www.tpwd.state.tx.us/park/martincr/

 Martin Dies, Jr. State Park http://www.tpwd.state.tx.us/park/martindi/

 Matagorda Island State Park http://www.tpwd.state.tx.us/park/matagisl/

 McKinney Falls State Park http://www.tpwd.state.tx.us/park/mckinney/

 Meridian State Park http://www.tpwd.state.tx.us/park/meridian/

 Mission Tejas State Historical Park http://www.tpwd.state.tx.us/park/mission/

 Monahans Sandhills State Park http://www.tpwd.state.tx.us/park/monahans/

 Mother Neff State Park http://www.tpwd.state.tx.us/park/mother/

 Mustang Island State Park http://www.tpwd.state.tx.us/park/mustang/

 Palmetto State Park http://www.tpwd.state.tx.us/park/palmetto/

 Palo Duro Canyon State Park http://www.tpwd.state.tx.us/park/paloduro/

 Pedernales Falls State Park http://www.tpwd.state.tx.us/park/pedernal/

 Possum Kingdom State Park http://www.tpwd.state.tx.us/park/possum/

 Purtis Creek State Park http://www.tpwd.state.tx.us/park/purtis/

 San Angelo State Park http://www.tpwd.state.tx.us/park/sanangel/

 Sea Rim State Park http://www.tpwd.state.tx.us/park/searim/

 Seminole Canyon State Historic Site http://www.tpwd.state.tx.us/park/seminole/

 Sheldon Lake State Park http://www.tpwd.state.tx.us/park/sheldon/

 South Llano River State Park http://www.tpwd.state.tx.us/park/slano/

 Stephen F. Austin State Historical Park http://www.tpwd.state.tx.us/park/sfa/

 Tyler State Park http://www.tpwd.state.tx.us/park/tyler/

 Village Creek State Park http://www.tpwd.state.tx.us/park/village/

Share A Favorite Hike With Your Dog In Texas


Your Dog's Favorite Hikes In Texas


Submitted by Roger & Mia
Most parks in Texas that we've found require dogs to be on leash. However, if you're looking for a safe place where the dogs can run off leash and don't mind a 2+ hour drive from Houston, Matagorda Beach is simply awesome.
You'll need to purchase a beach pass for your vehicle (about $5). Once on the beach, head east away from the pier. You can drive on the beach for several miles. Suggest that you drive along the beach for 2-3 miles minimum in order to limit the number of vehicles driving along.
Once you find a spot, you'll have miles of beach and ocean for the dogs to run and play. Please remember to pack a picnic and bring plenty of fresh water, toys, and plastic bags to clean up after your pets!
Fall and winter months are best if you want to avoid crowds but the surf tends to be rough and the winds blow.
Have fun with this trip - our two "girls" love the place!
Submitted by Laura
While it is true that you can hike with your dog on all of National Park
missions, you may not allow your dog on the grounds of the Alamo (owned
by the Daughters of the Republic of Texas). I know this because a police
officer informed that I could not bring my golden retriever on to the
grounds. So I picked up my 50 pound dog and carried her through the
Our favorite site in Houston is the Millie Bush Bark Park in George Bush
Park, lease free. Two large swimming ponds for dogs and short hiking
loop around the park (bring plenty of towels). The smaller, more timid
dogs even have their own fenced area.
Thanks for providing this great service.
Submitted by CK
Dogs are welcome at state parks in Texas.  I have found those in the Hill Country very good for hiking with a dog.  In west Texas I've found boots for the dogs very useful to protect from rock and cactus.  State parks require the dog be on a leash but this is loosely controlled.  At Lake Houston State Park a ranger told me he needed to go tie up his dog when he saw me arrive with a dog.  For the most part, once well onto the trail I find the dogs can run lose without a problem.  I'll leash them if other people are around.
Submitted by Mark
There are many miles of open beach for dog owners to hike with their
precious friends along Bolivar Peninsula near Galveston Island. I raise
and show American Staffordshire Terriers and we often take one of two of
our 'kids' for long walks in the sand and surf in this area. With males
that get up to 80 pounds, we need lots of room for them to romp and this
area is perfect for us.Check out such places as the town of Crystal Beach
in Texas on the internet for images and more information of the area.
Bark In The Park El Paso/Las Cruces
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