Hike With Your Dog

the site where you won't be able to wipe the wag off your dog's tail


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
Texas State Parks
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 the trails or in the campgrounds at Big Bend Ranch State Park.

 Abilene State Park

 Atlanta State Park

 Bastrop State Park

 Bentsen-Rio Grande Valley State Park

 Big Spring State Park

 Blanco State Park

 Boca Chica State Park

 Bonham State Park

 Brazos Bend State Park

 Buescher State Park

 Caddo Lake State Park

 Caprock Canyons State Park & Trailway

 Cedar Hill State Park

 Choke Canyon State Parks

 Cleburne State Park

 Colorado Bend State Park

 Cooper Lake State Park

 Copper Breaks State Park

 Daingerfield State Park

 Davis Mountains State Park

 Dinosaur Valley State Park

 Eisenhower State Park

 Enchanted Rock State Natural Area

 Fairfield Lake State Park

 Falcon State Park

 Fort Boggy State Park

 Fort Griffin State Historic Site

 Fort Parker State Park

 Fort Richardson State Historic Site

 Franklin Mountains State Park

 Galveston Island State Park

 Garner State Park

 Goliad State Historical Park

 Guadalupe River State Park

 Hill Country State Natural Area

 Honey Creek State Natural Area

 Huntsville State Park

 Inks Lake State Park

 Jim Hogg State Historic Site

 Kerrville-Schreiner State Park

 Kickapoo Cavern State Park

 Lake Arrowhead State Park

 Lake Bob Sandlin State Park

 Lake Brownwood State Park

 Lake Casa Blanca International State Park

 Lake Colorado City State Park

 Lake Corpus Christi State Park

 Lake Houston State Park

 Lake Livingston State Park

 Lake Mineral Wells State Park & Trailway

 Lake Rita Blanca State Park

 Lake Somerville State Parks

 Lake Texana State Park

 Lake Whitney State Park

 Lockhart State Park

 Longhorn Cavern State Park

 Lost Maples State Natural Area

 Lyndon B. Johnson State Historical Park

 Martin Creek Lake State Park

 Martin Dies, Jr. State Park

 Matagorda Island State Park

 McKinney Falls State Park

 Meridian State Park

 Mission Tejas State Historical Park

 Monahans Sandhills State Park

 Mother Neff State Park

 Mustang Island State Park

 Palmetto State Park

 Palo Duro Canyon State Park

 Pedernales Falls State Park

 Possum Kingdom State Park

 Purtis Creek State Park

 San Angelo State Park

 Sea Rim State Park

 Seminole Canyon State Historic Site

 Sheldon Lake State Park

 South Llano River State Park

 Stephen F. Austin State Historical Park

 Tyler State Park

 Village Creek State Park


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 Alamo.
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.

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