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  • Swim in Barton Springs Pool

    Barton Springs Pool is a historical staple in the city of Austin. Located within Zilker Park, the location is easy to find and even has easy accessible parking. Now with that being said, it is recommended to arrive somewhat early in the day if you...

  • Hike to Lower Falls in Golden Ears Provincial Park

    Lower Falls is found within Golden Ears Provincial Park in British Columbia. Easily accessible from the Gold Creek Parking lot, it is a relatively flat trail snaking along Gold Creek itself. It can be done as an out & back trail, or you can ma...

    3.5 miles

  • Camp at Glacier Point

    Everyone that knows Yosemite, knows Glacier Point. An overlook that attracts thousands of people per day that drive up via Glacier Point Road is rarely vacant of the hustle and bustle of people. However, there is a loop hole here, and when the sta...

    9.4 miles 3200 ft gain

  • Hike Santa Elena Canyon in Big Bend

    Santa Elena Canyon is one of the crown jewels of Big Bend National Park, and something you surely don't want to miss if you pay the park a visit. To get here you will take the Ross Maxwell Scenic Drive from Panther Junction, the park's headquarter...

    1.7 miles 610 ft gain

  • Hike the East Trail at Lost Maples

    Lost Maples State Natural Area is the go to place if you want to escape to New England-like Fall scenery in Texas, which is hard to believe for some. Tucked away deep in Hill Country near Vanderpool, TX, Lost Maples has a unique supply of Maple tr...

    4.4 miles 561 ft gain

  • Hike the Burroughs Mountain Trail

    The Burroughs Mountain Trail comes from a series of trails out of the Sunrise Area. First piece of advice is to set your alarm clocks! The parking lot and trails get busy quite quickly, especially in the summer.From the parking lot you will start ...

  • Snowshoe to the Tilly Jane A-Frame

    Built in the 1930's, the Tilly Jane A-Frame sits on the North side of Mount Hood at around 6,000ft. The cabin is very popular during winter months as it is located only 1,000ft below the tree line and offers beautiful snowshoeing, hiking, skiing a...

    2.7 miles 1900 ft gain

  • Explore Garner State Park

    Garner State Park is one of the best parks in Texas Hill Country if you are looking for some hiking with elevation. It is incredibly scenic, has plenty of campgrounds, and is also nearby to Lost Maples State Natural Area - a park very well-known f...

  • Hike Boquillas Canyon in Big Bend

    Boquillas Canyon is one of the longest and most beautiful canyons Big Bend has to offer. To get here you will head towards Rio Grande Village from the park's headquarters at Panther Junction. If desired, you can stop at the store in Rio Grande Vil...

    1.2 miles 229 ft gain

  • Camp at Lake Somerville: Nail's Creek

    Lake Somerville State Park has two portions you can visit, Nails Creek on the South side of the lake, and Birch Creek located on the North side of the lake. Both offer a variety of activities including camping, swimming, fishing, hiking, and horse...

  • Hit the Trails at Memorial Park

    Memorial Park is a hub for Houstonians looking to escape that busy day-to-day urban rush. With a 3 mile running loop and 10 miles worth of multi-use trails to offer, the park does tend to get pretty busy, however it is rare that you would not be a...

  • Hike the Naches Peak Loop Trail

    Naches Peak Loop Trail is a great introductory trail to Mount Rainier National Park situated on the Eastern side of Rainier. Half located within Mount Rainier NP and half within Okanogan-Wenatchee National Forest, Naches Peak is a 3.5 mile trail w...

    3.5 miles 700 ft gain

  • Camp at Inks Lake's Pecan Flats

    Inks Lake is located northwest of Austin and is home to about 200 campsites. For a more unique experience and to be set away from the parks many visitors, choose the Pecan Flats Trail Primitive Camp which is about a mile hike from the Pecan Flats ...

    2 miles

  • Swim at Sculpture Falls

    Sculpture Falls is a hidden gem that is part of the 7.9 mile long Barton Creek Greenbelt in Austin. It's considered an urban oasis and is part of the Edwards Aquifer making the water temperatures in the summer about 70 degrees, and is a perfect wa...

    3 miles

  • Mountain Bike Duthie Hill

    Duthie Hill is a premier and beautifully designed mountain bike park set in lush douglas firs and western hemlock forests . Created and maintained by the Evergreen Mountain Bike Alliance (evergreenmtb.org) with the help of King County and voluntee...

    6 miles 130 ft gain

  • Explore Buffalo Bayou Park

    Boasting 160 acres, Buffalo Bayou is a common go-to destination for some relaxation and recreation for local Houstonians. At any given time you will find people here enjoying a picnic, playing pick-up volleyball or basketball games, walking their ...

    5 miles

  • Explore Galveston Island State Park

    Galveston Island State Park is one of the several state parks in Texas offering coastline to the Gulf of Mexico. The park is good to visit during any time of the year, and offers several hiking, biking and paddling trails. In order to take advanta...

  • Explore Palmetto State Park

    Palmetto State Park is located not far from the Buc-ee's on I-10 towards San Antonio. Visiting in the Spring is most likely the best time to visit, as the spring showers fill the environment bringing lush vegetation and foliage.On our particular v...

    3 miles