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January’s Activity Of The Month: Hiking

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This month take your family hiking! You can try a full-moon, owl or night hike; a nature, butterfly or guided-bird hike; an easy hike along a tree-shaded river; or a hike back in time in a Jurassic-type setting—and that’s just a taste of what you’ll find in Texas State Parks.

To find January hikes/walks with park rangers or volunteers, check out the Hiking & Walking calendar. Or, visit the Hiking and Walking activities page for a full list of special-interest hikes.

DFW-Area Park Ranger Picks

  • Cleburne State Park - Hiking trails zigzag through limestone hills, canyons and beautiful wooded terrain. Wildlife abounds at this park so keep your eyes open, especially on the Fossil Ridge Trail. Cleburne is just southwest of the Ft. Worth area.
  • Bonham State Park – Only 1 hour northwest of Dallas, this small park boasts a 65-acre lake with 11 miles of surrounding hiking trails. Enjoy the Lake Loop Trail with its gently rolling terrace and tall, mature trees that cover the area. Watch for squirrels, rabbits, raccoons and numerous songbirds in this quiet park.
  • Purtis Creek State Park – You’ll enjoy heavily-wooded, well-shaded trails on this 1,582-acre park just 1 hour east of Dallas. Take the 1 ¼ mile Prairie Life Nature Trail and bring along this downloadable natural trail guide to learn about the park’s wildlife and foliage.

You may also want to refer to the 18 other DFW area state parks and natural areas.

Texas State Park hiking trails offer you and your family natural beauty, tranquility, wildlife watching and plenty of room for healthy, outdoor fun.

What to bring:

  • Sturdy, comfortable shoes
  • Weather-appropriate clothing; hat
  • Walking stick or pole
  • Water, sunscreen
  • Camera

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