Take a Hike! Who says you have to travel far from home to go on a great hike? Covering thirty of the best hikes within an hour’s drive of greater Austin and San Antonio, this guide offers something for every hiker—from easy nature walks to strenuous day hikes. Each featured hike includes a route description; at-a-glance data such as distance and difficulty level; thorough directions to the trailhead; directional cues; and a detailed, accurate ...
Take a Hike!
Who says you have to travel far from home to go on a great hike? Covering thirty of the best hikes within an hour’s drive of greater Austin and San Antonio, this guide offers something for every hiker—from easy nature walks to strenuous day hikes. Each featured hike includes a route description; at-a-glance data such as distance and difficulty level; thorough directions to the trailhead; directional cues; and a detailed, accurate trail map.
Inside you’ll find full-color photos and maps; information on approximate hiking times, canine compatibility, and fees and permits required; and sidebars on local lore, points of interest, and area wildlife.
“An excellent resource for all who want to explore the outdoors. The color photographs, stories about the area, and hike descriptions, which tell you what to expect on the trail, make it especially suitable for families. This book is informative and fun and inspires you to get outside.”—Chris Holmes, outdoor program coordinator, Texas State Parks “This is the new standard for guide books. The color photographs and hike descriptions make me feel as though I’m there. The fascinating stories about the history and trivia of the trails make this book as welcome on your coffee table as it is in your backpack.”—Ray Scott, founder of B.A.S.S. (Bass Anglers Sportsman Society); Texas Legislative Recognition Award H.R. No. 1626 for outstanding conservation efforts “Best Hikes Near Austin & San Antonio is fantastic! I learned new things about hikes I’ve done over and over. The stories, local history, photos, and maps are great! A well-organized book that will get a lot of use by me and others in our club.” —Bob Cook, president of The Woodlands Hiking Club, The Woodlands, Texas “Best Hikes Near Austin and San Antonio is an excellent hiking guide to thirty trails around this scenic area. Keith weaves stories throughout the book with information about the local history, geology, plant life, wildlife, birds, and more. The trail descriptions are accurate and informative. It is a must-have book for any hiker in Central Texas.”—Robert Stone, author and publisher of hiking guidebooks
Keith Stelter has been hiking, writing and taking photographs for 40 years. He is the Hiking Editor-Texas, for radio/magazine, "Great American Outdoor Trails," a radio show with a listening audience of 4.5 million. The program devotes 15 minute segments to hiking in Texas, and its Podcasts, along with a weekly web-based newsletter, are read by over 100,000 subscribers. Keith has also made numerous guest appearances on radio talk shows throughout Texas. Keith is also the Executive Director of the Texas Outdoor Writers Association (TOWA); and a member of the Outdoor Writers Association of America (OWAA); Texas Master Naturalists; North American Nature Photographers Association (NANPA); and American Trails Association. His articles and photographs have been featured on several web-sites including, "Travel with a Challenge" and "Trips and Journeys." Keith is a columnist for the HCN newspaper group, which serves the greater Houston area and has a total circulation of 745,000 readers. He is also the author of Best Easy Day Hikes Austin, Best Easy Day Hikes San Antonio, and Best Easy Day Hikes Houston.