The Texas backcountry is as spacious and diverse as the Lone Star State itself. There are the rugged Guadalupe Mountains in the west, and the deep canyons of the Red River in the Panhandle. In the center of the state, crystal clear streams cut through juniper and oak forests in the Hill Country while lakes dot the eastern landscape. The opportunities for hiking adventures are almost endless. Hiking Texas, formerly The Hiker's Guide to Texas, the first guidebook to the entire state, is the perfect introduction to the Texas backcountry. Written by veteran guidebook author and outdoor photographer Laurence Parent, Hiking Texas contains hikes to suit all abilities and interests. Many hikes lie within the boundaries of the state's two national parks, and many others can be found in the impressive Texas state parks. The book contains accurate, up-to-date trail information, complemented by detailed maps, and many features of the landscape are captured in black-and-white photos. The book also contains a foreword by former Texas Governor Ann Richards and sections on hiking with children and backcountry safety and ethics. Whether you are a backpacker looking to head into Big Bend National Park for a few days or a family planning an easy hike within the city limits of Austin, Hiking Texas is an essential item in any knapsack.