Out & About: Best Walking Trails in Lubbock 

Written By Visit Lubbock Interns

March 26, 2024


By: Lindsey Neas

Known for its expansive plains and unique scenery, West Texas is full of opportunities for nature lovers. Whether you’re into leisurely strolls or hardcore hills, Lubbock has a nature experience waiting for you. 

Here are six of Lubbock’s most loved outdoor areas:

Named after the locally-raised and legendary artist, the Buddy Holly Lake Recreation Area is surrounded by engaging activities. Visit He-Brew’s, one of Lubbock’s favorite coffee shops for signature lattes, a dog-friendly atmosphere and prairie dog views. The Buddy Holly Lake Recreation Area spans over 86 miles and offers activities such as fishing, camping, boating and hiking. The park is equipped with picnic areas, so grab your loved ones and enjoy some outdoor time soon!

Named after Texan philanthropist and educator, Mae Simmons Park serves as a reflection and reminder of community service. One of the most beautiful and picturesque parks in Lubbock, this wide open space features a disc golf course and a fishing-friendly lake.  

One of Lubbock’s best trails for hiking, walking, road biking and running, Buffalo Springs Lake Loop is 5.7 miles of fun. Buffalo Springs Lake also offers fishing, boating, tent and RV campsites, nature paths, riding trails and beaches. Gate admission is open 24/7 with special pricing for children under five, military and police. 

Explore 4.5 miles of trails at Lubbock Lake Landmark to explore true West Texas scenery. The Llano Estacado Wildflower Trail is .5 miles long and is the landmark’s newest addition. The shaded pit stops and benches along the path allow maximum observance of vegetation. Beginning on Saturday, March 23, the Landmark After Dark Night Hike season will welcome locals and visitors alike. Enjoy a West Texas sunset on this evening hike, starting at 7:30 p.m. and lasting between 75 to 90 minutes. 

Equipped with equestrian trails, a disc golf course and Lubbock’s famous Prairie Dog Town, Mackenzie Park spans over 248 acres. Perfect for families and individuals, bring a blanket to lounge in the grass, grab veggies and feed the prairie dogs, or strap on your athletic shoes to enjoy the walking trails. Mackenzie Park is animal-friendly and free to explore. 

Within a ten-minute drive from Downtown Lubbock, the Dunbar Historical Lake is accommodating to hikers of all skill levels. The lake is a 2.8-mile route with views of the city skyline and picturesque water scenes. Exploring the east loop poses a challenge as adventure seekers make their way through rocky hills. The west loop is suited for moderate-level hiking. 

Looking for an adventurous day trip? Located in the Texas Panhandle less than a two hour drive from Lubbock is one of Texas’ most beautiful landscapes. Caprock Canyon offers 11 hiking trails ranging in intensity and distance. Most trails are open to hiking and biking, and you can even bring your horse to explore! With various points of interest across the canyon, check out the Fern Cave, Folsom Historical Site, Honey Flat Prairie Dog Town and more. 

Check out over 80 park and recreation opportunities in Lubbock here. Explore beautiful West Texas today!


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