Warmer weather brings more opportunities to take advantage of our beautiful Texas landscape. Hiking trails are prevalent in Texas, and with over 70 state parks, there is no shortage of places that can provide the perfect escape for you and your family. Visit Texas Parks and Wildlife to find state parks near you. And before you head out on those trails, check out some tips to keep yourself and the wildlife safe.
As you’re enjoying the hiking trails, you will find many plants and flowers that decorate the area around you. While some, like bluebonnets, are not dangerous, you need to be aware of some that are and what you can do if you encounter these types of flora. For example, poison oak and poison ivy are found throughout Texas and can be harmful if you’re not careful. If you do encounter poison ivy or poison oak, the best thing to do is wash the area immediately with rubbing alcohol and rinse with cool water. Ensure there are alcohol wipes in your first aid kit before hiking. You may also come across a variety of mushrooms that, although stunning to look at, can be dangerous if ingested or touched. The best advice is to leave any mushrooms and plants alone and enjoy their beauty from afar. Taking a photo to enjoy later is the best way to interact with plants you’re unsure about.