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The Texas Trailhead : A Texas Hiking Podcast

57 EpisodesProduced by The Texas TrailheadWebsite

Welcome to The Texas Trailhead Podcast!Are you looking to start hiking and camping, but don't know where to start?Follow along each Friday as creator and producer, Danny Laurel, shares stories of his favorite places to hike. He'll also gather stories of what lead others to spend time outdoors too. M… read more

57 Episodes | 2019 - 2022

S4 E11: Hiking News & Big Bend if You Only Have a Day

March 31st, 2022


The weekly recap of outdoor news is a fun email blast I sent out, but recently the Texas Parks & Wildlife dept. sent out some information on small towns that have received grants for outdoor spaces!  See if one of …

S4 E10: Monahans Sandhills State Park

March 25th, 2022


Howdy fellow Trailheads! 

You know that movie Dune?  I got to visit Texas's version out west at Monahans Sandhills state park.  Come along on this adventure and learn about how the park was for me and what you can …

I take a visit to Lockhart State Park: Video Narration

March 8th, 2022


Anchor has created a new way to bring audio from videos to the podcast.  Let's see how this works!  

This was from a trip to Lockhart State Park in 2021 where I explored some new trails.  You can read about this trip, …

S4 E8: Chihuahuan Desert Nature Center & Seminole Canyon SP

February 12th, 2022


A little bit of west Texas in this episode! West Texas may feel like it’s barren, but once you dissect the area more, you’ll learn its filled with amazing life and wonder.
There are two places that I really enjoyed: The …

S4E7 Talking Nature Photography y mas with my buddy Enola

February 3rd, 2022


Social media is known as life’s highlight reel, but I pay more attention to the stories that peel back the emotion curtain and expose more realistic viewpoints when it comes to what you can expect outdoors, and the pain …

S4 E6: Balcones Canyonlands National Wildlife Refuge

September 9th, 2021


Welcome back to another episode of the Texas Trailhead podcast!  

In this episode, I venture out to Balcones Canyonlands National Wildlife Refuge.  This is one of 21 national refuges in Texas and it is located just …

S4E5: Where did season 4 go & Stephen F. Austin State Park

August 24th, 2021


Welcome back to another episode of the Texas Trailhead podcast!  It's been a minute, but I want to thank everyone for sticking around while life happens.  
In this episode I'm getting things back on track by letting …

S4 E4 Introducing Texas Trail Company & Back to Government Canyon SNA

April 23rd, 2021


Welcome back to another episode of the Texas Trailhead Podcast!  This week I’m giving a pretty big update to the TXTH brand, and introducing y’all to the Texas Trail Company store.  Here you’ll find amazing gear to hike …

S4 E3: A conversation with Kammok founder, Greg McEvilly

March 24th, 2021


This week I'm speaking with Grey McEvilly, founder of Kammok out of Austin, TX.  While hammocks put them on the map, they are responsible for making some of the best outdoor gear on the market that focuses on three core …

S4 E2: South Llano River SP and the Texas State Parks set to reopen

March 12th, 2021


#texashiking #texasstateparks #southllanosp I was really excited to check out a new Texas State Park, and South Llano River state park did not disappoint.  I was able to knock how the trails I wanted to get to …

Season 4 Episode 1: Back in the Saddle, Colorado Bend State Park Visit Recap

March 4th, 2021


“Ride the trail alone, it ain’t my style... ride, ride, on this saddle...”. Paul Cauthen is one of my favorite musicians, and his song Saddle ran …

S3 E15: One Year Anniversary & Goliad State Park

December 21st, 2020


This episode marks the end of the first year for the Texas Trailhead Podcast.  45 episodes that all started with a desire to get on a mic and chat about how Enchanted Rock SNA changed my life. 
I wanted to share stories …

S3 E14 ExploreMore DFW’s Haley Cottey

December 11th, 2020


This week I'm speaking with ExploreMore DFW's Haley Cottey.  Their goal is to "encourage people to get outside in their own towns and appreciate everything that is accessible to them instead of always wishing they were …

S3 E13: Big Announcement & The San Antonio Mission Trails

December 4th, 2020


This week I have a big merch announcement!  Make sure you visit the site and check out some new goodies in the store. 

I'm also doing a quick visit recap from my time at the San Antonio missions.  

The mission trail is …

S3 E12 Mission Tejas State Park

November 28th, 2020


This week I'm wrapping up the East Texas Trifecta and giving y'all a quick recap of Mission Tejas State Park. It's filled with amazing pine trees, trails, and Texas history. 

Learn about the points of interest, and also …

S3 E11: A little technical snafu & Matthew from @hikeaustin visits The Narrows

November 21st, 2020


This week I'm taking a moment to remind myself how grateful I am after a technical snafu wipes the photographic memories of 2020. 

Matthew Guthrie of

S3 E10: Westcave Discovery Center CEO and Executive Director Trevor Hance

November 13th, 2020


This week I'm speaking with Westcave Discovery Center CEO and Executive Director Trevor Hance.  

Westcave is a remarkable outdoor space that is …

S3 E9 Martin Creek Lake State Park and Cairn unboxing for Oct 2020

November 6th, 2020


Martin Creek Lake State Park | Cairn Unboxing October 2020

Welcome to another Texas Trailhead episode!  This week I'll start with a few announcement about the state parks and some of the plans for reaching out to the …

S3 E8 Back to Pedernales Falls State Park, as read

October 30th, 2020


This week I'm back at Pedernales Falls state park.  I'm changing things up a bit and pulling  this post from the website.

 I wanted to explore the …

S3 E7: GeoTagging Chat with Matthew Guthrie, Creator of @HikeAustin

October 23rd, 2020


November 8th parks are free for everyone in honor of both veterans and active military—it is important to note that reservations will still be highly recommended, and some places required.
And that being said…

S3 E6: Nikole Velasco of Nikole Velasco Photography

October 9th, 2020


This week I’m speaking with Nikole Velasco.

She’s an elopement photographer whose focus is getting amazing photos of couples in the outdoors.

S3 E5 Cairn Subscription Boxes & Geotagging and the Responsibility of Outdoor Influencers

October 2nd, 2020


Hello friends!  Welcome to another episode of The Texas Trailhead podcast-

This week I'm begins a segment about Geotagging and the responsibility of …

S3 E4 Garner State Park Visit Recap

September 25th, 2020


"I remember that ol' Frio river..."   Welcome back to another Texas Trailhead podcast episode!   This week I'm back at another state park deep in the …

S3 E3 Dr. Sonia Lucas shares some Physical Therapy tips to prepare for the outdoors.

September 18th, 2020


This week I'm speaking with Dr. Sonia Lucas PT, DPT. 

Originally from Oklahoma City, she's now living in Austin, Texas, and now her mission is to 'get more people out and active in nature". 

Her love for the outdoors …

S3 E2: The break and LCRA Park- Matagorda Bay Nature Park

September 11th, 2020


It seems a bit pretentious to talk about where I've been like I'm someone important.  
But I think taking breaks is important.  This podcast had been running pretty consistently since the end of December 2019, and when I …

S3. E1. Dr Wetegrove talks about the importance of Nature for Mental Health

September 4th, 2020


Welcome back to The Texas Trailhead podcast!  September is suicide prevention month, so I figured I would begin this season with a discussion about …

The Texas Trailhead Podcast S2 E15: Hiking in the Texas Heat and Hydration Tips

July 17th, 2020


Welcome to episode 15!  In this episode I'll be talking about the obvious: It's hot in Texas.  Do you know the difference between heat exhaustion and heat stroke?  I'll cover what to look out for, and I'll give you some …

The Texas Trailhead Podcast S2 E14: Giving back to the parks & Best ways to find places to camp

July 10th, 2020


Hope everyone had a ____ 4th of July. Heh. This week I’m going to give y’all some of my favorite ways to give back to the parks. If you’re using them …

The Texas Trailhead Podcast S2 E13: Goliad and Monument Hill Historic Sites

July 3rd, 2020


Welcome to another episode of The Texas Trailhead Podcast! This week is a bit of a shorty since it’s a holiday weekend, so learn a little more about …

The Texas Trailhead Podcast S2 E12: Happy Father’s Day & Video Game Ramble

June 26th, 2020


Father’s Day is important to me for a couple reasons: I’m now a dad, and I’m grateful that my daughter has shown some appreciation for spending time …

The Texas Trailhead Podcast S2 E11: Lost Maples SP & Cairn Subscription box

June 19th, 2020


Just driving to Lost Maples is an amazing journey in of itself, but the park has some amazing scenery and hiking too. And when it comes to being a gear head, sometimes it’s just easier to have someone pick out the goods …

The Texas Trailhead Podcast S2 E10: Tyler State Park

June 12th, 2020


Hey everyone! Thanks for sticking around and joining me on this 10th episode as I head out to east Texas and visit Tyler State Park. This park has something for everyone including water recreation, plenty of trails, and …

The Texas Trailhead Podcast S2 E9: State Parks Opening for Camping & Comal Trails Alliance

May 29th, 2020


Welcome back! This week I have some big reopening news for Texas State Parks! LCRA Parks already reopened, so make sure you visit my website for that info too. I’ll also talk about another great place to hike in the New …

The Texas Trailhead Podcast S2 E8: Should you visit the Narrows and Palmetto SP

May 22nd, 2020


Happy Memorial Day weekend!  My thoughts are with everyone that has been lost in battle, so make sure you all take time to send your regards. 

This week is a bit of a shorty. 

I'll be talking about a Hot Topic that came …

The Texas Trailhead Podcast S2 E7: 16 Texas Historic Sites & LbJ State and National Parks

May 15th, 2020


Welcome to another episode of The Texas Trailhead podcast!  This week I go on a bit of a ramble and talk about why the day-use reservations actually have me hiking less. And in the second segment I'm talking about the …

The Texas Trailhead Podcast S2 E6: Jefferson Marshall, Author of The Creatures of Caprock Canyons

May 8th, 2020


Welcome to another episode of The Texas Trailhead podcast. In this episode I'm visiting with Jefferson Marshall,  the author of a brand new children's book titled The Creatures of Caprock Canyons.  He's a teacher who …

The Texas Trailhead Podcast S2 E5: The San Marcos Greenbelt Alliance & Astral TR1 Mesh Shoe Review

May 1st, 2020


Welcome to another episode of the texas trailhead podcast!

I hope everyone is having a great week.

Just wanted to let you all know that if you’re listening to this on its release day, so may 1st, It’s my birthday!

And I …

The Texas Trailhead Podcast S2 E4: Leslie Lilly, Conservation Director of The Trail Foundation

April 25th, 2020


The Trail Foundation is a partnership with the Austin Parks & Recreation department that helps to maintain the the Butler Hike & Bike trail smack dab in the middle of downtown Austin, TX.  But The Trail …

S2E3: McKinney Roughs Nature Park & Interview with Owner of O’Wells Adventure Co. -Adam Wells

April 17th, 2020


S2E3: McKinney Roughs Nature Park & Interview with Owner of O’Wells Adventure Co. : Adam Wells
Welcome to this weeks show! I’m really excited to talk about this episode.  It’s part of the LCRA park system and …

S2 E2: Camping at Home and Interview with my buddy David

April 10th, 2020


The Texas Trailhead Podcast Season 2 Episode 2: Camping at Home & Interview with my Buddy David
Welcome to the podcast- this is danny, and I’ve gotta say—I’m pretty excited about this weeks episode.
First up—if you …

The Texas Trailhead Podcast Season 2 Episode 1: Urban Hiking & The Coleman Two-Burner Stove

April 3rd, 2020


Welcome to the 2nd season of The Texas Trailhead podcast! I’m very excited about the episodes made so far, and looking forward to keeping them going as long as y’all are listening! I’d love to talk to y’all about the …

The Texas Trailhead Podcast Episode 15 : Coastal Road Trip and Solomon Trail Runner Review

March 27th, 2020


The Texas Trailhead Episode 15 : Coastal Road Trip and Solomon Trail Runner Review

For this weeks episode my daughter and I decided to go on a little …

The Texas Trailhead Podcast Episode 14: Coronavirus and the outdoors,Hill Country State Natural Area

March 20th, 2020


When I recorded this first part of this episode it was the Coronavirus situation in the U.S. was just declared a national emergency. It meant that …

The Texas Trailhead Podcast Episode 13: Mother Neff State Park & My Outdoor Collection

March 18th, 2020


Something definitely creepy is going on if the 13th episode is coming out on Friday the 13th. On this episode I revisit Texas is original state park …

The Texas Trailhead Podcast Episode 12: BBQ & Favorite Places to far.

March 6th, 2020


We went to Mother Neff State Park, and while there got hungry.  We were just south of Waco, TX so I enlisted the help of my good buddy who produces with his friend Andrew the podcast Tales from the Pits.  They know good …

The Texas Trailhead Podcast Ep 11: Government Canyon State Natural Area & Hammock Camping Basics

February 28th, 2020


Welcome to another episode of The Texas Trailhead Podcast!  San Antonio has some great hiking opportunities that are relatively close to me, and I want to share my experience from Government Canyon State Natural Area. …

The Texas Trailhead Podcast Episode 10: Rainy Day Off & Trekking Pole Tutorial

February 21st, 2020


It's a rainy and dreary day.  I didn't get to hike and instead decided to ramble about what I do to get my nature fix when I can't go hike.  It's not …

The Texas Trailhead Podcast Episode 9: Longhorn Cavern and Inks Lake State Parks

February 14th, 2020


In this episode I'll go over my recent visits to Longhorn Cavern and Inks Lake State Parks. 
Because they're so close together my family and I figured …

The Texas Trailhead Podcast Epidode 8: McKinney Falls State Park and My Astral Trail Runner Review

February 7th, 2020


In this episode I’m going to talk about McKinney Falls state park located in Austin, TX. McKinney Falls is probably one of my favorite state parks, but mostly because it's the closest to me.  This place has some amazing …

The Texas Trailhead Podcast Episode 7: LCRA Park Lake Bastrop South Shore and First Aid Kit Essentials

January 31st, 2020


LCRA Park Lake Bastrop South Shore and First Aid Kit Essentials. 

The Lower Colorado River Authority is first and foremost an electric company, but …

The Texas Trailhead Podcast Episode 6: Bastrop State Park

January 26th, 2020


I’ve been to Bastrop State park multiple times now since the fire
I have driven by it for almost a decade driving back to Houston, but nothing …

The Texas Trailhead Episode 5: The 10 essentials & Lockhart State Park

January 17th, 2020


Hey y'all! On this episode I'll go over the Top 10 Essentials.  Things you should consider taking with you on anything from day hikes, to overnight …

Episode 4: Trail Runners vs Hiking shoes and Lake Mineral Wells State Park visit recap

January 10th, 2020


In this episode I’ll be talking about why I prefer to wear trail runner hiking shoes instead of traditional hiking boots. I’ll give some feedback about the benefits including comfort, waterproofing, etc.  I’ll also talk …

The Texas Trailhead podcast episode 3: Buescher State Park and New Year’s Resolutions

January 3rd, 2020


It’s 2020! I want to know what your resolutions are for the new year. I want to head out to more national parks including going back to Guadalupe …

The Texas Trailhead Podcast Episode 2: Pedernales Falls State Park

December 27th, 2019


In this episode I talk about Pedernales Falls state park and discuss the importance of taking more water than you need and plenty of snacks. I unfortunately learned the hard way. I'll also talk about my favorite hiking …

The Texas Trailhead Episode 1: Starting out on another adventure

December 21st, 2019


Welcome to The Texas Trailhead podcast!  In this first episode I'd like to introduce myself and let you know my mission statement: Share the love of the outdoors, and chat with others who found something special in …

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