Covering almost 9,000 square miles, the metropolitan Houston area is one of the country’s largest cities. It includes over 45,000 acres of parkland. With abundant green space to enjoy, residents and visitors of Houston can explore an array of walking trails throughout the city. These paths are a great way to commune with nature and take in the outdoors without ever leaving the city. For those looking for some of Houston’s scenic walking trails, here are a few worth trying:
George Bush Park
Located just west of downtown Houston, George Bush Park encompasses 7,800 acres around Barker Reservoir. Filled with playgrounds, sports fields, and walking trails, George Bush Park has been utilized as park space since the mid-1940s. With lots of paved trails located around the park, visitors can walk, bike, or jog along 22 miles of pathways that meander around wooded areas and bayous.
Buffalo Bayou Park
With over 160 acres along the western side of downtown Houston, Buffalo Bayou Park is well situated near the hustle and bustle of Houston’s city center. It’s located along the banks of the well-known Buffalo Bayou. This park allows visitors to explore the beauty and serenity of this natural waterway. Additionally, there’s a series of trails around the park with a 10-foot wide paved path. So, joggers, cyclists, and walkers can all enjoy the sights along the way.
Houston Arboretum and Nature Center
And finally, made up of 155 acres, the Houston Arboretum and Nature Center sits along the western edge of Memorial Park. With plenty of green space to enjoy, the Houston Arboretum and Nature Center features numerous trails that include water features, manicured gardens, and wildlife. Trails have varying lengths and include the easily accessible Alice Brown Loop near the Nature Center. Also noteworthy is the more rustic and adventurous Coggie Pearson Trail.Back to all posts