Looking for Houston Hiking Trails? We all know Texas has some amazing hikes. You can explore the mountains in Big Bend or hike the trails in Palo Duro Canyon, but this and many of the other popular trails in our state require a little drive from Houston. Sometimes you just want something closer to your home.
Fortunately, there are still some rewarding, exhilarating hikes for the outdoor enthusiast in and around Houston. Whether you’re looking for waterfall trails or easy hiking trails, you will find something you like in our list.
Best hiking trails in and around Houston
With an area of nearly 1,500 acres, Memorial Park has plenty of space to explore. Hike over 30 miles of hiking trails that meander through the park and sometimes stretch over small streams. Just make sure you know that there are a lot of trails that are shared with mountain bikers.
Brazos Bend State Park
Just 45 minutes from downtown Houston, Brazos Bend State Park takes you from the hustle and bustle of the city to a world where wildlife thrives. With 60 km of hiking trails around the lakes and through the forests, you have many opportunities to explore the ecological crossroads of Brazos Bend. You will likely see a lot of birds feeding in the wetlands and you will almost certainly see some alligators too, so be careful.
Sam Houston National Forest
If you’re looking to take a quick drive outside of Houston to the Huntsville area, the Sam Houston National Forest’s 128-mile Lone Star Hiking Trail offers some great options for outdoor enthusiasts. Part of the trail has even been given the status of a national recreational trail. The trail consists of a few main sections and has several connecting loops. Make sure to check out the Big Creek Scenic Area, where the path is lined with streams and beautiful flowers.
Jones State Forest
WG Jones State Forest is one of the largest functioning urban forests in the country. The forest is surrounded on all sides by Conroe, The Woodlands, and Montgomery Counties without a legal personality. There are easily accessible, cleared trails throughout the forest that are perfect for hiking, biking, and exercising.
Baytown Nature Center
About 20 minutes east of downtown Houston is the Baytown Nature Center. The 450 hectare peninsula offers hiking trails through the forests and wetlands. Plus, hikers can enjoy views of the San Jacinto Monument and Fred Hartman Bridge.
Galveston Island State Park
Would you like to go to the beach for a hike? Galveston Island State Park has some great trails for hiking (and biking). The routes are fairly short and you can get to most of them in a matter of hours. The hiking trails take you over footbridges over ponds and swamps and give you a glimpse of the various wildlife in the area.
Buffalo Bayou hike and bike path
If you’re looking for something a little less rugged, the Buffalo Bayou Trail has a few miles of paved trails for hiking, jogging, or biking. It’s right in the heart of the city and there is plenty of parking.
Armand Bayou Nature Center Trail
At this park on Bay Area Blvd., enjoy more than five miles of well-maintained hiking trails, including the Discovery Loop Boardwalk and Bison Observation Deck. in Pasadena. As you hike, you can spot some of the 370 species that call the Armand Bayou Nature Center home.
Houston Arboretum & Nature Center
The arboretum has a number of hiking trails that allow you to explore nature in the middle of the city. Just last year they opened another new trail that offers more unique views and a pleasant hike. Another thing we love is that some of the trails allow ADA wheelchair access. You can find a complete hiking map here.
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