Hiking is a great way to enjoy the warm weather and extensive daylight hours of the summer season. The Houston area is rich with amazing landscapes and popular hiking spots just a short distance from your luxury apartment. Keep reading to discover a few of the best hiking opportunities in the Houston area, whether you’re a casual hiker or an experienced trailblazer.
Memorial Park Purple Trail
The Memorial Park Purple Trail is a great beginner’s hike that begins and ends in a paved parking lot with public restrooms for your convenience. Memorial Park is located near the intersection of I-10 and I-610, and the Purple Trail is a 2.5-mile outer loop that encircles four additional trails in the park’s trail system that cross or connect with the Purple Trail if you want to extend your hiking experience. This easy trail takes hikers through local woodland; you can learn more about the local flora at the nearby Houston Arboretum & Nature Center, which hosts its own two-mile hiking trail, the Houston Arboretum Outer Loop.
Lake Houston Wilderness Park North River Trail
Lake Houston is located on the San Jacinto River, just a short drive northeast of the downtown Houston area. Created in 1953, today the Lake Houston reservoir sits inside the 4,786-acre Lake Houston Wilderness Park. The North River Trail is a seven-mile out-and-back trail that hikers can reach via the Peach Creek Loop and the Forest Trail. Along this trail, you’ll walk through the area’s popular pine woods and can even hike all the way down to the river, where the shore is a popular spot for observing local wildlife.
Armand Bayou Trails
Located on 2,500 acres near NASA’s Johnson Space Center is the Armand Bayou. Hikers interested in enjoying one of the area’s last unchanneled bayous can combine the Martyn Trail and the Karankawa Trail for a three-mile hike that includes walking through the deeply wooded areas and along the water’s edge. The Armand Bayou Nature Center, which works to conserve the area’s natural beauty, hosts a variety of programs and events you may want to check out while you’re in the area, including guided canoe trips and pontoon boat adventures.
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