With its thriving food scene, museums, live sports and everything else the Houston has to offer, hiking may not be first on a list of activities you associate with the Bayou City. But there are actually plenty of great trails for residents and guests to take on.
These trails, coupled with the advantages of a city that enjoys year-round outdoor weather, can be quite enjoyable for weekend warriors, nature enthusiasts and those just looking to get out and explore the Greater Houston area.
Wherever you trek, you’ll discover plenty of beautiful spots amid Houston’s bayou backdrop. Keep reading for 5 of our favorites.
If you don’t want to stray too far out of town but still want to enjoy some time outdoors, the Houston Arboretum & Nature Center is a great option. Situated in the Memorial Park neighborhood, this underrated spot has a network of trails that covers five miles. The trails are wide, well-maintained and paved or boardwalk-style, which is great for accessibility.
Houston Arboretum Nature Center landscape view.
The longest trail is a 1.76-mile loop around the entire park, but no matter which trail you choose, this is a great place to spot flora and fauna. The conservation area is fun for all ages—there are tons of adult and family programs, from a Sip & Stroll through the park with adult beverages to guided hikes and day camps for kids.
4501 Woodway Drive
Houston, TX 77024-7708
Baytown, only 20 miles east of Houston, is home to the Baytown Nature Center which is situated on a 450-acre peninsula surrounded by Burnet, Crystal and Scott Bays. Noted for its birding, its hardwood uplands, tidal marsh and freshwater wetlands provide a habitat for 317 species of resident and migratory birds. The area also features seven miles of hiking trails perfect for day hikes.