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nice crisp walk.

The hiking is so serene! Great views, uncrowded, very peaceful. The elevation gain is about 300 ft, and it makes for a good workout. The trails are decently marked. The staff is friendly. Also, its dog friendly (on leash).

3 days ago

I really enjoyed the hike overall and will definitely be back. Beautiful area, super quiet and remote. One of the really cool things about this place is the way multiple trails intersect often so you can sort of make your own route. There are about 75 miles of trails here (not including the unmapped trails you find along the way) so you have almost unlimited route possibilities!

The only reason I didn’t rate it higher is that the trail conditions were not great. There were some muddy patches—nothing I wasn’t expecting considering how much rain north Texas has received this fall—but the real problem was the way the surface was so uneven due to horse traffic. It was awful in many places and hard to navigate. I’ve been on mixed is trails before and have never seen anything like this. I’m sure it wouldn’t have been as bad if the ground wasn’t so soft. I left wondering if the Forest Service would usually have tried to alleviate that somewhat if they weren’t furloughed ...

Looking forward to a return trip!

PS: “Pro Tip” ... after your hike, go eat burgers at nearby Greenwood Grocery. A true country store with fantastic food and an atmosphere like Luckenbach back before everyone knew where it was.

Sunday brisk walk and the start of a fresh new year. Super easy trail. No need for hiking boots, running shoes are better for this trail. There are a lot of bikers on this trail. So be prepared to move “on you left”.

This is not a hiking trail, it’s a road and equestrian trail hence the horse manure. There’s no tranquility or trail guidance. Not intended for hiking or running.

Bring money for entrance fee. $5 per person unless your under 12 or a Disabled Veteran. Map provided. Purple section of the trail was closed off which was only 5% of the trail and alternative was optional. Found multiple coins on the trail with my detector.

15 days ago

Great trail with great views! The trail is marked very well so it is very easy to stay on track. Will definitely be visiting again soon!

trail running
16 days ago

It's Houston so rule out hiking....but as far as trails go, this is one of the better loops in the city. Great views of downtown, skate park (with food trucks), dog park, volleyball courts, and even a fancy brunch restaurant - so it should appeal to just about everyone :)

Portions of the arboretum are currently under construction, but many of the trails are accessible and make for a beautiful and easy walk/hike in nature.

My children and I enjoyed the walk, with views of the skyscrapers which we joked about being our urban mountains. Great number of herons and egrets, fun people watching, dog park, graffiti, sculptures, trees to climb, and an amazing skatepark. Thoughtfully planned areas for families.

This trail is peaceful and pretty, not much traffic. Enjoyed a cold morning hike with friends

Great for kids, shady and well maintained.

22 days ago

The trail was a little annoying to walk due to the horse tracks and mud. Not much scenery along most of the trail, especially when it ran parallel to the road.

23 days ago

I had the trail to myself on a December day. There are nice lake views. Going clockwise, the back half was quite slick despite no rain for several days. The mud stuck to my boots like no other.

27 days ago

So great and safe so close to the heart of the city

29 days ago

Nice views of the lake. Good distance, easy hiking. However, it's a VERY confusing trail of zigs and zags.

29 days ago

Great trail even though the whole terrain is fire damaged.

1 month ago

Great trail except it was very muddy. It had rained a couple days prior so make sure to go when it's dry.

1 month ago

Very challenging for me as a beginner. Lots of elevation changes, tree roots some mud. Beautiful wooded area.

Nice trail & well maintained. It was easy to follow. We will definitely be back.

1 month ago

Excellent trail, very well marked. We never saw another soul... had the hole thing to ourselves. Amazing foliage for North Texas in late fall.

2 months ago

Pretty wooded trail. Occasionally we saw dumping sites of trash.. several old barbecue grills, and other things. Trail not marked. Every so often the path will break off with several path options, unsure which one to take each time. After awhile it’s easy to get lost. But we enjoyed the trees.

The Youpon Trail was full of horse hoof ruts and mud in many of the low lying areas. We paralleled several highways and roads. The auto and truck traffic was loud. Scenery was ok. Partly sunny and partly shady. We started at the trailhead near the visitor’s center and since several trails near the river were closed, we returned via Coyote Trail.

I love this trail. You depend a lot on the weather though. The scenery is beautiful and the trails are in very good shape.

2 months ago

It was a great moderate trail! Not very many animals, terrain varied somewhat! There were bathrooms along the trail and several picnic tables! The only downside was that it was not very well marked however, the app really helped!

Cool place with great views. Main trails are very wide and easy, but there are spots where the trail crosses wide swaths of granite where the trail isn't well marked. Due to recent flooding, we were unable to hike one segment of the loop, and had to take a trail through a canyon. This trail was quite rocky and rough.

Made it about halfway down (very muddy) trail when it dead ended into water. Trail was okay, nothing particularly interesting other than some short side trails. Bugs weren't terrible, but it was in the low 60s. It wasn't bad, but nothing worth coming back to.

Nice trail to walk-jog / went on prob the perfect time. 60 degrees and cooler in the trails / took my 8 yo and unplugged for about an hour

trail running
2 months ago

Every time I come to Houston, I have to get a long run in here. Great atmosphere with lots of trees and views of the water. It is a favorite for joggers especially at night, given the hot Houston days. Night runs are safer on the western and central portions of the trail.

This in my opinion is the best trail in the Houston area!

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