Big Oak Loop and Greenway Trail is a 2.6 mile lightly trafficked loop trail located near Spring, Texas that features a river and is good for all skill levels. The trail offers a number of activity options and is best used from October until May. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.

Length2.6 miElevation gain55 ftRoute typeLoop
Dogs on leashkid friendlyFishingHikingMountain bikingBird watchingRunningForestRiverWildlifeMuddy
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The Montgomery County Nature Preserve is an out of the way urban greenbelt park located near the confluence of Panther and Spring Creeks. The trailhead is marked and has a map of trails on the preserve. The Big Oak loop crosses a gated-off maintenance road and winds through forest. The trail intersects or follows this maintenance road at several points. After crossing the maintenance road a second time, take the signed Panther Paw Pass trail for access to Panther Creek. There are white sandy beaches at low water. The Panther Paw Pass Trail will loop back and rejoin the maintenance road a third time, look for MoCo pond across the road at this point. A trail spur loops around the pond which a good place to spot birds. After walking the pond loop, follow the maintenance road back toward the trailhead, but look for the marked Greenway trail spur trail on the right. This trail leads to views of Spring Creek and a series of old gravel pits returning to wetlands to the north. If you choose to cut out the Greenway Trail, the Big Oak Loop with the spurs listed above is just over a mile and can be walked in as little as 30 minutes.

To access, take the Rayford/Sawdust exit on I-45 and travel west on Sawdust to Budde Road. Turn south on Budde and follow until Budde becomes Pruitt Road past the stop sign. After sharp bend in Pruitt, look for Montgomery County Open Space sign on south side of road. If you see the county recycle center you have passed it.

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Emma Yang
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Tom Devilz
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Tom Devilz
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Shawn Andrews
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boring and short

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Dani Moku
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Nice accesses to the creek. It would be a good place to bring the dog.

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Emory Bartolazzi
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A lot of interesting scenery on this route. The terrain gets more fun as you get closer to I 45. I suggest going the whole way.

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GoogleAK95 User
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Great escape to nature yet so close to home.

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Sydney Kerger
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Nice shady escape from the Houston heat, but lots of a paths had overgrown foliage

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Jaken Herman
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Soo Ting Chung
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Spring Creek Greenway Trail is overgrown and markings were confusing. You could get really close to Panther Branch which is pretty neat. Big Oak Loop alone was too short to be enjoyable. Saw plenty of monarch butterflies which was amazing.

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Lesley M.
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My first time hiking here. It was nice, the bridge is still closed and there were some downed trees from recent storms. Looked like some rooting from hogs in certain places too. Trails are mostly marked, couple of places were a little confusing. Overall nice trails.

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Peter Druschke
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Enjoyed sunny, pleasant Mothers Day with family at the preserve. Current low water levels have exposed lots of sand bars along Panther Creek accessed from the Panther Paw Pass spur. Great fun for kids splashing and wading in clear sandy shallows, wildflowers currently in abundance.

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David Torres
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Trail was labeled at the very beginning and about 1/4 mile thru, it brings you back to a gravel road. It repeats this for like 3 or 4 other small trails that all wind back up at the gravel road. May be ideal for hiking and/or ATVs as there were a lot of previous tracks, but definitely not recommended for Mountain Biking, at least for the area I ventured through. 3/5, May 17, 2019.

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FRANK Joyner
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Seen lots of Deer , River Otter’s , Several Bird species , Waterfowl and Up Land so many to mention , Armadillo , Swamp Rabbit , Cat squirrel , Coral Snake , Box Turtle , Snapping Turtle, Softshell Turtle , Catfish , Perch , Minnow’s , Coon tracks , Coyote tracks , Deer tracks , Possum tracks , l”am all most certain there are cat species too ; although I didn’t see no signs of none . “ You have to be a real keen person to see a cat in the wild l mite add .“ This place is nature at its best . Please Help and preserve all you can . God have’s truly blessed this small Area of Harris County and Montgomery County line. So many plants and trees species to mention. I have Scouted this place for so many years . I used to call this place bucks and ducks . Because they were so plentiful .

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Peter Druschke
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The Montgomery County Nature Preserve is an out of the way urban greenbelt park located near the confluence of Panther and Spring Creeks at the Montgomery County/Harris County line. It receives light use since the trailhead is fairly hidden. To access, take the Rayford/Sawdust exit on I-45 and travel west on Sawdust to Budde Road. Turn south on Budde and follow until Budde becomes Pruitt Road past the stop sign. After bend in Pruitt, look for pullout on left. Trailhead is adjacent to sports fields with parking near gated-off dirt access road, if you see the county recycle center you have passed it. The trailhead is marked and has a map of trails on the preserve. The Big Oak loop crosses the access road and winds through a typical forest of loblolly, water oak, and sweetgum with yaupon understory. Trail is well maintained but may be muddy with ankle deep standing water after heavy rains. After rejoining the access road, take the signed Panther Paw Pass trail for access to Panther Creek. There are white sandy beaches at low water, the creek is also very interesting to watch when in flood. Sycamore, willow and river birch become the common trees near the drainage of Panther and Spring Creeks. After rejoining the access road, you will see a clearing across the road and MoCo pond, a trail loops around the pond which a good place to spot birds. After walking the pond loop, follow the access road back toward the trailhead, but look for the marked Greenway trail on the right. This trail can be a bit overgrown with grass, but is otherwise easy to follow and lead to views of Spring Creek to the south, and a series of oxbow lakes and old gravel pits returning to wetlands to the north. There is a mix of meadows, wetlands and regenerating forest here that is great for spotting hawks, egrets, herons and a variety of songbirds. As you travel east traffic noise from I-45 increases. Return to complete the loop when ready, you will likely have the place to yourself. If you choose to cut out the Greenway Trail, the Big Oak Loop with the spurs listed above is just over a mile and can be walked in as little as 30 minutes.

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Morgan Meyer
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Morgan Meyer
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Alla G
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Veronica Brown
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Grace Hardwick
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George McSweeney
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Dakota Raabe
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Melody Manning
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