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Buffalo Bayou Loop is a 4.8 mile heavily trafficked loop trail located near Houston, Texas that features a river and is rated as moderate. The trail offers a number of activity options and is accessible year-round. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.

Length 4.8 mi Elevation gain 206 ft Route type Loop

Dogs on leash

Kid friendly

Hiking

Mountain biking

Nature trips

Road biking

Walking

Bird watching

Partially paved

River

Views

No shade

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Also known as the Sandy Reed Memorial Trail, the trail is found on both sides of the bayou's banks. There are several pedestrian bridges that connect the paths. For more information, see the Buffalo Bayou Park page here: https://buffalobayou.org/visit/destination/buffalo-bayou-park/ Note: Due to ongoing construction, sections of the trail are currently closed. The following trails are closed to the public: Lower asphalt trail west of Jackson Hill Bridge (closed behind Lost Lake), lower asphalt trail behind Beth Yeshurun Cemetery, lower asphalt trail behind Lost Lake, Sesquicentennial Park (southside) at Smith Street to Milam Street. Please avoid use of these trails for your safety.

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Reviews (304)
Photos (166)
Recordings (328)
Completed (439)
Daniel Molina
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HikingClosedOff trailScramble

Great trail for inner city views. My wife and I went late in the afternoon (6:30pm) and found parking towards the southwest end of the park. It was our first time and loved how the park had two separate trails. One for biking the other for walking. Was a bit upset much of the walking trail was closed due to construction. Park had many signs encouraging people to keep their distance and majority of the people did maintain their distance regarding COVID-19. Overall, great experience and can’t wait to go back when all the construction is completed!

Rauch E
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Road biking

Fun laps on the bike

Kelli Steffy
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Hiking

There’s a lot of construction going on in the area so we could not take the trail all the way to Shepard

Juliana Claussen
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WalkingGreat!

I really love this loop. I actually start from Memorial Park, walk towards downtown through the bayou and love every bit of it. Once I reach the Aquarium I turn back to Memorial Park. All in it is 10 to 12 miles depending start/stop point. There is some construction here and there but that is because they are expanding. Most of the trail is along side the bayou with tons of areas to rest and enjoy the outside. Most of it is paved but with some off shoots for walkers only that is on dirt. Go and enjoy this gem in the heart of town.

Jade King
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Hiking

Great for biking with a drag along for kids. Lots of ups and downs in altitude but a very scenic and cool route!

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Kari Roundy
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Hiking

From home, take right to Sabine, back to shepherd and to foyer- 5.2 miles!!!

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Evan K.
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Hiking

Great trail inside the city. Some areas still being repaired. 'Kinder' trail for walking is a must due to heavy bike traffic.

Fawaz Shittu
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Hiking

Some pretty views

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Veronica Ordaz
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Hiking

it's a good trail for hiking running or biking. a lot of dog walkers

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Maite Castillo
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Hiking

Part of the trail is closed due construction. We liked it very much

Shane Rankin
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heidy bosch
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Road biking

Spectacular at night, you can see downtown lights, pretty cool!!

Amy Zemaitisa
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Julian Sepulveda
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Walking

Just under 5 miles, the trail offers great views of downtown Houston, local wildlife, and a few restaurants/bars nearby. Downtown is also accessible through the trail. The downside is that there are no public restrooms.

Cathy Freeman
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Road biking

Great trail to bike lots of hills and scenery

David Henry
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Hiking

Good for a run/bike and not far from downtown Houston. There are a few bridges you can cross over on to make it as short or as long as you’d like. I don’t think they have enough areas for restroom/water. Once you get past Sabine there’s really nothing for about two miles when it comes to facilities.

Jay Ross
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Hiking

Great trail!

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Mike Heine
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Hiking

Nice trail just outside of Downtown Houston. Entire trail is paved and moderately traveled by bikers, runners, dog walkers and hikers. Great views of Houston’s skyline.

Michael L
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Walking

Great walking trails with many options.

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Null Null
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Mountain biking

Not a trail but it’s nice.

Carl Perry
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This is a great path to ride a bike or run. I wouldn't call this a hike. It's very well maintained, so even a road bike is very smooth. very family friendly.

Kevin P
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Running

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 :)

Donci Hart
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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.

John Seigle
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Walking

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

Nathaniel Carter
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Running

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.

Kelly Harlan
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I used to walk this trail when my kids were really little. Double jogger and two working dogs in tow, once you committed you were in it for the long haul. Yesterday was the first time I’ve taken to the trail in about 7-8 years. I loved it! All the work that has been done to the park is awesome. The lighting, cameras, bridges, extra parking, all makes it even better than it was before. Can’t wait to return again soon!

Victor Galaviz
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Super nice bike trail. Lots of cool down areas.

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