Buffalo Bayou Loop

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Buffalo Bayou Loop is a 4.8 mile moderately 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.

Distance: 4.8 miles Elevation Gain: 206 feet Route Type: Loop

dogs on leash

kid friendly

hiking

mountain biking

nature trips

road biking

walking

bird watching

partially paved

river

views

no shade

hiking
1 month ago

Some pretty views

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

hiking
3 months ago

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

hiking
washed out
4 months ago

road biking
4 months ago

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

hiking
blowdown
muddy
4 months ago

walking
5 months ago

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.

road biking
5 months ago

Great trail to bike lots of hills and scenery

hiking
5 months ago

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.

hiking
9 months ago

Great trail!

hiking
9 months ago

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.

walking
9 months ago

Great walking trails with many options.

mountain biking
11 months ago

Not a trail but it’s nice.

Fri Feb 15 2019

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.

running
Sat Jan 05 2019

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 :)

Wed Jan 02 2019

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.

walking
Tue Dec 25 2018

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

running
Tue Oct 30 2018

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.

Sat Jul 14 2018

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!

Sun Jul 01 2018

Super nice bike trail. Lots of cool down areas.

mountain biking
Mon May 28 2018

Perfect spots to picnic, cool off near fountains when hot, and hills enough to feel like you’ve accomplished something cardio intensive and a little challenging by the time you are finished :)

running
Mon Apr 23 2018

it is still a little chaotic from harvey, but otherwise its fine. great for small children, elders, PT, and leashed/not leashed dogs. i havent gone kayaking yet, but people who are seem quite pleased. the 5ish-mile run is fun and challenging with the wind and hills. apart from the damge from harvey, this trail is great. note: if you have small children, keep them away from the silt piles! rats and who knows what lives in those!!!

hiking
Wed Mar 14 2018

I rate it this high because it is one of the few trails in Houston. Very easy and fun to run...all the time.

hiking
Wed Feb 07 2018

It's tricky to navigate, but once you get it, it's great. Paved path is great. It's hard because it's mostly in the sun. There are restrooms that you can use. They are in the blue lagoon building accessable from the outside in the back. Restrooms were clean.

hiking
Thu May 11 2017

This is an easy trail with lots of room for walkers, runners, bikes, and strollers. There is art, nice scenery, and points of interest along the way for anyone who likes to be outdoors.

Thu Apr 13 2017

I run this loop at least once a week. Easy to run, walk, or bike. There's plenty of places to start or bridges to cross, so it's easy to switch it up and keep from getting bored.

walking
1 day ago

walking
2 days ago

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