Houston Arboretum and Nature Center Outer Loop Trail

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Houston Arboretum and Nature Center Outer Loop Trail is a 2.1 mile heavily trafficked loop trail located near Houston, Texas that features beautiful wild flowers and is good for all skill levels. 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: 2.1 miles Elevation Gain: 16 feet Route Type: Loop

dogs on leash

wheelchair friendly

kid friendly

stroller friendly

hiking

nature trips

walking

bird watching

running

forest

paved

wild flowers

wildlife

hiking
9 days ago

Comprised of multiple trails of varying lengths, with many trails in heavily wooded, shaded areas. The half mile loop around a ravine (the Ravine trail, duh) was especially scenic and had some up and down hill slopes to it. There is traffic noise in places but I soon tuned it out as white noise. A nice hidden gem considering it is only a few miles from downtown. I logged four miles by hiking different trails, including the Ravine Loop twice.

Nice gravel trails. Fun for kids, lots of butterflies!

hiking
3 months ago

Easy trail. Mix of paved path, gravel and boardwalk. Many trails within the Park, all very well marked. You will see a variety of trees and shrubs, animals, birds and butterflies. Avoid the trails during mid-day to early evening in summer as it can be really hot and humid. Bring insect repellent.

hiking
5 months ago

155 acre park showcasing 4 indigenous ecosystems (prairie, savanna, woodland, wetland) thru 5 miles of trails. Colorful wildflowers on the prairies and cooling canopies on the creekside woodlands. Plenty of boardwalks, benches, and bridges. The Nature Center offers interactive activities. Two access points: from Memorial Dr. or I-610 to 4501 Woodway Dr, Houston, TX 77024.

hiking
5 months ago

the amount of flowers here we're unbelievable, this park is absolutely gorgeous! trails are easy, I had a little bit of a hard time following the map to the trails though everything is looped together so I wasnt worried about losing my way

hiking
5 months ago

Nice trail right in the middle of the city!

Beautiful gem! Nice getaway. The ravine trail is great and see the possibilities as the foliage grows in. Great trail hike if added to the outer trail.

Beautiful place. Busy but beautiful. The flowers are just lovely. A sensory garden that is precious. You gotta hang out here and just wonder around for a couple of hours.

The rebuilt Ravine Trail opened this morning and it is beautiful! It’s also a great little workout with some dips and climbs up and down through the ravine. Love it!

hiking
7 months ago

A nice easy walk to get a bit of a nature fix in the city!

hiking
7 months ago

I have come to love this trail by my house. I haven’t been in years and recently rediscovered it. Under construction for the first few hikes but still a great outdoor experience. So many beautiful sightings along the trails. Turtles sunbathing, birds, wildflowers and best thing is I can take my furry best friend. I will continue to go and support the Arboretum as it’s nice and peaceful out there. Seems like we are not in the city...I love that.

Great easy trails within the city of Houston. While it is “easy”, many of the smaller, inner trails are covered in mulch which provides a fairly decent workout on the legs. One of my favorite places for some exercise in nature near my house.

Take a walk. Clear your mind. Trail improvements in final phases. Appreciate. The arboretum has given a beautiful nod to the integrity of nature in the city...

8 months ago

A beautiful place with clean restrooms. Easy walk but you will need bug spray during the warm months.

Great trail right in the heart of Houston. A good reminder that even though Houston isn’t the prime destination for hiking, there are a lot of great little gems right in our backyard. Easy hike and great one to bring a dog along with.

hiking
10 months ago

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.

10 months ago

Great for kids, shady and well maintained.

hiking
Mon Oct 29 2018

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

running
Fri Aug 10 2018

Nice shaded trail even in the Houston summer heat, I was able to stay cool.

hiking
Sun Jul 15 2018

It was very good even though it’s summer & it was a bit hot

Wed Jul 11 2018

we enjoy family "hikes" here a few times per year. great for young kids.

Wed Jun 13 2018

husband and i enjoy it for a nice walk with our fur babies.

hiking
Fri Jun 01 2018

I hiked around the trails with a hydration pack and some snacks and hiking essentials. They were beautiful! Full of life and nature! The trees provide shade even in 98 degree weather, it was cool. I even brought along a fan/mister and didn't event need to use it! In the shade it felt like 75-80 degrees. Around 4 pm- 7 pm, it was pretty much empty. It was super easy! Would def do again! They're still working on phase 2 of the woodway entrance but mostly all the trails open

nature trips
Mon Apr 23 2018

in the houston arboretum, there are seperate trails (such as coyote trail) and the trees provide just enough cover where the sun filters through perfectly. this is also a great place to take some nature pictures. it is one of my favorite places in houston!!!

Sun Apr 01 2018

Spring hike where there is not a lot to see. The flowers are not blooming and there still is a lot of water standing in the ditches. They are in the middle of revitalizing the area so entrance has moved and the outer loop is not complete. Enter off of West Loop feeder road with new parking area. Much more parking now.

walking
Sun Jan 28 2018

Nice place to walk the dog on a Sunday in January. A lot of downed trees, might be leftover from Harvey. Some of the trails are boardwalk, which was kinda slippery because it had rained the day before. Probably much prettier in the spring/summer.

hiking
Tue Jan 16 2018

under construction. very busy on MLK day.

Sun Nov 26 2017

Really great place to walk with the kids.

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