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 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

birding

hiking

mountain biking

nature trips

trail running

walking

forest

wild flowers

wildlife

Houston Arboretum is a 1.3 mile trail located near Houston, Texas. The trail is primarily used for walking.

trail running
10 days ago

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

hiking
1 month ago

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

1 month ago

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

2 months ago

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

hiking
2 months ago

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
3 months ago

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!!!

4 months ago

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
6 months ago

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
7 months ago

under construction. very busy on MLK day.

8 months ago

Really great place to walk with the kids.

10 months ago

This trail is a nice little surprise tucked away just inside the West Loop near Memorial Park. Very quiet and relaxing walk.

hiking
10 months ago

What a gem! It’s a reprieve from the hustle and bustle; right in the middle of Houston!
There are some considerable upgrades in the works for the center, so much of the trail is closed. But once they are done, it’s going to be so fantastic.
Today was my first time there and it was quite wonderful. I have nothing but great words.
Dogs are allowed.
Brought bug spray, but we didn’t need it.

walking
Sunday, July 30, 2017

Great trail, at least the parts that were open. Part of the trail was closed due to construction. The portion that was open was great though.

Monday, May 22, 2017

no words can explain. rainy morning made it an even better experience.

Tuesday, April 25, 2017

Great nature trail right inside the city which makes you forget where you are. Lots of flora to enjoy. Outer loop is almost 2.5 mi. If you take time to enjoy some of the extra alternate side trails, which are nice.

hiking
Tuesday, October 18, 2016

Very Dog friendly, and family oriented environment. Trails add up to about 5 miles.

Monday, October 03, 2016

Easy walk, beautiful scenery.

Tuesday, July 12, 2016

absolutely love it!!! You see wildlife and my kids love that about this place.

Saturday, July 02, 2016

Beautiful

hiking
Saturday, June 25, 2016

The park has very nice scenery and lots of shade. It also has great trails that get out of the busy city. The only down side is you can hear highway traffic in some areas of the pathway. But still so worth going. I will be going back.

hiking
Sunday, November 29, 2015

Houston Arboretum is closed to mountain bikes. For an off road ride nearby, the adjacent Memorial Park serves that well. For a non-technical ride, there is also the outer loop trail on the other side of Memorial Drive from the Arboretum.

walking
Saturday, November 28, 2015

Nice easy trail. Has some short trails off the outer loop that add to the walking. Very pretty. The center's building was closed for the Thanksgiving holidays. Bathrooms accessible from the outside. Pretty walk.

hiking
Wednesday, October 14, 2015

Hiking in the city.

walking
Wednesday, June 24, 2015

The Houston Arboretum trails are Beautiful but I'd like to explore more fully next time, and on a bike. This is maybe my favorite area in Houston.

walking
Monday, May 19, 2014

Great place to spend afternoon with kids while learning about nature.

mountain biking
Saturday, September 07, 2013

If you are into a smooth ride watching the scenic woods. This is a great riding place. No tough trails just a nice ride through the woods.

hiking
Friday, January 11, 2013

While there is usually a bit of activity near the front of the Houston Arboretum, the outer loop trail can be surprisingly serene and hilly for the Houston landscape. It's a great place to go if you want to forget you're in a large metropolitan area for a while.

hiking
Friday, January 11, 2013

The Houston Arboretum is a fantastic place to retreat from the city without leaving it. Plenty of people bring their dogs and kids and enjoy exploring the native plants the Arboretum cultivates, but it usually doesn't feel too congested. Within the inner loop trail is an agility/low ropes course targeted for youth and several board walks where you're almost guaranteed to find fish and turtles. I've also seen armadillos and opossums while walking.

Unfortunately during the drought of 2011, the Arboretum has suffered, but supporting this nonprofit and community resource is important in times like this especially, so don't let it stop you from visiting and taking a few minutes to check out the visitor center and all of the courses and activities they offer.

hiking
Sunday, July 22, 2012

Pretty cool trail, my daughters liked all the little bridges and it was nice to have the well defined trails. There was a lot of construction when we went and some trails were closed off on 7/12 but didn't detract from all the other sites.

walking
Friday, August 13, 2010

Good, open, ADA paved and unpaved trails. Has nature center with activities going on throughout the year. Really good escape in Hermann Park.

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