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Houston Arboretum and Nature Center Outer Loop Trail

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Memorial Park

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

1 day ago

This is a city-owned park in which you have to pay for parking except on Thursday. The hike is on the Outer Loop Trail consisting of a dirt service road except for when it reaches near the parking lots. There are several other Trails intersecting it and it's a bit confusing at times and not clear directions. Plenty of shade along the walk with natural features and ponds. Water level is low in the large pond but you can still see plenty of turtles and fish. It's a nice nature trail but the sound of the freeway on the west side is overwhelming and disrupts the serenity of the trail, however we would do the walk again.

Very nice overall. Free parking on Thursdays. The coordinates to park are not the best place to park for the outer trail if it’s your first time. The 610 loop plot has better signs to get on the trail

mountain biking
28 days ago

This isn’t the actual trail, so ignore the purple trail thing. It was a good ride down memorial drive and into memorial park before going along a bike path for a little while. Not a scenic route, but sidewalks and the bike path were not bad.

hiking
scramble
1 month ago

This is not a well marked trail. Even the maps they hand out are confusing for first time trail comers.

hiking
muddy
1 month ago

Nice trail for middle of Houston, part of trail is a dirt road for service vehicles. Better than walking the sidewalks

hiking
muddy
scramble
2 months ago

walking
2 months ago

Part of the trail by the information center is under construction so finding the trail was a little tough starting from there, but we figured it out. Enjoy having this slice of serenity in the middle of the city.

hiking
3 months ago

Wide, well-marked, flat and easy loop trail around the arboretum area. Passes through numerous habitats including forest, prairie, savanna, and bayou. You have to pay to park unless you come on a Thursday, when parking is free. Very popular due to location, and highway noise from nearby I-610 is ever-present. Overall, a nice suburban hike.

hiking
muddy
3 months ago

hiking
4 months 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
8 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
9 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
9 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
10 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
11 months ago

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

hiking
11 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...

Sun Feb 24 2019

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
Sat Jan 05 2019

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.

Sun Dec 30 2018

Great for kids, shady and well maintained.

hiking
Mon Oct 29 2018

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

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