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Mercer Arboretum and Botanic Gardens Trail

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Mercer Paril Park

Mercer Arboretum and Botanic Gardens Trail is a 1.2 mile lightly trafficked loop trail located near Humble, Texas that features a river 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: 1.2 miles Elevation Gain: 13 feet Route Type: Loop

dogs on leash

wheelchair friendly

kid friendly

stroller friendly


nature trips


bird watching



partially paved



wild flowers




300 acres divided into multiple loops. All of them are flat and graveled. Pets are not allowed on the garden side of this trail.

1 month ago

Kid-friendly and very walkable! Lots to see, nice, paved paths, stroller friendly!

2 months ago

beautiful park

4 months ago

this is a great trail for families with kids. lots to see and do. all trails are well marked and most paved. it's a popular place so expect to see lots of people.

6 months ago

Beautiful Garden, 1 hour of easy walk. very suitable for kids.

Very nice. Under renovation but a beautiful property. Peaceful and serene.

Wed Nov 21 2018

I was extremely disappointed, most of the trail was blocked off and closed so all I could do is a short hike around the common area. the more Scenic parts of the park were inaccessible

Sat Apr 28 2018

They paved the main trail. Ruined the whole place with that crap. Never coming back to my once favorite running trails. No longer trails btw when you pave them. What a huge let down.

Fri Oct 27 2017

I love love love these trails!! I run here everyday and have been so down since they have been closed due to flooding. It’s a very pretty short trail of around 2.5-3 miles. Depending on how many loops you turn. It’s so wooded it’s stays a decent temp in the hotter months. This is a great place for running and nice Walks.

Sat Jun 10 2017

Botanical Garden was great, however, the trails are closed on the Garden side. The Arboretum trails are still open and made for a nice hike!

Mon Aug 08 2016

went to do the 13.3ish mile one could not find start and does not loop to my knowledge will go back agian great trail

Sun Jan 26 2014

The first comment is correct. Lovely gardens to east, good hiking to the west. I like that there are bathrooms. Bring your own bugspray and tp. Great for family picnics. No dogs on east side. Enjoy!!!

Tue Aug 17 2010

This, to me, is the star of the FM 1960 area. It was my favorite place to go when I lived in that side of town. The park's 300 acres is divided by Aldine Westfield Road into an east side and a west side. The west side is significantly larger than the east side and is greatly different in tone. It has a road that will take you all the way past it on the side to the end, where there is ample parking and spaces for family events. There you'll find benches, barbecue grills, a playground for small children, and a covered area with some benches for outdoor celebrations. Also from there, you can enter the western end of the trails. The west side of Mercer Arboretum is generally uncultivated. It's mainly woodland with a long, looping trail divided up into smaller loops as you go along. Cypress Creek runs along the northern border of the arboretum and there's a very nice, quiet little spot called "The Overlook", which, as the name suggests, has a small bench from which you can view the creek. In some parts of the year, at certain spots along the westernmost side, some muscadine trees will be dropping their fruits and I've occasionally popped a few as I've walked. The trails are quiet and easy. They are kept well and obvious and you are requested to not leave the trail. Every time the trail forks, you'll find a sign with a large map, showing you where you are. Once you get to the road, you can continue under it to the other side if you wish. However, right there at the road is a canoe launch. You need a reservation, but you can launch your canoe from there and ride it down to Jesse H. Jones Park in Humble (or further, but I didn't go that far). If you make it a slow trip, it'll give you a good few hours. Unfortunately, you'll often find litter dropped from the road in the creek near the launch. It is cleaned occasionally, but you'll have to watch out for this until you're well past the road. Also, right at the launch, a large drainage pipe juts out and it's not that welcoming when you look at the water right below it. Once you're going down the creek, it gets better, but just watch out at the launch. I suggest you pick a day or two after a good rain to make sure you get a good water level for a smooth ride. Nonetheless, the trip from park to park is surprisingly beautiful at times. The east side of the park contains the most cultivation. As you walk in, you are greeted by a fountain over a small koi pond in front of you as you walk past the flowers. To the right of that you'll see the visitor's center. It has some nice air conditioning if you need a quick break from the heat, clean bathrooms, friendly and knowledgeable staff, pamphlets galore, and a water fountain with decent tasting water that comes out refreshingly cold. However, you won't want to spend much time in there. Back outside, there is a large area of trails through the various gardens. Get there on the weekend and you're likely to find photographers and brides-to-be filming here and there. You'll find, along with many impressive types of plants, flowering and otherwise, plenty of smaller wildlife there, particularly insects and birds. As you can imagine, you'll see many types of bees. If this is a concern for you, then it's best if you go in the fall or winter. A favorite spot for many visitors is a hill upon which are two benches on either side. They give a beautiful view and are nice, shady areas to rest. If you continue east past the gardens, you'll enter more woodland. This side is a bit swampier than the west side, so mosquito repellent is a necessity. Once you pass the bamboo area, the remaining part seems much more wild than the rest of the park, though again, the trails are clear and easy and kept from overgrowing. Also on the east side, as you drive into the parking lot, there's a small, but decent library. They often have some books for sale for 50 cents to a dollar up at front (they use the honor system and you drop the money in a box). In all, Mercer Arboretum is a beautiful and relaxing place. There's no challenge to it, so don't expect that, however it's definitely worth a trip. Maybe several. Here is their website:

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