Mercer Arboretum Loop

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Mercer Arboretum Loop is a 2.4 mile moderately trafficked loop trail located near Houston, Texas that features a lake and is good for all skill levels. The trail offers a number of activity options and is best used from September until June. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.

Distance: 2.4 miles Elevation Gain: 32 feet Route Type: Loop

dogs on leash

kid friendly

hiking

nature trips

walking

bird watching

running

forest

lake

river

wildlife

bugs

The Mercer Arboretum loop starts in the Mercer Peril park across the Aldine-Westfield Road from Mercer Botanical Gardens. Parking is available on the east or west side of the park, and the loop can be easily accessed from either end. The trail forms a series of lazy loops through the woods adjacent to Cypress Creek. The path is level and well maintained, and well shaded beneath a forest of water oak, loblolly pine, sweet gum and yaupon brush. Two memorable spots on the loop are the oxbow lake near the east side of the loop, which is surrounded by bald cypress trees. Further west, the trail takes you on a boardwalk through a lovely hickory swamp where you can spot frogs and water snakes amid the water plants. With all the water features and brush, the woods can be buggy at times, bring your repellant. Easily combined with a tour of the botanical gardens for a full day escape.For those looking for a hike in a natural setting vs. a manicured botanical garden, visit the Arboretum loop.

closed
2 days ago

Bikes are not allowed on the trails. Stop riding your bikes on the trails. The trail that leads to the Lilly pond and primitive loop was blocked off. I don’t know if it’s closed for repairs or if it was never opened. I like the Hickory Bog loop. Very peaceful and beautiful.

hiking
4 days ago

Great natural park to explore! With bogs, turtles, squirrels, even saw a deer. Also some good geocaches if you’re into that.

running
8 days ago

Fun pretty run with my 14 year old

running
no shade
2 months ago

hiking
5 months ago

I LOVE this trail! So peaceful.

hiking
rocky
6 months ago

Nice wide paved and unpaved sections. Three large playgrounds. Maps and water fountains at every turning point. Creek was unimpressive with stagnant water. Lots of different kinds of trees. We really like this park. We will be back. Even though it’s so far from us.

mountain biking
8 months ago

Hidden gem! Some trails are still under construction but it’s super fun! Not a single other MTB rider was on the trail. There was a berm, gap jumps, regular jumps, and a big drop! Definitely going back soon! 5/5

mountain biking
blowdown
bugs
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9 months ago

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Tue Oct 30 2018

Unexpected gem! Go here!

hiking
Wed Aug 29 2018

The Mercer Arboretum loop starts in the Mercer Peril park across the Aldine-Westfield Road from Mercer Botanical Gardens. Parking is available on the east or west side of the park, and the loop can be easily accessed from either end. The trail forms a series of lazy loops through the woods adjacent to Cypress Creek. The path is level and well maintained, and well shaded beneath a forest of water oak, loblolly pine, sweet gum and yaupon brush. Two memorable spots on the loop are the oxbow lake near the east side of the loop, which is surrounded by bald cypress trees. Further west, the trail takes you on a boardwalk through a lovely hickory swamp where you can spot frogs and water snakes amid the water plants. With all the water features and brush, the woods can be buggy at times, bring your repellant. Easily combined with a tour of the botanical gardens for a full day escape. I have seen reviews describing the arboretum loop when discussing the botanical gardens trail, which is listed separately. I have updated the trail description here with the track for the arboretum side to avoid confusion for newcomers. For those looking for a hike in a natural setting vs. a manicured botanical garden, visit the Arboretum loop.

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