The Anthills Trail via Blue Jay Trail

MODERATE 112 reviews
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The Anthills Trail via Blue Jay Trail is a 9.2 mile moderately trafficked out and back trail located near Houston, Texas that features a river and is rated as moderate. 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.

9.2 miles
255 feet
Out & Back

dogs on leash

kid friendly


mountain biking

nature trips

trail running





wild flowers

The Anthills is a single track mountain biking route on the south bank of the Buffalo Bayou. It is also used by hikers and walkers. You start on the Blue Jay Trail which eventually connects to the Anthills Trail. The Quail Trail on the northern side of the bank is paved and often used for road biking. You can also find the Quail Trail on AllTrails, starting at Terry Hershey Park.

mountain biking
4 months ago

Been riding these trails for like 30 years. Something for everyone. Can’t get lost...

7 months ago

great trail! well maintained. just watch out for speeding bike riding!

7 months ago

Terry Hershey has a long paved hike & bike trail. The anthills are actually the unpaved portions down lower next to the river I believe. It is a nice but heavily trafficked trail inside of Houston.

road biking
8 months ago

Great trail! The 3 stars are for how terrible the security is. Our car window was broken into at the parking lot to steal a bag (that didn’t have anything in it by the way) because we knew that cars got broken into all the time.

8 months ago

Great trail

11 months ago

mountain biking
11 months ago

Wonderful, long, well maintained, mostly blacktop trail system. Interesting stops along the way. all skill levels can appreciate what it has to offer. The "anthills" are just enough to keep it interesting and a bit challenging to maintain revolutions and momentum. Wonderful gem in the middle of H-town.a

mountain biking
11 months ago

my go too trail for my regular rides.

mountain biking
Tuesday, December 05, 2017

Enjoyed the peace and quiet, scenery was cool can’t wait to take the road bike out on it’s that smooth.

mountain biking
Monday, October 30, 2017

One if the better places to go in Houston.

Monday, October 23, 2017

very nice place to ride

mountain biking
Tuesday, July 18, 2017

Great Trails for essentially being in a city with no elevation. The trail builders did an excellent job taking advantage of every little but of elevation change and there is now a small pump track and dirt jumps at the east end of the trails.

Tuesday, June 27, 2017

Great for when my other off road trails are washed out. It's scenic and winding so it's difficult to get bored. Please leave valuables are anything really, at home. Come with an empty car. I've had my car broken into before and so have several others.

Monday, June 12, 2017

Great trail once a couple other riders showed me where the entrance was. Being that it was my first time out there I really enjoyed it. All the trails I have hit this weekend in town are great. The only reason it's not five stars is really the lack of posted signs to tell you where you are or give you and idea.

Saturday, June 03, 2017

Great trail, good distance

Tuesday, May 30, 2017

The trails are awesome. There is a huge problem. The parking lot the direction take you to is a hot spot for breakins. How do I know it? My jeep was broken into today. They popped out the lock from the outside and caused damage to the door. My wife's purse was stolen which was hidden so they had to be watching us when we pulled up. The police explained to us happens frequently. Unfortunately, the trails were technical with jumps and burns. You pick up the dirt trails to the left about a half a mile down across Eldridge. I would go back had this not happened. Can't say I will now. Might find a different parking area.

Monday, March 20, 2017

great family hiking!

Tuesday, March 14, 2017

Long path... Connects with George Bush Park... absolutely love it.

mountain biking
Friday, November 04, 2016

Enjoyable single track. Fun ride with friends.

Friday, October 21, 2016


Saturday, August 27, 2016

Nice open areas to picnic and relax. Very dog friendly.

Saturday, August 20, 2016

Directions incorrect; actually park at s briar forest and dairy ash ford

mountain biking
Friday, August 12, 2016

Awesome, highly recommend. Medium paced, moderate terrain and really fun

mountain biking
Sunday, July 24, 2016

It was fun and challenging going uphill

Sunday, March 20, 2016

It was good but watch out for bikers!

Wednesday, December 30, 2015

It stinks...literally. There is a water treatment facility near the beltway 8 area. The area near Wilcrest is nice though. Better to drive 2 hours to Austin.

mountain biking
Sunday, November 01, 2015

I ride it all the time it's the best!

mountain biking
Monday, August 31, 2015

Great trail but not much for mountain bikers. There's a dirt path that runs parallel to the main one which was fun, but I found the trail pretty packed with people and quite easy.

Saturday, August 15, 2015

Great trail. East side is much more hilly and shaded than the west. Lots of bikers as this is a paved trail.

Wednesday, June 10, 2015

Flooded, good trail once dry though

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