Explore the most popular forest trails near Houston with hand-curated trail maps and driving directions as well as detailed reviews and photos from hikers, campers and nature lovers like you.

I love this trail. You depend a lot on the weather though. The scenery is beautiful and the trails are in very good shape.

Unexpected gem! Go here!

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

Easy paved road for bike ride. There are lots trails in the forest!

as far as I could tell once I arrived it was only for dirt bikes and I couldn't tell how it could be an 11.1 mile trail. waste of gas after driving from the other side of Houston

trail running
2 months ago

Awesome 11mile Long Run on this trail, felt great.

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.

2 months ago

My hubby and I enjoyed how this trail seemed so far from everything and offered actual hiking. Beautiful trail!

Flat and Sandy but with plenty of fun features

mountain biking
2 months ago

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

Beautiful bridges and lovely nature ! Trail is well paved too

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

walking
3 months ago

I really like this trail!

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

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

The trail itself is as boring as could be - a long, straight, flat, 10 foot wide length of asphalt. But this path is essentially a safe, comfortable causeway through a swamp that is teeming with life and threatening wildness. During the last hours of the day, after the sun goes behind the trees and the forest starts to come alive, it was a magical and beautiful place that completely distracted me from the path.

I tried to take the off-asphalt section of the path which angles off to the northeast but it became impossibly muddy so I turned back after 3/4 of a mile.

Note that I was hiking a week after some significant, though not flooding, rains. Your experience may be very different during an extended dry spell.

Great place to run in Houston area. We ran the purple and yellow trails and enjoyed them both (very similar). Fewer people on these trails than the paved trails out along the road. So many on the paved trail Saturday morning we wondered if there was an organized event going on:). Mid June at 8 am was humid and warm, but a steady breeze helped. Trails are wet in some areas, depending on recent rain.

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

walking
5 months ago

Nice walking trail and also good for people to ride bikes through park.

I hiked all of the trails. Started around 10 ish, took me a while to adjust to the map and the markers since I'm relatively new to this. The trail are moderate as it says except for the purple trail. The purple trail is easier but less shadier. I wore a cap, white long sleeves, face shield, camel Bak with essentials inside as well as sunblock. Bugs weren't a huge problem even though I had bug repellent on. Everyone who passed me by wore shorts and a tank top pretty much, but I like to avoid getting cancer and to be safe rather than sorry in this 100 degree weather. Although the entire experience is scenic in itself, there aren't really any flowers during this time unless you west of the map where the purple trail leads there are some wild flowers and sunflowers that'll lead you to the running trail center. There will be mountain bikers and if you hear some yelling, usually something on the lines of "biker, rider, some mumble jumble from a distance" etc, then you just move aside andet them pass. If you plan on doing a similar hike like mine I'd carry a hydration back pack with some snacks. Great trail! Oh yeah the trails are pretty dry now being that it's summer.

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

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

it really does feel like you're in the woods. lots of winding trails. great for birdwatching. be sure to wear mosquito repellent during morning and evening. my dogs enjoy it too.

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.

There were some difficult ups and downs. But, me and my granddaughter are getting good at it. We entered the trail from behind the soccer field. Start of the trail is not where it says it is.

road biking
6 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.

Great track, beautiful nature and divers.

hiking
6 months ago

Love this trail for a hike with my fur baby. However, the AllTrails map is a little off. If you follow AllTrails map, you actually pick up some of the orange, red, and blue trails near the end. If you follow the park’s markers for the purple trail, the trail is about 1.5 miles. There are some good hills along this trail so a pretty good workout.

nature trips
6 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!!!

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