Explore the most popular nature trips 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.

2 days ago

Great walking trail. Paved walkway and benches along the routes. Clean restroom and trash cans along route.

Sunday brisk walk and the start of a fresh new year. Super easy trail. No need for hiking boots, running shoes are better for this trail. There are a lot of bikers on this trail. So be prepared to move “on you left”.

My daughter, 4 year old grandson and I walked this trail after a rain so there were plenty of puddles and mud. However, we managed to go around most muddy spots without issue. I needed a true nature trail that wasn’t paved and this filled the bill! It’s a mostly easy trail with a few ups and downs and some bumpy rooty areas.

Harvey made this a little more like intermediate. Beautiful with nice view of bayou midway.

Quite nice walk, I loves high pine trees all around. The hike is paved which was really good today after heavy rains (everything else was flooded). There is plenty of playgrounds along the trail so our kids had several rewards. Also plenty of spaces for having picnic or BBQ.

trail running
14 days ago

It's Houston so rule out hiking....but as far as trails go, this is one of the better loops in the city. Great views of downtown, skate park (with food trucks), dog park, volleyball courts, and even a fancy brunch restaurant - so it should appeal to just about everyone :)

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.

My children and I enjoyed the walk, with views of the skyscrapers which we joked about being our urban mountains. Great number of herons and egrets, fun people watching, dog park, graffiti, sculptures, trees to climb, and an amazing skatepark. Thoughtfully planned areas for families.

Great for kids, shady and well maintained.

Very poorly kept, muddy trail. Not even really a trail at the start. We turned around about 100 yards in.

26 days ago

So great and safe so close to the heart of the city

One of our favorites with the playground. Lots of miles and restroom with playground for my small hiking buddy. We have done this both ways from the beltway and from dairy ashford. Lots of changes in senory.

1 month ago

Very challenging for me as a beginner. Lots of elevation changes, tree roots some mud. Beautiful wooded area.

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

trail running
2 months ago

Every time I come to Houston, I have to get a long run in here. Great atmosphere with lots of trees and views of the water. It is a favorite for joggers especially at night, given the hot Houston days. Night runs are safer on the western and central portions of the trail.

Unexpected gem! Go here!

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

trail running
3 months ago

They have a stair way you can jump squat I love the setup I used to come daily perfect distance for joggers

mountain biking
3 months ago

Really muddy, hasn’t been dry in months

trail running
4 months ago

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

The trail is not ideal for road biking as there is a lot of gravel, grass and pine needles on the trail. It is also pretty uneven and bumpy. Even the roads in the park are not ideal for road biking. I ended up riding in circles on the few roads that were decent for about 20 miles, but won’t be back with my road bike. It would have been good for a mountain bike or running.

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.

4 months ago

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

mountain biking
5 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.

I truly felt the burn on this perimeter! I like it.

Great little trail for a quick walk or run. Despite being in the middle of residential and offices, for the most part it feels rural and isolated.
Caution: if your desire is only 2.4 miles, keep track of your position on the map. This loop is part of a much larger trail system and in several places what appears to be the continuation is actually not part of this loop. There is even a short single track dirt interconnect under a road to stay in this loop.
Worth it. Enjoy!

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