Best river trails in Houston, Texas

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Explore the most popular river 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.
Map of river trails in Houston, Texas
Top trails (27)
#1 - Buffalo Bayou Loop
Buffalo Bayou Park
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Length: 4.8 mi • Est. 2 h 4 m
Also known as the Sandy Reed Memorial Trail, the trail is found on both sides of the bayou's banks. There are several pedestrian bridges that connect the paths. For more information, see the Buffalo Bayou Park page here: https://buffalobayou.org/visit/destination/buffalo-bayou-park/ Note: Due to ongoing construction, sections of the trail are currently closed. The following trails are closed to the public: Lower asphalt trail west of Jackson Hill Bridge (closed behind Lost Lake), lower asphalt trail behind Beth Yeshurun Cemetery, lower asphalt trail behind Lost Lake, Sesquicentennial Park (southside) at Smith Street to Milam Street. Please avoid use of these trails for your safety.Show more
#2 - Buffalo Bayou: Blue Lagoon Trail
Buffalo Bayou Park
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Length: 4.2 mi • Est. 1 h 46 m
Nice paved paths with clean views of the Downtown Houston skyline. Accessibility: The trail surface is paved concrete and typically at least six feet wide. The grade is mostly gentle with an estimated max of 5%. Most wheelchair and stroller users will likely be able to navigate this trail.Show more
#3 - The Anthills Trail via Blue Jay Trail
Terry Hershey Park
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Length: 9.2 mi • Est. 3 h 52 m
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. You can also see turtles in the river. It is a fun place to take the family.Show more
#4 - Sheldon Lake State Park Nature Loop
Sheldon Lake State Park and Environmental Learning Center
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Length: 1.8 mi • Est. 44 m
Relax at Sheldon Lake State Park. But don't get too comfortable, you might run into an alligator. This is a great place to enjoy the prairie and wetland landscapes. There are a lot of different activities and learning opportunities in the park, be sure to check out the park website to plan your adventure: https://tpwd.texas.gov/state-parks/sheldon-lake Show more
#5 - Purple and Red Loop
Memorial Park
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Length: 2.5 mi • Est. 1 h 2 m
Note: As of 8/29/20, parts of this route are currently closed for construction. For more information, please see https://www.facebook.com/MemorialPark/photos/a.299764150354/10164528487115355/Show more
#6 - Edith L. Moore Nature Sanctuary
Edith L. Moore Nature Sanctuary
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Length: 1.0 mi • Est. 24 m
The Edith L. Moore Nature Sanctuary in West Houston is a wooded sanctuary that has a restored log cabin. There are many educational programs hosted by the sanctuary. There is an automatic gate that opens at 7:00 AM and closes at 7:00 PM (9:00 PM in summer). Birders love this sanctuary. For more information, see the sanctuary website here: https://houstonaudubon.org/sanctuaries/edith-moore/Show more
#7 - Memorial Park Orange Trail
Memorial Park
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Length: 2.0 mi • Est. 51 m
#8 - Mercer Arboretum Loop
Mercer Arboretum and Botanical Gardens
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Length: 2.4 mi • Est. 59 m
The Mercer Arboretum loop begins in Mercer Peril park. Nearby the Mercer Botanical Gardens. The loop can be accessed from either side of the trail. The path is shaded and easty to follow. Many different tree species line the walkways. Many hikers like to stop at the oxbow lake and the hickory swamp. Leave time to check out the botanical gardens and turn this fun trail into a full day outing. Show more
#9 - Memorial Park Purple and Green Loop
Memorial Park
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Length: 4.7 mi • Est. 1 h 57 m
As of December 2020, users report that the Purple Trail is currently closed due to construction. The Green Trail is still accessible.Show more
#10 - Basin Loop
Joseph A Fiorenza Park
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Length: 5.5 mi • Est. 2 h 14 m
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