Explore the most popular wildlife 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.

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

great place to bring little kids. you're sure to see some wildlife. we've seen alligators, turtles, and snakes as well as plenty of birds, squirrels, and so on. the park rangers arrange various activities for the kids, too.

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

This was our first time out there. We got a little off the beaten path, but that was the fun part. It was still a little slippery, we had a great time out there, but will let it dry a bit more before tackeling it again.

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.

Beautiful, hidden gem!!! Great for birding and hiking! Love it!

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

walking
1 month 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

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.

I little gem in our city. I took my nieces and nephew and my bonus son here yesterday and they had the best time!! There were volunteers there walking around cleaning the area and a couple walking around w/ a bearded dragon.. I’d never heard of or seen such a thing, but they gave us a little education about it and let the kids pet it. The kids caught tadpoles in little fishing nets made available by the staff there for catch & release. It was a good time. Getting them out for fresh air and exploring nature was really nice. They had a good time, and so did I.

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.

hiking
2 months ago

It's a little convoluted to get to the trail, but once you are there... WOW. As a hiker, this trail gives you great exercise and training for harder trail. As it is used a lot of mountain biking, the hills are steep. Besides making the triangle, add the Hogg Loop (flat terrain) to relax and grab miles before making the triangle again to go back. Awesome work-out. I will definitely go back here. But if it rains, your can not go under Memorial Drive (Twice) in order to get to the trail. Mud will keep you out.

hiking
2 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.

Awesome. I walked it on my lunch break. Very pretty.

mountain biking
2 months ago

This is an urban park! As are most MP trails (all but the Triangle, which is off the beaten path), Yellow is heavily trafficked by cyclists, walkers, runners (many with dogs) and is two-way. A bell and call out is advised on blind corners and more often at the busiest times. There are a couple drops that may take a newcomer off guard so heads up...

nature trips
2 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!!!

on Hermann Park Trail

trail running
2 months ago

this trail is great for running. there are slight hills and perfect gravel for running. when it starts to rain, everything cools down and the trees partially protect you. i personally like the marvin taylor trails. 5 stars!!!

on Purple and Red Loop

trail running
2 months ago

my cross country team and i were running on this for a recovery run. the hills provide an excellent challenge and the different types of plants and animals keep it beautiful and interesting. it is great for PT and all levels. 5 stars!!!

mountain biking
2 months ago

my dad and i were biking part of this trail. i slowed down to stop, because i wasnt a very advanced mountain biker (one of my wheels got caught on a tree root.) as i was about get back on i saw rustling in the bushes. then, a fairly large coral snake (and i am absolutely sure it wasnt a king snake) slithered out. i told my dad to not go over and poke it because, as some of you guys may know, coral snakes are extremely venemous. this is why i may hesitate to allow younger children or off leash dogs to go on this trail. otherwise, 5 stars!!!

Spring hike where there is not a lot to see. The flowers are not blooming and there still is a lot of water standing in the ditches. They are in the middle of revitalizing the area so entrance has moved and the outer loop is not complete. Enter off of West Loop feeder road with new parking area. Much more parking now.

Very nice park and trail system

This sanctuary is so peaceful and really pretty. Bring your binoculars for some awesome bird watching.

Rerating this trail... Not completely easy as there are some sections that have been eroded to make it hard for a "easy" walker to navigate. Sections of this should be upgraded to moderate, but combine this with blue trail and it is a great workout.

Definitely a moderate trail, there are some super tricky sections if you are a newbie or have trouble climbing or stepping up/down. But it is a decent workout. Mountain bikers use the trails, so keep your ears open. They don't slow down for us walkers.

hiking
4 months ago

Great hike; we did a combination of the trails since the Purple Trail was washed out in one area. There were hills enough to make the hike a little more challenging than most around Houston.
We were there on a Saturday, and there was heavy traffic with mountain bikers and unleashed dogs. In a few places there is not a lot of room to move out of the way for them, (and some do not slow down at all) so I would hesitate to bring small children. It might be better during the week, but we haven't tried it yet.

Attempted to start off of the purple trail, but got to a section that seemed impassible for EASY. Looks like hurricane may have washed part away. You would basically have to climb down into a ditch and climb back out. As someone just starting to hike and being alone, I was not able to make the LEAP into the ditch, nor climb out. I turned around and hiked purple/orange instead.

hiking
4 months ago

Had to have gotten lost somewhere... I was walking the purple trail and I got to an VERY impassible part. Looked like it was washed out from the hurricane. It stopped where the orange trail makes a loop backward. I could not find any other way to get around the purple trail. I decided to take the orange trail back around. So my hike was a combo of purple and orange. Orange is much more moderate trail than the simple purple, but was still fairly easy.
With going half way around the purple and taking orange back, it made the official journey 2.7 miles per my GPS on the alltrails recording.

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