Best wildlife trails in Houston, Texas

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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.
Map of wildlife trails in Houston, Texas
Top trails (34)
#1 - El Franco Lee Park Wetlands Trail
El Franco Lee Park
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Length: 2.1 mi • Est. 51 m
An easy wetlands hike with bird blinds, birding platforms, butterfly garden, boardwalk, and wildflowers. The boardwalk and observation towers were awarded as one of the American Public Works Associate Texas Chapter projects of the year. Show more
#2 - 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
#3 - Memorial Park Red Trail
Memorial Park
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Length: 1.1 mi • Est. 27 m
Color coded trails for increasing difficulties. (purple=easy, red, blue, orange/yellow=intermediate to advanced). They are interconnected, with trail heads at the rugby pitch and baseball fields. Also has a separate green trail, referred to as the "triangle" trail for advanced riding. Show more
#4 - Memorial Park Blue Trail
Memorial Park
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Length: 1.1 mi • Est. 27 m
#5 - Hermann Park Trail
Hermann Park
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Length: 1.4 mi • Est. 35 m
The 445-acre urban Hermann Park has something for just about everyone. It encompasses a challenging 18-hole public golf course, a Japanese Garden, the 55-acre Houston Zoo and the Houston Museum of Natural Science. You can rent a pedal boat, ride the Hermann Park Railroad and take kids to the wheelchair-accessible playground. Accessibility: The trail surface is paved or dirt and typically at least six feet wide. The grade is gentle (estimated 1% or less) except for a steep section up to 8% at about 0.9 miles. The playground is considered wheelchair-accessible as well.Show more
#6 - 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
#7 - The Triangle Trail
Memorial Park
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Length: 1.5 mi • Est. 38 m
#8 - Yellow and Purple Trail Loop
Memorial Park
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Length: 1.3 mi • Est. 32 m
#9 - 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
#10 - 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
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