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Houston Regional Group - Getting Outdoors in Metro Houston
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Metro Houston
 Inside Loop 610
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Featured Destination

Terry Hershey Park

Winding along Buffalo Bayou from West Beltway 8 to Highway 6 and north along South Mayde Creek to I-10, Terry Hershey Park was first envisioned in 1985.  Twelve miles of hike and bike trails are the centerpiece of the park, but the section between Memorial Drive and I-10 also features a playground, picnic tables, a gazebo and a walk-in sundial.  Wooden bridges carry the trail over waterways. Parking is available off the Beltway 8 frontage road at Buffalo Bayou, north of Memorial between Eldridge and Highway 6, south of I-10 between Eldridge and Highway 6, and Highway 6 at Buffalo Bayou.   More


Inside Loop 610

Memorial Park

Encompassing almost 1500 acres inside Loop 610 at Woodway, Memorial is one of the largest urban parks in Texas.  North of Memorial Drive is an 18-hole golf course and a 3-mile crushed granite jogging track. South of Memorial Drive, wooded picnic sites provide a tranquil spot for a Sunday lunch.  Memorial Park was once the site of Camp Logan, a WWI training camp. 
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West Houston

Terry Hershey Park

South Mayde Creek Bridge (c) 2005 by GK, used with permissionWinding along Buffalo Bayou from West Beltway 8 to Highway 6 and north along South Mayde Creek to I-10, Terry Hershey Park was first envisioned in 1985.  Twelve miles of hike and bike trails are the centerpiece of the park, but the section between Memorial Drive and I-10 also features a playground, picnic tables, a gazebo and a walk-in sundial.  Wooden bridges carry the trail over waterways. Parking is available off the Beltway 8 frontage road at Buffalo Bayou, north of Memorial between Eldridge and Highway 6, south of I-10 between Eldridge and Highway 6, and Highway 6 at Buffalo Bayou.   More
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George Bush Park

gbp1.jpg (24370 bytes)George Bush Park occupies about 1/2 of the land designated as the Barker Reservior and is the largest park in Harris County at 7800 acres.  Visitors will find almost 11 miles of hike & bike trails among other amenities.  A 4-mile long paved hike & bike trail has recently been completed connecting the Terry Hershey Park trail on the east with Sport Park on the west.  Parking is available along Highway 6 at both Buffalo Bayou and Briar Forest, north of Westheimer Parkway at Barker Cypress, and at Sport Park - near Barker Cypress and I-10.  Before you go, check the USGS site to view the reservoir storage level.  If the level is above  87.5 feet, water can be expected to cover the trail in some areas.  More
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Last updated:  01/18/2010.   Content 1999-2010 by the Sierra Club.