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We found the top 9 bike trails in Houston! 

We found the top 9 bike trails in Houston!

Did you know there are over 200 biking trails in and near Houston? In the past few weeks, we’ve spent time exploring some of these bike trails. Actually, we’re still sore from all the biking we did. 

Anyway, this means we’ve been able to put together a list of our top picks. Whether you’re a seasoned cyclist seeking your next adrenaline fix or a casual rider looking to explore Houston’s hidden gems, these trails are the ones to pick! Let’s check them out!

1. Buffalo Bayou Hike and Bike Trail

Address: https://goo.gl/maps/hPaXwAGSGE5wmVsX6 

This 15-mile fully paved trail is the perfect escape from the hustle and bustle of city life. It’s sandwiched between Memorial Drive on its north side and Allen Parkway on its south side, so it’s easy to access from anywhere in Houston. 

The views are breathtaking—you can see downtown Houston skyline, lush greenery, and even turtles at their pond. Plus, there are many places to stop along the way for a break.

Pro Tip: 

  • Plan your route ahead of time. Several trails connect to Buffalo Bayou Hike and Bike Trail, such as Armand Bayou Hike and Terry Hershey Park Buffalo Bayou in Energy Corridor District. Knowing which trails you want to explore beforehand will help you make the most out of your ride.

2. White Oak Bayou Trail

Address: https://goo.gl/maps/3Px2DzwUFuhi9HAV8

White Oak Bayou Trail is a great place to get some exercise while enjoying nature. The trail follows the banks of White Oak Bayou and passes through several parks with lush vegetation.

Pro Tip: 

  • This trail is excellent if you like bird-watching! You can spot Wood Storks, Herons, Swallows, and Bluebirds. 

3. Brays Bayou Greenway Trail

Address: https://goo.gl/maps/LkKYRJtmgLwmqTfs7

Brays Bayou Greenway Trail spans over 30 miles and is perfect for anyone wanting to explore the city. The trail runs from Westheimer Place Dr to Eldridge Pkwy S and Braeburn Glen Blvd to Brays Greenway Park, with asphalt and concrete surfaces. 

Pro Tip: 

  • Take some time to admire the views of Hermann Park, MacGregor Park, and even the Houston Ship Channel along your ride.

4. Heights Bike & Trail

Address: https://goo.gl/maps/DRiKyEfoFT1cYtB69

Heights Hike & Bike Trail extends 4.6 miles from W 26th St to W 7th St to N Shepherd Dr to Hogan St. It traces along White Oak Bayou and connects the Heights neighborhood with  Downtown.

This 8.7-mile out-and-back trail is generally considered easy. It took us about 2 and a half hours to complete! 

Pro Tip: 

  • Go cycling with a friend or two! It will make your ride more enjoyable and safer since many blind spots on the trail can be difficult to spot while riding alone.

5. George Bush Park

Address: https://goo.gl/maps/GjHsCxnS6fcD8MvE9

George Bush Park’s trail goes all the way to Highland Knolls, so you can choose how long or short your ride will be. 

You’ll find plenty of scenic views and exciting wildlife to observe along the way. Plus, with its paved roads, it’s suitable for beginners and experienced cyclists.

Pro Tip: 

  • Bring plenty of water with you, as there are no water fountains along the route.

6. Memorial Park

Address: https://goo.gl/maps/Pb5yup9bicwsJDpo8

With 10 miles of multi-use trails, Memorial Park is great for cyclists of all skill levels. The trails are color-coded with maps at the trailhead, making it easy to find your way around. 

If you’re looking for a challenge, check out Green Ridge Trail—it is one of the most popular trails in Memorial Park.

Pro Tip: 

  • Check out the Memorial Park MTB Facebook group before heading out. They post updates on trail conditions and hazards so you can stay safe while enjoying your ride!

7. Terry Hershey Hike and Bike Trail

Address: https://goo.gl/maps/1gE4VuJ11exJT5Zi8

The Terry Hershey Hike and Bike stretches from Barker Dam near State Highway 6 to Texas Beltway 8 and the Sam Houston Tollway. 

It’s perfect for all skill levels, with amenities like restrooms, gazebos, lighted walking trails, exercise stations, playgrounds, and picnic sites. Plus, it has several side trails that are great for exploring.

One of the best things about this trail is that you can view Langham Creek and Buffalo Bayou as you ride along. Or if you’re feeling adventurous, there’s even an unnamed dirt bike course with advanced jumps and obstacles!

Pro Tip: 

  • Park either off of I-10 or off of Memorial Drive to get easy access to the trailhead. 

8. Jack Brooks Park Trail

Address: https://goo.gl/maps/qYHChCkBd1954SyC6

Jack Brooks Park Trail is moderately challenging if you’re new to cycling. The trail has many sharp ups and downs, making it great for experienced bikers looking for a thrill.

Pro Tip: 

  • If you’re an aspiring archer, this park is also the perfect place to practice your archery ranges!  

9. Spring Creek Greenway Trail

Address: https://goo.gl/maps/2i6aaSPkB1C852Mr5

The Spring Creek Greenway Trail is perfect for all skill levels, from beginners to experienced bikers. 

Whether you’re looking for a leisurely ride or an intense workout, you’ll find what you need here. The terrain varies from flat to hilly, so there are plenty of opportunities to challenge yourself and take it easy if needed.

Pro Tip: 

  • Bring some snacks and water because there’s nowhere near the trail to stop for refreshments. 
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