60 Hikes within 60 Miles: Houston Guide Book

by Laurie Roddy (Menasha Ridge Press)
60 Hikes within 60 Miles Houston  by Laurie Roddy

312pp/photos/maps
ISBN: 0897329317

Houston's wealth of hiking trails is astounding, and 60 Hikes within 60 Miles: Houston is here to guide you to the best day hikes within roughly an hour's drive of the Bayou City. Hikes explore old native homesteads, native prairies, deep forests, riparian woodlands, urban byways, wildlife preserves along the Great Texas Birding Trail, wetlands, and the 138-mile-long Lone Star Trail.

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Trails from the "60 Hikes within 60 Miles: Houston" Guide Book
Displaying trails 1 to 20 of 59.
... Preview: Shoveler Pond Trail includes the Butterfly and Hummingbird Habitat, the Willows Trail, and the Shoveler Pond Loop, which encircles a 220- acre freshwater impoundment with opportunities to view alligat ... From the guidebook "60 Hikes within 60 Miles: Houston"
Anahuac National Wildlife Refuge, TX - Hiking - Trail Length: 4.1
... Preview: The Lady Bird Trail takes you through each of the three ecosystems present at Armand Bayou Nature Center: bayou, forest, and prairie. The nature center has been designated as one of only four Texas Co ... From the guidebook "60 Hikes within 60 Miles: Houston"
Taylor Lake Village, TX - Hiking - Trail Length: 1.6
... Preview: The Martyn and Karankawa trails are two trails combined into one hike. Although they run parallel to each other, they are very different trails. The Martyn Trail is narrower and goes into deeper woods ... From the guidebook "60 Hikes within 60 Miles: Houston"
Taylor Lake Village, TX - Hiking - Trail Length: 2.9
... Preview: The Attwater Prairie Chicken National Wildlife Refuge was established in 1972 to preserve habitat for the declining population of Attwater prairie chickens. Despite numbering approximately 1 million a ... From the guidebook "60 Hikes within 60 Miles: Houston"
Lissie, TX - Hiking - Trail Length: 6.5
... Preview: Part of the Addicks Reservoir, Bear Creek Pioneers Park was created in the 1940s by the Army Corps of Engineers to prevent a repetition of a flood that occurred in the area in 1935. In 1965, Harris Co ... From the guidebook "60 Hikes within 60 Miles: Houston"
Addicks Reservoir, TX - Hiking - Trail Length: 1.9
... Preview: The Big Creek Loops consist of four short loops just inside the Big Creek Scenic Recreation Area. This is the only hike on the Lone Star Hiking Trail that is part of the recreation area. From the guidebook "60 Hikes within 60 Miles: Houston"
Shepherd, TX - Birding,Hiking - Trail Length: 2.7
... Preview: Big Thicket was the first preserve in the U.S. national park system and encompasses more than 97,000 acres in nine land units. It was established in 1974 and was recognized in 2001 by the American Bir ... From the guidebook "60 Hikes within 60 Miles: Houston"
Village Mills, TX - Hiking - Trail Length: 3.3
... Preview: The Brays Bayou Hike and Bike Trail was initially developed in the early 1970s when the bayou channel was paved. Although this hike is just over 9.7 miles, you can continue to Stella Link, making the ... From the guidebook "60 Hikes within 60 Miles: Houston"
Houston, TX - Hiking,Road Biking - Trail Length: 9.8
... Preview: Brazoria National Wildlife Refuge, which opened in the late 1980s, is home to more than 400 species of wildlife. Its marshes and prairies create some of the richest environments on Earth. Two hunting ... From the guidebook "60 Hikes within 60 Miles: Houston"
Brazoria National Wildlife Refuge, TX - Hiking - Trail Length: 1.2
... Preview: Brazos Bend State Park has more than 22 miles of hiking trails within its roughly 5,000 acres. It is one of the best camping and day-use parks in the area and is less than an hour from Houston. The 40 ... From the guidebook "60 Hikes within 60 Miles: Houston"
Smithers Lake, TX - Hiking - Trail Length: 5.2
... Preview: Big Creek Loop Trail departs from the Horseshoe Lake Loop Trail and extends to the park boundary. Big Creek Loop Trail is not on the regular park map but is on a trail map available by request at park ... From the guidebook "60 Hikes within 60 Miles: Houston"
Smithers Lake, TX - Hiking - Trail Length: 3.8
... Preview: From the Hale Lake parking lot, head to your right toward a trail opening in the trees. This trail is part of the Bluestem Trail that runs parallel to the park road. The vegetation on both sides of th ... From the guidebook "60 Hikes within 60 Miles: Houston"
Sandy Point, TX - Hiking - Trail Length: 2.2
... Preview: The most prominent feature of Brazos Bend State Park is the alligators, which can be as close as five feet with no fence or barrier separating you from them. Because of this, be very aware of your sur ... From the guidebook "60 Hikes within 60 Miles: Houston"
Sandy Point, TX - Hiking - Trail Length: 4.3
... Preview: This urban hike offers some of the best views of downtown Houston. As you hike west, away from the parking lot, you can see the Federal Reserve Bank building to the south and town homes on both sides ... From the guidebook "60 Hikes within 60 Miles: Houston"
Houston, TX - Hiking - Trail Length: 5.1
... Preview: Burroughs Park is a 320-acre county park that offers 8 miles of hiking trails, a stocked fishing pond, picnic facilities, a playground accessible to disabled children, soccer and softball fields, and ... From the guidebook "60 Hikes within 60 Miles: Houston"
Tomball, TX - Hiking - Trail Length: 1.2
... Preview: This hike takes you from the campgrounds around the Challenger Learning Center to a part of the park that has very few people. You pass a fishing lake, hike on a boardwalk, and visit wetlands next to ... From the guidebook "60 Hikes within 60 Miles: Houston"
Webster, TX - Hiking - Trail Length: 2.2
... Preview: Cullen Park, which was leased to the City of Houston in 1983, encompasses more than 10,500 acres of land just west of Addicks Reservoir. The hike and bike trail and picnic areas are on the north side ... From the guidebook "60 Hikes within 60 Miles: Houston"
Addicks, TX - Hiking - Trail Length: 7.6
... Preview: Galveston Island State Park is on the west end of Galveston Island and encompasses slightly more than 2,000 acres. The site was acquired by the state in 1969 from private owners under the State Parks ... From the guidebook "60 Hikes within 60 Miles: Houston"
Galveston Island, TX - Birding,Hiking - Trail Length: 4.3
... Preview: This long hike takes you from a neighborhood park into a reservoir teeming with wildlife. Because it is part of Barker Reservoir, which was created in the 1940s to control flooding, parts of the trail ... From the guidebook "60 Hikes within 60 Miles: Houston"
Barker Reservoir, TX - Hiking - Trail Length: 10
... Preview: The George Mitchell Nature Preserve is in The Woodlands, a community just north of Houston. It is located close to one of the newer neighborhoods, which are all known for excellent running trails. Acr ... From the guidebook "60 Hikes within 60 Miles: Houston"
Tamina, TX - Hiking - Trail Length: 1.7