White Oak Bayou Hike and Bike Trail

Houston, Texas 77204

White Oak Bayou Hike and Bike Trail

White Oak Bayou Hike and Bike Trail Professional Guide

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"The White Oak Bayou watershed covers about 111 square miles and includes three primary streams: White Oak Bayou, Little White Oak Bayou, and Cole Creek. Located in Houston Heights, the White Oak Bayou Hike and Bike Trail is located in one of the oldest neighborhoods in Houston. Chosen for its higher elevation (23 feet higher than downtown Houston), Houston Heights was started in 1890 by Oscar Martin Carter, a self-made millionaire. He created a utopian neighborhood at a time when Houston was plagued with yellow fever and annual floods.

Houston Heights was the location of residences, businesses, schools, open spaces for parks, libraries, civic clubs, and churches—all necessary elements for a closeknit community. Starting in the 1940s, the exodus to the suburbs began a deterioration of the Heights, and by 1970 the neighborhood was known for poverty and crime. In 1973 the Houston Heights Association was established to revitalize the community and preserve its historic buildings."

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Best Easy Day Hikes: Houston (Falcon Guides)
Keith Stelter
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"This is a neighborhood hike for those who like the city environment and viewing historic Victorian architecture. This shorter section of the White Oak Hike and Bike Trail starts in Stude Park and extends from Studemont Street to Taylor Street. The trail passes ball fields, a major sculpture, and picnic areas and along White Oak Bayou. Hiking the loop presents good views of the Houston skyline and the historic Heights district." Read more

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Trail Information

Nearby City
Trail Type
Skill Level
1 hour
Stude Park
Local Contacts
USGS: Houston Heights
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Dec 2018