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Challenger Seven Memorial Park: Boardwalk Trail Professional Review and Guide
"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 Clear Creek, a natural tributary that empties into Clear Lake, which is adjacent to Galveston Bay. Challenger Seven Memorial Park honors the astronauts who were aboard Space Shuttle Challenger when it exploded January 28, 1986, 73 seconds after liftoff. The Challenger Memorial is a replica of the logo the crew members themselves designed for the mission."
--Laurie Roddy, 60 Hikes within 60 Miles: Houston (Menasha Ridge Press).
Trail needs maintenance. brush is very thick and all access to Lake is blocked. No blazes along the trail so you could spend time going down rabbit holes that lead no where.
Pros: close to home, access to playground for kids, Clear Creek and tidal mud flats draw wildlife, winding trails through forest, not heavily used. Trails are wide, flat and cleared. Dogs allowed.
Cons: Clear Creek has motor boat traffic that rarely slows down, even for canoes. Boat ramp silted in, shut down. Observation decks are obscured with tree growth.
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