Dwight D. Eisenhower Park Hiking [Houston, TX, USA]

Dwight D. Eisenhower Park is a fishing and hiking spot on the North-East side of Houston, Texas. It’s several minutes away from Sheldon Lake State Park for any locals who are familiar with that location.

Address: 13400 Aqueduct Road, Houston, Texas 77044

Website: http://hcp1.net/Parks/DwightDEisenhower.aspx

Admission: Free

Trash Pandas
Start your visit by being greeted by the friendly park Racoon (aka Trash Panda).
The Main Fishing Spot
The Main Fishing Spot. It is right off the furthest-east parking lot.

There were about 7-8 people fishing in the middle of a Thursday morning, so I can imagine this fishing spot gets pretty popular on the weekends.

San Jacinto Trail (3.2 miles)

The main trail I hiked was the San Jacinto trail, the longest trail in the park. It covers a walk through a tall forest, open plains, and dense jungle. Talk about an all-in-one hike!

The Entrance
I love a good entrance to a nice trail.
The Main Trail
The majority of the first half mile looked fairly similar to this…. Packed dirt with a mix of tall trees and short shrubs.
Little Pond
There is still evidence of flooding from the Houston storms earlier in the year… About 6 weeks before this post.
Dirt
Dirt trail.
Tall Pines
Tall Pine trees surrounded this section of the trail. It was awesome to have some shade for this part of the hike.
The First Obstacle
The first obstacle of the trip was walking around this puddle on the trail.
Part 2
Chapter Two of the hike. “The Texas Plains.”
SIgn
Part of the trail opens up to some private land. It is always best to respect the signs!
Small Lake
View of a sandy beach on a tiny lake.
Trail
The trail ran underneath some power lines without shade. Definitely sweated the most during this mile straightaway.
Follow the lines
This part of the trail was pretty boring. Walking a straight line with no shade…

The first two sections were through the tall pines and out into the Texas plains, but the third habitat is where everything got a little more exciting.

Welcome to the Jungle
Welcome to the Jungle. This section of the trail was littered with spiders, ankle traps, and upped the excitement factor.
Through the trees
Big and beautiful blue sky above me the whole morning.
Ankle Traps
Ankle Traps. These are areas of the trail that have eroded from flood damage and left behind roots. Always best to walk around if possible.
Palmetto
Palmetto plants were all around the trail. There is a short 1 mile trail called “Palmetto Trail” that I skipped but would like to revisit.
Deer
Can you spot the deer? Cause it definitely spotted me!

Observation Point Trail (0.2 miles)

Bayou water Bayou water along the side of the observation point trail.

White Sand
White sand… in Houston Texas? A rare sight, and part of what makes the observation point worth observing.
Tall Trees
I had to use the panoramic feature on my iPhone to capture the height of trees in one frame.
Panorama
A wide-angle view of the observation area. Would be a great spot for a trail picnic.

Back to San Jacinto Trail…

Catfish
Catfish swimming at the surface of the bayou water.
Bones
If finding bones on your hike isn’t the start of a horror movie I’m not sure what would be!
Palmetto
More palmetto trees give this area of the trail a tropical feel.
Asphault Hike
The last section of the hike was following the road back to the parking lot a quarter mile… kinda lame.

Review & Recommendations

I really enjoyed the two hours I spent in the park. I took my time and enjoyed the different habitats of the park with all the different creatures. I saw a deer, several rabbits, a snake, some huge spiders and webs, and heard a million bird calls.

The reality is that probably less than 10,000 people of the 4,000,000+ living in and around Houston have no idea that they have free access to a fun trail and fishing spot. It is a shame, and part of what motivates me to write about all these smaller parks. It may be more fun to take on the big national parks but I hope to show people that adventure and travel can be right around the corner.

So bring your fishing rod, binoculars, and a camera if you live in the Houston area. This park is definitely worthy of a day trip by yourself or time with family and friends.

Beautiful Fishing Spot
Grab a fishing rod, some bait from down the road, and catch some fish!

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