Tucked away in the urban jungle of Houston, Texas there is a beautiful escape: Memorial Park.
Over 7,600 acres of forest and parkland make the park an amazing break from city life. If you live in Houston, Texas, and you’ve never visited, take a trip this weekend.
Admission is free.
Address: N Picnic Ln, Houston, TX 77007
I parked at the running headquarters center and crossed the bridge over Memorial Drive to the Bridle Trails loop.
The Bridle Trail was a little more rough than the rest of the park. It’s pretty much assumed that people are using their horses here rather than walking.
Hogg Woods Trail
After finishing the Bridle Trail you can cross Memorial Drive and take the Hogg Woods Trail loop. It is really a mountain biking trail which makes it pretty fun (and technical) to hike!
Houston Arboretum & Nature Center
The Houston Arboretum is a trip on its own! It is definitely the highlight of Memorial Park and has several miles of beautiful trails.
After sprinting through the scary tunnel I ended up at the Northern section of Arboretum trails.
R.A. Vines Trail
Inner Loop Trail
Southern Meadow Trail
Outer Loop Trail
The Purple Trail
The Yellow Trail
Review and Recommendations
Memorial Park is massive compared to other city parks! We are very lucky as Houston-residents to have access to this free area of forest trails and sports fields.
Did I mention there is a three mile running loop? And miles of more trail I didn’t see?
It is a big and beautiful park you should visit.
Skip the Purple Trail. Skip the Outer Loop Trail in the Houston Arboretum. Other than that, you can’t really go wrong.
Also, remember to pack your smarties.
Erika and I visited on a Sunday a week after this post was published. It was packed! Of course it was a beautiful day to be outside so it is to be expected. Enjoy these two additional pictures 🙂