Jesse H. Jones Park Review & Pictures [Humble, TX, USA]

Jesse H. Jones is a nature park that serves as an excellent escape from Houston, Texas. The 300-acre park has over 8 miles of trails winding and twisting around every bend and is a great spot for a casual trip from the city of Houston.

Address: 20634 Kenswick Drive, Humble, TX 77338

Website: http://www.hcp4.net/community/parks/jones

Admission: Free!

Magnolia Trail (0.55 miles)

Bench spot
A nice spot to take a break on a short hike. I like to race around the trails but it is better to take time on trail and just enjoy the beauty of nature.
Drainage
A little bayou goo makes its way down the drainage canal.
magnolia trail
Erika rounding the bend of Magnolia trail. The weather was phenomenal: 70 degrees the whole day.

High Bank Trail & Old Logging Trail [0.29 miles]

View of Sandy Beach
At the northern end of the park is access to the sandy beach view. Kind of weird to see all this sand so far from the coast!
White Oak Trail
Looking down White Oak Trail. We soon took a right back onto High Bank Trail.
Rain jacket
The weather forecast predicted some showers but the sky stayed clear the whole time we were there.
Trail view
Almost all the trails were fully paved and easy to navigate. A+ for the maintenance team.

Bridge to Sandy BeachNo trolls under there.

Old Logging TrailThe Old Logging Trail. Wearing mesh shoes we carefully hiked towards Spring Creek, minimizing sandy soles.

SandyShould have brought a bucket to make sand castles.

Cypress Boardwalk Trail (0.49 miles)

A Fork in the board walk.
A Fork in the board walk… We went right.
Palmetto Trail
This section of the trail connects the end of the Boardwalk trail to Palmetto trail, which led to where we parked.
Palmetto Trail Path
There weren’t too many palmettos on the Palmetto trail. Which is unfortunate, because I like the palmetto plant since it reminds me of Jurassic park.

Redbud Bill Homestead & Homestead Trail (0.6 miles)

Redbud Hill Homestead
This section of the park is only open from 1pm-4pm on Saturdays (as of now) and is pretty fun to visit.

There were demonstrations of blacksmithing and weaving. To respect their privacy I didn’t take any pictures of the actors but I encourage you to visit them! It is very family friendly, so load up the minivan (aka adventure-mobile)!

Piglets
Wild piglet pen 🙂

There is another exhibit called the Akokisa Indian Village. Full of Native American structures, it was another cool sight to see at Jesse H. Jones Nature park. I wasn’t happy with any of the pictures I took so you have to go see it in person now 🙂

Canoe Launch Trail (0.4 miles)

Plus Grapevine Trail (0.44 miles) & Cypress Outlook Trail (0.19 miles)

Bumps on a log
Turtles or bumps on a log? Taken from the wildlife observation booth.
Hay trails
The trails in this section were being “mopped up” with straw. This was very thoughtful of the park maintainers.
Bench platform
We stopped here to enjoy the sounds of nature for a couple minutes before heading back to the parking lot. It is located off of River Birch trail and can be seen from the map from the Park website (linked at top of article).

Review and Recommendations

Whether I’m writing about smaller city parks, like Jesse H. Jones Nature Park, or taking a vacation in Santorini, Greece, I will always find a way to enjoy being outside and seeing new sights.

If you live in Houston you should really visit this park! There is a lot of parking, and it’s free.

For hiking purposes I strongly recommend visiting the “left” side of the park on the map. Stick to the outer loop of Magnolia Trail, High Bank Trail, and Cypress Boardwalk Trail.

The park is a fantastic place to take the family or take a short hike with a loved one.

Thank you for reading! If you live in Houston and want to see more blogs about parks you may have never heard of in your city, check out my review of Dwight Eisenhower Park. It’s another hidden gem in Houston, Texas.

piggy
oink, oink.

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