I’m married to an Eagle Scout… and have done my best to avoid camping, hiking and nature adventures for approximately 15 years. But now that my oldest is 9 years old, he’s determined to camp, hike and go on nature adventures… and I’m determined to spend time with him.
So I’ve done some camping (including at Lake Houston Wilderness Park), I’ve done some hiking and had lots of nature adventures. And now I’ve been hiking, right in the middle of Houston, and cannot believe the trail we found in Memorial Park. Even my husband agreed that this trail was a whole lot more like hiking in upstate New York than in the middle of one of the nation’s biggest cities.
It was challenging, but easy enough that an adventurous 5, 7 and 9 year old could do it. And I could do it with a baby strapped to my chest. (But no way a stroller would work on this trail!)
Also, have the map on your phone or on paper. The many trails connect up and it’s easy too get off the blue trail. (I’m pretty sure we spent time on the purple trail because we did not always find the color marker.) Also, if the trail gets too tough, just turn back. No need to wander all the way through.
Also, the start of the trail has mountain bikes, so be watching. Further in there are logs over the water and it gets more difficult, and we only saw hikers.
If you also want to try some “difficult” hiking in Houston, check out this blue trail on the Memorial Park Trails.
Memorial Park Trails (Blue Trail):
Address: Memorial Dr & S Picnic Ln, Houston, TX 77007