Get out with your four-legged friend for fresh sights and sniffs on some of our favorite dog-friendly local trails. This quick guide from Olympus Katy Ranch lists our top three picks.
Mason Creek South Hike & Bike Trail
98-acre Mason Creek South Hike & Bike Trail tops our list due to the sheer convenience of its location only 3 miles away. Straddling Porter Road, this park offers a 1.49-mile paved loop around the wetlands on the east side of Porter, with several exercise stations along the route and a 1.55-mile paved loop on the west side of the road. There’s also a smaller, unpaved nature trail area near the water too. There’s not a lot of shade on the trails themselves, so in warmer weather you’ll want to avoid the hottest parts of the day and bring water for you and your pup.
George Bush Park Hike & Bike Trail
The paved out and back trail at George Bush Park Hike & Bike Trail runs for around 11 miles from Highway 6 at the north side of Barker Dam, across Buffalo Bayou, then continues to Fry Road at Highland Knolls Drive. This trail also connects to the Terry Hershey Park trails, so you can decide exactly where and how far you want to go on any given day. There are pretty marsh views and lots of birds to see, although some sections of the trail are subject to flooding after heavy rains. This trail is a 15-minute drive from Olympus Katy Ranch, and parking is available near the trailhead on Highway 6.
Houston Arboretum & Nature Center
Although the Houston Arboretum & Nature Center is around 23 miles away (adjacent to Memorial Park), we promise it’s worth the 30-minute drive. There are beautiful woodland vistas everywhere you look, dotted with a number of pretty lakes and ponds. The outer loop offers a 1.75-mile hike, while there are a number of interconnected, shorter inner loops and trails you can also explore. The paths are a mix of paved, gravel, and boardwalk surfaces, and even during the summer months this is a great spot to visit with your pup because of all the shade. Parking is available at both the 610 Loop and Woodway entrances.
Each of these parks requires dogs to remain leashed and are open daily from 7 AM to dusk. So get out there and get some exercise and fresh air with your furry friends. For more lifestyle and wellness tips, visit the Olympus Katy Ranch blog.