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So you’re ready to kick the dirt off the hiking boots, get outside, and celebrate the arrival of a new year in nature. But where to begin? Check out this list of fun hikes near Spring, Texas, and start fulfilling that resolution to spend more time outdoors.

Middle Lake Trail Loop

Just north of Spring, the WG Jones State Forest offers several miles of serene hiking through forested areas and beautiful lake views. The Middle Lake Trail Loop takes you on a 7.2-mile trek to see the best of this lovely local green space.

George Mitchell Preserve

Load up the dogs and the whole crew for a trip to George Mitchell Preserve, a series of connecting trails that is accessible for hikers of any skill level. The main loop takes you 5.6 miles along a shaded trail next to Spring Creek, offering plenty of chances to spot local vegetation and wildlife.

Cypress Creek Hike & Bike Trail

As the name suggests, Cypress Creek Hike & Bike Trail welcomes bikers as well as hikers and trail runners, so come ready to share the trail. You’ll take in scenic views along Cypress Creek while exploring miles upon miles of connecting trails, some paved, some dirt, but all enjoyable.

Lake Woodlands Trail

Lake Woodlands Trail traverses forested areas, paved residential roads through gorgeous neighborhoods, and several bridges, but the star of the show is, of course, beautiful Lake Woodlands. This 4.5-mile loop right in Spring can’t be beat for the water views and ease of access and use.

Ameri Trail Forest Loop

Block off a good chunk of time (and bring your wet gear), but don’t miss a trip to Lake Houston Wilderness Park near New Caney. The Ameri Trail Forest Loop takes you on a 9.6-mile loop through the heart of the park, providing great opportunities to spot deer and other wildlife in the wetlands. Take the clockwise route, and on the way back, you’ll have pleasant views of Caney Creek the whole way.

East End Park

East End Park in Kingwood tracks along the East Fork of the San Jacinto River, a tributary of Lake Houston, and offers plenty of stunning water views, quaint boardwalk sections, and close encounters with wildlife. Keep your eyes peeled for alligators (or stubbornly pretend they don’t exist) along this 4.5-mile loop trail.

Looking for more ways to get out and about in Spring, Texas? Check out the Olympus Auburn Lakes blog for activities, recommendations, and fun events to check out close to home.