Park Preview-Memorial Park

6501 Memorial Drive
Houston, TX 77070
832-395-7000
http://www.houstontx.gov/parks/parksites/memorialpark.html

 

Portion of the hike and bike trail

Portion of the hike and bike trail

The Scoop

Memorial Park sits on 1400 acres of what used to be Camp Logan, a World War I training facility. With ammenities too numerous to list here, the Houston Parks and Recreation Department works in conjunction with the Memorial Park Conservancy to support growth and conservation of the park and surrounding area. 

Pond along one trail at the Nature Center

Pond along one trail at the Nature Center

What We Loved

I've been looking for "the park," the one would rival my favorite hometown park, for a while. Well, this is it.  Aquiatic center, playground, tennis center, nature center-it's all connected by the three mile Seymour Lieberman Exercise Trail as well as other multi-use trails. I'd yet to find so many people utilizing any one park at the same time until we visited Memorial.  You'll find plenty of parking and shade as well as 

"For the children of Houston The Vale-Asche Foundation"

"For the children of Houston
The Vale-Asche Foundation"

What We'd Like To See Instead

Highway 610 on the western border of the park and Highway 10 on the north provide a constant drone of vehicle noise. In my opinion, this is a small price to pay to take advantage of all the park has to offer.  There are some areas of the park that are a little unsightly due to expansion projects, but this represents exciting growth for this already wonderful park.  

Memorial Park Amenities-Aquatic center, baseball fields, Bayou Bend Collection and Gardens, bird sanctuary, exercise trail, equestrian trails, fitness center, gazebo, golf course, hike and bike trails, nature center, picnic tables, playground, restrooms, running trails center, soccer fields, softball fields, swimming pool, tennis center, and timing track. Park Map

Campsite of the Month-Lake Houston Wilderness Park

25840 FM 1485
New Caney, Texas 77357
832-395-7690
http://www.houstontx.gov/parks/parksites/lakehoustonpark.html

The Scoop

Easily our best Houston area find to date, Lake Houston Wilderness Park boasts over 4,700 acres of heavily forested parkland. With a combined 33 miles of trails for hiking, biking and horseback riding, a nature center, reservable dinning hall and multiple options for lodging, this park is great for overnight as well as day use. 

Clean, well-equiped cabins

Clean, well-equiped cabins

What We Loved

The trails. We loved the trails. Well maintained, shaded and seemingly in the middle of nowhere, it's no wonder our friends with Run In Texas return here year after year for their TrailFest. We elected to stay in the cabins this go around and we're glad we did.  They provided the perfect staging ground for our operations at the park that weekend. They were clean, comfortable and steps away from those great trails.  

View from our cabin

View from our cabin

What We'd Like to See Instead

We have racked our brains and honestly can't think of anything we didn't like about this park! Perhaps because our focus was on the race, but this really was a great park.  It's close to home, well maintained, quiet. The staff was friendly and you really do feel like you're in the middle of the woods. We highly encourage you to visit this peaceful park!