Everything is bigger in Texas, and Houston is no exception. But many don’t realize that Houston offers countless options for runners who are looking for a new experience. With 22 acres of park space per 1,000 residents, well above the national average of 12.4, you can run in the shadow of the Houston skyline, or escape to a wooded paradise.
Run along the urban river that is Buffalo Bayou with the iconic Houston skyline at your back. This 160 acres of beautiful scenery and artwork, make for a very popular workout destination. A mix of paths ensures that you can mix up your run every time. Take your dog to the Johnny Steele Dog Park and let your furry friend cool off in the dog ponds.
One of the most versatile running destinations in Houston, Memorial Park offers guests the ability to run, bike, golf, and more, within the park’s 1,466 acres. Routes include a main loop that follows Memorial Dr., and around the Memorial Park golf course. The south side of the park includes various trails that will let you escape the crowds, and let you see nature all around you.
As urban as nature can get. The 445-acre Hermann Park located includes the Houston Zoo, Hermann Park golf course, and several historic art pieces. Several fitness stations are available around the park to expand your workout, and you have access to Brays Bayou, to take your run even farther.
At 2.92 miles, the Rice Loop sits across the street from Hermann Park. With various streets through Rice University, explore the amazing art and architecture available from this historic and prestigious university.
Towards the west end of Harris County, George Bush Park offers miles and miles of hiking and biking trails, playgrounds, sports fields and even a shooting range. Trails cross Buffalo Bayou through a nature reserve, giving runners a relaxing and memorable run.
There are hundreds of parks within Houston, and urban areas to give runners a new and unique experience.
By Dave Solce
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