Lake Houston Wilderness Park
 New Caney, TX

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15 miles


doubletrack; ranch road; singletrack

network  |  out and back

HPRD (park)  |  HPRD (trails)

$3 per person 13 and older/day use (annual pass available for $25)

Peach Creek Loop  |  Logging Loop  |  Forest Trail
River Trail North  |  River Trail South

• Walk-in campsites with a lantern post, picnic table, fire ring, and grill
• Picnic pavilion
• Shower building with restrooms

HPRD website

(281) 354-6881 - Park Office
(713) 865-4500 - HPRD main office
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Welcome to Lake Houston Park The bridge crossing Peach Creek Once you cross the bridge you have choices At this point feel free to go around the chain The ranch road leading to Trail Marker 1
At TM 1 you can go straight to reach Isabel Lake or turn left on to Logging Loop Trail Doubletrack along Logging Loop Trail Walk this $quot;bridge$quot; - your bike will appreciate it A well-defined section of doubletrack along Logging Loop Trail With such level ground, boardwalks are often necessary in this part of Texas One of the more technical sections of Lake Houston...really
At last, a little singletrack Section of trail along River Trail North Singletrack before reaching TM 6 TM4, one of many spots with a bench to take a break At the end of River Trail North (TM6) is this opportunity to cool off
Doubletrack section between TM 7 & TM 8 A flowing section of Peach Creek Loop Trail A little whoop-dee-doo along Peach Creek Loop Trail


  Lake Houston Park, formerly Lake Houston State Park, is another one of those trails that are great for riding if you are passing through or on your way there for other reasons, but not a trail system that I would drive several hours to ride (although I did). The trails here are 95% doubletrack, with a few short stretches of ranch road, and a hint of singletrack thrown in for good measure. Actually, I think most of the "singletrack" is simply doubletrack that is partially overgrown. Like most trails in East Texas, elevation change is minimal, making Lake Houston very beginner-friendly.
  Shortly after leaving the park HQ, you will come to a bridge that spans the width of Peach Creek. Cross here and you have three choices: jump on Peach Creek Trail Loop either to your left or right, or continue straight to either take Forest Trail or Stable Road. If you continue straight, either by way of Forest Trail or Stable Road, you will eventually come to a ranch road that goes left or right. The choice is yours as to which way to go, but in retrospect, going left (riding Logging Loop Trail clockwise) seems like it may have been the better choice. Logging Loop Trail, along with North & South River Trail, provides you with more than your fill if you are a doubletrack fan. If you decide to take River Trail North out to East Fork San Jacinto River you have the opportunity to cool off by way of the rope swing that hangs from the tree overhanging the river (see photo). Many sections of Lake Houston’s trails which are highly prone to flooding have had platform paths built and many more are in the process of being built (see photos). Trail Markers are located along the trails and at most intersections/turns to help you stay oriented to the map. Also, most of these locations provide a bench to take a break. Speaking of needing a break, if you are looking for a little extra mileage, consider taking the ranch road down to Lake Isabel for an additional 5 miles.
  The best asset Lake Houston has to offer to mountain bikers hands down is the Peach Creek Trail Loop. Unfortunately, my trip found half of it closed due to construction. Nevertheless, the half that I rode was the highlight of my visit to Lake Houston. I recommend riding the loop clockwise, as this puts you descending the one downhill section I came across. It also leads you alongside Peach Creek for a scenic little ride. Much of Peach Creek is wide enough that the skills necessary to negotiate tight, twisting turns are not required. In other words, there is adequate room for error and, as a result, a great place to introduce someone to actual mountain biking.
~ 2010)

  Lake Houston Park charges a $3 fee but the fee is very minimal when you consider the time that you can spend riding these long trails. There are a couple of loops, but the trails are very scenic with an occasional drop and dip to keep you entertained. These are not very technical but if your goal is ride some trails thru the woods this is the place for you. The wildlife is also present in this area and the park warns you about poisonous snakes, but I did not see any on my ride. The park also offers various rest stops and bathrooms and a nature center with maps of all the hike and bike trails.
~ M. Medina


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Last modified:1 January 2012