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Fall hiking in Houston

Fall Hiking in Houston
Now that the brutal summer of 2009 is over and the weather is actually cooling down, it's time to get back out on the trail. Due to the lack of rain in the Houston area this year, most of the trails are open and dry enough to hike. However, whenever there is a strong storm, call the state park or check the rain amounts in the area before heading out.

Some of the most scenic fall hikes within 60 miles of Houston are in the Sam Houston National Forest on the Lone Star Hiking Trail, along Buffalo Bayou Park, in the Big Thicket Preserve, Armand Bayou Nature Center, Challenger Seven Memorial Park, and Galveston Island State Park. All the state parks including Huntsville, Brazos Bend, and Stephen F. Austin offer excellent hiking this time of year.

A little further away, but well worth the trip, is Lake Somerville, which has a 13 mile trail connecting the Birch Creek and Nails Creek Units. You can either put a car at both ends and hike from one end to the other in one day or take two days and backpack.

Whether you're looking for deep woods, prairies, coastal plains, or gentle hills, hiking around Houston has it all. For beautiful vistas off high peaks, you'll need to travel a few hundred miles west; but otherwise, Houston offers many hiking opportunities in many different ecosystems.

For more info: 60 Hikes Within 60 Miles: Houston




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