“A fast and fun loop in Lake Houston Wilderness Park.
— Damian Pool
Some sections may be too challenging for younger kids, but most of this ride is great for them!
Don't ride when wet.
Trails at this park were not designed with a loop concept. Therefore, creating a short loop may fulfill a need for new riders to follow a determined route. This loop includes a fun and flowy trail along the creek bank with nice view's of Peach Creek.
Need to Know
There is a $3 per person entry fee.
Starting from the nature center parking area, follow the road and turn left after the bridge onto Red Oak Road
. Follow Red Oak Road
and look for Dogwood trailhead on the left at the trees in the middle of the road.
Once onto Dogwood Trail
beware when crossing the old bridge. Follow the trail to where it intersects with Peach Creek Trail
. Turn left onto Peach Creek Trail
. From here, the trail begins to flow a little faster.
Keeping to the right to follow the lower half of Peach Creek Trail
and dip onto the creek banks. There is some sand along this section, so make your turns wisely. The trail merges back into the upper Peach Creek Trail
, right before a large bridge and a short climb.
At this point, the trail ends at the Peach Creek Loop
and a short dip and climb through a gulley brings you back to the nature center area.
History & Background
Much of this property was once owned by a timber company. Several Locations around Lake Isabel show remnants of a logging operation. The Girl Scouts also operated a camp on the west side of Peach Creek for many years and built the cabins and lodge in that area of the park. The land was then combined to spend a short time as a Texas State Park, which was when most of the trails were cut. It is now a City of Houston park and has been undergoing many updates and renovations.
The trails were all cut as doubletrack, and were unkept for years. Some have been slowly coming round to singletrack standards.