This trail follows a legacy roadbed south from access at North Eldridge Parkway. Though most of the trail is well-drained, there are several points that are hard to detour around after rains. There is an option to reach eastbound Bauer Trail
that is less prone to standing water.
The access point is a turn-out on Eldridge about halfway between Clay Road and War Memorial. There is a steel gate which you have to climb over. After a short run to the southeast, the old roadway runs due south to Bauer Trail
, passing the intersection with the Phillips Cutoff
. The last 50 feet or so of this portion of Noack Trail is low and remains boggy for a long time after rains. It is hard to detour around this bog if you want to go west.
However, if you want to go east on Bauer Trail
, the Phillips Cutoff
is higher ground and will take you near the head of the Hermann Hospital Trail
. The large, open field was the drill site for the Bauer Estate No. 1, which was drilled by Phillips Petroleum Company in 1986. Since it was an oilfield road, the cutoff is relatively high and well-drained.
Noack Trail intersects with Bauer Trail
then goes west on the Bauer route about one-quarter mile. There is a deep bog on Bauer Trail
that can usually be avoided by a detour to the north.
Noack Trail then continues due south. The access from Bauer Trail
is a low-water crossing which can sometimes be forded. On this segment, there is a dike east of the old roadbed that can be used to bypass some of the low and muddy segments. The trail ends at Miles Trail
with a good dry intersection.
Be prepared for mosquitoes and fire ants.
According to US Army Corps of Engineers’ records, the northern end of this trail is on the boundary between land previously owned by Max Noack and a tract of about 354 acres owned by Jerry C. Bauer and his wife. Max Noack owned about 125 acres on the southeast corner of Clay Road and the old Addicks-Fairbanks Road (now North Eldridge Parkway). The majority of this trail is on land that belonged to the Bauer family before being acquired for the reservoir.