Take to the trails along Buffalo Bayou for some terrific skyline views | Courtesy of Buffalo Bayou Partnership
Break a personal record—or just break a sweat—at our picks for the best running and jogging trails in Greater Houston.
From scenic urban paths to secluded wooded trails, we’ve gathered a handful of the best spots for your next run or jog in Greater Houston.
Take to popular parks inside the loop and find no shortage of fellow runners to pace with, or head to further reaches from Downtown and enjoy some of the best nature trails the city has to offer.
The Best Running & Jogging Trails in Greater Houston
Running & Jogging Trails Inside the Loop
Memorial Park remains the featured running destination in the city of Houston | Courtesy of Memorial Park Conservancy
- Memorial Park – One of the go-to spots for Houston runners, the 3-mile Seymour Lieberman Trail that runs along Memorial Drive and loops around the park’s golf course is a popular gravel path where you can generally find fellow joggers at any given time of day. If you’re in search of a more shaded path in the area, then try the various wooded trails on the southern side of Memorial, which wind through native ecosystems and range from easy 3/4-mile segments to more challenging 2-mile routes. Learn more.
- Rice University – For a shaded 3-miler, check out this popular gravel path that loops the university campus nestled in the Medical Center. A popular spot for runners, especially in Houston’s hotter months, much of the trail is under a canopy of oak trees that line the perimeter of Rice—which means keeping an eye out for exposed roots that are marked for high visibility along the route. Parking is tricky in the surrounding neighborhoods, but there’s plenty of paid parking available on campus. Learn more.
- Buffalo Bayou Park – For one of the most scenic runs in Houston, take to the popular 5.6-mile loop that stretches along Buffalo Bayou from Downtown to the Shepherd Street bridge. Along the way, you can combine various lengths in parallel paved and gravel paths to best meet …….