While a lot of people picnic in Bear Creek Park in far west Houston, I’m not sure that many know of a nice 2 mile hiking trail in the back of the park east of the Equestrian Center. Part of the Addicks Reservoir, Bear Creek Pioneers Park was created in the 1940’s by the Army Corps of Engineers to prevent flooding in the area. In 1965, Harris County leased 2,154 acres of the reservoir to develop a park that now includes a lighted walking trail, an equestrian trail, a small zoo, soccer fields, tennis courts, little league fields, and picnic pavilions. The nature trail starts out as a single trail but then splits, creating the 1.9-mile Nature Trail and 3.5-mile Equestrian Trail. Study the two signs at the trailhead to understand the rules and to read up on the area’s poisonous snakes. To find the trail, drive down Bear Creek Drive into the park from Clay Road and take the first left after S. Golbow Drive. There is a parking lot on the right with the trail head through a fence and straight ahead. This is a very quiet, shady trail that is ideal for beginning hikers.