The Brays Bayou Hike and Bike Trail was developed in the early 1970s when the bayou channel was paved. Luckily we have stopped paving the bayous since then. Although this hike is just over 9.7 miles, you can continue to on making the out-and back route more than 20 miles long. This is a moderate to difficult hike because of the length and lack of trees (due to the concrete). The trail is often used by both hikers and cyclists, so watch out for bikes at all times. To start the hike on the east end, park at MacGregor Park and head west across Calhoun Street just south of the University of Houston. There is a sign for the Levi Vincent Perry Jr. Jogging Trail, which is part of the Upper Bank Trail along Brays Bayou. Hike to Greenbriar Street and the turn around and hike bike for a hike of just under 10 miles. You can continue on but remember you have to get back to your car so don’t be too ambitious. Of course, since this is an urban hike, there are places for you to stop and get a bite to eat and rest along the way. This is a great hike to see the beautiful houses along the bayou as you begin your hike and then to see downtown Houston to your right and the Medical Center straight ahead. You will pass by the Houston Zoo and Hermann Park near the latter part before your turn. Bring plenty of water and sunscreen.
This information was taken from the book “60 Hikes Within 60 Miles: Houston”.
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