Just north of Beltway 8 in Houston is Mercer Botanic Gardens, a 325-acre garden with great family hiking trails. While they may not be particularly long, they offer beautiful glimpses of the many types of plants the Gardens offer. Mercer is divided by Aldine Westfield Road with the botanic gardens located on the east side where over 20 acres of maintained gardens feature bamboo, daylilies, endangered species, ferns, gingers, herbs, tropicals and more. There is also a trail system on the east side that covers 1.5 miles plus a .4-mile main garden loop. There are ponds, a visitor’s center, courtyard plaza, restrooms and serene spots to just sit and enjoy the gardens. Head across the street to the west side where there are a number of hiking loops that all together make a 2.25 mile hike. Also on the west side are two playgrounds, a picnic area with 58 picnic tables, two barbecue pavilions, a hickory bog, boardwalk, cypress swamp, and a maple tree collection. If your are hiking on the west side, park at the trailhead rather than trying to walk across Aldine Westfield. It is just safer.
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