What’s a great way to experience a Sunday afternoon?  How about a walk in the park?

A view along the hike/bike trail at Houston's Terry Hershey Park.Houston is known as a city of urban sprawl and no zoning, but what most people don’t know is that we have the second most park land among the top 10 most populous cities in the US (second to San Diego).  One of those parks is Terry Hershey Park that runs from Beltway 8 near Memorial all the way past Hwy 6.

A view along the hike/bike trail at Houston's Terry Hershey Park.The park is pretty much built along the Buffalo Bayou and has great bike and hike/walking trails, with several areas with water fountains along the route.  You’ll also find restrooms at a few stops and convenient parking areas to join in the fun.

So, on a recent sunny Sunday afternoon with lovely winter temperatures in the low 60s, I went for a leisurely walk with a friend.  We enjoyed being “away from the city” while still being in the city, the great weather, and wonderful conversation.

We headed west from the Beltway 8 (Sam Houston Parkway) entrance along the paved trail and walked to just a bit past Dairy Ashford Rd.  We returned on the dirt trail for a bit different perspective.  That dirt trail is easier on the feet and knees (softer than the pave trail) and is also a good option if you’ve got a mountain bike while the paved trail is used by road bikes.

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A view along the hike/bike trail at Houston's Terry Hershey Park.I don’t have any experience with it, but on the south side of the bayou lies the Anthills mountain bike trail which is loved by many.

For more information on Terry Hershey Park, please check out the park’s site.