#RunWithStar - Running Routes to Check Out in Houston
Hey everyone! So today I'm sharing running routes I enjoy running along and spend most of my time on. If you have been following my IG handle and stories (@starla_shines) I just started with a segment of #runwithstar where I share my running adventures and routes with everyone!
Here are the routes I enjoy the most and frequently visit (note: all are inside the 6-10 loop area)!
1. Memorial Park
Distance: 3 mile loop
Why: SO many other runners out there to get yourself motivated and pumped! Sometimes when you are out on the trials alone you can kind of second guess yourself, so it helps having so many people out there to push you along the loop. Fun fact- according to MapMyRun users, this is the most run on trail in the U.S.
For night time it is also a good place to get your run in because of all of the lights following the trail. There are also a good amount of people still out there around 9pm. Normally I have also seen a police officer patrolling around the area. So if you are a night owl or work late, this is a spot to take advantage of!
There is also plenty of people-watching entertainment in the mornings and weekends! Around the loop there is also water stations, bathrooms, golf range, tennis court areas, volleyball courts, community pool, Smoothie King, and locker room area that is available for anyone to use.
2. White Oak Bayou
Distance- however far you want!
Why: The distance varies on where you actually start. Normally I start up at the Leonel Castillo Community Center (the view is a-maz-ing by the way) and go down into White oak Bayou and then getting on Heights Hike and Bike trail. you can also take the White Oak Bayou trail straight into Downtown Houston to run right through downtown or hop onto Allen Parkway Jogging trail.
3. Heights Hike and Bike
Distance: approximately 8 miles
Why: You can start at Studewood Park where you wil cross along the high way bridge and get right on the hike and bike path. This is where you get a great skyline view of Houston as well, so keep you phone camera ready! The path takes you all the way down scenic heights area through beautiful homes, new restaurants, and you will pass several parks. It can also take you just to the very edge of downtown Houston.
4. Allen Parkway jogging Trail
Distance approximately 4.75 miles
Why: The start of the trail is right off sabine street. There is parking nearby the Lee & Jamail Skate Park, and the community center. They have even added several parking areas along Allen Parkway.
In my opinion this is probably the most scenic trail in Houston area. the trail is right in the heart of the city. Around the trail is several neighborhoods: Midtown, Downtown, Montrose, River Oaks, Washington/Sawyer heights, so you see many different business, restaurants, and people all around the trail. You have direct photo opportunity of the city skyline and close up view of the downtown buildings. The trail also holds life to dog parks, skate parks, art works, volleyball courts, and an outdoor theater.
5. Herman Park
Distance: 2 miles (tip: go around Houston Zoo to get up 5 miles)
Why: Even though it is right by the very busy Texas Medical Center, it is an oasis in which, it casts out all the noise and hustle and bustle of the city. It is a very calm and quiet trail. There are very few things disrupting the routes here, so it is a great place to get a consistent tempo run or workout in. You can also cross over Main street and to also run and extra 3 miles on the Rice University Loop.
The parking is also great there. You can park in the lot by the McGovern Centennial Gardens or by the Houston Zoo and there is also street parking. surround the trail. The city's museums and art galleries are also surrounding the trail, so right after you have direct access to these beautiful treasures! The trails are also by the g, so I would encourage to definitely go and explore the gardens as a walk/cool-down
6. Rice University Loop
Distance: 3 miles
Why: Take a nice jog around of the most beautiful campuses int he country. Surrounding the university is also the West University neighborhood which is home to some of the most expensive real estate in the city. But what I enjoy most about the trail is the SHADE! So if you en dup missing your running group, or over sleep, this is a place to come to beat the Houston, Texas heat! Beautiful trees canopy over the trail to prove extensive amounts of sun protection.
Parking is also available next to the Rice Football Stadium along Greenbriar road and costs about 2 dollars per day. --not too bad!
7. Paul Carr Jogging Trail
Distance: 2 miles
Why: This is another trail in the Houston Heights area that is easily accessible. You can park along the street on Heights Blvd and also benefit from all the trees covering the trail. Even though it is only a 2 mile trail, it is a great spot to get a short 2nd run in or if you're beginning, to help get your feet wet!
Hope you guys are following and enjoying m #runwithstar series I've been doing! I am having so much sharing my running more often with you guys and where I am actually running! Stay tuned for more running!
and- please let me know where you run! even if it is outside of the 610 loop area, that is okay! i like knowing where there are other running routes and would love to go check it out to share!