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The Houston Arboretum Trails

The Houston Arboretum and Nature Center is one of the city’s best ways to experience the great outdoors. With always free admission, there’s no reason not to stop in for a nature break, seven days a week, from dawn to dusk. There’s a diverse selection of trails offering light hikes and plenty of scenic views. Be sure to try out these trails on your next visit! 

  • The Ravine Trail reopened last year boasting boardwalks and even a little elevation in our city that’s notoriously flat. Muralist Anat Ronen’s owl keeps an eye on visitors too. 
  • The Donor Boardwalk offers universal access to individuals of all abilities and a serene backdrop.
  • The Meadow Trails leads to a large pond where you’ll likely see turtles basking in the sun and maybe a glimpse of the resident alligator. 
  • The Buttonbush Trail, named after the flowering plant common in wet areas, has a wetfield station and swamp to educate Houstonians about our local ecosystem. 

And be sure to check out the Arboretum’s calendar full of activities for all ages – from owl prowls to foraging for edible wild plants. 

Happy trails,


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