Kuma’s Fun Hiking & Park List For Pups

Here comes KumaBy Lorraine Bossé-Smith

As Summer comes to a close, it’s time to take advantage of time off with kids and pets. Get ready for some road trip inspiration! Below is a list of dog friendly state and local parks that are in or within a few hours of Houston. Where available, park names are linked to online reviews or official websites.

Sunny Beach
About 3.5 miles from the corner of Seawall and 61st street.
Galveston, TX 77554
Amenities: Port-o-potties, no drinking water available, vehicles permitted on beach, camping
Dogs welcome on leash
Fee: None

The Big Thicket
6102 Farm to Market Road 420
Kountze, TX 77625
Amenities: Public restrooms, no drinking water available, hiking trails, picnic sites, backcountry camping in designated areas, no camp grounds, some barbecue grills, fishing allowed with license, swimming in designated areas.
Dogs allowed on leash
Fee: $7.00 per person daily; children 12 and under free

Enchanted Rock
16710 Ranch Rd. 965
Fredericksburg, TX 78624
Amenities: Public restrooms, drinking water, camp sites, hiking trails (no biking allowed)
Dogs allowed on leash
Fee: $7.00 per person daily; children 12 and under free; camping additional

Dogologie
148 E Main Street, #B
Fredericksburg TX 78624
Amenities: Free doggy treats
Dogs allowed and welcome!
Fee: None

Brazos Bend
21901 FM 762 Road
Needville, TX 77461
Amenities: Public restrooms, camping, picnicking, hiking, biking, horseback riding, and fishing. The George Observatory is located in the park and is open Saturdays from 3 p.m. to 10 p.m.
Dogs allowed on leash; beware of alligators!
Fee: $7.00 per person daily; children 12 and under free

Seabrook Trail
At the intersection of Nasa 1 and Highway 146, go straight through the light, which then turns into 2nd Street. Take a left on Meyer and park at the pool on the right.
Seabrook, TX 77586
Amenities: Public restrooms and drinking water at parks alMcKinney Lakeong the path
Dogs allowed on leash
Fee: None

Lost Maples State Park
37221 F.M. 187
Vanderpool, TX 78885
Amenities: Public restrooms, drinking water, camp sites, hiking trails, fishing, canoeing, and swimming
Dogs allowed on leash
Fee: $6.00 per person during peak season or $5.00 off season daily; children 12 and under free; camping additional

Terry Hershey Park
15200 Memorial Drive
Houston, TX 77079
Amenities: Public restrooms and drinking water along path
Dogs allowed on leash
Fee: None

Champion Lake
From I-10, exit FM 565, Old River / Winfree. Go north 3 miles to FM 1409. Turn right on FM 1409 for another 3 miles to CR 417. Turn right on CR 417 for 1.8 mile. Please drive slowly through the residential neighborhood.
Amenities: Port-o-potty, fishing, canoeing, hiking
Dogs allowed on leash; beware of alligators!
Fee: None

Bay Area Dog Park
5970 Bay Area Boulevard
Houston, TX 77059
Amenities: Drinking water for dogs
Dogs allowed off leash
Fee: None

McKinney Falls State Park
5808 McKinney Falls Pkwy
Austin, TX 78744
Amenities: Public restrooms, drinking water, camping, playground, hiking, mountain biking, road biking, picnicking, fishing and swimming in Onion Creek
Dogs allowed on leash
Fee: $7.00 per person daily; children 12 and under free

Lorraine and Kuma ready for second hikeMcKinney Roughs Nature Park
1884 State Highway 71 W
Cedar Creek, TX 78612
Amenities: Public restrooms, drinking water, hiking, horseback riding
Dogs allowed on leash
Fee: $5.00 per person daily; children 12 and under free

Inks Lake State Park
3630 Park Road 4 W
Burnet, TX 78611
Amenities: Public restrooms, drinking water, camping, backpacking, hiking, swimming boating, water skiing, scuba diving, and fishing. Chris’s Landing Grill offers fresh food and coffee inside the park
Dogs allowed on leash
Fee: $7.00 per person daily; children 12 and under free; camping additional

Lake Livingston State Park
300 Park Road 65
Livingston, TX 77351
Amenities: Public restrooms, drinking water, camping, backpacking, hiking, swimming, mountain biking, horseback riding, boating, water skiing, scuba diving, and fishing.
Dogs allowed on leash
Fee: $7.00 per person daily; children 12 and under free

Stephen F. Austin State Park
Park Road 38
San Felipe, TX 77473-0125
Amenities: Public restrooms, drinking water, camping, backpacking, hiking, and mountain biking. Adjacent to the park is a privately operated 18-hole golf course available to park visitors
Dogs allowed on leash
Fee: $4.00 per person daily; children 12 and under free

Lake Bastrop South ShoreBastrop State Park
3005 Texas 21
Bastrop, TX 78602
Amenities: Public restrooms, drinking water, backpacking, camping, picnicking, canoeing (park rents canoes), swimming (pool), golfing, wildlife viewing, hiking, and interpretive programs
Dogs allowed on leash
Fee: $4.00 per person daily; children 12 and under free; camping additional

Lake Bastrop South Shore Park
375 S Shore Road
Bastrop, TX 78602
Amenities: Public restrooms, drinking water, general and hook up campsites, cabins, boat ramp, canoe/kayak launch, hiking, and swimming
Dogs allowed on leash
Fee: $5.00 per person daily; children 12 and under free; camping additional

Crystal Beach/Boliva Island
State Highway 87 in the middle of Bolivar Peninsula, TX 77550
Amenities: Portable restrooms, no showers, camping, vehicles permitted on beach, swimming, wind sailing, surfing, fishing
Dogs allowed on leash
Fee: Free ferry; parking fees

Dr. Ned & Fay Dudney Nature Park
1220 Egret Bay Boulevard
League City, TX 77058
Amenities: Public restrooms, drinking water, boardwalk, bird watching
Dogs allowed on leash; watch out for mosquitoes
Fee: Free

Brazoria National Wildlife Refuge
2022 County Road 227
Freeport, TX 77541
Amenities: Public restrooms, drinking water, Discovery Center, picnic area, boardwalk, trails, fishing, hiking, hunting
Dogs allowed on leash; beware of alligators!
Fee: Free

Kuma on the shoreSurfside Beach
1304 Monument Drive
Surfside Beach, TX 77541
Amenities: No public restrooms, no drinking water, palatals, vehicles permitted on beach
Dogs allowed on leash
Fee: No parking fee in off season; parking fees during peak season

Palmetto State Park
78 Park Road 11 S
Gonzales, TX 78629
Amenities: Public restrooms, drinking water, camping, picnicking, hiking, fishing, pedal boat and canoe rentals, swimming, tubing
Dogs allowed on leash
Fee: $3.00 per person daily; children 12 and under free; camping additional

Guadalupe River State Park
3350 Park Road 31
Spring Branch, TX 78070
Amenities: Public restrooms, canoeing, fishing, swimming, tubing, picnicking, hiking, biking, horseback riding, and camping
Dogs allowed on leash
Fee: $7.00 per person daily; children 12 and under free; camping additional

Lake Houston Wilderson Park & Dog Park
25840 Farm-To-Market Road 1485
New Caney, TX 77357
Amenities: Public restrooms, drinking water, dog park, hiking, camping (lodges, cabins, and dining hall available to rent)
Dogs allowed on leash; not permitted in buildings
Fee: $3.00 for all visitors ages 13 – 64; camping additional

Lake Houston
Alexander Deussen Park
2303 Sonnier
Houston, TX 77044
Amenities: Public restrooms, drinking water, pavilions, picnic tables, boat ramps, canoeing, jet skiing, tubing
Dogs allowed off leash in wildlife area; off leash in dog park
Fee: Free

ArmadilloLake Conroe
210 W Davis Street
Conroe, TX 77304
Amenities: Public restrooms, drinking water, boating, fishing piers, two swimming areas, children’s playground, picnic tables and grills, horseshoe pits, volleyball courts, and pavilion
Dogs allowed off leash
Fee: Free

Huntsville State Park
565 Park Road, 40 west
Huntsville, TX 77340
Amenities: Public restrooms, drinking water, camping, hiking, biking, picnicking, horseback riding, fishing, swimming, playgrounds, and a nature center
Dogs allowed on leash; beware of alligators!
Fee: $5.00 per person daily; children 12 and under free; camping additional

Sam Houston National Forest
8096 FM 2782
Nacogdoches, TX 75964
Amenities: Public restrooms, no drinking water, hiking, camping, horseback riding, archery, ATV’s
Dogs allowed on leash; watch out for mosquitoes!
Fee: Free

Kuma is happy and coolMemorial Park
6501 Memorial Drive
Houston, TX 77007
Amenities: Public restrooms and drinking water available along the loop, biking, hiking, in-line skating
Dogs allowed on leash
Fee: Free

Countryside Park
100 Alderwood
League City, TX 77573
Amenities: Public restrooms, drinking water, jogging path, baseball field, volleyball court, basketball court, picnic tables, canoeing
Dogs allowed on leash; watch out for snakes!
Fee: Free

Challenger 7 Memorial Park
2301 W Nasa Parkway
Webster, Texas 77598
Amenities: Public restrooms, drinking water, pavilions, playground, memorial garden, Earth art, boardwalk, hiking, biking, canoeing
Dogs allowed on leash
Fee: Free

Kuma on mound

Walter Hall Park

807 Highway 3 N
League City, TX 77573
Amenities: Public restrooms, drinking water, pavilions, picnic tables, playground, walking path, boardwalks, fishing, lighted tennis, baseball field, soccer
Dogs allowed on leash
Fee: Free

Randolph Park
5150 Farm to Market 2351
Friendswood, TX 77546
Amenities: Public restrooms, drinking water, pavilions, picnic tables, playground, walking path, tennis, baseball field, soccer
Dogs allowed on leash
Fee: Free

Clear Lake Park
5001 E. Nasa Parkway
Seabrook, TX 77586
Amenities: Public restrooms, drinking water, pavilion, playground, spray park, unpaved walking path, boat ramp, fishing, soccer, tennis court
Dogs allowed on leash
Fee: Free

Kuma is made for speedBuffalo Bayo u Park
1800 Allen Pkwy
Houston, TX, US
Amenities: Public restrooms, drinking water, dog park
Dogs allowed off leash in dog park
Fee: None

Danny Jackson Bark Dog Park
4828 1/2 Loop Central Dr
Houston, TX, US 77027
Amenities: Fully fenced with separate small dog area, swimming ponds, water spigots, fire hydrants, shade, and benches
Dogs allowed off leash
Fee: None

Levy Park Dog Park
3801 Eastside St
Houston, TX, US 77098
Amenities: Fenced area, playground, softball field
Dogs allowed off leash
Fee: None

Millie Bush Bark Park
16756 Westheimer Pkwy
Houston, TX, US 77082
Amenities: Fenced area, which includes a separate small dog area, doggie showers, shade, water spigots, benches, and fire hydrants
Dogs allowed off leash
Fee: None

Ervan Chew Dog Park
4502 Dunlavy
Houston, TX, US 77270
Amenities: Public restrooms nearby, fully fenced, and includes separate large and small dog areas, drinking fountains, shade trees, and benches
Dogs allowed off leash
Fee: None

Kuma and mom take a breakMaxey Park Bark and Run Dog Park
601 Maxey Rd
Houston, TX, US 77013
Amenities: Fenced dog park, which includes human and dog water fountains, separate small dog area, doggie cool-off showers, shade trees, and benches

Lorraine Bossé-Smith is a business consultant, coach, and speaker who rewires businesses for success. Whether you seek leadership development, communication skills, productivity, sales generation, or work/life balance, she gets results! She is the author of seven published books and can be reached at www.lorrainebosse-smith.com

 

One Response to Kuma’s Fun Hiking & Park List For Pups

  1. Kim or David Anthony

    October 31, 2016 at 1:45 pm

    Thanks for sharing these locales!!!