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5 Ways to Make Room for Adventure in Houston


Houston is so much more than a major metropolis. To the south you’ve got the Gulf of Mexico. To the north you’ll discover countless lakes and even a national forest. To the east, rivers run and nature preserves abound. And to the west you can road trip for days. Here are five seriously awesome spots to check out for your next adventure in and around the Houston area.

Camp Out at The Sam Houston National Forest

This time of year, the Sam Houston National Forest is perfect for camping out under the stars. Sitting just 50 miles North of Houston, this super-close camp destination is where you’ll want to be this summer. With rivers, creeks, lakes, and streams, plus plenty of trails to trek along, there’s so much to do while you’re here – just don’t forget the bug spray.

Mountain Bike The Anthills Trail

This single-track mountain biking route hugs the south bank of the Buffalo Bayou. For an awesome out-and-back 9.2-mile ride, park at Terry Hershey Park off Memorial Drive, gear up, and start your route along the Blue Jay Trail. Head south and bank left. Once you pass over the Buffalo Bayou is where you’ll hit Mockingbird Trail. From there, you’ll ride right to the Anthills Trail, which takes you all the way to N Wilcrest Drive, where you’ll end and head back.

Paddle Down Spring Creek

For the perfect flat-water paddle on Spring Creek, start your journey at the boat launch in the Old Riley Fuzzel Preserve and head upstream for an intense upper-body workout. And be sure to check out some incredible views of wildlife along the way. This route continues southeast on the waterway another 8.3 miles, where you can take-out at Jesse H. Jones Park & Nature Center. For a shorter paddle, there are plenty of take-out points along the way, including some spots for lunch or to take a break and enjoy the scenery.

Hit The Water at Trinity Bay

Speaking of waterways, if you’re looking for more Houston adventure than a flat-water paddle, you might want to check out a chartered fishing excursion on the Trinity Bay. Gearing up, getting on a boat, and treading water to start reeling in the best catch of the day is one way to level it up. In Trinity Bay, there are roughly 16 fishing charters to choose from when you’re ready to hit the water.

Trek Some Trails

For a moderate hiking trail, you’ll definitely want to check out the Memorial Park’s Purple Trail and Green Ridge Trail. Park at the main Memorial Park lot (off Memorial Drive, just East of I-610 and the railroad tracks). Start your hike by heading south to hop onto the Purple Trail, and loop around till you hit the Green Ridge Trail near the park restrooms. No matter which direction you loop around, you’ll have 4.7-plus miles here to explore. With plenty of shade and lots of well-maintained facilities on-site, this is the ideal place to take your next adventure in the Houston area.

Store More. Explore More.

Between river paddling trips, trekking through trails, and hopping on chartered fishing excursions, you’ll want to be storing your gear at any one of our nearby StorQuest Economy Self Storage locations in the Houston area. So find a location near you today and start planning your next adventure.

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