Columbia Tap Rail-Trail

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Cutting a swath through Houston's Third Ward, the Columbia Tap Trail is a 4-mile rail-trail connecting parts of southeastern Houston with offices, a convention center and a ballpark near downtown.

Completed in 2009, the trail follows the old Columbia Tap railroad route from Dixie Street in the south, passes through the campus of Texas Southern University, runs by churches and schools in the Third Ward and ends in a warehouse district on St. Charles Street, just blocks from Minute Maid Park, where the Houston Astros play.

The 10-foot-wide, paved trail is lined with native trees, is lighted for nighttime use and has many benches along its route, creating an inviting greenway through the neighborhood.

At the southern end, the Columbia Tap Rail-Trail connects with the Brays Bayou Hike and Bike Trail, a 16.4-mile trail providing access to Hermann Park, the Houston Zoo and the museum district.

The northern end of the Columbia Tap is a short ride on busy city streets to two other new rail-trail projects: the Harrisburg and Sunset Rail Trails, east of downtown, and the MKT/SP Rails to Trails (Heights Trail), which offers spectacular views of Houston's skyline and connects with neighborhoods north and west of the city center.

Parking and Trail Access

You can access the Columbia Tap Rail-Trail from numerous points in downtown Houston. For parking information, contact:

Houston Parks & Recreation Dept.
2999 South Wayside
Houston, Texas 77023


good trail

   September, 2015 by barsar

Have put off taking this trail but finally decided it was time to give it a go as it hooks nicely into BB hike and bike trail.sunday morning quite a few people out riding,jogging and with any of the trails around houston you just have to use more

Rider at own risk

   December, 2014 by tfitz87

Would be a really nice trail except it travels through a rough neighborhood. As a 6'4" 250lbs man I choose a different route via surface streets that were not so secluded. read more

I was beaten & robbed at 6 pm

   July, 2013 by shreddy mercury

I was riding the Columbia Tap trail and was attacked by two young males. They were sitting on a bench and as I rode past they knocked me off and began pummeling me. They demanded my phone but I was able to fight'em off. The cops said this has been happening more