Southbelt Hike & Bike Trail

Texas

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Southbelt Hike & Bike Trail Facts

States: Texas
Counties: Harris
Length: 3.75 miles
Trail end points: Blackhawk Road and Dixie Farm Road Park
Trail surfaces: Asphalt
Trail category: Greenway/Non-RT
ID: 11566124
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Southbelt Hike & Bike Trail Description

South Belt Hike & Bike Trail is a recreation path in the South Belt/ Ellington neighborhood of Houston. The trail measures 3.75 miles one way, and includes a 1.25-mile loop at one end. The official trailhead is located on the west end of the trail, at Blackhawk Road and features parking as well outdoor fitness stations. The trail heads south and east, sitting on the edge on a drainage canal that runs between rows of suburban homes. The trail intersects with the streets at different points but there are marked crosswalks at each point. The asphalt trail also manages to connect to three parks: Bishops Park and Clear Brook City Park, which are both managed by the Clear Brook City MUD; and Dixie Farm Road Park at the east end of the trail. All three parks have parking and their own walking paths which connect to the South Belt Trail. At Dixie Farm Road Park, the South Belt Trail loops around a detention pond. Benches are provided along the trail's route and there are additional seating and picnic areas in the parks.

Parking and Trail Access

Parking options include the official trailhead (10777 Blackhawk Blvd, Houston), Clear Brook City Park (911 Blackhawk Blvd, Houston) and Dixie Farm Road Park (Blackhawk Blvd. and Dixie Farm Rd.)

Southbelt Hike & Bike Trail Reviews

Great for Walkers

This is a great trail for walking. If you start at the beginning, make the loop and return, it's over 6 miles long. The asphalt surface is a little easier on the knees than other concrete trails. There are 3 points along the trail where you must cross street traffic although only one (Scarsdale) is a busy street. The other 2 are neighborhood streets. An added bonus is the tail passes through 3 different parks that provide 3 areas for parking. It's not the widest trail and can get congested in the afternoon especially with bike riders zooming around. It follows the banks of a drainage canal and loops around a large retention pond. Therefore, you're likely to encounter wildlife every now and then. There's even a detour on the back side of the loop that takes you through a densely wooded area for the adventitious folks. My kids call it the "Spooky Forest". Over all, it's a great opportunity to get out, exercise and meet some of your neighbors.

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