Houston is not just the space city; it’s also a dog lover’s paradise! With its year-round warm weather and diverse landscape, there are plenty of places for you and your furry companion to explore including these 10 best places to walk your dog in Houston.
Whether you’re looking for a leisurely stroll or a challenging adventure, we’ve got you covered. So, grab your leash, water bottle and treats (see our recommended products below), and get ready to embark on a tail-wagging adventure as we present the 10 best places to walk your dog in Houston!
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1. Buffalo Bayou Park
Located just minutes from downtown Houston, Buffalo Bayou Park offers 160 acres of lush greenery, winding trails, and breathtaking skyline views. With ample space for Rover to roam, this park is perfect for socializing, playing fetch, or simply enjoying a leisurely walk.
Be sure to stop by the Johnny Steele Dog Park, a two-acre site located near Allen Parkway and Montrose Boulevard. Features include a pond for your pooch to cool off in, shade structures, dog washing areas, benches, and drinking fountains complete with spigots for dogs.
Location: 1800-3600 Allen Pkwy and Memorial Dr, Houston | Difficulty: Easy | View Map
2. Memorial Park
Memorial Park is a haven for dog lovers and fitness enthusiasts alike. This expansive green space sprawls over 1,500 acres and features an impressive network of over 30 miles of trails, making it a delightful playground for both humans and canines. The popular 2.9-mile Seymour Lieberman Exercise Trail is perfect for a casual stroll with your canine, or a more strenuous walk with Rover. Along the trail, there are exercise stations where you can add an extra dimension to your workout. Plus, the trail is lit after dark, allowing for safe, early morning or evening strolls. Or, light your way with Ledlenser H5 Core Headlamp or P7R Core Flashlight (better yet, enter our Doggone Giveaway below for the chance to win both!
Location: 6501 Memorial Drive, Houston | Difficulty: Moderate | View Map
3. Terry Hershey Park
Located in West Houston, Terry Hershey Park is a haven for nature lovers and dog lovers alike, with its picturesque Buffalo Bayou and more than 12 miles of trails to explore. Stroll along the winding pathways with your pooch, breathe in the fresh air, and enjoy the scenic bayou views as you momentarily forget the city’s hustle and bustle.
For those who relish a bit of a challenge, the Anthills Trail is a top pick. This trail offers an invigorating hike with its steep inclines and winding paths. As you traverse the trail, don’t forget to keep an eye out for the park’s quirky residents – the armadillos! These fascinating creatures add a unique charm to your outdoor adventure. Whether you’re playing fetch in the open green spaces, trotting along the scenic trails, or simply relaxing by the bayou, Terry Hershey Park offers a pawsome day out.
Location: 15200 Memorial Dr, Houston | Difficulty: Moderate to difficult | View Map
4. George Bush Park
George Bush Park in West Houston is a tail-wagging paradise for you and your four-legged friend. This expansive 7,800-acre park, one of the largest urban parks in the country, offers endless opportunities for a fun-filled doggy day out. Among the park’s numerous amenities, the Millie Bush Dog Park is a standout. Named after former President George H.W. Bush’s beloved pet, this dedicated dog park is fully equipped to keep your pup entertained. It features large, fenced-off areas for both small and large dogs, ensuring a safe and enjoyable environment for all.
Your canine pals will love romping around, making new friends, and exploring the various agility equipment. And on those hot Houston days, they can cool off in one of the park’s doggy ponds. Meanwhile, you can relax on one of the many benches and enjoy the shade provided by mature trees.
Beyond the dog park, the trails that crisscross George Bush Park are perfect for leisurely walks or energetic runs with your furry companion. The park’s stunning natural scenery, complete with wetlands and prairies, provides a beautiful backdrop for your doggone adventures!
Location: 16756 Westheimer Pkwy, Houston | Difficulty: Easy to moderate | View Map
5. Discovery Green
Situated in the heart of downtown Houston, Discovery Green is an urban oasis that offers a variety of engaging activities for both humans and canines alike. The park features a one-acre lawn, a small lake (sorry, no dogs in the water), and an interactive water feature that provides a refreshing splash for pups during the hot summer months. Better yet, the Kinder Large Dog Run and the Harriet and Joe Foster Small Dog Run offer a place at the park for your four-legged family members to play off leash with their furry friends. Both are open daily from 6 a.m. to 11 p.m.
Location: 1500 McKinney St, Houston | Difficulty: Easy | View Map
6. Danny Jackson Family Bark Park
Located near the West Loop, the Danny Jackson Family Bark Park is a fabulous place for Fido to enjoy some off-leash frolicking. It features separate areas for large and small dogs, as well as a swimming pond, wash stations, and a shaded seating area for dog owners to relax while the dogs run and play. The surrounding green space is ideal for a leisurely stroll after a fun game of fetch.
Location: 4828 1/2 Loop Central Dr, Houston| Difficulty: Easy | View Map
7. White Oak Bayou Greenway
White Oak Bayou Greenway is a must-visit for you and your mutt. This greenway, stretching over 15 miles, winds through the heart of Houston, offering panoramic views of the city skyline and the serene White Oak Bayou. The paved trail provides a perfect spot for a leisurely stroll with your pooch, who in turn, will love sniffing out new scents and meeting fellow furry friends along the way. And, the Greenway’s open green spaces are excellent for a game of fetch or a relaxing picnic.
Location: 4000 T C Jester Blvd, Houston | Difficulty: Easy to moderate | View Map
8. Bane Park
Bane Park is a hidden gem in Northwest Houston, offering a tranquil, 18.2-acre setting for a leisurely stroll with your four-legged friend. The park features a beautiful pond, picnic areas, and a playground, making it a perfect spot for you and Spot. There’s even duck-watching opportunities at the fishing pond, but be sure to keep your pup leashed to avoid any unintended mishaps!
Location: 9600 W Little York Rd, Houston | Difficulty: Easy | View Map
9. Rice University Loop
Take a stroll around the picturesque campus of Rice University with your furry friend. The 3-mile loop trail is shaded by beautiful oak trees, providing a cool respite during the warm Houston summers. Enjoy the stunning architecture, public art, and peaceful atmosphere as you meander through this beautiful campus with your canine companion by your side (on-leash, of course).
Location: 6100 Main St, Houston | Difficulty: Easy | View Map
10. Bear Creek Pioneers Park
Bear Creek Pioneers Park spans over 2,000 acres, offering a plethora of activities for you and your pooch — from walking trails, to sports fields, to picnic areas to a dog park.
Speaking of dog parks, one of the highlights of the park is the Bill Archer Dog Park. This spacious and well-maintained dog park is every dog’s dream. It’s divided into two sections — one for large dogs and another for small dogs — ensuring that all canines can enjoy their playtime safely. Both areas come equipped with agility courses, and there are plenty of benches and shaded areas for the human companions to relax. There’s even a pond for a refreshing splash (for your doggo, of course)!
Be sure to visit the CityDog Directory for more great places to sit, stay and play with your pooch plus discover special deals and discounts from our CityDog Partners!
about the author
Brandie Ahlgren is founder and editor of CityDog Magazine. She, and her team of dog-loving editors, dig up the best places for you to sit, stay and play with your four-legged friends. Brandie, 12-year-old boxer Thya and Mexican foster failure Pancho, reside in West Seattle and can often be found hanging out at Westcrest Dog Park.