5 great jogging trails across greater Houston

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Stretch, break a sweat, and get fit for summer at some of the city’s best paths for joggers.

Whether you want to break a record, or just break a sweat, Greater Houston boasts many great trails and parks to do it in. We highlighted five of our favorites.

5 Great Jogging Trails in Houston

  • Rice University Loop – A popular post-work and post-class trail, the university’s own running trail gives runners a three-mile loop jog. Go for a quick jaunt or wrap round and round, or join the BON running club that hits the path every Tuesday at 5:30pm.
  • Memorial Park  This three-mile trail also touts exercise stations located along the trail, and a larger workout station near the tennis center for those looking for a challenging workout. For sprinters, work on your speed and develop your running skills at the quarter-mile timing track.
  • Terry Hershey Park  Share the paths with cyclists and speed-walkers at the West Houston conservancy. The park provides a scenic route with wildflowers and greenery aplenty.
  • Buffalo Bayou Park  Another favorite for busy Houstonians looking for a quick sweat, the Bayou boasts plenty of paths to weave in and out of with great views of downtown. The park has seen a number of updates, repairs, and additions, making it a multi-use, sightseeing spot.
  • The Woodlands Lake  For those not wanting to possibly get lost inside the George Mitchell Nature Preserve, the four-mile loop around the city’s lake still makes for a good burn. Go round and round on the wide paths and set your personal best.
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Nick Esquer has been in content creation since the age of 15 when he took his first job as a cub reporter for a local newspaper. Since then, he has earned a B.A. from Arizona State University in his native Phoenix, and an M.F.A. from Queens University of Charlotte. He arrived in Houston in February 2013 when he assumed the position of assistant editor at Houston Modern Luxury magazine for more than a year.