Northgate Forest is a residential golf community that is located approximately a 40-minute commute north of downtown Houston, Texas. There is a commercial shopping area on the southeast corner of the neighborhood with fast food eateries, convenience stores, banking, and other shops and services that can be reached on foot.
Pet owners will find several veterinarians and large chain pet stores in the surrounding areas, only a short drive away.
When venturing out on foot, you should check local forecasts first as severe thunderstorms and even tornadoes can occur in the Houston area. Extreme heat in the summer months can also pose a hazard to pedestrians and pets. When walking with your dog, take short treks, drink lots of water, find shady locations for strolls, or venture out earlier or later in the day when it is cooler. Winters are relatively mild and sub-freezing temperatures are rare, so you can walk all year round with your dog without having to bundle up!
Cypress Creek Road is situated on the south border of Northgate Forest and provides access to this residential golf community. A creek flows around the northern border and the country clubhouse and facilities are situated on the north side of the community. The golf course extends through the region and around the residential homes.
Houses in the area are large, high-end detached homes on well landscaped and maintained properties. The community occupies 440 acres and is a planned community surrounded by forested and rural communities. The manicured green spaces are complete with fountains and ponds and the community is gated, making it exclusive with limited access. Features like special street lights, stone works, and wrought iron fencing add to the luxurious feel of the neighborhood.
There are no separate sidewalks for pedestrians in the community. Stick to grassy berms when possible to stay off local roadways. The terrain is flat and you and your dog will not have to climb up or down hills in the area.
Northgate Forest homes and residential streets are surrounded by a golf course which creates a beautiful greenway, however, dogs are not generally permitted unless they are service dogs. You can enjoy the surrounding golf course and forested areas on the community's border while walking along residential streets which are quiet and secluded with no thru-traffic.
A short drive to the southwest, dog owners and their pets can access Collins Park, a recreational park with sports fields and facilities that provide access to the Gourley Nature Trail. This trail connects to Meyer Park, a little further to the southwest. The trail is a 10-foot-wide, paved path that extends for half a mile. The trail is a multi-use trail, so watch out for cyclists and other users and keep your dog on a leash. You should also bring supplies to clean after your pet to be respectful to other park and trail users.