Only around 30 minutes north of Houston’s downtown, Lake Houston Wilderness Park has nearly 4,800 acres of wooded park for visitors to explore. It’s the only park in the Houston Parks and Recreation Department (HPARD) system that allows overnight camping. Admission to the park is $3 for those aged 13 to 64. The fees for cabins, group camping, and other reservable buildings vary. Check the park’s website for reservation information and a breakdown of rates and fees.
The entire park is accessible by car since the bridge at Peach Creek opened. In addition to standard campsites, the park also offers cabins and walk-in sites. The park features 20 miles of trails for hiking and biking and 13 miles open to horseback riding. Creeks inside the park are open to kayaking. The park is highly forested and is home to a number of different wildlife species, including several types of snakes. Be alert and aware while hiking, especially with your dog. Give any snakes plenty of space, and never allow your dog to chase local wildlife.
If you bring your dog with you, make sure to follow all the park’s rules and guidelines set for the protection of your pet as well as the local wildlife. Your pet must be under your physical control at all times, either inside a crate or on a leash no longer than six feet at all times. As with any park or public recreation area, always clean up after yourself and your pet, and don’t forget to bring waste bags.
Do not bring any dog who has prior aggressive issues or barks excessively. Make sure you also have proof of current rabies vaccine. Pets may never be left unattended, and make sure to pay attention to all posted signs where dogs may not be permitted. If you are looking for a quiet and wild spot to camp or spend a weekend outdoors, Lake Houston Wilderness Park is a great spot to visit and bring your pet!