“A beautiful and quiet loop on a mix of singletrack and fire road through old forest and swamp.
— Zander Göpfert
Birding · River/Creek · Wildlife
A great loop option through Lake Houston State Park with opportunities to see wildlife and birds among the cypress swamps and dense forest. Head south on the Peach Creek Loop Trail
as it continues onto the Ameri-Trail
. Near Lake Isabel, use 5 Mile Rd
to work your way back to the Nature Center parking area.
Sections can be wet but this would make a terrific, scenic route for a longer loop.
To access this route, head to the Nature Center trailhead and parking near the NW corner of the Peach Creek Loop Trail
. Start south onto the Peach Creek Loop Trail
. The tread is mostly hardpack that follows the banks of Peach and Caney Creeks. The trail winds through a few small cypress swamps and also has several 30-50 yard long sandy sections.
After just under a half mile, continue onto the Ameri-Trail
, which continues in the same way through a beautiful forest on the edge of an old swamp.
will eventually bend to the left (east) until it links up with 5 Mile Rd
5 Mile Road is closed to vehicles for this southern portion and provides access to Lake Isabel. It will head back north toward the Nature Center parking area and the start of the loop.
Overall, this is a lovely loop, and though it is fairly long, there is little to no elevation to worry about.