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Google Maps now Feature Houston's Trails

Miles of trails and parkland now available on Street View for virtual tours

Houston’s trails are on the map! Beginning May 3, 2016, anyone with internet access can virtually explore miles of Houston’s trails and parkland without ever leaving their home. Imagery of Houston’s most popular outdoor recreational areas, including the emerging Bayou Greenways, Hermann Park and Memorial Park, are now accessible on Street View in Google Maps. Now you have the ability to take self-guided tours of these locations and see what the city has to offer in terms of greenspace and routes for off-street transportation. Open Google Maps on your phone or your computer’s internet browser and begin exploring!

Download the press release here.

The addition of Houston trails and parkland to Google Street View was made possible through a partnership with the Houston Parks Board and Google Maps.

How the Google Trekker Works

Selected by Google to participate in the Trekker Loan Program, Houston Parks Board staff members were tasked with carrying the Google Trekker across the city to map continuous trails and parkland. The Trekker equipment, designed by Google to access locations only accessible by foot, consists of a 40-pound backpack equipped with GPS technology and cameras that record a 360-degree image. The Houston Parks Board staff hiked approximately 150 miles with the Google Trekker to collect images of Houston parkland and the emerging Bayou Greenway network. The new Street View images showcase the connectivity happening in Houston and ultimately give a glimpse of what's in store when Bayou Greenways 2020 is complete: a continuous park system along Houston’s major waterways. Houston, Texas, now joins the ranks of other off-street destinations featured on Google Street View, including the Amazon Rainforest, the Great Barrier Reef and the Grand Canyon.

Happy Trails!

Find a newly mapped area near you and start exploring! To get you started, take a look at the list of mapped areas in Houston below*. Click the location to see the Street View in Google Maps:

Bayou Greenway Trails
Brays Bayou Greenway Trails
White Oak Bayou Greenway Trails
Halls Bayou Greenway Trails
Greens Bayou Greenway Trails
Sims Bayou Greenway Trails
Hunting Bayou Greenway Trails

Other Parks and Trails
Hermann Park
Memorial Park
Buffalo Bayou Park
Arthur Storey Park
Bill Coats Bridge
City View Park
Columbia Tap Rail Trail
Heights Hike and Bike Trail
Hutcheson Park
Keith Weiss Park
MacGregor Park
Mason Park
Revielle Park
Shady Lane Park
Stude Park
T.C. Jester Park
Terry Hershey Park
Thomas R. Wussow Park
Tidwell Park
Tierwester Bridge
Tom Bass Regional Park
Tony Marron Park
West Houston Trail
Westchase Library Loop Trail

*If you notice that a park or trail looks different on street view, please note that Google Trekker images were taken from November 2014 - April 2015.

The Houston Parks Board would like to thank Google for making this project possible and give special thanks to Houston Parks and Recreation Department, Buffalo Bayou Partnership, Memorial Park Conservancy, Hermann Park Conservancy, Harris County Precinct One, Harris County Precinct Three and others that welcomed the Trekker to photograph their greenspaces.