White Oak Bayou Greenway
New pedestrian bridge over White Oak Bayou Greenway. Photo by Tom Compson.
Beginning northwest of FM 1960, White Oak Bayou flows southeast almost parallel to Hwy. 290 toward downtown Houston where it joins together with Buffalo Bayou.
As part of the Bayou Greenways 2020 project, Houston Parks Board and its project partners are transforming White Oak Bayou into White Oak Bayou Greenway.
White Oak Bayou Greenway offers a ribbon of greenspace and uninterrupted hike and bike trails along the bayou within the city limits – approximately 15 miles from downtown to the city limits – connecting the parks, neighborhoods and people along the way like never before.
Parks found along White Oak Bayou include Watonga Parkway Park, T.C. Jester Park, Stude Park, White Oak Park and Hogg Park. There's plenty to do and see along White Oak Bayou Greenway. Click here to discover super places along the bayou!
Various wildlife call White Oak Bayou home. Take a stroll along the bayou and you’ll likely spot turtles, toads, Great Blue Herons, Channel Catfish and even bats.
Ready to explore? Click here to view an interactive map of White Oak Bayou Greenway.
Photos by F. Carter Smith.
• A segment of White Oak Bayou Greenway from Studewood St. to the pedestrian bridge west of Durham and Shephard is complete! Houston Parks Board, Memorial Heights Redevelopment Authority (TIRZ 5), the Houston Parks and Recreation Department and the Harris County Flood Control District hosted a ribbon cutting ceremony on Friday, December 9. Read the press release here.
*Public Works has a grant to complete the trail connection between Stude Park and the Heights hike-and-bike trail.
• On May 2, 2015 more than 200 people attended a “Bridge Bash” hosted by the Houston Parks Board, Memorial Heights Redevelopment Authority, Tax Increment Reinvestment Zone (TIRZ) 5 and the Houston Parks and Recreation Department. The event marked the completion of a new hike and bike trails and a new bridge over White Oak Bayou that connects to the Heights Hike and Bike Trail. The new bridge replaces the former MKT Railroad Bridge west of Shepherd Drive.
• On July 9, 2015 Houston Parks Board and the Houston Parks and Recreation Department officially opened another segment of White Oak Bayou Greenway, from Antoine Drive to Alabonson Road.
The city limits at Hollister Detention Basin to Alabonson
Construction has begun on the westernmost segment of White Oak Bayou Greenway from the city limits near Hollister Detention Basin to Alabonson and will be completed spring 2017.
Construction is underway of the Transportation Investment Generating Economic Recovery (TIGER 3) project on White Oak Bayou Greenway, which consists of three segments of trail near downtown Houston:
(a) trail connection up to the Leonel Castillo Community Center from the White Oak Bayou Greenway trail on the east side of the bayou,
(b) from the White Oak Bayou Greenway trail to the intersection of Main Street and Wood Street, and
(c) connections to the existing lower paved water’s edge near University of Houston-Downtown, creating a continuous, off-street bike and pedestrian connection between White Oak Bayou Greenway and the Buffalo Bayou trails.
Project is expected to be completed summer 2017.