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New pedestrian bridge over White Oak Bayou Greenway. Photo by Tom Compson.

White Oak Bayou Greenway

Beginning in northwest Harris County, White Oak Bayou flows southeast to downtown at historic Allen's Landing where it joins 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 provides over 15miles of public greenspace and hike-and-bike trails within the city limits, connecting the parks, neighborhoods and people 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.

White Oak Bayou Greenway Projects


•    White Oak to Buffalo Downtown Trail Connections project is now complete! The project consisted of three trail connections: 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.

The project was funded through a USDOT Transportation Investment Generating Economic Recovery great with local matching funds from various groups. Read more here: http://houstonparksboard.org/news/tiger-3-ribbon-cutting/

•    The westernmost segment of White Oak Bayou Greenway is complete and is now open. It stretches west from Alabonson Road past N Houston Rosslyn Road.

To connect with W Little York and Hollister, the Near Northwest Management District is planning to extend the Trail across the Hollister Detention Basin, based on the Bayou Greenways plans.  This project will be funded by the District and a grant from the Houston-Galveston Area Council.

•    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.

•    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.