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Get Outta Town! The Best Hiking Spots Near Houston.

The holidays are a time for family, friends, and food, food, food! ‘Tis the season for stuffing yourself royally, but all those extra calories might leave you hungry for a chance to burn off the excess baggage.

Well, lace up your hiking boots and hit the trail! These three hometown havens are all within an hour of Houston, but a world apart from the ordinary…

Galveston Island State Park
No one is an island, but this destination is singular in solitude, serenity, and sightseeing opportunities. Birdwatching soars to the top of the itinerary as majestic herons, curlews, and laughing gulls fly overhead – no joke! Watch as these feathered wonders fish for sustenance and then follow their lead; the fishing off of Galveston is unparalleled.
Paddle your way around the coastline and camp to your heart’s content. If you’re not in the mood for roughing it (due to all of that tasty goodness in your belly), then you can rent a cabin and glamp the weekend away!

Stephen F. Austin State Park
Oh deer! The nature viewing at this placid locale is filled with lush greenery, fresh air, and, of course, deer. Boasting six miles of trails, this spot is ideal for biking, hiking, and generally communing with Mother Earth. Park guests can also access a nearby 18-hole golf course, wade the Brazos River trolling for catfish, and camp under the stars of the Lone Star state. The sky truly is the limit at Stephen F. Austin Park!

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Sam Houston National Forest
For the eagle-eyed Houston traveler, this wooded wonderland is an ideal vantage point to see bald eagles during the colder months of the year. These patriotic birds are joined by rare red-cockaded woodpeckers who make a home in the Sam Houston National Forest. If your hiking and birdwatching efforts become too strenuous, you can always float your way to a natural nirvana with a boat ride in one of the area’s beautiful lakes: Conroe and Livingston.

Sam Houston National Forest

No matter where you may roam this holiday season, Houston flourishes with nearby getaways and general gorgeousness. And, as always, your return home to Alta City West is the most beautiful destination of all.

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The Best Community Gardens Around Houston

A community isn’t just the brick and mortar of its buildings. It’s more than the people who live there, too. A community is a whole ecosystem of living things that call an area home. Life depends on life to thrive, after all. The community garden movement embraces this concept and lets neighbors grow together.

Let’s explore the best community gardens around Houston.



The Westbury Community Garden is huge—it’s situated on a marvelous 7-acre site owned by the Houston Housing Authority. In 2009, a group of volunteers sought to lease the land from HHA. Today the garden is a joint project of the Westbury SuperNeighborhood, the Westbury Civic Club, and the Westbury Area Improvement Corporation.

The garden is a real hit with the community. In her 5-star review, Google Local Guide Katharine Dlouhy raves, “Love this great asset of our community in Westbury. Great place to volunteer or buy fresh produce on the weekends!”   



Campus Community Garden is approximately 600 square feet of land that the University of Houston has devoted to growing organic produce. True to their academic “roots,” they’ve made it their duty to educate campus and community members about healthy living. All of their produce is donated directly to local food pantries and facilities serving low-income families and individuals.

Their organic produce is not treated with pesticides or herbicides.



“Food is medicine!” Beauty’s Community Garden declares.  They’re an educational garden with community access to produce without limitations. Their food is all organic. And Beauty’s offers free gardening classes and cooking demos. They advocate for healthy school meals and host regular events to get people out to their wonderful, earthy space.

Anne Goldsmith lauds the place in her 5-star Facebook review: “What a learning experience to help out at this garden. I’m not even really a big gardener but it felt great to get my hands in the dirt… and then plant a bunch of fall veggies.”

It’s time to learn, grow and eat well at one of Houston’s best community gardens!

Photo Blog: Houston Golfing and Outdoor Adventures

Fore! That’s what we love to hear out and about as we enjoy the outdoors, especially now that summer’s begun. Of course, golfing is just one of many options for how to enjoy time outside in Houston this summer… but you’ve also got park days, picnics, hikes, and trips to the beach. Here in this week’s photo blog, we at Alta City West are pinpointing a few of our favorite outdoor activities (yes, golf is included) around Houston. Go on out there and soak up some sun!

Missing this unbelievable view today… The par 4 6th at @fourseasons golf Peninsula Papagayo is a world class hole

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This is a start of a great weekend! ⭐️

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Our day finished with a beautiful sunset… more adventures are coming soon 🏝

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Photo Blog: Spring in Houston

Love spring as much as we do? What’s not to love?! From the flowers blooming to the sun being out, picnic in the parks with friend, to quality time with family – you can’t beat a spring day here in Houston. Over in our southwest corner of the city here at Alta City West, we have a lot to love. We’re looking at some highlights on today’s photo blog… just a few of the reasons why springtime is the best time! Have pictures that you can share with us, too? We’d love to post some on our social media, so comment and send along! #HappySpring

When after dinner walks turn into bickering from two kids who can’t agree, but hey look at that sunset 🌅

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Arlo decided to stop and smell the flowers on our walk today 🐶🐾🌺🌸

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House gardener and his dog assistants at your service. #greenthumb #springtimeinHouston @texmariner84

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Where to Hike your Heart Out in Houston

With weather in the low 80’s and high 70’s this late winter, now is the perfect time to hike your heart out in Houston!

The Terry Hershey Sam Houston Parkway is just two miles down the road from Alta City West. At the Parkway you can run, hike, walk and bike! You can take the 2.9 mile loop or get more adventurous and veer off towards the Buffalo Bayou Park. On this trail  you’ll find hills, trees (some fallen) and green lushness – without the traffic that usually dominates the cityscape. The entire parkway expanse is about 10 miles, so if you want to go the distance, you may want to take a bike! Bring your dog and your kids and you’ll find plenty of other people out on the path!

Memorial Park sees 4 million visitors each year. You can hit the three mile loop by yourself or take the kids to the park. The Park’s official website indicates  that “thirty miles of hiking trails provide a respite from urban life, while local sports enthusiasts flock to the Park’s many amenities and facilities.” Amenities include a tennis court and a lighted path for walking at night. If you veer off the trail, you can find local restaurants (like Smoothy King) nearby.

Upcoming events include The Brunch Run on April 1st. A $20 entrance fee will get you a tee-shirt, 4 miles of exercise, and entrance into the after party.

Brays Bayou Hike and Bike Trail is where you can go Hike and Bike your heart out in Houston!  This paved trails even has a Bros Bakery on the trail! For those really into a long run, this path can stretch over 30 miles round trip! You can run, walk or bike right next to running water. There’s few shady trees on this path, so be sure to take advantage of the cooler winter weather.

Still need more green space and outdoor activity space? Try one of Houston’s many parks!

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