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Katy’s 9 Best Nature Hikes for Babies, Toddlers, and Preschoolers

katy's 9 best hiking trails

It’s springtime in Katy! That means it’s time to get outdoors and enjoy the sunshine before the oppressive heat of summer. A great way to get out and spend time outside with your little one is to hit the trail. Whether you plop them in a stroller, wear them, or even encourage them to walk along with you, it’s always fun to get out and hike a little or a lot with kids. You and your kiddos can take in some fresh air and catch a little Vitamin D while learning about and experiencing nature. Plus, it’s great exercise!

It’s not always easy to find great hiking trails in Katy, but believe me, they exist. Whether you’re looking for a woodsy walk, a long and winding trail, wildlife, water, or a just a shady path, Katy has it. Yes, really! Check out our nine favorite hiking, biking, and walking paths in Katy that are baby friendly.

Don’t want to hike alone? Join Hike it Baby! This group frequents Katy’s best trails with baby, toddler, and preschooler friendly hikes.

Cinco Ranch Bayou Nature Trail

The Cinco Ranch Bayou Nature Trail may come as a surprise to many Katy residents, particularly those that don’t live along the trail in Cinco Ranch. But we have miles of trails lining Buffalo Bayou as it winds its way through Cinco Ranch. You’ll find bridges, nicely paved paths, and even a beautiful overlook deck. Find the right parts of the trail, and you’ll be in shade for most of your hike, too!

Path: Paved, stroller friendly

Shade: Mixed, mostly shady with some sunny spots.

Bonus: Look for alligators, turtles, and birds.

Good to know: There is an alligator near the overlook deck that has been fed by residents. He may swim near the deck to beg for food, but should be avoided and never fed!

Location: A good spot to pick up this trail is 24126 Hamptonshire Ln Katy, TX. Park at the pool and stop by the playground on your way out!

Mary Jo Peckham Park

An excellent walking trail at a great park, Mary Jo Peckham Park’s trail has plenty of shade and lots of nature for little ones to enjoy. There are also lots of options for activities after your walk, including a picnic and playground visit.

Path: Asphalt and gravel, stroller friendly but sturdy strollers preferred (an umbrella stroller can handle it, just not as easily!)

Shade: Mostly shady

Bonus: Stick around to play at the playground, eat a picnic lunch, do some fishing, feed ducks, play putt putt, or go swimming!

Good to know: Theft is a problem in the parking lot. Do not leave any valuables in your car, especially not in plain sight.

Location: 5597 Gardenia Ln, Katy, TX 77493

Nottingham Country Trail

Built by the Nottingham Country MUD for residents, this is a nice long trail with lots of open green space.

Path: Paved, stroller friendly

Shade: Mixed, some areas are shady, others are sunny

Bonus: There’s a Little Free Library along the trail. Kids will LOVE to open up the little door and pick out a book, even if they’re just finding one you can read! This library is adorable.

Good to know: Some of the trail intersects with streets, so be sure to look both ways and be aware of your surroundings on the trail.

Location: Highland Knolls between Westgreen and Fry

George Bush Park Hike and Bike Trail

George Bush Park is huge, and so is the hike and bike trail. It runs all the way from Highland Knolls and Fry to Highway 6! This is a scenic and popular walking trail for joggers and bikers, and is very family friendly. You’ll see lots of water along the flood control channel and plenty of wildlife including herons.

Path: Paved, stroller friendly

Shade: Mixed, some areas are shady, others are sunny

Good to know: During heavy rain periods, parts of this trail may become very wet or even impossible to pass, so pay attention to the weather before you go.

Location: Popular spots to pick up this trail are at the Fair Fun Positive Soccer Complex parking lot and the equestrian parking area.

Cinco Ranch Lake Trails

Located off of Cinco Ranch Blvd between Mason and Peek, the Cinco Ranch Lake Trails always look inviting. These two trails are often busy with walkers and add up to about two miles if you make both loops. During the summer, the big trail is especially exciting for little ones as they may see kayakers or even small sailboats.

Path: Paved, stroller friendly

Shade: Mixed, mostly shady with some sunny spots.

Bonus: There are picnic tables and a playground in between the two lakes. Pack a lunch to enjoy after your walk!

Good to know: This trail and park is for Cinco Ranch residents. There is a restroom that requires key access.

Location: 3131 S. Lake Village Dr, Katy, TX 77450 Katy, Tx

Cinco Ranch Lakehouse

Another lake trail in Cinco Ranch, this one is located much farther west at the Cinco Ranch Lake House. Walk around the big lake, then head into the small grove of trees and let little jumpers leap among the large rocks.

Path: Paved, stroller friendly

Shade: Very little, mostly sunny

Bonus: Check out the big rocks in the shade for playtime

Good to know: This trail offers no shade. Don’t forget hats and sunscreen!

Location: Cinco Ridge Dr, Katy, TX 77494

Mason Creek Hike and Bike Trail

This pathway follows a large part of Mason Creek south of I-10. It snakes around the area of Westgreen and Kingsland and is easy to access from a number of points in the area, including just behind the Kingsland Park & Ride. Just look for pathways near bridges or pick up the trail at Rick Rice Park! Some areas are well populated, others are more desolate.

Path: Paved, stroller friendly

Shade: Very little, mostly sunny

Bonus: Look for wildlife enjoying the water, mostly turtles and birds.

Good to know: Snakes and even alligators live in and nearby the creek. These creatures usually don’t get in the way, but it’s a good idea to look far ahead on your trail to be safe.

Location: Westgreen at Kingsland

Rick Rice Park

Rick Rice Park follows a storm water detention area next to Mason Creek. It’s a beautiful and popular spot to walk around the water. It also hooks up with the Mason Creek Hike & Bike Trail if you want to get a longer hike in. Lots of landscaping, a veterans memorial, even a scenic outlook make this a really nice park to enjoy a walk.

Path: Paved, stroller friendly

Shade: Very little, mostly sunny

Bonus: Look for wildlife enjoying the water, mostly turtles and birds. Spot the resident alligator by the rocks near the water — but resist the urge to feed or take photos near him!

Good to know: Snakes and even alligators live in and nearby the retention area and creek. These creatures usually don’t get in the way, but it’s a good idea to look far ahead on your trail to be safe.

Location: Westgreen at Kingsland in the Crosspoint Christian Church parking lot

Cullen Park

While technically in Houston, Cullen Park is a convenient hiking spot for many families in the North Katy area. This park is VERY woodsy and offers a rustic hiking experience with plenty of shade!

Path: Paved, stroller friendly

Shade: Lots of shade

Bonus: There are multiple playgrounds and soccer fields and the best yet: a splash pad to cool off in after your hike! Keep an eye out for wildlife. You might even see deer!

Good to know: Mosquitos love Cullen Park! Don’t forget your bug spray, even in the daytime. Car break ins happen at this park, so don’t leave anything valuable in your vehicle, especially in plain sight.

Location: 19008 Saums Rd Houston, TX 77084

Did we miss your favorite Katy hiking trail? Email jessica@katybabies.com to have it added to the list!