The Anthills at Terry Hershey Park

3.56 out of 5
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↑ 2,600 ft
↓ 2,400 ft
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Out & Back
Trail Description
About this trail
From the parking lot take the paved trail on the west side of the Bayou south till you cross the bayou on the foot bridge. Follow the paved trail left until you come to Eldridge. Take the dirt trail under the bridge and follow the singletrack along the bayou. This trail runs up and down the banks of the bayou and has some short climbs and downhills but mostly flat trails. There are upper and lower trails with the upper trails being more difficult. This is a good place to ride and could be even closer to ten miles in and out. You can rid all the way to Wilcrest and there is a bowl on the other side if you want to do some jumps. You can cross the bridge at Wilcrest and ride the paved trail back or reverse course and take the singletrack back. Follow the arrows on your way in thanks to the trail trolls. Good place to get mileage in and get your heartrate up and there is always someone to ride with. For more info checkout the texas rides at
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Trail Features
Trail features
  • Lift Service
  • Drinking Water
  •   Night Riding
  • Pump Track
  • Restrooms
  • Winter Fat Biking
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Q: How do you acces? -Guest

A: Parking lot on Dairy Ashford south of memorial. It is a good halfway point. Just make sure to hide your valuables

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Granny Gear

July 23, 2019
Review: I love riding every weekend, but I can't seem to master the "S" incline. Any tips or advice is welcome. So far my SO and I are doing 25 miles on a Sat or Sun (yes we only do it once a week) but we love it.

Granny Gear

June 30, 2019
Review: When they are dry enough to ride, It is one of the best trails in the Houston area.


February 24, 2018
Review: Dirt trails are wet. Rode on paved trail on north side of bayou


January 14, 2018
Review: Great inner city trail. Definitely gets plenty of traffic from hikers and bikers alike. You'll be doing plenty of calling out on this trail.

Bunny Hop

October 27, 2017
Review: The lower trail closest to the bayou is extremely sandy and muddy, virtually unrideable. The upper trail is pretty good tho with some minor washouts in some places and mud every so often. Overall great ride tho.


April 11, 2017
Review: Lots of trail to cover, fairly well kept, and a nice escape from the city life.

Granny Gear

November 26, 2016
Review: A fun trail, it was my first mountain bike trail and offers a variety of routes of varying difficulty for beginners and more experienced riders. I like parking at the dam at Highway 6 and riding through Terry Hershey Park, up and down the hills where I can till getting to Eldridge where can cross under the road where the paved path crosses to the other side of the bayou. Between Eldridge and Diary Ashford you get the option of an easier single track path that is pretty simple with some gravelly climbs and descents and a few obstacles to maneuver, and some more complicated branching paths with options for steep climbs/descents, jumps, and much more technical maneuvering. After Dairy Ashford the trail gets much more difficult as it gets more forested. You have the option of sticking close to the bayou which I have found to be the most difficult option full of exposed roots to navigate, wet dirt, and sand. Alternatively you can take the higher route as narrow paths (alsos full of roots but I found more manageably) cross through the hills and trees through very technical climbs and descents that require you to have a good plan of getting from point A to point B. I have only been a little ways East of Dairy Ashford, it is a little hard to tell how far when lost among the trees and hills, so I can't say yet how the difficulty compares the rest of the way to Beltway 8. It is my goal to ride the rest of the way. So far though I have been content going as far as I have, I always find something new to try, something a little more difficult to attempt. There are often others on the trail but I have never seen it anywhere near crowded and often have long periods of feeling alone on the trail which is great.

Granny Gear

September 28, 2016
bikerblake Granny Gear  
Review: Very fun if you can keep a fast pace and use the small hills to your advantage.

Bunny Hop

February 25, 2016
RD3R Bunny Hop  
Review: The Anthills are home to some of the most technical and rugged trails in Houston and as such are generally much less trafficked. The relatively short 5 mile out and 5 mile back trail can be done in sets of 2-5 depending on how much workout you'd like to get.

The first sections nearest Beltway 8 are by far the gnarliest. There is a lot of fun to be had in these sections as there is a high road path that goes through the woods and a low road that hugs the bayou as well as some really steep short connectors between the two. After the first two bridge crossings the path gets more mellow and eventually turns into a wide single and double track in the middle of open fields.

I would still classify the Anthills as more of a locals hidden gem, it's much less accessible than other trails like Memorial and Cypresswood because its on the opposite side of the bayou from the paved trails. Even in the middle of the day Saturday with nice weather there are usually only a dozen or so bikers and hikers on the trails at one time.

The recent memorial day flooding in 2015 did quite a bit of damage to the trails but they are mostly clean now though the additional erosion has made several of the low road sections much more difficult. Unless you are a very accomplished rider you'll probably need to walk a few of these steeper low road features.

Similar Trail: Memorial, Cypresswood

Granny Gear

September 20, 2015
cmhogan10 Granny Gear  
Review: Very good trail along the bayou's near memorial. Park either off of I-10 or off of Memorial. Trail has good up and down and the roots make it technical in places. ~ 10.5 miles out and back and takes around 1hr 30 min. The lower trail is wet almost all the time. The upper trails are almost always in good shape. Each time you ride it feels like it's a new trail.

The Anthills at Terry Hershey Park MTB Trail 3.56 out of 5 based on 25 ratings. 25 user reviews.
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