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Burroughs Park | Fabulous 320 Acre Park in Tomball, TX

Burroughs Park
Posted: March 2, 2017 at 5:59 pm   /   by   /   comments (0)

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Burroughs Park

A fabulous large Harris County park known as Burroughs Park is within Precinct 4.  My husband and I recently explored this 320-acre park in the latter part of February on one of the few cooler days that we have had this winter in the Houston metro area.  We got to don jackets for our outdoor adventure! Wearing jackets was a rarity so far in 2017.

The address of Burroughs Park is 9738 Hufsmith Rd., Tomball, Texas 77375.  We spent a good portion of one day there and got in some exercise while walking through the different areas of this public playground.

Observation Deck in Burroughs Park

Observation Deck in Burroughs Park

Partial view of the lake from the observation deck

Partial view of the lake from the observation deck

Picnic Areas and Playgrounds

There are many picnic areas scattered throughout the various sections of the park, including two different playgrounds for children.  We saw people playing an energetic game of volleyball on one of two courts in this area of the park.

Playground area near the lake

Playground area near the lake

Another view of the playground area near the lake

Another view of the playground area near the lake

7-Acre Fishing Lake

My favorite area within the park was the 7-acre fishing lake.  This lake is 2 acres larger than the lake in Bane Park or the water features in Meyer Park which are both Precinct 4 parks.

As is typical in our part of the country when it comes to waterways, it is always possible that an alligator can enter the waters.  There are cautionary signs.  No swimming or boating is allowed on this lake.

This park is stocked once a year with rainbow trout by the Texas Parks and Wildlife Department.  When that time arrives, it does not take long for fishers of all ages to deplete the lakes of the trout.

Catch and release are encouraged, but some types of fish can be kept.  These include bluegill and channel catfish in this particular park. There were several fishermen in Burroughs Park on the day of our visit.

We walked the entire perimeter of the lake.  There is a large BBQ pavilion near the lake which can accommodate up to 250 people.  One cannot make reservations, so it is first to come, first served concerning this ample shaded space.

It was so enjoyable walking around this lovely lake!  The views from all angles were pretty.

The lake in Burroughs Park

The lake in Burroughs Park

Boardwalk and raised fishing area

Boardwalk and raised fishing area

A father and son doing some fishing

A father and son doing some fishing

Another fisherman in Burroughs Park

Another fisherman in Burroughs Park

Fish that are in the lake

Fish that are in the lake

Huge BBQ Pavilion at the edge of the lake

Huge BBQ Pavilion at the edge of the lake

The lake in the park

The lake in the park

Wildlife in The Park

Geese and several different types of ducks were in residence that day.

There were other birds, as well.  The Great Egret remained perched out in the water by a tree while a Red-naped Sapsucker woodpecker was busy pecking holes in a tree next to a picnic table where we were enjoying lunch.

Around one side of the lake was a great bat house erected by an Eagle Scout.  Eagle Scouts often do projects which help people and the environment.

Geese in the park

Geese in the park

Ducks in the park

Ducks in the park

More ducks in Burroughs Park

More ducks in Burroughs Park

Bat house sign

Bat house sign

Trails in The Park

There are 8 miles of nature trails in this park.  Some of the trails are in a natural state, and others are asphalt or concrete.  We walked on some of each.

Nature trail in Burroughs Park

Nature trail in Burroughs Park

Paved trail

Paved trail

Dog Park Area

An area exists for the dog park within Burroughs Park.  As in most dog parks, the spaces are separate for the larger dogs and the smaller ones.  They can run freely off-leash in these fenced areas.  Pets are to be kept leashed in other parts of the park.

A sign was on the fencing near the small dog park area warning of birds of prey.

Dog Park in Burroughs Park

Dog Park in Burroughs Park

Warning sign in the small dog park area

Warning sign in the small dog park area

Sports Fields in The Park

Another part of the park has sports fields.  We saw kids and their parents enjoying soccer on the day of our visit.

In the parking lot near the sports fields, we saw a sign.  It warns people of being careful if looking for soccer balls in wooded areas because of venomous snakes, insects, poison ivy and old fence lines which may exist.

Girls softball also takes place in this park, but the fields were empty on the day of our visit. Another playground was in this area with the soccer and softball fields.

Soccer fields in the park

Soccer fields in the park

Warning sign regarding snakes

Warning sign regarding snakes

Covered pavilion near girls softball fields

Covered pavilion near girls softball fields

The playground near sports fields

The playground near sports fields

Park Hours and Days Open

We very much enjoyed our day spent in this lovely Roy C. Burroughs Park.  The park is open from 7 AM to dark every day except Thanksgiving, Christmas Eve, Christmas Day and New Years Day.

I will leave you with these final pictures.

Cypress tree knees in Burroughs Park

Cypress tree knees in Burroughs Park

Geese swimming

Geese swimming

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