Burroughs Park | Fabulous 320 Acre Park in Tomball, TX
Burroughs Park is a fabulous large Harris County park 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 actually got to don jackets for our outdoor adventure! This has been a rarity so far in 2017.
Tomball, Texas is where Burroughs Park is located. We spent a good portion of one day there and definitely got in some exercise while walking through the different areas of this public playground.
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.
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. Cautionary signs are posted. 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 fishermen of all ages to deplete the lakes of the trout.
Catch and release is 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 did not see any fish that were being kept. All that were caught that day were thrown back into this pretty lake.
We walked the entire perimeter of the lake. There is a huge BBQ pavilion near the lake which can accommodate up to 250 people. Reservations are not taken so it is first come, first served with respect to this large shaded space.
It was so enjoyable walking around this lovely lake! The views from all angles were pretty.
There were geese and several different types of ducks 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 tall bat house erected by an Eagle Scout. Eagle Scouts often do projects which help people and the environment.
There are 8 miles of nature trails in this park. Some of the trails are in a natural state and others are paved with asphalt or concrete. We walked on some of each.
There is a separate area for the dog park within Burroughs Park. As in most dog parks the areas are separated 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.
An interesting sign was posted on the fencing near the small dog park area.
Another part of the park is filled with sports fields where many soccer games were being played.
In the parking lot near the sports fields we saw a sign posted. 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 is also played 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.
We very much enjoyed our day spent in this lovely Roy C. Burroughs Park. The park is open from 7AM to dark every day except Thanksgiving, Christmas Eve, Christmas Day and New Years Day.
I will leave you with these final pictures out of the 100+ that were taken.