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Burroughs Park | Fabulous 320 Acre Park in Tomball, TX

Posted: March 2, 2017 at 5:59 pm   /   by   /   comments (6)

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.

Observation Deck in Burroughs Park

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.

Partial view of lake from observation deck in Burroughs Park

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 lake in Burroughs Park

Playground area near lake in Burroughs Park

My favorite area within the park was definitely 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.

Burroughs 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.

Burroughs Park with boardwalk and raised fishing area

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.

Burroughs Park with a father and son doing some fishing.

Catch and release is encouraged but some types of fish can be kept.  These include bluegill and channel catfish in this particular park.

Another fisherman in Burroughs 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.

Burroughs Park

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.

Huge BBQ Pavilion at edge of lake in Burroughs Park

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

Burroughs Park

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

Geese in Burroughs Park

Ducks in Burroughs Park

Ducks in Burroughs Park

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.

Bat house sign in Burroughs Park

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.

Nature trail in Burroughs Park

Burroughs Park paved trail

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.

Dog Park in Burroughs Park

An interesting sign was posted on the fencing near the small dog park area.

Warning sign in small dog park area in Burroughs Park

Another part of the park is filled with sports fields where many soccer games were being played.

Burroughs Park soccer fields

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.

Burroughs Park soccer fields warning sign regarding snakes

Girls softball is also played in this park but the fields were empty on the day of our visit.

Covered pavilion near girls softball fields in Burroughs Park

Another playground was in this area with the soccer and softball fields.

Playground near sports fields in Burroughs Park

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.

Cypress tree knees in Burroughs Park

Geese swimming in Burroughs Park













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  • March 7, 2017 at 3:27 pm Dave

    Hi Peggy, what a great start to your website. I felt as though I was walking with you. Very educational and you have the albility to sell a location through your own experience. Well done.

    • March 7, 2017 at 8:50 pm Peggy

      Hi Dave,

      I am so happy to know that you read one of my posts on my new website. As you can tell we really enjoyed visiting Burroughs Park.

      Your website is so wonderful and I learn so much by reading it. I read about comfrey just today on your site but there is no where to leave comments. I used to grow it at our former home here in Houston. I should plant some in our current home. I love the furry leaves.

  • March 8, 2017 at 4:32 pm VickiW

    HI Peggy,
    Lovely, informative post. Several things are surprising to me; that your weather is usually so warm, and the preponderance of predatory animals and reptiles, (yuck!) I wouldn’t be leaving the beaten track! Loved your bird pics, and it looks like a great place for them. It seems a very popular place.

    It’s nice to be able to leave a comment here!

    • March 8, 2017 at 4:41 pm Peggy

      Hi Vicki,

      So very nice to see you here leaving a comment. Thank you!

      As to our weather…Houston is considered semi-tropical as to weather. We do get some cold weather here but it seldom lasts. Pine trees grow along with palm trees and we have flowers that bloom year round.

      As to the predatory animals…Our city is filled with bayous and there is always a chance of an alligator getting into those and then making it over land to some of the small ponds and lakes. At least signs are posted so that people can take precautions. Personally I have yet to see one in all the places we have visited.

      Predatory birds do live here year round…so again…those signs are precautionary. That was the first such sign I had ever seen in our many dog parks around town. It is probably because it was centered in a wooded area while most other dog parks are more open in nature.

      Burroughs Park is truly lovely.

  • March 8, 2017 at 8:10 pm Melanie

    Looks like fun!

    • March 9, 2017 at 4:22 am Peggy

      Hi Melanie,

      It truly is a great park in the Houston Metro Area. Wish it was in our backyard so to speak. We would be there much more often!