Earlier this year, Harris County Precinct 4 announced Phase IV is successfully completed and the Spring Creek Greenway is now 13.5 miles long.

The Spring Creek Greenway currently preserves and protects up to 12,000 acres of forest on both sides of the creek. Nature lovers can explore sprawling trails from Dennis Johnston Park in Spring to Jesse H. Jones Park and Nature Center in Humble.

“Maintaining our creeks as natural conduits to help drain heavy rains also provides outstanding recreational and ecological opportunities for our residents and visitors,h said Harris County Pct. 4 Commissioner R. Jack Cagle, who had officially opened the second phase of the Spring Creek Greenway trail in March 2012. "We will continue to create places and opportunities for enthusiasts to access our waterways. In doing so, we will continue to provide a beautiful oasis in our ever-growing county."

The greenway will eventually result in a 40-mile linear trail system along Spring Creek. Outdoor recreational activities include canoeing and kayaking with launches, equestrian trails, natural surface and paved multi-use trails, parking areas, picnic areas and playgrounds, rest areas, anchor parks with unique features, nature centers, and more.

Across from Jesse Jones Park, just upstream from where Spring Creek runs into the San Jacinto River, lies a freshwater spring on a high bluff that naturalists and anthropologists believe to be the 'Springs of Santa Rosa,' the home site for the Akokisa Indians that were written about in historical accounts of Spanish explorers.

Public entry to the Spring Creek Greenway trail can be gained from Jesse H. Jones Park & Nature Center located at 20634 Kenswick Drive in Humble, Bill and Ellen Carter Park located at 1800 Treaschwig Road in Spring, Pundt Park located at 4129 Spring Creek Drive in Spring, and Dennis Johnston Park located at 709 Riley Fuzzel Road in Spring. All parks open at 8 a.m. and close at dusk.

“Spring Creek is alive with wildlife above and below the water," said Dennis Johnston, Harris County Pct. 4 parks director.

So, splash on some sunscreen and spring into nature's party!

 

 

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Natasha Rodrigues
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