Brazos Bend State Park, an hour drive from Houston, is a worth-it spot for a destination run. The park features six lakes and 37 miles of multi-use trails that are easy and scenic for running. There are wetlands, woods, an observatory, and lots of opportunities to see alligators! Note: the park can get full — check website for day use reservations.
Rather than map a specific route, we suggest consulting this trail map to plan your run, as there are many opportunities to mix and match. There are four ‘lake loops‘, ranging from 1.2 to 1.9 miles, and they can be fairly easily combined. For a longer, straight, easy to follow run, combine the 1.9-mile River View Trail and the 1.8-mile Sawmill Trail.