Our recommendations for running in two of Houston’s largest larger southwest suburbs, Sugarland and Missouri City. The best residential running in the area is New Territory/Clayton’s Bend, and the streets of the First Colony neighborhood. See the Overview Map for locations.
Sugarland Memorial Park/Brazos River Trails: There are more than 8 miles of running in Sugarland Memorial Park, Brazos River Park, and trails along the Brazos River. There’s a pretty lake loop in Sugarland Park. Paths along the canals north of the park expand into more options.
Brooks Lake: For a perfect 5k in the center of Sugarland, look no further than this brick, asphalt, and concrete paved loop around Brooks Lake. Nice water views! ROUTE MAP.
Cullinan Park: Don’t miss the dirt doubletrack at Cullinan Park for a nature escape just minutes from central Sugarland. Good trail running! TRAIL MAP.
Oyster Creek Trail: The Oyster Creek Trail reaches almost 5 miles across east Sugarland from The Township to Lexington Ave, but the go-to section is the area surrounding Oyster Creek Park and Lost Creek Park. ROUTE MAP.
New Territory: Not only is the New Territory neighborhood chock full of pretty homes, runners will find numerous concrete pathways along lakesides and canals. We’re particularly fond of the Clayton’s Bend area!
Hunters Glen Jogging Trail: The Hunters Glen neighborhood comes equipped with its own 4.5 mile jogging trail. The dirt track is a nice respite from the typical concrete of Houston. Dip into residential streets to avoid the traffic of Texas Parkway. The interior streets of the neighborhood are good for running too. ROUTE MAP.
First Colony / Mesquite Park Trail: First Colony is a 9,700 acre master planned neighborhood with nearly 10,000 homes and 50,000 residents. It’s a nice residential neighborhood for running with good sidewalks and nice home. There are also some pedestrian paths running through the neighborhood, including the Mesquite Park Trail, a roughly 1 mile concrete pathway, and a path running through the western part of the neighborhood, just east of Sugar Land Park. The nearby Oyster Creek Trail is a good addition.
Buffalo Run Park: Popular among the boating and fishing crowds, Buffalo Run Park is also home to about 2 miles of trails surrounding its lakes.
MacNaughton Park/Stafford Run: This collection of paths near the Dewalt area of south Missouri City can be combined for a run of any length. We’ve mapped a 5.25 mile sample loop that can be combined with the Oyster Creek Trail. ROUTE MAP.
Telfair Lake Loop: A pretty concrete pathway around the lawns and lakes of Telfair, this 6 mile tour of residential Sugarland features some lovely bridge crossings. You’ll pass the Houston Museum of Natural History. ROUTE MAP.