Burroughs Park: A Fabulous 320-Acre Park in Tomball, Texas

Updated on February 24, 2020
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I live in Houston, and I have worked as a nurse. My interests include art, traveling, reading, gardening, cooking, and our wonderful pets.

View of the Lake in Burroughs Park
View of the Lake in Burroughs Park | Source

Burroughs Park

This fabulous park is located in Harris County within Precinct 4. My husband and I explored this 320-acre park in the latter part of February 2017 on one of the few cooler days in the Houston metro area that winter. We actually got to don jackets for our outdoor adventure!

The address of Burroughs Park is 9738 Hufsmith Rd., Tomball, Texas 77375. We spent a good portion of one day there and got in some exercise while walking through the different areas of this public playground.

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Observation Deck in Burroughs ParkPartial view of the lake from the observation deck
Observation Deck in Burroughs Park
Observation Deck in Burroughs Park | Source
Partial view of the lake from the observation deck
Partial view of the lake from the observation deck | Source
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Picnic Areas and Playgrounds

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.

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The lake in Burroughs ParkBoardwalk and raised fishing areaA father and son doing some fishingAnother fisherman in Burroughs ParkFish that are in the lakeHuge BBQ Pavilion at the edge of the lakeThe lake in Burroughs Park
The lake in Burroughs Park
The lake in Burroughs Park | Source
Boardwalk and raised fishing area
Boardwalk and raised fishing area | Source
A father and son doing some fishing
A father and son doing some fishing | Source
Another fisherman in Burroughs Park
Another fisherman in Burroughs Park | Source
Fish that are in the lake
Fish that are in the lake | Source
Huge BBQ Pavilion at the edge of the lake
Huge BBQ Pavilion at the edge of the lake | Source
The lake in Burroughs Park
The lake in Burroughs Park | Source

Seven-Acre Fishing Lake

My favorite area within the park was the seven-acre fishing lake. This lake is two acres larger than the lake in Bane Park or the water features in Meyer Park, which are both Precinct 4 parks.

Note: 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. There are cautionary signs. 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 fishers of all ages to deplete the lakes of the trout.

Catch and release are 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 walked the entire perimeter of the lake. There is a large BBQ pavilion near the lake, which can accommodate up to 250 people. One cannot make reservations, so it is first to come, first served concerning this ample shaded space.

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

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Geese in the parkDucks in the parkMore ducks in Burroughs ParkGreat Egret View of the red-naped sapsucker Bat house sign
Geese in the park
Geese in the park | Source
Ducks in the park
Ducks in the park | Source
More ducks in Burroughs Park
More ducks in Burroughs Park | Source
Great Egret
Great Egret | Source
View of the red-naped sapsucker
View of the red-naped sapsucker | Source
Bat house sign
Bat house sign | Source
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Wildlife in the Park

Geese and several different types of ducks were in residence that day.
There were other birds, as well.

The Great Egret remained perched out in the water by a tree. At the same time, 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 great bat house erected by an Eagle Scout. Eagle Scouts often do projects which help people and the environment.

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Nature trail in Burroughs ParkPaved trail in Burroughs Park
Nature trail in Burroughs Park
Nature trail in Burroughs Park | Source
Paved trail in Burroughs Park
Paved trail in Burroughs Park | Source

Trails in Burroughs Park

There are eight miles of nature trails in this park. Some of the trails are in a natural state, and others are asphalt or concrete. We walked on some of each.

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Dog Park in Burroughs ParkWarning sign in the small dog park area
Dog Park in Burroughs Park
Dog Park in Burroughs Park | Source
Warning sign in the small dog park area
Warning sign in the small dog park area | Source

Dog Park Area

An area exists for the dog park within Burroughs Park. As in most dog parks, the spaces are separate 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.

A sign was on the fencing near the small dog park area warning of birds of prey.

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Soccer fields in the parkWarning sign regarding snakesCovered pavilion near girls softball fieldsThe playground near sports fields in Burroughs Park
Soccer fields in the park
Soccer fields in the park | Source
Warning sign regarding snakes
Warning sign regarding snakes | Source
Covered pavilion near girls softball fields
Covered pavilion near girls softball fields | Source
The playground near sports fields in Burroughs Park
The playground near sports fields in Burroughs Park | Source

Sports Fields in Burroughs Park

Another part of the park has sports fields. We saw kids and their parents enjoying soccer on the day of our visit.

In the parking lot near the sports fields, we saw a sign. 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 that may exist.

Girls' softball also takes place 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.

Park Hours and Days Open

We very much enjoyed our day spent in this lovely Roy C. Burroughs Park. The park is open from 7 AM to dark every day except Thanksgiving, Christmas Eve, Christmas Day, and New Years Day.

If you were in the vicinity of Tomball, Texas, is this a park you would enjoy visiting?

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Burroughs Park:
9738 Hufsmith Rd, Tomball, TX 77375, USA

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      • Robert Sacchi profile image

        Robert Sacchi 

        4 weeks ago

        That makes sense.

      • Peggy W profile imageAUTHOR

        Peggy Woods 

        4 weeks ago from Houston, Texas

        Hi Robert,

        Yes, there are poisonous snakes in Texas, but generally speaking, few people are bothered by them. Most snakes usually shy away from humans. General awareness and precautions are a smart practice if roaming about in the wilderness.

      • Robert Sacchi profile image

        Robert Sacchi 

        4 weeks ago

        You also mentioned about poisonous snakes. Folks should take care when on nature walks in Texas.

      • Peggy W profile imageAUTHOR

        Peggy Woods 

        5 weeks ago from Houston, Texas

        Hi Robert,

        Burroughs park provides lots of recreation in many forms. As to the alligator signs, we see many such signs around bodies of water here in this area. People should always be aware of the possibility of them being in the water.

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        Robert Sacchi 

        5 weeks ago

        This seems a great place to visit. I like the Alligator Etiquette sign.

      • Peggy W profile imageAUTHOR

        Peggy Woods 

        5 weeks ago from Houston, Texas

        Hi Tamara,

        Thanks for your reply. It sounds like Killeen would be a fun place to visit.

      • Peggy W profile imageAUTHOR

        Peggy Woods 

        5 weeks ago from Houston, Texas

        Hi Liz,

        It is fun being able to showcase our local parks and sharing them, via the Internet, with others.

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        Tamara BBYCGN 

        5 weeks ago from Uninhabited Regions

        I visited Killeen, Texas. They have a huge trampoline park there, and an amazing military museum!

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        Liz Westwood 

        5 weeks ago from UK

        You have done a great job in showcasing Burroughs Park. Your structure combined with the excellent illustrations give readers a good insight into what is available here for visitors.

      • Peggy W profile imageAUTHOR

        Peggy Woods 

        5 weeks ago from Houston, Texas

        Hi Linda,

        Your area of Canada is so beautiful. We do have to pay attention in Texas to those warning signs. It is better to be safe than sorry.

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        Linda Crampton 

        5 weeks ago from British Columbia, Canada

        This looks like a lovely park to visit. There are two parks near my home that have a lake and walking trails and look somewhat like Burroughs Park. Thankfully, they don't have venomous snakes and a warning sign about alligators!

      • Peggy W profile imageAUTHOR

        Peggy Woods 

        5 weeks ago from Houston, Texas

        Hi Nell,

        That would be fun if you could get a respite from your current weather conditions in England. It is a beautiful time here in the Houston area. Our temps go up and down a bit, but our azaleas are in bloom in our yard. Soon the ones that only bloom once a year will be in full bloom all around town. We have only had a few light frosts this winter and no hard freezes.

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        Nell Rose 

        5 weeks ago from England

        It looks absolutely lovely! I wish I could hop on a plane and be over there. Just for a walk around a park in Texas would make me feel so much better away from this horrible winter. loved it!

      • Peggy W profile imageAUTHOR

        Peggy Woods 

        5 weeks ago from Houston, Texas

        Hello Tamara,

        I am pleased to be able to show you this expansive park in Tomball. What part of Texas did you visit?

      • Peggy W profile imageAUTHOR

        Peggy Woods 

        5 weeks ago from Houston, Texas

        Hi Bill,

        Burroughs Park is truly a place where people can while away many pleasant hours of play and recreation. The setting is so lovely. Thanks for the visit and comment.

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        Peggy Woods 

        5 weeks ago from Houston, Texas

        Hi FlourishAnyway,

        Like you, I would also be cautious when retrieving errant soccer balls from the brush, especially because of the warning signs about the possibility of snakes being there. Sounds like you have had some close calls!

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        Tamara BBYCGN 

        5 weeks ago from Uninhabited Regions

        This looks like a beautiful area of Texas! And, you photos are lovely. I was in Texas several months ago, for a visit.

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        Bill Holland 

        5 weeks ago from Olympia, WA

        It strikes me as a beautiful oasis in the heart of Texas. Thank you for the tour. I would spend many hours there for sure.

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        FlourishAnyway 

        5 weeks ago from USA

        What a nice park! I would definitely visit if it were nearby but I’d send someone else after any soccer balls due to those snakes. Jeepers. I’ve almost stepped on a copperhead while walking in the woods and almost put my hand on a water moccasin I didn’t see sunning itself on a log. I’m freaked about snakes.

      • Peggy W profile imageAUTHOR

        Peggy Woods 

        5 weeks ago from Houston, Texas

        Hi Pamela,

        Yes, our Houston metro area is filled with amazing parks and other places of interest. Thanks for being the first to leave a comment.

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        Pamela Oglesby 

        5 weeks ago from Sunny Florida

        This is a beautiful park that really looks nice for a family day out. Your area sure has many good parks and other sites to visit.

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