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