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Telge Park: Charming Neighborhood Park With History in Cypress, Texas

I live in Houston and have worked as a nurse. I have a lifelong passion for traveling, nature, and photography (preferably all together!).

Telge Park in Cypress, Texas

Telge Park in Cypress, Texas

Telge Park

Across from Bud Hadfield Park is Telge Park, a 111-acre park on the east side of Telge Road. Cypress Creek runs through both of these parks, plus many others in this part of the Houston metro area.

  • Telge Park Address: 12400 Pleasant Grove Road, Cypress, Texas 77429
Texas Historical Commission Sign

Texas Historical Commission Sign

Texas Historical Marker

A Texas Historical Commission sign on this site has the following information:

“MATTHEW BURNETT HOMESITE

Texas Army Camp—April 16, 1836

Matthew Burnett ((1795-1842) and his wife, Sarah (Simmons) (1797–1852), came to Texas from Arkansas in 1831 and settled south of here on Cypress Creek. Their home was near the “Harrisburg Road,” which stretched 15 miles northwest to a crossroads at the home of their closest neighbor, Abram Roberts, and, in the other direction, 25 miles southeast to Harrisburg.

The interim government of the Republic of Texas stayed here briefly on March 22, 1836, while en route to establish the Republic’s new capital at Harrisburg. The Texas Army, 1100 men under the command of Sam Houston, stopped here about dusk on April 16, 1836, after turning southeast at the Roberts ‘crossroads earlier in the day. During their overnight stay, they consumed most of Burnett’s livestock and grains, and burned fence rails for fuel. The next morning the Texas Army departed for Harrisburg. Four days later, on April 21, they routed the Mexican Army at the Battle of San Jacinto, winning Texas Independence from Mexico.

Having fled the area in the episode known as the “Run-Away Scrape,” The Burnetts returned after learning of the victory at San Jacinto. In the late 1830s and 1840s, their home became a prominent landmark and well-known tavern on the road to the City of Houston.

Sam Houston Bicentennial 1793–1993

A project of Jeffrey D. Dunn and Edward W. Turley, Jr.”

 Park Sign as viewed from Telge Road

Park Sign as viewed from Telge Road

Playground Area With Restrooms

As you can tell from the photos below, there is a pretty little playground for children plus picnic tables and barbecue grills. A good friend of ours has often taken his grandchildren there to share some quality time mixed with outdoor fun. Restrooms and water fountains are on site. A grassy lawn area with tall trees also provides a space to play or commune with nature.

The Trail in Telge Park

There is a ¾ mile trail that takes one into the woods and along Cypress Creek. The pathway starts with a boardwalk over a wetland area, which then leads one into the woods. The trail is natural, and if one is lucky, people can see birds, deer, and more wildlife. Dogs can visit this park if kept on leashes. Arrows are in place to prevent one from missing the rustic trail path.

Cypress Creek meanders through this wooded area of Telge Park as it does in many other parks. Since much of this land is in a floodplain, at times, the trail may become impassible. Many of our Houston metro parks are designed that way and serve dual purposes.

Cypress Creek Fishing

Fishing is allowed in Cypress Creek. The day we went there for the first time, it was on a weekday, and Telge Park had few people. The sky was blue overhead, and it was bright and sunny. We appreciated the shade of those many tall trees while traversing the rustic trail.

Bright Blue Sky View

Bright Blue Sky View

Homestead Now a Park

Park hours are from 7:00 am until dusk. The paved parking lot is small, so be sure to leave before the gates are locked. Telge is a delightful park in which to spend some time. Wheelchair access is available.

I think that Matthew Burnett and his wife Sarah would be pleased to know that what was once their homestead can now be enjoyed by countless people long into the future.

“Parks and playgrounds are the soul of a city.”

— Marty Rubin

Source

This content is accurate and true to the best of the author’s knowledge and is not meant to substitute for formal and individualized advice from a qualified professional.

© 2020 Peggy Woods

Comments

Peggy Woods (author) from Houston, Texas on March 27, 2021:

Hi Devika,

We must be of a similar mind. Parks are great places to visit, exercise, and have some fun. Thanks for your comment.

Devika Primić from Dubrovnik, Croatia on March 27, 2021:

Peggy W it is interesting and great to know of another lovely destination. Parks are among my favorite places to visit and this one sounds like it

Peggy Woods (author) from Houston, Texas on March 25, 2021:

Hi Sandra,

Our friend loves spending time with his grandchildren. This last year has undoubtedly been hard on him due to Covid-19. I am sure that he will once again be entertaining them in this park and elsewhere as soon as it is safe for him to do so. He would be at risk mostly due to his age. Thanks for your comment.

Sandra on March 25, 2021:

This looks like a beautiful setting to relax with the whole family. Kudos to your friend who takes his grandchildren.

Peggy Woods (author) from Houston, Texas on April 15, 2020:

Hi Ruby,

It is fun visiting scenic parks and getting to learn history at the same time. The sky was really pretty that day. Glad you liked the photo.

Ruby Jean Richert from Southern Illinois on April 14, 2020:

Another nice park for families to enjoy in Houston. The history of the battle was interesting to read about. Your photo shows a beautiful tree and blue sky.

Peggy Woods (author) from Houston, Texas on April 13, 2020:

Hi Liz,

An annual fishing license is all that is needed to fish anywhere in Texas.

Peggy Woods (author) from Houston, Texas on April 13, 2020:

Hi Kathy,

I am so pleased that you enjoy reading about Texas parks. We have so many of them in our area.

Peggy Woods (author) from Houston, Texas on April 13, 2020:

Hi FlourishAnyway,

Walking back in the wooded area of Telge Park is fun. Those raised walkways take a person over areas that could get muddy at times if it rains.

Liz Westwood from UK on April 13, 2020:

This looks like a lively park facility. Do you need a permit for fishing there?

Kathy Henderson from Pa on April 13, 2020:

Peggy -

Texas parks are amazing I miss them. Your hubs give us a wonderful dose of Texas.

Take care

FlourishAnyway from USA on April 13, 2020:

How nice! I especially like that raised pathway. I’d definitely go to this park if I were in the area.

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