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100 Acre Wood Preserve
The 100 Acre Wood Preserve is a little known and somewhat hidden public nature preserve in the Cy-Fair area of Houston TX. The 100 Acre Wood Preserve is owned by Harris County and is named for the size of the donated tract of land and the commitment made to keeping it a nature sanctuary. Beyond the 1 mile long paved path through its’ center, few man-made alterations have been made to the Park’s natural setting. Visitors enjoy a rustic retreat hidden within the highly developed Jones Rd area of northwest Harris County known as Cy-Fair.
How to Find the 100 Acre Wood Preserve
The 100 Acre Wood Preserve is located in northwest Houston between Jones Road and SH-249. It is bordered on the north by Cypress Creek and on the south by the Norchester Subdivision along Cypresswood Drive. The park can be accessed by car from the D. Bradley McWilliams YMCA off SH-249 or from a recently constructed parking lot at the very northern end of West Cypress Forest Drive, which is off of Cypresswood Dr. The park’s main trail connects with the 9 mile long Cypress Creek Bike Path on the west side at Jones Rd and with the YMCA’s trail system on the east side. Link to Park Map
100 Acre Wood Preserve Features
In addition to the 1 mile ADA accessible paved main path, the park is intermingled with numerous dirt trails. Hikers and mountain bikers find the challenging hills particularly appealing. However, most of the trails are easy to do. The only apparent improvements include clearing of brush and of trees that have fallen across the paths, and erosion control measures to make the path more walk-able. A few benches have been built along the trails out of tree stumps and the remains of fallen trees. A single port-a-potty is located at the gravel parking lot on the east side of the park.
While the land was donated by a Houston Endowment in 2013 to Harris County, the Bayou Land Conservancy holds a conservation easement over the land and its’ features limiting it to its current use as a nature preserve. The intent is to preserve the natural habitat. The County’s goal is to balance the needs of the community with nature.
Photo Gallery of the 100 Acre Wood Preserve
We have put together a complete Photo Gallery of the 100 Acre Wood Preserve in Houston Texas with descriptions of where the photos were taken and what the photos depict.
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