Lakes and TrailsHike & Bike Trails in Houston

Winding through the gently rolling hills and along the lakes and waterways of Cross Creek Ranch are miles of hike-and-bike trails to explore and enjoy.

Trails also include:

  • Small rest areas with shaded park benches
  • Convenient doggy bag stations
  • Diverse wildlife and ever-changing wildflowers




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Cross Creek Ranch boasts a boardwalk and nature overlook where residents can observe wetland plants, identify birds and wildlife, hone their photography skills and access nature trails. The boardwalk and viewing platforms provides an overlook of the community’s Polishing Pond, a 50-acre natural habitat and lush oasis which has become a permanent home for fish and turtles as well as a migratory stop for countless birds and wildlife.

Boardwalk Polishing pond

Roughly the size of 48 football fields, the Cross Creek Ranch Polishing Pond also functions as an engineered water quality basin where water is filtered for reuse throughout the development for irrigation. Please watch this video for a closer look at our Polishing Pond and what it is doing to help our environment, courtesy of  SWA Group, architects of the project. For more photos and information on the Polishing Pond, click here.

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Cross Creek Ranch Polishing Pond

Cross Creek Ranch’s hundreds of acres of lakes reflect the natural beauty of the community and provide wonderful scenic views for the Fitness Center, Italian Maid Café and the Hike-and-Bike trail system. What’s more, a boat ramp is located at the base of “The Hill,” a towering lakeside gathering place perfect for walking the dog, bike rides, picnics, amphitheater concerts and other community events.

If you’re looking for fun on the water, residents can enjoy non-motorized boating in one of our largest lakes as well as catch-and-release fishing.

  • Lakeside hill with wonderful views of the amphitheater and main lake
  • A perfect picnic spot for your family and friends as well as special concert events
  • Catch-and-Release fishing permitted in all lakes
  • Non-motorized boats such as kayaks and paddle boats welcomed in the lakes
  • Maximized lakeside views have been developed along trails throughout Cross Creek Ranch.

Want to learn more about how Cross Creek Residents have fun? Click here to read our Community Newsletter, which details community news and upcoming resident events.