Arthur Storey Park – ChinaTown
Location: 7400 W Sam Houston Pkwy SHouston, TX 77072
Trail: outer loop 1.72 Miles
inner loop 0.62 Miles
Level: Beginner to Intermediate
Hello, My name is Erik Calderon.
Welcome to My video blog on Trail Running in the Houston and Surrounding areas.
Today we’ll be taking a look at the Arthur Storey Park Trails located just outside of Beltway 8: in Houston China Town, off of Bellaire avenue on the West side of Beltway Eight. 7400 W Sam Houston Pkwy SHouston, TX 77072.
Although the park has a lot of parking space, it fills up fast in the mornings and on weekends. I’ve seen people parking in the Home Depot next to the park in order to visit.
Entering a bit into the park is a wonderful fitness station where you can begin your run with a warm up of Pull ups, push ups and situps.
After warming up you can easily enjoy a 1.72 mile run around the outer loop, then add bit to the end by including the inner loop around the small pond and pavillion, or you can easily construct a short run by just going around the inner loop. The inner loop is approximately 0.62 miles.
While jogging around the outer loop you’ll get a peak at the beautiful buddhist temple, as your winding around some detention ponds and the braes bayou. The view is absolutely relaxing and peaceful.
This is a Beginner to Intermediate Level Trail Run.
I’ve ranked this trail as Beginner to Intermediate because the outer trail is over one mile, and you also have inner trails that are under one mile in length. So, you can construct an easy run or you can opt for a run of 1.72 miles or longer around the outer loop.
I rank trails into three catagories. Beginner, Intermediate and Advanced.
Beginner Trails are under a mile, usually only gravel, asphalt or concrete
Intermediate trails are over 1 mile in length, and under 3 miles. They consist of gravel, asphalt or concrete
Advanced trails are over 3 miles in length or are off road trails that are not paved, usually used by mountain bikers. The terrain of these trails requires trail running shoes and focus on the ground is essential.
The trail consists of three kinds of running surfaces: Asphalt, Concrete and gravel. Most of the outer loop is Asphalt with a small stretch of Concrete. The inner loop is mostly all gravel.
For those looking into some recreation, they have swings for the kids, a wonderful playground, a few pavillions and a beautiful pond.
This Park is name after Arthur Storey, who at the time of naming the park was director of the Harris County Flood Control District. He came up with the idea to create parks around flood control properties.
The Park has some wonderful areas for bbq’ing, and big open fields. I often see people playing soccer in these fields.
The park also as a wonderful kidfit center, complete with rock climbing, ropes, junggle bars, pull up bar, sit up station and more, designed specificily for kids in mind.
Being in the heart of china town you can catch people doing tai chi in the mornings. The park has a wonderful Yin Yang pavillion, where I often spend time doing some martial arts myself.
For more information with map layouts, please click on the links included in the blog.