Construction Begins on Hiking Trail To YMCA at Cypress Creek

Cypress, TX News (October 26, 2015) – Precinct 4 started work on a new one-mile trunk line trail that will run from the existing Cypresswood Hike & Bike Trail to the YMCA facility at SH 249 within Precinct 4’s 100 Acre Wood Preserve.

The paved trail will add to the nearly two miles of natural trails that connect with the Cypresswood Bike Path at Cypress Creek and Jones Road. Popular among hikers and bikers, the 100 Acre Woods is one of Precinct 4′s most pristine parks located on undeveloped land near the Hewlett-Packard building and D. Bradley McWilliams YMCA at Cypress Creek. Recently, the park expanded by nearly three acres for a total area of about 102 acres.
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“We want to avoid disturbing the plant and animal life in the area while at the same time meeting the needs of the community,” said Commissioner R. Jack Cagle. “When complete, the paved trail will give people with disabilities, joggers, and families the opportunity to explore this vast preserve from end to end.”

The trail will take approximately four months to complete. Borders of the preserve include Jones Road to the west, the Northwest Harris County Municipal Utility District 230 water treatment facility to the east, Cypress Creek to the north, and the Norchester Subdivision to the south.

Precinct 4 opened the preserve in April 2013 following the donation of land from Houston Endowment. The preserve includes pocket prairies, wetlands, and forests featuring a variety of trees, such as mature post oaks, pine trees, American beautyberry, river birch, and American sycamore. While the preserve currently has no parking lot or official entrance, hikers and bikers often enter through the water treatment plant road at Normont and Balcrest or the D. Bradley McWilliams YMCA at Cypress Creek.