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Buffalo Bayou Paddling Trail

Download PDF version of map of Buffalo Bayou Paddling Trail (PDF 209.6 KB) which includes GPS coordinates and estimated float times for each segment.


Trail Description and Landmarks 

Trail Length: ~ 26 miles total
Depending upon water levels and flow rates the paddling time can vary. Due to the length of the trail, it is too long to paddle in one day. Individual segments of the trail can be paddled in 1.5 to 4 hours of  paddling.

Float Time:
Estimated float times for each trail segment are:

From  To Duration 
Hwy 6 Terry Hershy Park ~ 1 hour
Terry Hershy Park Dairy Ashford ~ 1 hour
Dairy Ashford Road West Sam Houston Parkway ~ 2 hours to 3 hours 
West Sam Houston Parkway Briar Bend Park ~ 3 hours to 4 hours 
Briar Bend Park Woodway Memorial Park ~ 3.5 hours to 4.5 hours
Woodway Memorial Park Eleanor Tinsley Park ~ 4 hours to 6 hours
Eleanor Tinsley Park Sabine Street ~ 15 minutes
Sabine Street Allen's Landing Park ~ 1 hour

Float times are based on average flow without any paddling. Actual kayak times is drastically less.

Please Note: The water quality of the bayou is variable, but is generally unsuitable for swimming. Precautions such as washing hands and using hand sanitizer are recommended. 

The 26-mile paddling trail begins at Highway 6, and then ducks into Memorial Mews Park in Langham/South Mayde Creek for approximately 200 feet.  After returning to Buffalo Bayou, the trail then follows the bayou downstream to the takeout at Allen’s Landing.

The banks of Buffalo Bayou expose a beautiful geology of sand, sandstone and red Beaumont clay.  While some sections of the bayou are straight-cut with low embankments, other sections are serpentine with high cliffs.  Because the bayou offers little elevation change there are few riffles along the trail.  

Buffalo Bayou is a semi-natural stream with flow and water quality conditions that are influenced by water releases from Addicks and Barker Reservoirs, storm water runoff, sewage treatment plants, and natural springs. Trips should not be attempted in high and turbulent water conditions. Log jams, known as “strainers”, can be very hazardous and should be avoided; portage around them.

Getting There

Ten access points: