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Amenities

Jesse H. Jones Park & Nature Center, a Harris County Precinct 4 facility, features over 300 acres of pristine primary and secondary deciduous southern forest with a variety of micro habitats including swamps, sloughs, and natural white sand beaches along Spring Creek. The park’s many amenities and special features include:

Boardwalk and Trails

Jones-Bender Trail. Jones Park stock photo

Canoe Launch Trail. Jones Park stock photo

Volunteer Paul Roling. Jones Park stock photo

Boardwalk. Jones Park stock photo

Boardwalk. Jones Park stock photo

There are over six miles of paved, all-weather, wheelchair-accessible trails within Jones Park. The Jones-Bender Trail, which is 1.5 miles long and 10 feet wide, is the newest section of paved trails that points to the future expansion of the Spring Creek Greenway Project trail system: an interconnecting system of trails from Highway 59 at Kingwood to Interstate 45 at The Woodlands and beyond. The Jones-Bender Trail is open daily to bicyclists.

Interpretive signage along several trails assists visitors in identifying plant and wildlife species within the park. Wildlife viewing blinds are located along the Jones-Bender Trail overlooking the pond, and along the Cypress Overlook Trail near the turtle pond.

Scout troops, staff members, and volunteers have enhanced the trails and wildlife habitat with numerous bat and bird boxes, Purple Martin houses, and wildlife feeders. Various groups have donated park benches, which are placed along the trails, and a bicycle rack constructed of recycled materials.

Several sections of the trail system are sponsored by volunteers through the Jones Park Adopt-A-Trail program. Sponsoring groups and individuals commit to help eradicate and control invasive non-native plants, and to conduct routine trail maintenance quarterly for one year. To become involved in the Adopt-A-Trail program, or for more information on the trail system, please contact Jones Park.

Printable Trail Map (PDF)


Canoe Launch

Using the canoe launch at Jones Park, canoeists paddle their way to San Jacinto River on a guided tour of Spring Creek.

Ben Howard and Dave Frakes display their canoeing skills at Jesse H. Jones Park & Nature Center's canoe launch.

With 24-hour advance notice, canoeists and kayakers can use Jones Park’s canoe launch to access Spring Creek and its associated waterways.

Call the nature center at 281-446-8588, Monday through Friday from 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. to confirm availability and to make a reservation.

Only point-to-point trips are allowed: canoes and kayaks may not be launched and retrieved from Jones Park’s canoe launch. All canoeists and kayakers need to be aware of water conditions on their planned route prior to launching at Jones Park.

Additionally, all vessels must be equipped with one Type I, II, III, or V life jacket—personal flotation device (PFD)—for each person on board, in accordance to the Texas Water Safety Act. Please register in the nature center or call 281-446-8588.

Please allow enough time from launch to destination to complete your trip before the park closes. Vehicles remaining in the park after hours are subject to towing at the owner’s expense and all persons will be considered to be trespassing.

The park’s entrance gate opens at 8 a.m. and closes 30 minutes prior to park closing time (dusk).

Water-related activities and swimming are prohibited at Jesse H. Jones Park & Nature Center. Harris County Precinct 4 staff, volunteers, or representatives assume no responsibility for the health, safety, or injury resulting at Jesse H. Jones Park & Nature Center.


Cypress Bog
Cypress Bog. Jones Park stock photo

Bald cypress (Taxodium distichum) is one of the few trees that can grow year round in standing water. The odd "knees" are an adaptation that helps it to live in its watery habitat. Several of the cypress trees in Jones Park are nearly 400 years old.

Bald cypress knees. Jones Park stock photo

The cypress bogs in Jones Park are dependent on rainfall to maintain the water level. In wet years, or when the creek floods, the ponds are alive with a variety of water snakes, fish, frogs, turtles, crawfish, and water insects.


Nature Center
Jones Park Nature Center 2006. Jones Park stock photo Open from 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. year-round, except on days when the park is closed, the nature center features displays, dioramas, mounted specimens, and a state-of-the-art audiovisual system.

Specimen display inside Nature Center 2006. Jones Park stock photo

Additionally, a permanent exhibit of live snakes of Harris County and an observation beehive are featured at the nature center. Most programs begin or are held in the nature center.


Outdoor Classroom
Jones Park Outdoor Classroom. Jones Park stock photo The outdoor classroom is available for organized educational activities only. Use of this amenity must be arranged through a Jones Park staff member.

Pavilion and Picnic Areas

Pavilion. Jones Park stock photo

Picnic tables and grills. Jones Park stock photo

Picnic tables and grills. Jones Park stock photo

Picnic shelter. Jones Park stock photo

A large outdoor barbecue pavilion with seating for 80 people is available with advance reservation and a completed Release and Indemnity form. When making a reservation for the use of the pavilion, please keep in mind that Jones Park is a nature sanctuary; alcohol, balloons, generators, glass, loud music, moonwalks, and pets are not allowed.

Additionally, there is no electrical service at the pavilion. Please contact the park well in advance of the desired reservation date because the reservation procedure requires 10 days to complete and the pavilion is frequently booked months in advance throughout the year.

Call the nature center at 281-446-8588, Monday through Friday from 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. to confirm availability and to make a reservation.

Picnic tables and barbecue grills:  There are 27 picnic tables, four of which are wheelchair-accessible and seven include stationary barbecue grills. All picnic tables and grills are available on a first-come, first-served basis.

Picnic pavilion:  There are four tables and a grill in the covered shelter area, which is also available on a first-come, first-served basis.

A rest room facility and water fountains are also available in this area.

Playground
Playground. Jones Park stock photo Once voted one of the 10 best Houston-area playgrounds by readers of the Houston Chronicle, this playground is located in the picnic area and features wheelchair-accessible equipment and a separate toddler play area.

Public Rest Rooms
Public rest room. Jones Park stock photo Public rest rooms are located inside the picnic loop, next to the nature center, and on the Jones-Bender Trail adjacent to the homestead.