Jack Brooks Park Trail, Hitchcock

Directions:  30 minutes south of Houston on I-45 & 15 miles north of Galveston Island.   Exit I45 at exit 15 at Gulf Greyhound Park onto FM2004 three miles south toward Hitchcock.  Park entrance is directly across street from Northside Elem. School.
Go to first stop sign past sports complex and turn left to Veterans Pavilion and park in parking area. Trail head is 100 ft. directly west toward Highland Bayou.

Trail Information: 6 miles of hard clay, roots, stumps and small very steep hills. Most runners use 3 mile loop to the north of the bayou which will be to your right if you face the bayou and use their cars as aid stations between loops. Very hard to get lost. Each side trail takes you back to the main trail or road.

Miscellaneous Information:  Do not run if it has rained during the past few days.  Clay will be too slippery and will suck your shoes off your feet. Besides you won't be able to climb the slippery steep hills.  Be sure to always bring mosquito repellent as they will somtimes be very pesky.  Great little hills for training.  Be sure to watch out for bikers as they will be on you before you know it.   Restrooms and water at Pavilion, but no showers.  If weather turns bad you can come to Galveston Island and run the 13 mile long seawall and take in the sights.

Butch Buckner