Educational Recreation


Although the landscape of northeast Harris County has changed dramatically since pioneer times, a trip down Spring Creek reveals the same pristine forests familiar to the Akokisa-Ishak Indians who roamed the land more than 200 years ago.

Thanks to the preservation efforts of past generations, Spring Creek boasts tens of thousands of acres of bottomland hardwood forest, which provides recreational opportunities, wildlife habitats, reduced flood risk, and improved air and water quality.


Harris County Precinct 4 Commissioner R. Jack Cagle initiated the Trails As Parks (TAP) division to serve as a mobile team connecting people with nature by providing outdoor recreation, ecotourism, and environmental education throughout Precinct 4’s parks system.

TAP provides a variety of outdoor programming along the Spring Creek Greenway, including guided canoeing, pontoon boat tours, fishing, archery, and wildlife and aquatic education.

Families will remember the times they spent hiking, paddling, fishing, watching wildlife, and exploring this beautiful creek and the forests along its edges.

To learn more about TAP or to see the upcoming schedule of activities, visit


Students from across the region have taken field trips to the Spring Creek Greenway to learn about nature, ecology, how to better protect our environment, and more.

To learn about field trip opportunities along Spring Creek at Jesse H. Jones Park & Nature Center, call 281-446-8588 or email