Best Bike Path - 2013
Terry Hershey Park
This large park begins at Beltway 8 on the east and rolls along the bayou all the way to Barker Dam on the west. Terese "Terry" Hershey, a former member of the Texas Parks and Wildlife Commission, is the namesake of this expansive park on the west side of the city. She's credited with leading the campaign to prevent the banks of Buffalo Bayou from being paved with concrete, a fate that could not be avoided for White Oak and Brays bayous. The result of Hershey's efforts is a natural, pleasing view that greets you as you ride your bike or jog the more than 12 miles of paved paths that run under Wilcrest, Kirkwood, Dairy Ashford and Eldridge Parkway. In the shade of the trees, riders will find a pleasant and fairly easy ride with only a few hills to scale along the way.