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Keith-Wiess Park: Natural Beauty in Northeast Houston

Updated on March 29, 2020
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I live in Houston, and I have worked as a nurse. My interests include art, traveling, reading, gardening, cooking, and our wonderful pets.

Great White Egret in Flight at Keith-Wiess Park
Great White Egret in Flight at Keith-Wiess Park | Source

Keith-Wiess Park

Thanks to the generosity of James and Margaret Elkins, people in our city are now able to enjoy the fabulous Keith-Wiess Park located in the northeast part of our city. The address is 12300 Aldine Westfield Road, Houston, Texas 77093. They donated just shy of 500 acres to the City of Houston with the stipulation that much of it was to remain natural and untouched.

The name of this park honors both of Margaret Elkins’s parents, Harry Carothers Wiess and Olga Keith Wiess. Mr. Wiess was the president of Humble Oil & Refining Company, and Mrs. Weiss was a timber heiress according to information regarding this Keith-Wiess Park.

Mrs. Wiess was very generous and supported many hospitals and other entities such as our Houston Museum of Natural Science as well as the Museum of Fine Arts Houston. We owe much to philanthropists like her and her daughter Margaret who share their wealth with the public’s interests in mind.

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Playground Equipment in Keith-Wiess ParkClimbing Rock Walls & Playground EquipmentPark signCovered Pavilion near Soccer Fields & Children’s PlaygroundCovered Pavilion near Tennis CourtsKeith-Wiess Park Picnic Tables
Playground Equipment in Keith-Wiess Park
Playground Equipment in Keith-Wiess Park | Source
Climbing Rock Walls & Playground Equipment
Climbing Rock Walls & Playground Equipment | Source
Park sign
Park sign | Source
Covered Pavilion near Soccer Fields & Children’s Playground
Covered Pavilion near Soccer Fields & Children’s Playground | Source
Covered Pavilion near Tennis Courts
Covered Pavilion near Tennis Courts | Source
Keith-Wiess Park Picnic Tables
Keith-Wiess Park Picnic Tables | Source

Play and Picnic Areas

Right next to a large paved parking lot is a cute children’s playground, including several rock walls built for some climbing fun. This area is also near some baseball and soccer fields.

This pavilion is the largest of the covered pavilions in this park. There are others along with some picnic tables nestled against some trees. Barbecue grills are next to the picnic areas.

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The trail in Forested AreaViewed on Keith-Wiess Park TrailMushrooms on Fallen TreeBridge over Hall’s Bayou in Keith-Wiess ParkView of Hall’s Bayou from the bridge
The trail in Forested Area
The trail in Forested Area | Source
Viewed on Keith-Wiess Park Trail
Viewed on Keith-Wiess Park Trail | Source
Mushrooms on Fallen Tree
Mushrooms on Fallen Tree | Source
Bridge over Hall’s Bayou in Keith-Wiess Park
Bridge over Hall’s Bayou in Keith-Wiess Park | Source
View of Hall’s Bayou from the bridge
View of Hall’s Bayou from the bridge | Source

Trail Through Keith-Wiess Park

It was a rather cold January day when my husband and I explored this park. There were not many people using the picnic tables or playing on any of the recreational spaces provided. There were some hikers and bikers, however, and walking along the trail was what we wished to do.

The concrete path is wide, and the terrain is relatively level. It is a one-way trail that ultimately takes one over Hall’s Bayou and circles a retention pond and then leads back the same way. That is if you wish to stay on the paved path. There are seemingly many trails leading into the woods on more natural routes.

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Fishing Pier
Fishing Pier | Source
Keith-Wiess Park trail
Keith-Wiess Park trail | Source
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Keith-Wiess Park | Source
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Keith-Wiess Park | Source
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Keith-Wiess Park | Source
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Keith-Wiess Park | Source
Keith-Wiess Park
Keith-Wiess Park | Source
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Keith-Wiess Park | Source
Keith-Wiess Park
Keith-Wiess Park | Source
Watery Views in the Park
Watery Views in the Park | Source

Flood Control Function

In addition to the beauty of this park, it functions as flood control for the Hall’s Bayou watershed. Shortly after traversing this bridge, one comes out into a clearing where retention ponds have been dredged to hold excess water when needed.

The retention ponds were holding excess water as designed. There would be no fishing from the pier that day as the water was above the dock. The birds were enjoying that roosting spot on the railings. No swimming is allowed as this is an alligator and reptile habitat.

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So many birds in the park Great Egret  Great Egret  Great Egret White Ibis + Neotropic CormorantsNeotropic Cormorants at Keith-Wiess Park Great Egret Neotropic CormorantsNeotropic CormorantsNeotropic CormorantsNeotropic Cormorants
So many birds in the park
So many birds in the park | Source
 Great Egret
Great Egret | Source
 Great Egret
Great Egret | Source
 Great Egret
Great Egret | Source
White Ibis + Neotropic Cormorants
White Ibis + Neotropic Cormorants | Source
Neotropic Cormorants at Keith-Wiess Park
Neotropic Cormorants at Keith-Wiess Park | Source
 Great Egret
Great Egret | Source
Neotropic Cormorants
Neotropic Cormorants | Source
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Neotropic Cormorants
Neotropic Cormorants | Source
Neotropic Cormorants
Neotropic Cormorants | Source
Neotropic Cormorants
Neotropic Cormorants | Source

Wildlife in The Park

My favorite part of the path was here. We walked around and even over the retention pond on a raised walkway. It was was fun because of seeing all of the wildlife which calls this area home.

The white ibis birds pictured above are the ones with pink beaks and legs. According to Wikipedia, their legs turn scarlet during the breeding season.

We saw an abundance of Neotropic cormorants in Keith-Wiess Park. They breed in colonies and are known to be monogamous birds. Where you see one of these birds, you are almost always likely to see others. They consume small fish, aquatic bugs and tadpoles, etc.

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Approaching the raised boardwalk area over a pond in Eeith-Wiess ParkViews from raised boardwalk areaViews from raised boardwalk areaViews from raised boardwalk areaViews from raised boardwalk areaViews from raised boardwalk areaViews from raised boardwalk area
Approaching the raised boardwalk area over a pond in Eeith-Wiess Park
Approaching the raised boardwalk area over a pond in Eeith-Wiess Park | Source
Views from raised boardwalk area
Views from raised boardwalk area | Source
Views from raised boardwalk area
Views from raised boardwalk area | Source
Views from raised boardwalk area
Views from raised boardwalk area | Source
Views from raised boardwalk area
Views from raised boardwalk area | Source
Views from raised boardwalk area
Views from raised boardwalk area | Source
Views from raised boardwalk area
Views from raised boardwalk area | Source

Forested Areas

We were able to walk over the retention pond by way of the boardwalk. Had the water been any higher, that route might have been cut off as it was on the fishing pier. We completed the loop and then headed back through the forested area the way we had come.

The air smelled so fresh and clean in this large forested area. No sounds of motor vehicles intrude upon one’s senses while walking through this pristine landscape. Going back through the ages, bison herds once roamed these parts. Native Americans hunted them here. No more bison will be spotted here. But birds of many types and smaller creatures are likely to be seen.

The most massive creature we saw that day, in addition to some sizable dogs, was a horse by the name of Pinto. Just before our leaving, a friendly man by the name of Francisco rode up on his horse accompanied by his dog. He told us that he is generally in the park on weekends.

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Francisco and his horse named Pinto in Keith-Wiess ParkSquirrel in Keith-Wiess ParkKeith-Wiess ParkPark scenery
Francisco and his horse named Pinto in Keith-Wiess Park
Francisco and his horse named Pinto in Keith-Wiess Park | Source
Squirrel in Keith-Wiess Park
Squirrel in Keith-Wiess Park | Source
Keith-Wiess Park
Keith-Wiess Park | Source
Park scenery
Park scenery | Source

Park Hours and Rules

In all of the City of Houston Parks, the hours are from dawn to dusk. They are all smoke-free zones. Plants and animals are protected. Pets are to remain on leash (we saw several instances where people were sidestepping this rule), and pet owners are to pick up after their pets. Noise levels are to be controlled.

Some things prohibited are the following:

  • Glass containers
  • Alcohol
  • Scooters and skateboards
  • Hunting
  • Firearms
  • Motorized vehicles beyond the parking lots
  • Camping
  • Shopping Carts
  • Littering
  • Vending or sales without a permit

Park Sign
Park Sign | Source

Our Experience

My husband and I truly enjoyed the time spent in this park. If we lived closer, we would enjoy hiking that paved trail again plus the dirt and grass one that circles all 3 of the detention ponds to see what other birds and animals might be seen. That longer path is about 5 miles in length. We would certainly enjoy picnicking there. It is a beautiful place to commune with nature.

5 stars for Keith-Wiess Park

If you truly love Nature, you will find beauty everywhere.

— Vincent Van Gogh

Reading about nature is fine, but if a person walks in the woods and listens carefully, he can learn more than what is in books, for they speak with the voice of God.

— George Washington Carver

This content is accurate and true to the best of the author’s knowledge and is not meant to substitute for formal and individualized advice from a qualified professional.

© 2020 Peggy Woods

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    • Peggy W profile imageAUTHOR

      Peggy Woods 

      2 days ago from Houston, Texas

      Hi Manatita,

      Nature walks through the park is what most interested us. It is so stunning!

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      manatita44 

      2 days ago from london

      I would love to walk on the trail as well. Looks stunningly beautiful and ripe for adventure. I can write a story on the great white egret and the waters below. It reminds me of the song-bird of the soul which is eternally free.

      Keith Weiss Park is a great place to take children. Apart from the slides and rides, they would probably love the cowboy as well.

    • Peggy W profile imageAUTHOR

      Peggy Woods 

      3 days ago from Houston, Texas

      Hi Ruby,

      We were amazed at the number of birds that congregate around those water areas in Keith-Weiss park. Birders should love this!

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      Ruby Jean Richert 

      3 days ago from Southern Illinois

      This was a lovely addition to the fine parks you've shown us in and around Houston. I would love to watch the many birds that live there. Thanks again Peggy.

    • Peggy W profile imageAUTHOR

      Peggy Woods 

      3 days ago from Houston, Texas

      Hi Liz,

      Thanks! Hopefully I will finish this project in the next month. Whew!

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      Liz Westwood 

      3 days ago from UK

      You certainly deserve a break after all your hard work.

    • Peggy W profile imageAUTHOR

      Peggy Woods 

      3 days ago from Houston, Texas

      Hi Liz,

      Thanks for the compliment. A good friend of ours said the same thing. However, there are already guide books for Houston. I will be happy to get these all moved over to HubPages and then take a short break.

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      Liz Westwood 

      3 days ago from UK

      This is an incredibly well-documented account of this park. I feel like you could compile an excellent Houston guidebook with your top quality articles.

    • Peggy W profile imageAUTHOR

      Peggy Woods 

      3 days ago from Houston, Texas

      Hi Diana,

      Keith-Wiess Park is a fantastic place to do just what you wrote. It is large enough to enjoy and still do the social distancing from people recommended during this pandemic.

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      Diana Carol Abrahamson 

      3 days ago from Somerset West

      Wonderful place to unwind and enjoy the outdoors at your own pace.

    • Peggy W profile imageAUTHOR

      Peggy Woods 

      3 days ago from Houston, Texas

      Hi Bill,

      This park truly is an oasis of beauty and nature in the city. Thanks for your virtual visit.

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      Bill Holland 

      3 days ago from Olympia, WA

      A lovely oasis in the city!

    • Peggy W profile imageAUTHOR

      Peggy Woods 

      3 days ago from Houston, Texas

      Hi Nyesha,

      Birds are plentiful in this lovely park. So glad you liked this!

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      Nyesha Pagnou MPH 

      3 days ago from USA

      This is great! I was impressed by the photos of the birds, especially. Thanks for sharing.

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