East of downtown, Buffalo Bayou widens and straightens significantly.
The steep banks offer spectacular views of the downtown skyline and
the area is remarkably quiet since there are no large thoroughfares
running along the banks.
The Buffalo Bayou masterplan, Buffalo Bayou and Beyond, calls for trails
along the bayou from Shepherd to Lockwood Drive and the Partnership
is actively promoting and funding trails in East Houston.
The land along the bayou east of downtown is almost all in private hands
today. These private landowners are banding together to give small parcels
of the land to the city for hike and bike trails.
As of spring of 2004, almost 4 miles of trails have been built along
the bayou on private lands just east of downtown. Dozens of volunteers
have helped plant more than 100 native trees along the new trails. The
trails will officially open to the public in the spring.