This trail review is a long time in the making, so I’d like for my dear readers to pretend that this was posted way back in February 2009.
The Kleb Woods Nature Preserve is located in Northwest Harris County, off Muesche Rd (near FM 2920). It is a nice wooded tract of land with a rich history – it’s very hard to believe that the property once was a farm. It is now densely wooded and the only reminders of its farming history are the various farming implements that dot the property.
Off the parking lot on Draper Rd., you have access to two different sets of hiking trails. At the end of Draper Rd., there is a trail that takes you to the bark mulch hiking trail in the Forest Preserve area. We decided to save the Forest Preserve trail for another time and instead went on the Nature Center trail that has access from the parking lot on Draper Rd.
The trail to the Nature Center is a wide crushed granite trail with occasional benches along the way for you to take the occasional break. Not that you really need it – the trail to the nature center is very short (only 750 feet, according to the trail map).
Apparently, roadrunners sometimes wander across the trail. We didn’t see any. Unless you count the non-feathered short human kind.
The Nature Center building has nice restroom facilities and outdoor seating. You can sit out on the deck and enjoy a snack or even bring your lunch!
We chose to take the Farm Trail first, to see the old farm home of Elmer Kleb. The granite trail led to an old barn where you could see some antique farm equipment. Hard to believe people used to sit on those things and work for hours a day! These days, farmers drive around luxurious tractors complete with air conditioning and a seat that’s just a step away from being a cushy recliner.
Behind the barn was the old farm house (on the right) and guest house (on the left). I sure wish we could have gone inside the houses, but they were locked up tight. I just love looking at old buildings. They’re so interesting and full of character!
Beyond the Kleb house, there are two trails – a gravel path and a dirt path. We, of course, tried out the dirt path first.
It appeared to head roughly to the north. It had some bridges that were under construction, and then the path seemed to peter off. We suspected that they’re creating a new trail that will eventually meet up with the Forest Preserve trail to the north.
So we backtracked to the house and headed off on the crushed granite Farm Trail. To us, the trail was just too well-kept and not rustic enough. If there are tree branches to pick up, big rocks to kick around and dirt to draw in, then my kids just aren’t interested in hiking.
So we headed off on the Nature Trail. Make sure you take the side trail to see the windmill. As I mentioned before, once upon a time this whole area was a farm. And then Elmer inherited the place and let it go back to being a forest. Thus you find weird things like a tree growing through a windmill.
The Nature Trail is much more rustic – mostly leaf and pine needles over a dirt path. We had fun checking out the many holes in the trail that were dug by the forest animals.
Watch out for small tree stumps in the path. I’d sure like to see these things removed since I tend to spend a lot of time checking out the scenery and will sometimes not pay so much attention to the trail itself.
Check out the wetlands too!
All in all, it was a pretty nice hike. We probably spent about an hour and a half doing the two trails, but I’m sure others would take less time on the hike if they didn’t spend as much time playing with sticks as we did.
Don’t take my word for it – check out what my fellow reviewers had to say about the hike:
Okay, maybe you should ignore the reviewers. What do they know anyway? They have the attention span of a gnat.