By Cassidy Tyrone
The cities of Bryan and College Station offer fun, sun, splash and dash options for people – and dogs with people. The city websites for Bryan and College Station each list 50+ parks, trails and recreation facilities ensuring there is a perfect fit for your brand of recreation.
Bee Creek Park
1900 Anderson, off Southwest Parkway, CS
Bee Creek Park offers four lighted tennis courts, two lighted softball fields, a pavilion, a sand volleyball court, picnic units, two playgrounds, natural and paved trails, a concessions building, and restrooms. If you need to cool, Bee Creek is the sight of College Station’s first swimming pool Adamson Lagoon Pool. If you are a plant enthusiast, the D.A. “Andy” Anderson Arboretum features an interpretive trail system that emphasizes native Texas plants, according to the City of College Station website.
Dog Park at Morris “Buzz” Hamilton Park
Off Park Hudson Trail, between Hwy. 158 & Copperfield Drive, Bryan
This multi-field dog park also includes a jogging/walking trail sprawling over 5 acres. This state-of-the-art dog park facility includes three separate play areas for dogs of different sizes, as well as doggy water fountains, gravel walking trails, according to the City of Bryan website. Nighttime lighting is available until 10pm.
8400 Appomattox, off Emerald Forest Parkway, CS
According to the City of College Station website, Emerald Forest is one of the most beautiful native plant sites in the City of College Station park system. The park contains a 1/3 mile jogging trial, a playground, a lighted half basketball court, and picnic tables.
1201 Dexter Drive South, CS
Named for former head of Department of Agricultural Economics and Rural Sociology at Texas A&M University Letcher P. Gabbard, Gabbard Park has proven to be one of the most popular parks in town, according to the City of College Station website. If you enjoy fishing, the park offers fishing piers. It also contains a 1/3 mile jogging trail and practice softball fields.
Gloria Stephan Sale Park
Main St. between W 26th & W 29th streets
The Gloria Stephan Sale Park features a fountain and splash pad, baseball and softball backstop, and seating to relax. Sale Park is home to a Texas Historical Commission marker recognizing the impact of railroads on the city of Bryan, according to the City of Bryan website.
Lick Creek Park
13600 E Rock Prairie Road, CS
Lick Creek Park has a well-kept number of trials so guests can take part in hiking, cycling, equestrian activities, and nature study. The park also has outdoor classroom facilities and a visitor’s center. This is a leash-free park, but dogs are required to be under “voice control” at all time, according to the City of College Station website.
Lincoln Recreation Center
1000 Eleanor, CS
The Lincoln Recreation Center features a playground, a 1/3 mile lighted jogging trail, and basketball and volleyball courts. The park is also home to the Wayne Smith Baseball Fields. If you are looking to stay indoors, the Lincoln Rec Center offers an indoor gymnasium, and game and fitness rooms. To beat the heat, visitors can enjoy the splash park and pool. The pool is available for reservation.
Richard Carter Park
1800 Brazoswood, off Earl Rudder Freeway, CS
Richard Carter Park is College Station’s only historically significant park, according to the City of College Station website. Carter became College Station in 1831, after receiving a grant from the Mexican government. This area, which includes most of what is College Station today, became the Richard Carter homestead. The park includes a play area and a discovery garden, the original water well, and an interpretive center depicting Richard Carter.
301 Westridge Dr., CS
The site of College Station’s first dog park, Steeplechase Park offers a place to include your furry family members in your summer fun. It also contains a basketball court and a playground.
3901 Carter Creek, Bryan
If you are looking to cook out, Tanglewood Park offers BBQ grills and a picnic pavilion. It also offers a playground, lighted tennis courts, a sand volleyball court, practice soccer fields, and restrooms. It also offers a splash pad so kids and get wet and wild.
3890 Copperfield Drive, Bryan
Try your hand at a variety of sports at Tiffany Park. The park offers a lighted sand volleyball court, a covered and lighted basketball court, tennis courts, soccer goals, and baseball/softball backstops. It also offers a mile of walking paths and a splash pad.
300 Park Road, CS
The University Park offers a fenced canine station where your dog can have leash-free fun and make furry friends. It also contains a jogging loop, play equipment, swimming ponds and agility equipment. The areas that are not heavily wooded are open to play.
For full park listings visit the City of College Station website at cstx.gov, the City of Bryan website at bryantx.gov, and the Bryan/College Station Convention and Visitors Bureau at