The Kickerillo-Mischer Preserve, located in Northwest Houston, is a recent addition to the Harris County Precinct 4 park system. The park opened in April 2017 and is located in Northwest Houston along Tomball Parkway (Highway 249).
Within the preserve lies the 40 acre Marshall Lake and circling the lake is a 1.7 mile paved nature trail winding its way through tall pines. It was this trail, or rather the pictures of it, that first drew me in. If you prefer walking on the softer forest floor, there’s opportunity for that as well.
During the winter months, while the trees stand bare, the lake is easily visible from the trail. For photographers, it’s a good time to visit. I have a feeling that as the trees dress themselves for the warmer months, most of the views will disappear, though there are a few open areas from which the water views can still be enjoyed.
When my daughter and I visited, we saw a couple of people paddling around in kayaks, in search of the optimal fishing spot. There are two docks from which kayaks can be launched and visitors will find picnic tables and public restrooms on the grounds as well.
According to the Harris County Precinct 4 web site, Kickerillo-Mischer Preserve will eventually connect with the 100 Acre Wood Preserve on the other side of 249. Additionally, there are plans for a Cypress Creek Greenway trail system, which I imagine will be very similar to the beautiful Spring Creek Greenway trail. I’d say Houston has a lot to look forward to!