Whether golfing, skateboarding, swimming or walking is your pleasure, there’s no better place to enjoy the great outdoors than in Navasota!
Pecan Lakes Golf Club
Pecan Lakes Golf Club is located at 2001 Fairway Drive off SH 105, 2.5 miles west of downtown Navasota, and is open to the public seven days a week with the exception of Thanksgiving and Christmas.
The 18-hole regulation course designed by golf course architect Jay Riviere features 6,922 yards of course from the longest tee for a par 72 on Bermuda grass. Among clusters of elm, oak and pecan trees are sand traps with water hazards on 15 of the 18 holes. The rolling terrain is walker-friendly but rental carts are available.
The Club’s friendly and professional staff can assist with everything from check-in to bar and grill service to event or tournament planning. The Pecan Lakes Golf Club is the site of a number of competitive tournaments throughout the year.
Fitness enthusiasts of all ages will enjoy Navasota’s disc golf course located at August Horst Park, 104 Veterans Memorial Drive and SH 105 West. Disc golf is similar to regular golf but played with a disc resembling a Frisbee and is the fastest growing sport in the world.
Navasota’s disc golf course ranks in the top quarter of Texas’ 600-plus disc courses and features a putting green and nine hole course which takes about two hours to complete. Golfers will enjoy ample parking, restrooms and access to the adjacent dog park.
Players of all skill levels can enhance that serve, backhand groundstroke or overhead smash at the Navasota Independent School District tennis courts. The 8-court, lighted complex is open to the public for a $15 key deposit available by registering with the district office at (936) 825-4207.
The courts are located behind the NISD Junior-Senior High School campus complex and accessible via 1 Rattler Drive off SH 90. Courts are for open play, not for profit making endeavors, and all visitors are asked to observe tennis etiquette.
Navasota Municipal Pool
What better way to beat the summer heat than a dip in the Navasota Municipal Pool! The pool is located at 103 Stadium Drive and features shade cabanas, lounge chairs and ample seating. Racing lanes and the pool’s modified length meet the needs of the Navasota Mud Cats Swim team for competition.
The pool and bathhouse were a 1930s Works Progress Administration project which provided jobs to Navasotans during the Great Depression and reflect the rock style typical of WPA projects. The pool continues to serve the Navasota community by offering open swim, swimming lessons, water exercise classes and rental for swim parties or other family-friendly activities.
The Navasota Skate Park at 100 Stadium Drive provides a safe alternative to streets for skateboarders to hone their skills and it serves as a gathering place for those dedicated to the sport – young or old, beginner or experienced! The park is free and open daily. There is no direct supervision and skateboarders are asked to observe park rules which include use of safety gear.
Patout Pond & KidFish
One of the community’s most popular summer events is Navasota KidFish hosted by the City of Navasota at Patout Pond, 2119 Dove Crossing Lane. The KidFish Foundation was created in 1994 to introduce children aged 16 and under to the great American pastime – fishing! KidFish promotes enjoyment of the outdoors, interest in conservation and provides a fun day with friends and family.
The KidFish Foundation provides the fishing equipment while the City of Navasota partners with local nonprofit organizations to provide instruction on knot tying, casting, fish identification T-shirts and trophies. The Navasota KidFish winner will compete in the annual KidFish Classic State Championship.
Local dog lovers and those just passing through will enjoy the convenience of the Navasota Dog Park at August Horst Park, 104 Veterans Memorial Drive and SH 105 West. The dog park is situated toward the rear of August Horst Park and features a fenced area 100 x 100-feet, divided into two 50 x 50-foot sections which provide a separation for large and small dogs. The free facility includes two watering stations, two dog waste stations and two benches.
The City of Navasota encourages enjoyment of the great outdoors at one of its near dozen local parks accessible by trail, sidewalk or low-volume residential streets. Amenities vary at each location but Navasota’s park system can meet every need.
Visitors interested in passive recreation may prefer parks featuring only ponds, benches and shade trees while basketball courts and playground equipment appeal to younger and more active visitors. City parks with sidewalks and trails are made-to-order for Navasota’s walkers and joggers.
Just a short 1.4 mile drive west of downtown Navasota, families will find the covered pavilion at the 80-acre August Horst Park, 104 Veterans Memorial Drive, to be the perfect rental venue for that special outdoor family celebration!
Shade trees, walking trails, picnic tables, barbecue pits, restrooms, electricity, water and a playground are just part of the amenities - the family pooch will enjoy the Navasota Dog Park while the family plays a round of Disc Golf!
Understanding the importance of outdoor recreation for its future residents, City of Navasota ordinances encourage parkland dedication in new residential developments.
Cedar Creek, Trails
The 6.25 mile Cedar Creek plays a prominent role in Navasota’s past, present and future. On March 18, 1687, French explorer Rene Robert Cavalier Sieur de LaSalle was murdered by his own men where Cedar Creeks meets the Navasota River. In the 1840s, entrepreneur James Nolan pitched his tent near the creek creating the first stage stop for what would become the incorporated City of Navasota in 1866.
Cedar Creek is a lot quieter these days. Walkers and joggers enjoy the diverse vegetation and wildlife along the adjacent trail which winds through multiple neighborhoods and into the heart of downtown Navasota.
City leaders and planners are currently focused on maximizing Cedar Creek’s walkability potential and exploring opportunities to highlight the creek’s significant location in historic downtown.
They are also actively engaged in seeking grants and other funding mechanisms to fulfill the City of Navasota’s Comprehensive Plan goals of connecting residents citywide via sidewalks and trails to schools, shopping, parks and government services.
There’s no place like spring in Navasota, thanks to the Lupinus Texensis – aka, the Texas Bluebonnet! The love affair with this bold and beautiful blue beauty is older than Texas itself as its existence predates that of the early explorers.
As the Texas State Flower, bluebonnets are the stuff generations of family photos are made of when from early March to late April, they blanket farm pastures, hillsides and freeway embankments. The Texas Department of Transportation has spent more than 90 years preserving Texas wildflowers and it buys and sows more than 30,000 pounds of seed along more than 800 miles of right of way annually.
For bluebonnet seekers, Navasota is in the heart of a 105-mile loop which begins in Brenham and winds through Independence, Navasota, Plantersville, Magnolia, Hempstead, Chappell Hill and back to Brenham. Other wildflower species along the route include Indian paintbrush, thistles, purple coneflower, verbena, beardtongue, skullcaps, prairie parsley, yellow wild indigo, blue-eyed grass, rattlesnake master, blanket flower and rosinweed.
Families are urged to take care when preparing for that annual bluebonnet photo. They may not be alone! Thick fields of bluebonnets provide rattlesnakes with respite from the hot sun.