The Woodlands Texas Township

Mitchell’s vision About The Woodlands Texas Township includes homes, parks, shopping centers, and wide pedestrian pathways began in the early 1960’s. His purposeful planning includes entertainment, living, commercial and retail properties. The Woodlands Township now offers a seamless blend of designer homes, shopping, dining, world-class health-care facilities, championship golf courses, parks and more all shrouded by the thousands of trees and natural landscaping.

The Woodlands has more than 114 acres dedicated to shopping and entertainment, there exists an ever-growing list of places to shop, grab a bite with friends, and be entertained. Tweens might enjoy The Gorilla Hole at The Woodlands Bear Branch Recreation Center, and for the older kids, there are several skateboard and bike parks, frisbee golf available throughout The Woodlands. Bowling, Billiards and video games are available at Bowlero in Oak Ridge, Main Event in Shenandoah, and Dave & Buster’s at Marketpark Square.

Low Cost Activities in The Woodlands

Among the many perks of living in The Woodlands, Texas is the fact that residents don’t have to go far in order to find something to enjoy. A typical night out might include a walk through Market Street in Town Center, a ride on the Town Center Trolley, dinner at one of the more than 150 restaurants, followed by a performance at The Woodlands Pavilion, a free seasonal music event at Waterway Square Park, or the Cinemark Theater in Town Center. The Woodlands also has something for art lovers featuring over 50 outdoor sculptures throughout the community. The Woodlands public art collection began with “The Family,” a towering, freestanding sculpture at the main entrance to the community which was acquired for the 1974 opening.

Public Art / Sculptures

The Woodlands continues to be committed to extending the collection of outdoor public art and most recently added the piece “The Woodlands Passage”, a series of five limestone sculptures located along Grogan’s Mill Road near The Woodlands Parkway just inside Town Center and close to East Shore. Approximately 7,840 acres of land in The Woodlands is dedicated to protected green spaces, a much larger percentage than you would find in most major U.S. cities.

Medical Facilities

In addition to a multitude of doctor’s offices and emergency medical centers, two of the world-famous Texas Medical Center hospitals, Memorial Hermann and St. Luke’s Episcopal, have a large presence in The Woodlands. Memorial Hermann The Woodlands is the only Level IV trauma center in Montgomery County, and has undergone four expansions in response to the growing population. The area also features a lifetime’s worth of education; The Woodlands is home to top-ranking public and private schools, as well as graduate-level university campuses; Lone Star College – University Center Campus (formerly North Harris-Montgomery Community College, or, NHMCC) and the University of Phoenix Learning Center The Woodlands .

Water Tower The Woodlands Alden Bridge

About The Woodlands Texas Public Properties

There are also plenty of green spaces available to the general public. The Woodlands features approximately 150 public parks in a variety of shapes and sizes. These parks include tot lots in the residential villages, neighborhood parks, as well as larger parks like Town Green in Town Center. The four-acre park is bordered by Market Street, The Waterway, the Pavilion, and the South Montgomery County Library. This park includes a kid-sized literary labyrinth with giant books depicting modern versions of Aesop’s fables as well as a mini amphitheater. Terramont park has a Frisbee golf course, Windvale park features a butterfly garden and three other parks which are dog friendly. The most recent addition to the ever-growing collection of parks is the George Mitchell Nature Preserve, a 1,700 acre park named for the community’s founder. When completed, the preserve will offer a more rugged experience for those who prefer an extreme outdoor sports environment. The park will offer a scenic and challenging setting for hiking, horseback riding, mountain biking, camping and kayaking. A more leisurely kayaking or swan boat ride, can be had at the Riva Row Boat House where the lower section of The Waterway meets the upper section. Kayaks can be used in Lake Woodlands, a 200-acre lake flanked by two parks. The man made lake is a wonderful place for kayaking, paddle boarding, sailing and fishing. The Swan boats are limited to the 1.8 mile long, upper waterway.

Professional Golf Courses

The Woodlands Golf Courses are considered to be world class and include those designed by Jack Nicklaus, Arnold Palmer, Gary Player and Tom Fazio. The Woodlands Resort and Conference Center features two championship courses on it’s own property. The Woodlands is home to more than eight beautiful golf courses, both public and private. In addition there are two or more driving ranges, The Woodlands Golf Center at the Sam Moon Complex which features a large golf accessory shop, and the Montgomery County driving range which borders the north edge of College Park. Golfers can choose from seven championship golf courses, with 1,690 acres dedicated to 135 holes of golf. There are several golf pro accessory shops in and around The Woodlands as well. In fact, ask any resident and the most popular reason given for living in The Woodlands is the thousands of trees and natural environment. Some residents frequently see deer from their breakfast room windows as well as squirrels, assorted birds, raccoons, and other wildlife. The Woodlands Waterway is even rumored to be home to several beavers.

The Woodlands Country Club Golf Putting-Green

Visit The Woodlands Texas

The Woodlands Convention and Visitors Bureau is the official destination marketing organization responsible for promoting The Woodlands and promoting for The Woodlands as a travel destination. While the main office is on Technology Forest Blvd., a convenient concierge station is located at Market Street in Town Center. The Visitor Information Center at Market Street offers a variety of services and assistance to visitors of The Woodlands. Guests are able to call or walkup for directional assistance, entertainment options, or setting a dinner reservation. The center provides concierge-level service to visitors and guests of Market Street and The Woodlands. Visitors to The Woodlands can find the concierge desk at the North Commons area of Market Street in Town Center.

Hotels in The Woodlands Texas

When it comes to overnight accommodations, there are several hotels, inns and resorts in The Woodlands including various Marriott Hotels, the The Woodlands Waterway Marriott and Convention Center. The Hyatt Hotel in Market Street is one of the central Town Center area. Additional accommodations include a La Quinta, Fairfield Inn, Comfort Inn, Best Western, Drury Inn and many others. The Woodlands is becoming a weekend getaway paradise as well as a vacation destination for both regional and international travelers. Easy access is available to and from Houston Intercontinental Airport (IAH); a short 20 minutes via the Hardy Toll Road and the fewest number of traffic lights allowed by law. The Woodlands Texas is a great place to live, learn, work, and play.

A History - The Woodlands Township

The vision of George Mitchell

A Historical Perspective of The Woodlands

Beginning with an original purchase of 5,000 acres (@ $125.00 per, of timberland in 1963, George Mitchell would eventually create “The Woodlands”. The origins about The Woodlands Texas Township is little vague at this time due to disagreeing resources. The base story, George Mitchell bought 50,000 acres of timberland, which was managed quite well by the Grogan Cochran Lumber Company, and just over half of the property would become The Woodlands Township is accurate. It’s just the timeline between 1963 and 1974 seems a little distorted.

One resource suggested he had paid the land off by selling a small amount of timber each year, how long would that process require? Additionally, George was indirectly quoted ‘he did not initially plan to build out a residential area’. And yet another more reliable resource suggests he began to plan as early as 1966, which seems more likely to us, allowing for time for HUD funding and other requirements prior to beginning his new city. Initially, 2,800 acres was set aside for the burgeoning residential development of Grogan’s Mill which quickly grew to over 17,000 acres, and to the 28,000 it is now. Home to more than 114,532 residents (2020), the master-planned community has become a dining, retail and entertainment epicenter dominated by the oil, gas, and health care industries.

The Woodlands Texas Grand Opening Ceremony

At 9:30 am on Saturday, October 19, 1974, a flag was raised at The Woodlands’ Information Center, then located The Woodlands Resort and Conference Center, in the Village of Grogan’s Mill. This event marked the first official act of The Woodlands’ introduction to the world. At the time fewer than 40 people lived in Settler’s Corner, the community’s original residential area, on South Millbend, just east of Grogan’s Mill road. These were truly pioneers – investors and believers in a new lifestyle, a planned community that was the dream-child of Mr. George Mitchell. According to the newest owner & publicly traded Howard Hughes Corp, 1,372 acres of unsold residential land, representing 4,532 lots, and 936 acres of commercial land remained available in 2011. Now stretching over 28,000 acres, the piney suburban paradise aka “The Woodlands”, is still growing.


George Mitchell purchases the Grogan’s Cochran Lumber Company land – including 2,800 acres creating the genesis of The Woodlands, by marking the original transaction. An additional 300+ land transactions were added creating a 28,500-acre, forested, master-planned community.


First public school, Lamar Elementary, opens.


Formal announcement of the HUD agreement to provide $50 million in loan guarantees. On September 6, $50 million in 7.1% U.S. governmental New Community Debentures were issued.


The first village of The Woodlands, Village of Grogan’s Mill. October 19, formal opening of “The Woodlands” Real Estate Division after completing a move to 2201 Timberloch Place.


A 10-year contract began with the Houston Golf Association to host the PGA Houston Open.


 The second village in The Woodlands opens; The Village of Panther Creek.


In 1983, the Village of Cochran’s Crossing opened and the Village of Alden Bridge. In 1984, the Village of Indian Springs opened. Village of Indian Springs is the smallest of the villages, and the only one to not have a public school. The John Cooper School is within this village.


The Woodlands Hospital opened. Lake Woodlands filled with water.


Severe economic downturn as energy prices collapsed and Houston market crashed. The Woodlands increased its share of the housing market.


The Cynthia Woods Mitchell Pavilion opens in April. #1 in new home sales and closings in Houston for first time. Total investment exceeded $2,000,000,000. The Arnold Palmer Golf Course opened.


In 1993, construction of The Woodlands Mall begins, opening October 5, 1994. Formal announcement of Town Center Development. Community college campus announced.


The unique Village of College Park, divided by Interstate 45, has tremendous variety compared to other Villages of The Woodlands. Not to mention the campus of Lone Star College-Montgomery.


Population exceeds 45,000, The first movie theater, Tinseltown Cinema open in Town Center. 1,053 new homes sold – new calendar year record and 1st time to exceed the 1,000 mark. 7th consecutive year – #1 in new home sales in the region.


Population exceeded 50,000. On July 31, 1997 The Woodlands Corporation and all of its assets were purchased by a partnership formed by Morgan Stanley and Crescent Real Estate Equities for $543 million.


Construction of the Woodlands Waterway begins, and opening of Harper’s Landing, a community of 1,300 homes.


Opening of Windsor Hills, “active adult” neighborhood. The opening of the Village of Sterling Ridge, which includes the gated community of Carlton Woods, which was initially a village of its own. Resident diver Laura Wilkinson wins Gold Medal at Summer Olympics in Sydney, Australia. All time record of 1,679 new home sales set. Milestone of 100 miles of hike and bike trails reached.


Gosling Road Bridge opens, providing a connector to Harris County. The Woodlands Waterway Marriott Hotel & Convention Center opens. The Anadarko Tower is occupied. Chevron Phillips Chemical Co. occupies new building in Town Center. Population exceeds 70,000.


First urban residential projects open on the Waterway in Town Center. Market Street project is under way in Town Center. Rouse Company purchases Real Estate Equities’ 52.7 percent interest in The Woodlands.


Market Street began construction in 2003 and opened in 2004 and subsequently redeveloped Central Park in 2018/2019.


The Village of Creekside Park opens. The newest village development to be undertaken by The Woodlands Development Company in Harris County. Planned to have 5,516 single-family production homes, 541 age 55 and over homes, 738 multi-family residences, and 298 custom homes and estate homes in the gated community of Carlton Woods Creekside..


Township assumes full responsibility for Community Association services. U.S. Census shows population at 97,023.


The Howard Hughes Corp. buys Morgan Stanley’s interest in The Woodlands. ExxonMobil announces plans for a new north Houston campus along the future site of the Grand Parkway near the intersection of Interstate 45 and Hardy Toll Road.


Estimated population exceeds 105,000. St. Luke’s The Woodlands Hospital undergoes a $25 million expansion project.


Hughes Landing, a a 66-acre mixed-use development situated on the 200-acre Lake Woodlands opens. Hughes Landing houses Whole Foods, Starbucks, multi-family housing, Restaurant Row, Embassy Suites, The Hughes Landing Bandstand, walking paths, and so much more.

The Woodlands was named “Humanitarian of the Year” in 2017 and 2016 and “Master Planned Community of the Year” in 2015 by the Greater Houston Builders Association.


The Woodlands Development Company announces that Waterway Builders, LLC has broken ground on Waterway Landing at East Shore, a 5.4-acre gated enclave of 59 luxury townhomes. Waterway Builders offers three- and four-story townhomes, ranging in size from approximately 2,862 to 4,561 square feet. Homes are priced from the upper $700,000s to more than $1 million.


The 28,000-acre master planned community that practices environmental preservation. The Woodlands is home to over 116,000 people, and more than 66,000 people work in the community The Woodlands is one of the top-selling master planned communities in Texas and the nation.

Events & Entertainment Guide The Woodlands

The Woodlands Sculptures

The Woodlands is home to one of the largest collections of public art in the State of Texas. From mosaics and sculptures to a growing collection of art benches, there are many pieces to view, and enjoy. Make plans to visit the various mosaics, sculptures and a collection of art-benches, to view, enjoy, and of course, have a sit and a selfie!

The Woodlands Public Parks

Public Parks offer a wide variety of outdoor activities. A public park in The Woodlands is a short bike ride, or a nice stroll away along a nearby pathway. Wheel Friendly Parks are located in several villages, and the softer surface of Millbend Linear Loop in Grogan’s Mill Village is favored by joggers.

The Public Art Bench Project

The Woodlands Public Art Bench Project allowed local, national, and international artists to add their own flare to Town Center by contributing a custom built bench. The Woodlands Art Council oversees the benches up to installation prior to handing them off to the The Woodlands Township for the foreseeable future of said benches.