Porter sits at the northeastern edge of the greater Houston area, right at the boundary between urban life and natural forest area. It’s an ideal community for families and people who spend much of their time outside, as there’s a lot of natural areas to explore. It’s not just an outdoorsperson’s paradise, though, as Porter is close enough to Houston for people who enjoy doing their exploring in a city setting.
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Porter’s boundaries aren’t clearly defined, and the town’s edges are marked by the 77365 zip code. There’s no incorporated municipality in the area, making Porter the most important town of note in the region.
Settlements in and around Porter date back to the 19th century, with the first official settlers putting stakes in the ground in 1862. They mostly consisted of cattle ranchers, but soon there would be many more people settling in the area. That’s because the Houston, East and West Texas Railroad was constructed nearby in the 1870s and 80s. This brought a wave of settlers to the area, and one of the first to establish themselves was James Porter. James was a fixture in the community, as he operated a sawmill for the town’s residents. In 1892, a post office was constructed with James’ help, and it was named Porters in return. Decades later, in 1953, the last letter was dropped from the post office, and the town has been called Porter ever since.
While Porter is removed from the hustle and bustle of the big city, there are still several commercial districts and strip malls to browse through. Some of those districts include:
- Valley Ranch Town Center – The Valley Ranch Town Center is the only a few miles north of Porter. The shopping center features a number of staple stores, including a Kroger, an Academy and a T.J. Maxx. Those looking for clothing, home goods, cell phones or a nail salon will also find what they are looking for. There’s also a dozen or more restaurant options in and around the shopping center, so come hungry.
- Deerbrook Mall – Deerbrook Mall is about five miles south of Porter in the Humble area. It’s a popular mall and features a variety of major department and specialty stores. The mall is also home to several upscale and boutique clothing stores as well as a few hobby and gift stores.
Houston Parks and Recreation
2999 S. Wayside
Houston, TX 77023
Porter’s real charm is in its wide open nature, as there is a nearly endless amount of green space to take in. Porter is around the boundary between the low lying coastal areas and the heavily forested region just north and east of Houston. As such, Porter’s parks take advantage of the area’s natural beauty. Some of the area’s standout parks include:
- Lake Houston Wilderness Park – Lake Houston Wilderness Park is nearly 5,000 acres in size and includes dense wooded areas as well as a tranquil lake to hike and cycle around. Camping, horseback riding, kayaking and educational exhibits are available, and it’s less than 10 miles away from Porter.
- Sam Houston National Forest – Sam Houston National Forest is one of four national forests in the country, and it spans more than 160,000 acres. There are many recreational sites that are perfect for camping, hiking, fishing, boating, biking, birding or grilling. It’s a destination for any outdoor enthusiast.
Other Things To Do in Porter
If the great outdoors isn’t your thing, don’t worry because there’s much more for Porter residents to do and explore, including:
- North Houston is a golfer’s paradise, and there are three gold clubs within 10 miles of Porter, with the Oakhurst Golf Club less than a mile away.
- There are several learning and recreational farms near Porter, including a blueberry farm where you can pick your own berries and a farm where horses are used to help children with autism.
- About 10 miles north in Splendora, there’s an off-road ranch where people can bring their own truck and do some mudding.
- The Woodlands is a little more than 10 miles to the west, and it is home to the Cynthia Woods Mitchell Pavilion. The Pavilion attracts major acts every year, and is the summer home to the Houston Symphony.
- Also about 10 miles to the east is Hurricane Harbor Splashtown, which is the area’s largest water park.
- Although lake Houston Wilderness Park is worth visiting on its own, its adjacent to Lake Houston, which attracts boaters and people who want to do some fishing.
- If you’re willing to drive south into the city, there’s a world of culinary experiences to explore, including food fusions that exist nowhere else.
- Porter is just a short drive from downtown, which features professional MLB, NBA, NFL and MLS sports teams, as well as the major performing arts, such as the ballet, opera, symphony and theatre.
Helpful Information for New Residents
Montgomery County Sheriff’s Office
Criminal Justice Dr.
Conroe, TX, 77301
Porter Fire Department
23550 Loop 494
Driver license offices
Porter School Districts
New Caney Independent School District
21580 Loop 494
New Caney, TX, 77357