Spring Branch is bordered by 610 Loop to the east, I-10 to the south, Beltway 8 to the west, and Clay and highway 290 to the north. It is near other districts, such as Downton Houston, Uptown Houston, the Memorial City district, Westchase and the Energy Corridor. Spring Branch started as a German farmer settlement in 1830, where Germans opened sawmills to cut area timber. In the mid-1950s the creation of a Spring Branch municipality failed. In the mid-to-late 20th century, Spring Branch has a rural suburban character with dirt roads and horses in the area. Currently, it is one of the oldest neighborhoods in town and there are strong Hispanic and Korean communities. Spring Branch is known for the several bayous that run through the community, such as Brickhouse Gully, Spring Branch and Briar Branch, which drain into Buffalo Bayou in central Houston. There are also multiple parks, such as Agnes Moffit Park with a swimming pool and a golf course and Freed Park and Community Center, with an indoor gymnasium and a hike and bicycle trail.