National Wildlife Refuge
County Road 306
Brazoria, TX 77422
Phone Number: 979-964-4011 (Complex Headquarters)
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|This live oak tree found at San Bernard NWR is the largest recorded live oak in Texas.|
Continued . . . Three additional bottomland areas are open for wildlife observation and photography. Hudson Woods, located 5 miles west of Angleton on FM 521 and Sally Lake Road provides over 6 miles of trails through a beautiful bottomland forest. Pause at the observation deck overlooking Scoby Lake, a natural oxbow lake formed from Oyster Creek, to watch bass swimming about in the clear water below. A photo blind on the shore of Willow Oxbow provides wildlife photography opportunities.
Betty Brown Unit offers a short (.3 mile) birding trail along the San Bernard River north of the FM 2611 bridge. Going west on FM 2611, turn right back toward the river, turn left on to CR 659 (up river). Take two right turns onto CR 819B. There is a small parking area and sign on the right.
The San Bernard Oak, declaired the largest live oak in Texas, by the Texas Forest Service, is accessible to visitors by calling the Refuge Field Office. A 1.2 mile round trip trail enables visitors to view plants and animals in a coastal bottomland forest and cross a slough to a State Champion oak.
Located just a mile north of FM 2004 along County Road 288 is the Dow Woods Unit of San Bernard NWR. Currently open to visitors is a 0.9 mile accessible trail with scenic views of Bastrop Bayou. Future plans include a 1.6 mile gravel trail, along with an environmental education pavillion, and a bayou crossing.
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