National Wildlife Refuge System

1 Wildlife Circle
Austwell, TX, 77950
Phone: 361-286-3559
E-mail: Laura_Bonneau@fws.gov

AUTO TOUR

Trail Information

  • Length: 16 Miles
  • Grade: Gentle
    • GENTLE SLOPE: average slope 0% to 5%
    • MODERATE SLOPE: average slope 5% to 8%
    • STEEP SLOPE: slope of 8% or more

Special Features

  • Driving and bicycling





BIG TREE TRAIL

Trail Information

  • Length: 0.7 Miles
  • Grade: Gentle
    • GENTLE SLOPE: average slope 0% to 5%
    • MODERATE SLOPE: average slope 5% to 8%
    • STEEP SLOPE: slope of 8% or more
  • Surface: Natural/Oyster shell

Special Features

  • One of the biggest, oldest trees on refuge
  • Boardwalk
  • Observation Deck with small tower



DAGGER POINT

Trail Information

  • Length: 1 Miles
  • Grade: Gentle
    • GENTLE SLOPE: average slope 0% to 5%
    • MODERATE SLOPE: average slope 5% to 8%
    • STEEP SLOPE: slope of 8% or more
  • Surface: Natural

Special Features

  • Winding trail through oak/redbay forest
  • Awesome views, large trees




HERON FLATS

Trail Information

  • Length: 1.4 Miles
  • Grade: Gentle
    • GENTLE SLOPE: average slope 0% to 5%
    • MODERATE SLOPE: average slope 5% to 8%
    • STEEP SLOPE: slope of 8% or more
  • Surface: Shell/natural

Special Features

  • 2 observation decks
  • Boardwalk, 2 benches

  • Views of fresh water and bay habitats
    Cranes, egrets, roseate spoonbills, pelicans
  • Freshwater sloughs, shell ridges, oak forests, tidal flats
  • Unique plant communities

OAK SANCTUARY

Trail Information

  • Length: 0.1 Miles
  • Grade: Gentle
    • GENTLE SLOPE: average slope 0% to 5%
    • MODERATE SLOPE: average slope 5% to 8%
    • STEEP SLOPE: slope of 8% or more
  • Surface: Natural

Special Features

  • Large tree over 500 years old





RAIL TRAIL

Trail Information

  • Length: 0.3 Miles
  • Grade: Gentle
    • GENTLE SLOPE: average slope 0% to 5%
    • MODERATE SLOPE: average slope 5% to 8%
    • STEEP SLOPE: slope of 8% or more
  • Surface: Natural

Special Features

  • Grassy trail along freshwater slough
  • Rails, bitterns, alligators
  • Listen for kuk-kuk-kuk of yellow-billed cuckoos



SONGBIRD LOOP

Trail Information

  • Length: 0.1 Miles
  • Grade: Gentle
    • GENTLE SLOPE: average slope 0% to 5%
    • MODERATE SLOPE: average slope 5% to 8%
    • STEEP SLOPE: slope of 8% or more
  • Surface: Natural

Special Features

  • Short, woodland loop
  • Look for painted buntings, summer tanagers; black, white, prothonotary warblers




Last updated: October 28, 2010