Hackberry Trail Accessibility Improvement

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Hackberry Trail Accessibility Improvement


 Of the six trails on Anahuac National Wildlife Refuge, the Hackberry Trail is a great way to view small shorebirds and peeps up-close. The 0.67 mile trail borders a moist-soil unit and leads to an accessible observation platform. Here visitors can enjoy the view of the large Texas sky and find roseate spoonbills, black-necked stilts and snipes foraging below their feet. However, for many this trail has been difficult to access because of large, grass-covered potholes created by wild hogs, and wet soils which made mowing the trail difficult. 

  To solve this problem, the Friends of Anahuac Refuge purchased and contracted placement of crushed concrete along the total length of the previously grass foot-trail and its access areas. In December of 2018, 18 truckloads of crushed concrete arrived at the Refuge and were spread along the Hackberry Trail. The concrete increases accessibility by stabilizing the soil, increasing trail visibility, decreasing vegetation overgrowth, and discouraging wild hogs from creating potholes in the previously grass foot-trail.

    This improvement comes just in time for a new spring birding season. Visitors from all over the world will be able to enjoy a new gravel trail. Thank you to our Friends of Anahuac Refuge!