J J Mayes Wildlife Trace Trinity River Trail

Baytown, Texas

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This 2.4-mile (one-way) trail follows an old road along the banks of the Trinity River. It has an 0.8-mile paved section in the middle, with wheelchair access via boardwalks from parking lots located along the levee. The trace is named after Joshua Jackson Mayes, who owned one of the largest cattle ranches in the county. He fought in the Mexican-American War of 1846–1848 and served as a Texan Mounted Volunteer until 1847, when he left the military to start cattle ranching. The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers opened the J. J. Mayes Wildlife Trace in May of 2003. To start the Trinity River hike, park in the second parking lot on the left after you enter the trace. The Trinity River, which is directly on your left, can run high and fast at times, so watch the weather before hiking and during your hike. This is a 20-foot-wide trail that follows the route, or trace, of the old road that ran through the Mayes cattle ranch parallel to the Trinity River. There is marshland on the right and the bank of the river on your left. Stay away from the bank of the river, as the soil is loose and sandy.
60 Hikes within 60 Miles: Houston

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60 Hikes within 60 Miles: Houston

by Laurie Roddy (Menasha Ridge Press)

This 2.4-mile (one-way) trail follows an old road along the banks of the Trinity River. It has an 0.8-mile paved section in the middle, with wheelchair access via boardwalks from parking lots located along the levee. The trace is named after Joshua Jackson Mayes, who owned one of the largest cattle ranches in the county. He fought in the Mexican-American War of 1846–1848 and served as a Texan Mounted Volunteer until 1847, when he left the military to start cattle ranching. The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers opened the J. J. Mayes Wildlife Trace in May of 2003.

To start the Trinity River hike, park in the second parking lot on the left after you enter the trace. The Trinity River, which is directly on your left, can run high and fast at times, so watch the weather before hiking and during your hike. This is a 20-foot-wide trail that follows the route, or trace, of the old road that ran through the Mayes cattle ranch parallel to the Trinity River. There is marshland on the right and the bank of the river on your left. Stay away from the bank of the river, as the soil is loose and sandy.

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Activity Type: Hiking
Nearby City: Baytown
Distance: 4.8
Trail Type: Out-and-back
Skill Level: Easy
Duration: 2 hours
Season: Year-round
Local Maps: USGS: Cove and Anahuac
Driving Directions: Directions to J. J. Mayes Wildlife Trace: Trinity River Trail

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