One of the oldest towns in Chambers County, Wallisville was torn down in 1966 by the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers in preparation for a large flood-control dam that then remained stalled in controversy for many years. Today Anahuac is both the Chambers County seat and the official alligator capital of Texas, a fact the town celebrates with Gatorfest every September.
Another major stop on the Great Texas Coastal Birding Trail, this tiny community, just 1 mile inland from the Gulf of Mexico, is particularly rewarding to birders from mid-March through mid-May. Following instinctive migration patterns, as many as 25,000 exhausted songbirds (wood warblers, tanagers, orioles, catbirds, buntings) make their first landfall here after flying 600 to 700 miles across the Gulf from winter homes in Mexico and Central America. Many carry colorful plumage in preparation for breeding and nesting farther north.
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