Attwater Prairie Chicken National Wildlife Refuge Auto Tour and Pipit Trail

Lissie, Texas

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The Attwater Prairie Chicken National Wildlife Refuge was established in 1972 to preserve habitat for the declining population of Attwater prairie chickens. Despite numbering approximately 1 million at the turn of the 1900s, they now total fewer than 100 and can be found only in two geographic regions in Texas. The 10,339-acre refuge is made up of marshes, ponds, native prairies, croplands, woodlots, and riparian areas along the San Bernard River. The auto tour, which goes along Winterman Prairie, Lafitte Prairie, and Foster Prairie, is a 5-mile rectangular loop that can be hiked as well as driven. The Pipit Trail is a small 1.5-mile hiking loop off the auto tour that takes you closer to the riparian vegetation and past several small ponds.

Attwater Prairie Chicken National Wildlife Refuge: Auto Tour and Pipit Trail Professional Review and Guide

"The Attwater Prairie Chicken National Wildlife Refuge was established in 1972 to preserve habitat for the declining population of Attwater prairie chickens. Despite numbering approximately 1 million at the turn of the 1900s, they now total fewer than 100 and can be found only in two geographic regions in Texas.

The 10,339-acre refuge is made up of marshes, ponds, native prairies, croplands, woodlots, and riparian areas along the San Bernard River. The auto tour, which goes along Winterman Prairie, Lafitte Prairie, and Foster Prairie, is a 5-mile rectangular loop that can be hiked as well as driven. The Pipit Trail is a small 1.5-mile hiking loop off the auto tour that takes you closer to the riparian vegetation and past several small ponds."

Activity Type: Hiking
Nearby City: Lissie
Distance: 6.5
Trail Type: Loop/Lollipop
Skill Level: Moderate
Duration: 3 hours
Season: Year-round
Accessibility: Dog-friendly
Local Contacts: Attwater Prairie Chicken national Wildlife Refuge
Local Maps: USGS: Eagle Lake NE
Driving Directions: Directions to Attwater Prairie Chicken National Wildlife Refuge: Auto Tour and Pipit Trail

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May 2018