Sheldon Lake State Park Pond Loop, Bent Pine, and Swamp Rabbit Trails

Sheldon, Texas

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This may be the nearest trail to Houston to see alligators—only 19 miles from downtown. The 49-acre Environmental Learning Center area is the heart of the hiking trails, even though the park contains 2,700 acres. Interconnecting trails, decks, and bridges over and around 27 former fish-rearing ponds furnish diverse habitats and excellent bird-watching. The ponds have naturalized and now support shorebirds, giant bullfrogs, water plants, and alligators. This is a great, easy hike for families with young children.

Sheldon Lake State Park: Pond Loop, Bent Pine, and Swamp Rabbit Trails Professional Review and Guide

"This may be the nearest trail to Houston to see alligators—only 19 miles from downtown. The 49-acre Environmental Learning Center area is the heart of the hiking trails, even though the park contains 2,700 acres.

Interconnecting trails, decks, and bridges over and around 27 former fish-rearing ponds furnish diverse habitats and excellent bird-watching. The ponds have naturalized and now support shorebirds, giant bullfrogs, water plants, and alligators. This is a great, easy hike for families with young children."

Activity Type: Birding, Hiking
Nearby City: Sheldon
Distance: 1.5
Trail Type: Loop/Lollipop
Skill Level: Easy
Duration: 1.5 hours
Best Times: Year-round
Accessibility: Dog-friendly
Local Maps: USGS Jacinto City
Driving Directions: Directions to Sheldon Lake State Park: Pond Loop, Bent Pine, and Swamp Rabbit Trails

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May 2018