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."