Hike the Attwater Prairie Chicken NWR

For a wildlife hike in a westerly prairie, visit the Attwater Prairie Chicken National Wildlife Refuge located 10 miles west of Sealy. The Refuge was established in 1972 to preserve habitat for the declining population of Attwater prairie chickens. Despite numbers of around 1 million at the turn of the 1900s, they now total only around 100. The 10,339-acre refuge is made up of marshes, ponds, native prairies, croplands, woodlots, and riparian areas along the San Bernard River.

Hike the 5 mile auto tour along Winterman  Prairie, Lafitte Prairie and Foster Prairie and then head to the Pipit Trial for a small 1.5-mile hiking loop off the auto tour. The shorter hike takes you closer to the riparian vegetation and past several small ponds. This is a great hike to see birds and get a feeling for what this part of Texas was like in the past since most of the Houston area was one large prairie. This is a very sunny hike so bring a hat, sun screen and plenty of water. Check their website for guided tours and events held to help raise awareness of this endangered bird. Pets are welcome but they must be on a leash no longer than six feet.

Attwater Prairie Chicken National Wildlife Refuge

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