Hike J. J. Mays Wildlife Trace

For a unique hike east of Houston head to the J. J. Mays wildlife Trace located on the banks of the Trinity River. There is a 4.8 mile out-and-back trail that follows along the river with boardwalks and some paved sections with wheelchair access. The trace is named after Joshua Jackson Mayes who owned one of the largest cattle ranches in the county. Most of the trail is on grass and asphalt and is quite exposed to the sun so wear plenty of sun screen. There are restrooms, picnic pavilions, the Wallisville Lake Visitor Center, and wildlife viewing areas and observations decks. To start the hike, park in the second parking lot on the left after you enter the trace. While hiking here, I did come across some wild pigs so be cautious. When I saw them, they quickly left the trail and headed into some marshy land away from me.

J. J. Mays

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