Willows Trail

Length: 0.80 miles
Loop Trail? No
Type: Backcountry
Agency: U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service
Entry Fee? No
Parking Fee? No

Allowed Uses:

Pedestrian - Walking/Hiking/Running
Wildlife Observation

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Location: Anahuac National Wildlife Refuge, southeast of Double Bayou.
State(s): Texas
Counties: Chambers
Longitude: -94.53416
Latitude: 29.61358

Driving Directions

At the entrance to Anahuac NWR


Located on Anahuac National Wildlife Refuge, the Willows Trail connects the Visitor Information Station and the Butterfly and Hummingbird Habitat Landscape to "The Willows," a popular destination for birders on the upper Texas coast. The coastal woodlot located at the Willows provides important stopover habitat for migratory birds making the 600-mile journey across the Gulf of Mexico each spring. The trail meanders through this coastal woodlot, freshwater ponds, a prairie restoration demonstration area and a landscape designed to attract butterflies and hummingbirds. These habitats offer outstanding views of migrating songbirds, wading birds, butterflies and a variety of other wildlife.

The 0.8 mile Willows Trail includes a 1,000 foot stained and stamped concrete path leading to a 1,100 foot elevated boardwalk constructed of environmentally-friendly and long-lasting recycled plastic decking. This universally-accessible portion of the trail provides wildlife-viewing opportunities for people of all abilities. The remainder of the trail consists of a mowed grass path looping around the willows and leading back to the Visitor Information Station. The Willows Trail is located at the main entrance to the Refuge and provides students participating in the refuge's Outdoor Education Program, as well as all visitors, with excellent opportunities to experience the wildlife and habitats that occur on the refuge.

The trail was made possible through a partnership with the Friends of Anahuac Refuge, the National Fish and Wildlife Foundation, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, and many additional contributors and volunteers.

Additional Details

Width: 48 inches.
Primary Surface: Boardwalk
Secondary Surface: Concrete
Grass or Vegetation

Maximum Grade: 5%
Elevation Low Point: 3
Elevation High Point: 6
Elevation Gain (cumulative): Not Available

Year Designated:

Contact Information

For more information and current conditions, contact the trail manager (listed below). For questions, suggestions, and corrections to information listed on the website, contact American Trails.

Trail Management:
Shaun Sanchez
U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service
P.O. Box 278
Anahuac , TX 77514
(409) 267-3337



Anahuac National Wildlife Refuge headquarters. Photo by WhisperToMe.

Anahuac National Wildlife Refuge headquarters. Photo by WhisperToMe.

Snow Geese in the Anahuac Wildlife Refuge. Photo by Linda MacPhee-Cobb.

Snow Geese in the Anahuac Wildlife Refuge. Photo by Linda MacPhee-Cobb.


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