SAN BERNARD NATIONAL WILDLIFE REFUGE 1212 North Velasco Angelton, Texas 77515
Gaze across the rippling marshes and ponds of San Bernard National Wildlife Refuge and it?s easy to imagine Texas as it was before settlement. Clouds of snow geese in winter or a warbler ?fallout? in spring further convince any visitor that they have stepped back into earliest Texas. Less than half of the refuge is open to the public, leaving a vast landscape as wildlife sanctuary. Yet, a drive on the 3-mile auto tour or a hike on one of the three hiking trails can take up a full day?s worth of wildlife watching.
The Cocklebur Slough tour road and Moccasin Pond auto tour loop provide six miles of gravel roads. The Cocklebur Slough Road provides opportunities to see wading birds, raptors and passerines as well as resident wildlife in a light forest and grassland habitat. Moccasin Pond auto tour loop is at the edge where the salty prairie meets the high marsh. From the loop road a variety of fresh water, marsh and grassland habitats support an array of migratory and resident wildlife
Bobcat Woods Trail provides a handicapped-accessible boardwalk and trail through a forest along Cocklebur Slough. The boardwalk leads to an access to overlook the reservoir and moist-soil units of the Wolfweed Wetland Project. Less than a mile in length, Scissor-tail Trail provides an opportunity to stroll though a brush habitat that attracts numerous passerines. Cowtrap Trail, located off the Moccasin Pond auto tour loop provides an opportunity to hike from the high marsh through intermediate and to low marsh habitat along a 1.5 mile long man-made levee.
Bicyclists are welcome on all refuge roads that are open to public vehicles.
A boat ramp located on Cedar Lake Creek, at the end of Cocklebur Slough Tour Road provides boat access to the Cedar Lakes area. Canoes, kayaks, and small motorboats are able to launch from the ramp.