Anahuac National Wildlife Refuge: Shoveler Pond Trail is a 4.2 mile loop trail located near Anahuac, TX and is good for all skill levels. The trail is primarily used for hiking and is accessible year-round.
I've been here several times to bird and brought students in a Conservation Biology course but there are also fishing piers and boat ramps. The dirt roads are easy to walk or drive. Restrooms and maps are available at a visitor center.
Birding here is great because the habitat draws passerines, marsh, and shorebirds in a small, well-maintained area.
Nice paved road going around Shoveler Pond good for driving, biking, or walking. Platforms go out into the marsh for bird viewing. Alligators are also frequently seen here. During migratory seasons, hundreds of thousands of waterfowl fly through the refuge with many of them staying on the refuge before flying on to their next destination. Also a good place to see raptors, even bald eagles.
This area can be hiked, biked or driven as there is a road encircling the major portion of this refuge. There are outlying trails. It is a good place to see a variety of wading and diving birds such as purple galllinule, anhinga, great and lesser white egrets, great blue heron. In the spring you can see mounds with baby nutria laying out sunning. I have seen a number of raccoon during daylight hours as well as alligators, turtles, and an occasional snake. This is flat coastal region and would not offer much exhiliration for the adrenaline junky.