Heron Flats Trail is a 1.5 mile moderately trafficked out and back trail located near Austwell, Texas that features a lake and is good for all skill levels. The trail is primarily used for walking, nature trips, and bird watching and is accessible year-round. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.

Length1.5 miElevation gain0 ftRoute typeOut & back
Dogs on leashKid friendlyNature tripsWalkingBird watchingLakeViewsWildflowersWildlife
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Sarah Robertson
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Bird watchingGreat!

Nice, well maintained trail with views of the marsh. Good wildlife and bird viewing opportunities. Saw several alligators and a Whooping Crane. Only a few mosquitoes in the wind breaks.

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Bradley Strickland
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The observation deck and the walk across the flats is excellent. There were tons of wading birds. The rest of the trail and the walk to the second observation deck was kind of boring. Lots of mosquitos even in the winter

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Rick De La Pena
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BugsGreat!

For an out and back trail, I thought the trail was very good. A lot of birds to view even deer. We also ran across some kind of medium sized snake in the path but he was too quick to capture a picture. There are some lookout decks at the start of the trail and at the turnaround point of the trail. Bring your bug spray the mosquitoes were quite bothersome. We met three couples on the trail. All in all a good hike. The pictures of the alligators were in a different section of the refuge although there are some in the ponds on the trail. The alligators refuge is near a building construction project that I suspect will be a new visitor center. The alligators refuge is right across from the new construction site.

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Kristen Lozada
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Hiking

Great coastal hiking trails with beautiful scenery and wildlife.

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Craig Rolwood
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Hiking

The trail is supposed to be a 1.4 mile loop but it has been truncated to 0.8 miles (1.6 miles out and back). Excellent for bird viewing - there are two good observation platforms. On this blue sky, 70 degree afternoon we saw a black snake in the weeds and an alligator in one of the ponds.

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John Hamby
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HikingGreat!

Nice little out and back trail with great views of Heron Flats. We observed several different bird species, including Whooping Cranes. There is a an observation platform at both end of the trail.

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Dennis Durkee
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A great place to observe the many shorebirds and water birds. Walk to the end to go up a low-rise observation platform for a good view over the trees.

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Jerry Devine
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George McSweeney
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Dakota Raabe
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J H
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Michael Schackwitz
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Bird watching
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John Lock
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Bobby Jackson
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