Shoveler Pond Trail is a 4.1 mile lightly trafficked loop trail located near Anahuac, Texas that offers the chance to see wildlife and is good for all skill levels. The trail is primarily used for hiking, walking, nature trips, and birding and is accessible year-round.

4.1 miles
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kid friendly



nature trips



no dogs

9 months ago

Basically a road walk except for the bit through the Willows at the beginning and end. Saw many birds including a lot of coots, herons, egrets, and turkey vultures. Also saw several baby alligators. There is no shade on this trail, so wear a hat and sunscreen, and bring plenty of water.

11 months ago

Beautiful area, but was wanting more boardwalk or dirt trails. The Shoveler Pond loop is primarily an auto loop (paved asphalt), but one can walk it. It's fully exposed to the sun so wear sunscreen. Bug spray is a must year round. The Willows trail is near the nature center and joins the Shoveler loop; start at the butterfly gardens near the bathrooms.

We visited in November. The nature center attendant told us April is their busiest time due to birding and bird migration. Lots of wildlife and people fishing in other parts of the wildlife refuge.

Sunday, April 02, 2017

This site is such a joy for handicapped individuals! You never need to exit your vehicle to enjoy the huge number and variety of wildlife... unless you want to. There are well maintained, unobstructed trails and many benches with fantastic views and photo opportunities. Get out there, good people and enjoy life!

Tuesday, March 21, 2017

A beautiful walk with noisy sounds of nature.

Tuesday, January 27, 2015

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.

scenic driving
Tuesday, November 13, 2012

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.

Saturday, August 27, 2011

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.

7 months ago