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A network of trails in this cost-free county park provide hidden opportunities for outdoor recreation in an area of the state of Texas, a place not commonly known for such activities.
Southeast of Houston is flat. It's damp, lots of bugs, not the place many visitors think of as having outdoor recreation opportunities. But hidden away about 5 miles south of Alvin, TX is this wonderful county park with a network of trails meandering around the aptly named Chocolate Bayou, a snaking body of brownish water that traverses the park's land.
The 1.7 mile trail loop is signed LLT throughout your hike--Loblolly Loop Trail. Numerous signs warn to watch for snakes. This part of the country is filled with poisonous varieties, so do watch your footing. The heat can also be a factor, so come prepared with a good amount of water, sunscreen, and hat even for this short hike. That said though, the tree cover provides for a nice outdoor experience even in the Texas heat and humidity.
Wildflowers may be present in Spring and of course insect life will be abundant at all times. Watch for spider webs when crossing the wood bridges.
The loop is good for running is well, being a well maintained trail. Many combinations exist on this tight network of trails to extend your mileage or do repeats. The basic loop is 1.7 miles.
A playground and bustling picnic spot occupy the area near the parking lot, which is free to use.
- Mosquito Spray
- Several water bottles
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