New Hiking Trail Established

LIBERTY, October 17, 2012 – A New Hiking Trail has been Established linking Liberty Municipal Park and Trinity River National Wildlife Refuge

It took 35 volunteers from General Electric and 5 Trinity River Refuge volunteers with a lot of grit and hand tools, but they did it! They established a primitive hiking trail linking the Liberty Municipal Park and Trinity River National Wildlife Refuge! In partnership with General Electric and the City of Liberty, Trinity River National Wildlife Refuge celebrated National Wildlife Refuge Week by forging a trail one-half of a mile long from the Municipal Park to the swamps of Trinity River National Wildlife Refuge. It currently stops at a bayou that will need a future boardwalk, but it is a start.

GE Hands on Houston volunteers helping to build a new Trinity River Refuge trail

The volunteers arrived at dawn to the Municipal Park armed with handsaws, lopping shears, and an ax, ready to hack their way through what could have been thought of as a slightly tamer version of the Big Thicket. They cut their way through brambles, branches, and cypress knees. Those without tools scattered and collected downed logs and limbs, placing them in two parallel lines five feet apart. Finally, the area between the lanes was raked to expose a very pretty and rustic trail through the woods.

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Visitors can find this trail by walking the paved walking trails of the Municipal Park until they see the trailhead, two parallel lanes of logs leading into an opening in the tree line of the woods. Beyond the trailhead lies an inviting trail for those who are looking for a peek into Trinity River National Wildlife Refuge, a place established to provide conserve habitat, while also providing natural, outdoor experiences to the public. The trail is now open for those who would like to experience it, however, hunting, harassing, and the collecting of plants or animals is prohibited. All entry, during daylight hours only, to the Refuge must be on foot. Mountain biking, all terrain vehicles, or horses are not allowed as they cause erosion to sensitive tree and plant roots. The trail is primitive and is not designed for those who should not be walking on uneven ground. Obstacles that may be encountered on the trail include an occasional downed tree left intentionally in the middle of the trail to enhance the experience, or cypress roots that may have not been located and removed. Visitors should exercise caution when using the trail as this is a primitive experience, similar to what a hike through the woods would be like without a trail. The grass may be up to shin in some areas.

Wildlife encounters are sure to be had. Just remember quiet hikers are more likely to find critters. Take only pictures and leave only footprints.

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