Location: Angleton, Texas
Webpage: National Wildlife Refuge
General Description: The Brazoria National Wildlife Refuge is 44,413 acres of protected freshwater sloughs, salt marshes, bluestem prairie, and wooded uplands. Established in 1969 to provide wintering habitat for migratory waterfowl and other bird species, it also provides essential habitat for other plants and animals along the Texas Gulf Coast. The refuge has Visitor Center and separate Discovery Center open to the public along with miles of hiking trails and a 7 mile auto tour.
1) You need to begin your visit at either the Visitor Center or the Discovery Center to obtain maps and information about the refuge. We began at the Discovery Center where there is a nice 0.6 mile loop trail: Big Slough Boardwalk and Trail along the banks of Big Slough. Keep your eyes open and you may catch sight of an alligator and many waterfowl.
2) This is also the location of the 7 mile auto tour that has multiple stops for viewing the slough, freshwater lakes, and saltwater marshes. You may even see a barge or ship on the Intercoastal Waterway.