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CHART: A Trail of Texas History and Nature in Chambers County

27 Apr 2013 2:00 PM | Anonymous

By: Keith Godwin

Chambers County Recovery Team (CHART)

Spring is a perfect time to mix nature and the history of Texas in Chambers County. From the site of an old Spanish mission, to the site of an historic revolutionary Fort – all may be enjoyed in a short visit to the Wild side of Chambers County. Combine history with wildlife viewing, water sports or just relaxing – afforded at the parks and sites along a trail just off I-10 and Hwy 61 – and you have the makings of a great outdoor family or group excursion that beg to have you visit with a canoe, picnic basket, tackle box, camera and map of the County.

One begins at the Wallisville exit on I-10, just over the Trinity River Bridge going east from Houston – at the charming historic Wallisville Heritage Park, at the Wallisville Information Center. The Historical Markers here offer a fascinating insight to the early history of settlements in the area when early Pre-history indians lived nearby and the Spanish established a mission 1756.

Grab the information brochures on Chambers County and back on to I-10 for a short hop to exit Hwy 61 south to Anahuac. As soon as you turn right on 61 – you see entrance to Whites Park. As you drive the pine lined road in the Park – you will see the historic marker for the Turtle Bayou site, where the first cry for “resolution” in the Texas Revolution took place in 1832. This is a great place for outings due to the scenic picnic/camping areas, and Turtle Bayou offers canoeing excursions. Photography, bird and even gator watching – is also popular.

The last stop on this “historic” trail is Fort Anahuac Park in the city of Anahuac. Drive Hwy 61 to south and east into the historic downtown sites. Early Anahuac restorations make for a casual self-tour and history lesson. A short drive takes you on to the Anahuac Fort site – now a popular park and boating area overlooking the beautiful Channel entering from Trinity Bay. Large trees, kiddie playgrounds, picnic sites, and a large nature trail park add to the well-established boating ramps and special fishing sites. Deciding to stay overnight is easy – a variety of lodging is available here and other communities in Chambers.


There is so much nature, history and outdoor opportunities for fun in Chambers County communities – why not plan on making a weekend of it?!  We encourage you to stop at one of the visitor centers in the area for further information.

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The Friends of Anahuac Refuge was established in 1997 as a 501(c)3 non-profit organization based in Anahuac, TX.

For questions, call the refuge office at 409-267-3337.


Mailing Address:

P.O. Box 1348

Anahuac, TX 77514

Refuge Office Address:

4017 FM 563, Anahuac, TX 77514

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