Big Slough is a sub-section of the Brazoria National Wildlife Refuge located in Freeport, Texas. It is a large section of marsh and woodlands that is teeming with wildlife of all varieties!
Address: 2022 County Road 227, Freeport, Texas, 77541
Big Slough Trail (0.6 Miles)
I was warned by multiple park rangers that there were a lot of mosquitoes on the trail… so I decided they were probably exaggerating. They were not.
The trail itself was well-maintained with a few exceptions. The back end of the short trail was not mowed, but that’s not really an issue in my book.
Overall the trail was a short and nice walk minus my hatred for mosquitoes. The park has no control over the winged vampires so I can’t fault them for that, especially since they warned me!
But seriously, if you watched me from a far, it appeared that I disco-danced my way through the trail in a series of shrieks, sprints, and swears.
The Driving Tour
There is a 7-mile automobile friendly tour around the park that takes viewers around the sights. Think Jurassic Park without the dinosaurs.
Rogers Pond Trail
A short path (inside of the auto tour) that extends further into the park. You’ll have to get out and hoof it to experience this section.
TIP: When pulling off pricklers/stickers like this, it is better to use a soft grip and slight pressure to remove. If you grab them too hard they will penetrate the skin and that’s not fun.
There was a sign on the side of the auto tour road stating that there was a monument on this short trail. It was really just a tree (which is perfectly fine). To park officials: please just say its a special tree at the beginning of the trail.
Review & Recommendation
Overall the wildlife refuge was exactly as stated. There was abundant wildlife and lots of fun different trails and trips off the main path.
This is trip for the lovers of nature in its natural state. There are no frills or stand-out trails or views. It is just a slice of the biosphere in southern Texas close to the Gulf of Mexico. Lots of bird-watching as well!