Big Tree 2 LbNA # 19417 (ARCHIVED)
|Placed Date||Nov 20 2005|
|Last Found||Feb 21 2008|
*** Part of my TX Birding Trail Series ***
Terrain Difficulty: Easy (flat, 100 yards RT)
Recommended Ink: brown
Status: reported missing (06/07/09)
The Big Tree in Goose Island State Park is part of the Aransas Loop described on the Central Great Texas Coastal Birding Trail map. It is one of the largest Coastal Live Oaks in the nation and is estimated to be over 1000 years old. Birders know this park as a great place to view migrant land birds and waterfowl. During a spring cold front the live oaks in the park may be congested with "fallouts" (migrant birds "falling out" of the sky after crossing the Gulf Of Mexico). There is an entrance fee for the park, but none to see the Big Tree. This box contains a different stamp than the original Big Tree that went missing, so consider it a new letterbox.
From Houston take Hwy. 59 Southwest to Victoria. Turn left (south) on Hwy. 77 to FM 239. Turn left (east) on FM 239 to Tivoli. Turn right (south) on Hwy. 35 and go about 30 miles to Park Road 13, then turn left (east) and go 1 mile to Goose Island State Park. The park entrance is to the right, but you will go left for another mile, then right to the Big Tree parking area on the left. The park is located 10 miles northeast of Rockport.
Walk to the Big Tree and read its amazing statistics on the sign. When you are ready to look for the box, walk counter-clockwise from the sign for about 40 steps on the cement path. To the northeast at 50 degrees you will see a grass path into the woods. Walk down it for 25 steps, then turn right and walk southeast at 150 degrees for 8 steps to a dead log laying on the ground. Look for a hole on its left (east) end. The camo minibox is in the hole under sticks. Please re-cover well when done. NOTE: It has been reported that the minibox is now on the right end of the log, under the roots.