Birds in a Tree LbNA # 40113
|Placed Date||May 24 2008|
***HAVE A REPORT THAT BOX #5 IS MISSING 05/18/09*****
Mineola Nature Preserve is a great place for families to go and observe nature at it’s best. There is so much to see and hear as you are walking the trails. With several viewing stations along the way, you can take your time and enjoy nature at it’s best.
The 2,900-acre Preserve is on the Sabine River in East Texas.
The park, funded in part by Texas Parks & Wildlife and the City of Mineola, was created to preserve a wetlands area for bird-watching, hiking, fishing, picnicking and other activities.
Phase I construction (completed July, 2006) includes a pavilion overlooking a wildlife viewing area, three miles of walking and nature trails, a canoe rest station, a picnic area and a playground. The property also includes a pond stocked with fish. There is a two mile stretch of trail that is a “Rails to Trail” hiking trail. There are several signs telling you about the history of the preserve and including a historical marker. Make sure you read about Bridge Bob at the pond.
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The Mineola Nature Preserve is just south of Mineola.
From Hwy 69: turn east onto Loop 564 then turn right onto CR 2724 (Cap Ranch
Road); go 1.9 miles to the main entrance. There will be signs pointing you in the right direction.
Park and head to the Johnnie Bendy Trail to start your journey.
This series is a 3 mile trek round trip. If you have little ones, they may get tired but, a stroller can be used. Also, it is bike friendly. Also, when you have stamped in the last box, you will have to go back the same way you went in. There isn’t a short cut out. I hope you enjoy this as much as I did!
To the Boxes:
Box #1 The Tree
Follow the Johnny Bendy Trail to a “y” and go left. At the end of the asphalt, there is a tree on the left with blue numbers painted on it. Continue 44 steps and look right. Off the trail and up the bank, is a tree with 3 trunks. Your treasure awaits you at the base of this tree.
Box #2 Bird #1
Continue down the trail until you see three large square post in the fence on the right. Look left, there is a large tree about 7 steps off the trail. The box is at the base of this tree,
Box #3 Bird #2
Continue on down the trail, where you will see viewing station #1. Please take a few minutes here to check out the wildlife. Get back on the trail and you will come to a bridge. Cross the bridge and do Not Feed the Alligator! At the trail junction, there will be a tree on the left with several trunks and a bird house on the top. From this tree, go 189 steps and look left. About 4 steps off the trail are two trees growing together with a rotting log beside them. The box is nestled between the log and the trees.
Box #4 Bird #3
Get back on the trail and continue until you come to a “swinging” bridge. You can walk across it or go around on the path. Keep going until you see a double fence post on the left. To the left of these post is a small cedar tree. Box is at it’s base.
Box#5 Bird #4
Keep going on the trail until you see a bench on the left. The “river” behind it is a tributary of the Sabine River. Nice spot to stop and look. At the fartherest end of the bench. Take 36 steps and look right. There is a double trunk tee with a small but long log laying beside it. The box is at the base of the tree between the trunk and the log.