Galveston’s East End Lagoon Nature Preserve

Head to Galveston, TX and visit the East End Lagoon Nature Preserve for hiking and amazing birding. Learn more about what to expect.

During 2023’s bird spring migration, Galveston Island was given an IV of publicity when a rare Mangrove Cuckoo was spotted at the East End Lagoon Nature Preserve.

While this spot on the island’s edge has always been popular for birders, this sighting created excitement among casual birdwatchers hoping to catch a glimpse of a bird that hasn’t been seen on the island since 1982.

I have fished at this end of the island, but at that time I had no idea this trail system was just behind me tucked away behind a sand dune. How could I have missed the abundant palm trees and the sounds of the birds singing off in the distance?

A figure eight of sorts winds through the 700 protected acres at East End Lagoon, featuring a diverse ecosystem that attracts shore birds, migrating birds, and backyard birds for a perfect mix.

Interested in birding gear and apparel? Check out the sibling site Golden Cheek to get started!

The trail here is flat and there are plenty of places to sit and enjoy the view of the ships coming into the channel or the wetlands just far enough from the travelers enjoying Galveston down the road.

The total mileage on this ADA-accessible trail is about 1/2 a mile, and it also features multiple interpretive signs about the birds, plants, and history of this area.

Once you’re done with the trails you can hop across the street and watch the ships come in, or walk along the jetty and dip your toes in the water.

If you’re into local history, you can see remnants of Fort San Jacinto just down the road in the corner parking area. Here you’ll see the remains of where they had some weaponry to protect from enemy intruders.


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