AUSTIN – Drive on the wild side of the prairies and forests with two newly updated Great Texas Wildlife Trail maps. The updated Prairies and Pineywoods East and West maps mark the completion of the entire collection, displaying more than 920 wildlife-viewing sites all across Texas.
The nine wildlife trail maps invite nature lovers to discover the best of Texas’ native wildlife including birds, butterflies, bats and more throughout different regions of the state. Highway signs mark the wildlife-viewing sites, or print maps with GPS coordinates to guide them can be purchased. An interactive version of the map is also available online to explore the region.
To view all nine Great Texas Wildlife Trails maps or to purchase a printed map, visit the Texas Parks and Wildlife Department (TPWD) website. Each regional map details several smaller trail loops for easy driving trips throughout Texas. The maps also list contact information, entry fees and operating hours for attractions along the trails.
To commemorate the launch of the new maps, TPWD and community partners from the City of Bonham and Fannin County will hold a public event at Bonham State Park Tuesday, March 7, from 1-2 p.m. The park is part of the Prairies and Pineywoods East map on the newly created Bois D’Arc Loop. The new maps will be unveiled and representatives from the community and sites along the trails will be available with information about wildlife-viewing opportunities in the region. Visitors to the park can enjoy swimming and fishing in the man-made lake, as well as camping, picnicking, hiking, mountain biking and boating. Some points of interest at the park include Civilian Conservation Corps (CCC) constructed footbridge, pump house, dam and fireplace.
The new wildlife maps were made possible in part from the support of a number of sponsors, including the Wildlife Diversity Conservation License Plate Program and Toyota.