Bevilport Paddling Trail
If you are looking for a paddling trail in the Pineywoods that can take you back in time, take the Bevilport Paddling Trail. The trail begins at Bevilport Ramp, a historic riverboat landing site and the location of the first cattle drives in Texas, all within the Martin Dies, Jr. State Park.
The Bevilport Paddling Trail is composed of 12 scenic miles, or you can take a shortcut but still get in close to 10 miles. The trail winds through the Pineywoods, through pristine, old growth river-bottom hardwood forests. You will experience and encounter a variety of mammals, birds, and reptiles all year round along the Bevilport Paddling Trail. Texas Parks and Wildlife Department (TPWD) says, “ you will not see cows gazing along the banks or any private residences during your paddling trip.”
The waterways surrounding Martin Dies, Jr. State Park provide extensive habitats to a large variety of fish. If you are interested in fishing from your kayak or canoe the trail offers a variety of fishing opportunities. The riparian corridors of the Angelina and Neches Rivers support a great diversity o f plant and animal life. One might see a Belted Kingfisher, an ibis, or a Swallow-tailed Kite. The Bald cypress trees drip with Spanish moss and the pines appear as skyscrapers. A trip down the trail might also give way to impressive wildlife viewing opportunities.
If you don’t have a canoe or kayak, but can’t wait to experience the Bevilport Paddling Trail, don’t sweat it. Rent one at Martin Dies, Jr. State Park. Canoe rentals, including life vests and paddles are available on site in the park. The park also offers a shuttle service for large groups taking the Bevilport Paddling Trail. For more information call the park at 409-384-5231.
Put In: Bevilport Boat Ramp 8.5 miles from Martine Dies, Jr. State Park
- From Martin Dies, Jr. State Park, located on Hwy 190 between Woodville and Jasper, turn right (east) on Hwy 190 and travel 2.6 miles. Turn left onto FM 1747, and travel 4.2 miles to stop sign. Turn left onto FM 2799, and travel 1.7 miles to Bevilport Boat Ramp.
Take Out: Walnut Boat Ramp- Located inside Martin Dies, Jr. State Park
- Martin Dies, Jr. State Park is located on Hwy 190, between Jasper and Woodville, Texas. Enter the Walnut Ridge Unit (north off Hwy 190) onto Park Road 48, go past Nature Center and shelters, turn right at boat ramp sign.
- In Full: 12 miles
- Shortcut: 9.6 miles
- 4 to 6 hours, depending on route selection, water level, flow rate, and wind speed.
This trail was made possible through the partnership between Texas Parks and Wildlife Department and US Army Corps of Engineers.
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