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Winters Bayou Sanctuary

Located in San Jacinto County, 11 miles northwest of the town of Cleveland, this 165-acre sanctuary is adjacent to the Sam Houston National Forest. It is in the transition zone between the Gulf Coastal Prairie, the Piney Woods, and the Blackland Prairie ecoregions. Made up of two adjacent tracts, the larger 130-acre tract is upland pine forest and mixed pine-hardwood bottomland. It was donated to Houston Audubon by Houston businessman Malcolm Damuth in three transactions in 1989, 1990, and 1997, with the stipulation that it be managed as a wildlife sanctuary.

Winters Bayou is open every day throughout the year from sunrise to sunset. Please contact Richard Gibbons at rgibbons@houstonaudubon.org for further information.

Directions: From US 59 N in Cleveland, TX, take FM 2025 (Cold Spring Rd.) north for 5.3 miles to FM 945. Turn left on FM 945 at the Valero gas station and drive 5.2 miles to Moody Rd. Turn left on Moody Rd. and travel 0.9 miles to the sanctuary entrance. Parking and the trailhead are located at the intersection of Moody Rd. and S. Moody Ln.

GPS Coordinates: 30°27'19.34"N, 95°11'46.01"W

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