Exploring the Upper Texas Coast: Must-Visit Biking Trails and Stops
The Upper Texas Coast offers must-visit biking trails that wind through picturesque landscapes, from coastal marshes to sandy shores. Explore these must-visit biking trails in Jefferson, Galveston, Brazoria, and Matagorda Counties. All of these locations are included in our Balancing Act Trip Plan. Read on and enjoy the ride.
Jefferson County: Sea Rim State Park Biking Trail
Nestled along the Gulf of Mexico, Sea Rim State Park offers a 5.2-mile biking trail loop trail through serene marshes and along beaches. Watch for coastal wildlife, including migratory birds and perhaps even dolphins breaking through the waves.
Recommended Stop: Sea Rim State Park Visitor Center
Before hitting the trail, swing by the visitor center to get maps and information about local flora and fauna. You can even rent kayaks for a post-ride paddle.
Galveston County: Galveston Island Seawall Urban Biking Trail
This iconic 10-mile trail offers views of the Gulf of Mexico and is perfect for a leisurely ride along the beachfront. The Seawall is a biking trail lined with restaurants, shops, and attractions, making it easy to take a break and enjoy the vibrant culture of Galveston.
Recommended Stops: Project Sit Benches
As you bike along Galveston’s Seawall, take an occasional break and check out the 70 painted mosaic benches offering information on Galveston’s history, coastal environments and natural heritage.
Brazoria County: Big Slough Auto Tour Route/Biking Trail – Brazoria National Wildlife Refuge
This 7 ½-mile loop biking trail is a birdwatcher’s paradise, winding through freshwater and saltwater marshes. Keep in mind that about 62% of the refuge is wetlands.
Recommended Stop: Brazoria National Wildlife Refuge Visitor Center
Explore informative exhibits about local wildlife and pick up a bird checklist to track your sightings along the trail.
Matagorda County: Matagorda Bay Nature Park Biking Trail
Offering a mix of beach and bay views, this 6-mile trail biking trail is a hidden gem. The winding path through coastal prairies and along the bayfront provides a serene escape for cyclists.
Recommended Stop: Matagorda Bay Nature Park Fishing Pier
Cast a line and try to catch some of the local fish species, or soak in the tranquility from this scenic spot.
The Upper Texas Coast caters to nature enthusiasts, history buffs, and anyone looking for a memorable outdoor experience. All of these ideas are must-visit biking trails on the Upper Texas Coast. From the marshes of Jefferson County to the beaches of Matagorda County, each trail offers a unique glimpse into the diverse ecosystems that thrive along the Gulf Coast. So, grab your bike and pack your sense of adventure.
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About Lone Star Coastal Alliance
The Lone Star Coastal Alliance is a 501(c)3 created to preserve and promote the upper Texas Gulf Coast region in a manner that enhances coastal resilience while fostering economic development focused on conservation and tourism, elevating the unique natural, cultural, and historical assets of the region and benefitting quality of life within the communities.