Neches River National Wildlife Refuge

A Special Experience Awaits You

NRNWR features 7,000 acres and eight trails, ranging from 1/4 mile to seven miles each, and are each marked with a trailhead sign showing length, difficulty, and a map. A full description of the trails system is available on the NRNWR website at the link below by clicking on 'Visitor Activities'. 

Most of the 25 miles of trail feature the exceptional bottom-land hardwood forest habitat the refuge was created to protect. One trail runs along the Neches River. A longer, more challenging trail climbs into the pine uplands. On all the trails you’ll hear birds calling, catch a glimpse of a heron or duck, hear fish splash in a slough or the river, see wildflowers in season, and enjoy the beauty of native hardwood forests. The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service is working on plans to add other activities to the refuge, such as hunting, fishing, and trail biking. 

The Neches River National Wildlife Refuge is open each day from sunrise to sunset.  It’s a good idea to check the website before going, as the main road to the refuge can flood after heavy rains, resulting in temporary closure. The rules are simple: wear sensible shoes, take along snacks and plenty of water, don’t litter, keep your pets on a leash, and enjoy the wildlife without disturbing it. We encourage you to visit!


  • From Jacksonville, go 11 miles southwest on US Hwy 79.  Watch for refuge entrance sign on left.  If you reach the Neches River bridge, you just missed it.
  • From Palestine, go 15 miles northeast on US Hwy 79.  Refuge entrance (with sign) on the right just past the Neches River.