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Flag Pond Loop

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1.8 mile 2.8 kilometer point to point
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Elevation

Ascent: 28' 9 m
Descent: -17' -5 m
High: 270' 82 m
Low: 244' 74 m

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Max Grade: 4% (2°)

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This service road offers great views of Flag Pond the entire way, but is only half a loop despite its name.

Karl W

Features Birding · Lake · Wildlife

Family Friendly Very wide, flat, and easy, this trail offers great views of the lake and its huge bird population the entire way.

Description

This trail begins and ends on the Lake Somerville Trailway, which you'd have to take to actually turn this into a full loop. Most of this trail follows a service road for an active oil pump, so be mindful that there can be traffic on it. The pump is a little noisy too. Although that might not sound like the description of a trail you'd want to take to get into nature, the route is surprisingly good. The road doubles as the embankment for the man-made pond, so it offers excellent and typically unobstructed views of the water and its plentiful bird population. The pond is actually specifically managed for migratory birds.

This trail also passes over the various check dams and pipes used to maintain a bird-friendly water level. There are primitive campsites at both the beginning and end of this trail, but due to damage from Hurricane Harvey these sites have been closed. Check in with the park before planning on using them.

Flora & Fauna

Tons of birds can be found here, including herons and ducks. "Wild" pigs and armadillos are also around.

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Nov 29, 2018
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Mar 16, 2019 near Somerville, TX
A small sample of the birds that populate Flag Pond
Apr 16, 2018 near Somerville, TX

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