Overview:
The 5,654-acre Roy E. Larsen Sandyland Sanctuary harbors a variety of plant communities, including one of the last remaining longleaf pine communities in Texas. A rare combination of swamp, open-floor forest and southern pinelands create a preserve with remarkable diversity, sustaining 582 plant species and 234 animal species. Surveys have identified 18 species of amphibians, 119 bird species, 29 species of reptiles, 28 mammal species 11 freshwater mussel species and 44 species of fish. More than 500 species of butterflies and moths have been identified. Six miles of trails are available for hiking, photography, bird watching and nature study. Interpretive programs are available upon request for groups of ten or more. An 8.5-mile section of Village Creek meanders through the preserve, offering a relaxing daylong float trip. Local canoe vendors offer equipment rental and shuttle service. The preserve is approximately 20 miles north of Beaumont in Silsbee and is designated as Site No. 17 on the Upper Coast Phase of the Great Texas Coastal Birding Trail. Hours: Open daily during daylight hours. Admission: free.