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. Visitors will experience bald cypress-water tupelo swamp, bottomland hardwood forest, American beech -Southern Magnolia slope forest, longleaf pine wet savanna and upland longleaf pine and oak forests. These habitats 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 14 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 vendors offer canoe and kayak rental and shuttle service. The preserve is approximately 20 miles north of Beaumont in Silsbee and the public entrance is directly east of the Village Creek bridge on Highway 327. The preserve is designated as Site No. 17 on the Upper Coast Phase of the Great Texas Coastal Birding Trail. Visitors can stop at the trail head registration box to sign in and find literature on the preserve and other attractions in the local area. Visitors are reminded that pets should be leashed at all times. For your safety and comfort it is suggested visitors wear closed -toed shoes, bring sunscreen, insect repellent, water and food. There is no restroom on site. A covered pavilion with benches and picnic tables is available for use and can be reserved for an event. Hours: Open for day use only, during daylight hours. Admission: Free.