Azalea Trail is a 1.9 mile nature trail that runs from Grace
Dunne Richardson Park to Kiwanis Park. The trail is limited
to pedestrian and bicycle traffic and has an improved
surface; portions are asphalt and the remainder is a packed
and maintained dirt surface. The trail offers benches for
enjoying nature along the way. There are scores of native
plants to enjoy and there are small gardens of Azaleas and
ornamental grasses that have been planted and are maintained
by the City of Lufkin Parks and Recreation Department. The
trail has security lighting
along its entire length and there are call boxes located at
strategic points along the trail for your security.
The trail offers excellent
birding opportunities and notable species include: Barred
Owl, Red-bellied Woodpecker, Eastern Wood-Pewee, Great
Crested and Scissor-tailed flycatchers, Hermit and Wood
Thrushes, Swainson's Warbler, Nesting birds: White-eyed,
Red-eyed and Yellow-throated Vireo's Northern Parula,
Yellow-throated, Pine, Black-and-White and Hooded Warblers,
Common Yellowthroat and Summer Tanager, Great area for
Spring and Fall migrants, Winter Sparrows: Chipping,
White-Throated. Wildlife you may encounter include: rabbits,
fox and grey squirrels, raccoons, armadillos, several
species of lizards to include the green anole, dozens of
species of brightly colored butterflies and numerous species
of turtles in the creek that runs parallel to the trail.
The trail runs by several
shopping opportunities in lufkin to include the Angelina
Mall and the Lufkin Mall.
Directions: In Lufkin,
enter at Grace Dunne Richardson Park, off Loop 287 in south
Lufkin, or from Kiwanis Park on Timberland Drive.