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Discovering the trailhead: From the north part of Houston, take I-45 North to go out 66A. Take this go out towards FM 1960 after which flip correct onto FM 1960, heading east. After following FM 1960 for three. 1 miles, flip left onto Aldine Westfield highway, heading north. stick to Aldine Westfield for 1. 2 miles to arrive the Mercer Arboretum front at 22306 Aldine Westfield Rd. flip left and persist with the park street to the Cypress Swamp/Hickory lavatory roadside parking sector. make sure to lock your motor vehicle. Mercer is 22 miles north of downtown Houston. DeLorme: Texas Atlas & Gazetteer: web page seventy one, H12. GPS: N30 2. 112' / W95 23. 153' The Hike decide up a map on the customer middle at the east aspect of Aldine Westfield highway, then force to the Cypress Swamp/Hickory bathroom roadside parking zone at the west facet of Aldine Westfield. go the park street to arrive the Bald Cypress Swamp trailhead. the path is packed beaten granite, furnishing a floor challenging sufficient to permit parents to push strollers. Use insect repellant and put on a hat, as mosquitoes and horseflies could be bothersome year-round. the paths during this 300-acre arboretum are good maintained, and the signage, together with huge path maps located at numerous path branches, is excellent. whereas following the path west, skirt round the fringe of the swamp into the woods. The remark deck for the swamp could be noticeable to the suitable, past the massive bald cypress bushes becoming within the water. remain at the route to maintain from spooking deer and different animals and to prevent venomous water moccasins and copperheads, which make this zone domestic. even if those snakes are hardly ever encountered, your brain can be positioned comfortable via learning a snake guidebook to allow them to be well-known. this manner, universal nonvenomous snakes, together with the black-banded water snake, might be loved as a part of the open air adventure. The statement deck over Bald Cypress Pond permits water-side perspectives of the vegetation and pond lifestyles. The deck is on the market to strollers and wheelchairs. After being at the path for only two hundred ft, succeed in a Y and take the left department, heading west towards the Hickory lavatory. detect the join up the left giving credits to the Texas grasp Naturalist–Heartwood bankruptcy for engaging within the Mercer Adapta path software and protecting sections of the path. proceed at the path during the woods till attaining a Y, the place a water fountain is found. stick to the left department, heading south at the Hickory bathroom Loop path. Curve left until eventually achieving the wood statement deck. The lavatory could have status water or be dry, looking on the volume of modern rainfall. the tip of the deck dealing with the water has no guardrail, making remark of a few of the bugs, frogs, and doubtless a water snake more uncomplicated. a few of the crops within the bathroom are labeled—look for the Louisiana iris. there are lots of bushes within the swamp, together with hickories and water elms. Scanning the world with a collection of binoculars can upload to the visible element of the hike. depart the remark deck and stick to the Hickory bathroom Loop until eventually becoming a member of the Cypress Pond Loop.