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Rural Interstates, Highways, and Roads in the Gulf Coast Region

Of course, the big freeways are in the big cities. But any true road enthusiast also likes to take a look at the rural roads and the surrounding landscape. I'll slowly add photos to this section
The Gulf Coast Region includes the following counties:
Aransas Harris Orange
Brazoria Jackson Refugio
Calhoun Jefferson San Patricio
Chambers Kenedy Victoria
Cameron Kleberg Waller
Fort Bend Matagorda Wharton
Galveston Nueces Willacy

Features of the Gulf Coast Region

Topography and
Major Cities / Rainfall / Elevation

Common & Rare

Common & Rare

Size: 21,000 sq mi.

Av. Rainfall: 30-50 in./yr

Nearly level slowly drained plain, dissected by streams and rivers flowing into the Gulf of Mexico. The region includes barrier islands along the coast, salt grass marshes surrounding bays and estuaries, remnant tallgrass prairies, oak parklands and oak mottes scattered along the coast, and tall woodlands in the river bottomlands. Soils are acidic sands and sandy loams, with clays occurring primarily in the river bottoms.



Alvin--49.44 in / 51 ft

Baytown--51.85 in / 26 ft

Beaumont--57.00 in / 24 ft

Galveston--42.28 in / 20 ft

Houston--50.83 in / 55 ft

Port Arthur--42.42 in / 18 ft

Raymondville--27.57 in / 40 ft

Richmond--44.34 in / 104 ft

South Padre Island--21.38 in / 5 ft

Sugar Land--45.33 in / 82 ft

Victoria--28.74 in / 93 ft

Wharton--41.53 in / 111 ft


Grasses; tallgrass prairies; live oak woodlands; some mesquite, and acacias

Green ash
Water oak
Willow oak
Southern live oak
American elm
Red mulberry
Wax myrtle
Sweet bay
Red chokecherry
Short-leaf pine

Rare Plants and Habitat
Prairie dawn:
Poorly drained, sparsely vegetated areas in open grasslands

Slender rush pea/South Texas ambrosia:
Grasslands or mesquite invaded grasslands

Marsh rice rat
River otter
Bottlenose dolphin
Diamond back terrapin
Bull frog
Kemp's Ridley sea turtle
Loggerhead sea turtle
Attwater's prairie chicken
Roseate spoonbill
Whooping crane
Black skimmer

Rare Animals and Habitat
Attwater's prairie chicken:
Tall grass coastal prairie
Eastern brown pelican:
Offshore islands, spoil islands, mudbanks
Eskimo curlew:
Migrates through the grasslands from the Arctic tundra to Pampas grasslands of Argentina
Piping plover:
Winters along Gulf Coast; tidal mud flats, sandflats, or algal flats
Whooping crane:
Winters on Texas Gulf Coast; marshes and sandflats of Aransas National Wildlife Refuge and nearby areas

"Features" information from the Texas Parks & Wildlife Department.
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