Lions/Shelly Park (Map item 30) in Refugio has something for practically everyone: a playground for the kids, covered pavilion for large groups, picnic tables, nature trails, fishing pier, rest rooms, and much more. This well maintained park is one of the stations on the Great Texas Costal Birding Trail.
The park is situated on the Mission River , where the bottom land forests often swarm with migrant land birds in spring and fall. Riparian woodlands such as these focus the migrants, since the surrounding terrain is generally inhospitable to forest species. Just a few of the birds spotted in the park are the Green Kingfisher, Red-Tailed Hawk, scissor-tailed Flycatcher, Painted Bunting, Hooded Warbler, Rub-Crowned Kinglet, and many more.
Beautiful, tree shaded, nature trails, each .57 miles (approximately) in length provide an opportunity to exercise amongst the wooded areas of the park. Benches along the trails offer a place to rest or to bird watch.
Crossing over the little foot-bridge spanning the park's pond and winding along the banks of the Mission River under a canopy of beautiful surrounding forest, visitors invariably find these trail to be a delight.
Lions/Shelly park is conveniently located in Refugio just East of historic Our Lady of Refuge Church (Map item 50) which was the site of the original old Spanish mission and the namesake of the city. Several restored old historic homes are nearby within easy walking distance. Jeter RV park is directly adjacent to the park and is used by many visitors on their trek down The Great Texas Coastal Birding Trail.
Jeter RV park (Map item 31) is located adjacent to Lions/Shelly park just two blocks west of Hwy 77 at the South end of Refugio.
14 spaces on a first come, first served basis
Drop box (honor system) $35 per night.
Longer stays are - $200 per week, $450 per month.
Water, electricity, and sewer hookups.
Park rest rooms in the adjacent park have hot showers and are handicapped accessible.