2017-06-01 / Nature/Outdoors

Nature at its unspoiled best can be seen at the preserve


The pavilion at the Port Aransas Nature Preserve at Charlie’s Pasture offers shade and views of the nature preserve and the Corpus Christi Ship Channel. The pavilion at the Port Aransas Nature Preserve at Charlie’s Pasture offers shade and views of the nature preserve and the Corpus Christi Ship Channel. Take a walk on the wild side.

The Port Aransas Nature Preserve at Charlie’s Pasture has trails and boardwalks coursing through much of the 1,271-acre chunk of undeveloped land.

The preserve lies between the Corpus Christi Ship Channel, Port Aransas Community Park, State Highway 361 and Piper Channel.

In addition to trails,the acreage includes shade structures and observation towers.

The main access point is at the foot of Port Street. Another entry point is at the foot of an unnamed road that branches off State Highway 361, just south of Port A RV Resort.

The preserve has no entry fee, but city officials ask that visitors observe certain city ordinances to keep the acreage unspoiled. Among those rules: Motorcycles and ATVs are not allowed. Camping and shooting also are illegal. No dogs are allowed past certain marked points, and all pets must remain on leashes.

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