2017-09-01 / Amenities

View nature from trails, boardwalks at preserve


A group of birders prepare to take a walk through the Port Aransas Nature Preserve. The pavilion at the end of Port Street can be seen in the background. The pavilion is a meeting place for some classes offered by the City of Port Aransas Parks and Recreation Department and the nature preserve. A group of birders prepare to take a walk through the Port Aransas Nature Preserve. The pavilion at the end of Port Street can be seen in the background. The pavilion is a meeting place for some classes offered by the City of Port Aransas Parks and Recreation Department and the nature preserve. Say hello to some of our furry and feathered residents.

The Port Aransas Nature Preserve at Charlie’s Pasture is home to jack rabbits, coyotes, a wide variety of birds and a ton of native vegetation.

The 1,271-acre preserve lies between the Corpus Christi Ship Channel, Port Aransas Community Park, State Highway 361 and Piper Channel. It is undeveloped, aside from trails, boardwalks, 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.

Some special programs are offered at the preserve, including weekly guided bird walks, quigong, a guided bike ride through the preserve, youth birding classes, winter walking tours and various other special events.Watch the weekly editions of the South Jetty for updates on regular and special events.

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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