Tuesday, April 29, 2014

Port Aransas Nature Preserve

We visited the Port Aransas Nature Preserve during our stay in Port Aransas. Sometimes referred to as the Nature Preserve at Charlie's Pasture, the preserve encompasses 1,217 acres of undeveloped land on the northwest part of the island bordering the Intracoastal Waterway. The preserve contains more than 3 miles of hike and bike trails, a pavilion, boardwalks over algal flats, crushed granite trails on the uplands, covered seating sites and two towers overlooking wetland areas around Salt Island.

During our visit, we parked at the pavilion and took the trail to the Salt Island overlook. (see map) We met several other folks along the trail, most of whom were bird watchers. We also met one bicyclist.

Boardwalk near start of the trail
Friendly little rabbit approached me on the trail before scampering off into the brush.

Various birds feeding in a pond along the trail.
Boardwalk seems to go on forever.
This photo was taken from atop the observation tower on Salt Island. It looks back at the trail we took.
Should you decide to visit the preserve, take along insect repellent. Bugs were quite aggressive with me along the trail through the brushy areas.

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