Port Aransas Nature Preserve
welcome to Port Aransas Nature Preserve at Charlie
Pavilion and Turnaround
Nature Preserve Pavilion

Review our Visitation Guidelines and suggestions for enjoying the Port Aransas Nature Preserve at Charlie's Pasture, located on Port Street. Map Link

The Pavilion at the Nature Preserve is not available for rent. We encourage our visitors to use it as a viewing site or a shade area.

Phase 1 provides over 2 miles of hike and bike trails within the park. Amenities include the Pavilion, boardwalks over algal flats, crushed granite trails on the uplands, covered seating sites and a tower overlooking wetland areas around Salt Island.

Phase 2 of the Port Aransas Nature Preserve adds another 1.25 miles and a viewing tower to the existing trail system. The entry is located off Hwy 361 and will eventually provide a link to the Leonabelle Turnbull Birding Center.

Click below for trail map showing Phase 1 (completed in June 2010) and Phase 2 (completed in December 2011):

Nature Preserve Trail Map (low resolution 3.5MB)
Nature Preserve Trail Map (higher resolution 21.5MB)
Groundbreaking for Phase 1 the Port Aransas Nature Preserve was held on Tuesday, March 3, 2009 at 10:30 am near the proposed site for Node 8, the main access point into the Nature Preserve along the Corpus Christi Ship Channel.

Dedication of Phase 1 was held on Tuesday, December 15, 2009 at 2:30 pm at the Nature Preserve Pavilion.

Groundbreaking for Phase 2 was held on Wednesday, December 15, 2010 at 2:00 pm at entry way in the 2600 block of Hwy 361 South.

Dedication of Phase 2 was held on Wednesday, December 7, 2011 at 10:30 am at the trailhead of the new hike/bike pathway.

On September 18, 2008, City Council approved the design/construction plans for Phase 1 of the Port Aransas Nature Preserve at Charlie's Pasture.

Overall View of Nature Preserve
In 2004, the City of Port Aransas allocated $2 million dollars in Certificates of Obligation to develop the Port Aransas Nature Preserve. In 2006, with the input from a consulting group and members of the Port Aransas community, the Port Aransas City Council adopted a preliminary set of design guidelines for the development of this major nature facility.

This page will be updated as information becomes available.

Nature Preserve Design Guidlines

Nature Preserve Phase 2
Nature Preserve Phase 2 entry off SH 361

Spring Forest Qigong

This class is held on Saturdays, 9am, Port Aransas Nature Preserve at Charlie's Pasture pavilion (at the end of Port Street). $5. Led by Suzanne McCann, Qigong is a moving meditation, a simple, efficient & effective method of activating the body?s energy system. With simple movements, you clear energy channels of the body and preserve wellness or accelerate healing. Techniques to discover the body?s natural intelligence & balance that anyone, regardless of ability, age or beliefs can practice & and become healthier and happier. 
Birder?s Paradise

Proficient guest birders take turns imparting knowledge monthly at the Joan & Scott Holt Paradise Pond Birding Center. Meet Tuesdays, June 21, July 19 & Aug. 16 at 9am.
Below are photos of Phase 1 construction in the Port Aransas Nature Preserve at Charlie's Pasture. Aerial views courtesy of Mark Young and Mark Creighton.

Boardwalk across flats

Salt Island Viewing Tower

Salt Island Overlook

Salt Island - tower and overlook
Salt Island

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