The Port Aransas Nature Preserves are open with limited access.

Guided Birding Tours Saturdays at 8am

Tours leave from the Community Park on Ross Ave. and head towards the Nature Preserve Pavilion, about a one mile walk that take 1.5-2 hours. Tours will be led by Leslie Hoekstra and Ray Dillahunty. We aren't letting this hurricane stop us from enjoying the beautiful natural resources Port A is known for!

Click link below for the latest trail map:

Nature Preserve Map 4-20-2018
Recovery Plan
Nature Preserve Annual Report
Nature Preserve Annual Report

2017-2018 Nature Preserve Annual Report
Review our Visitation Guidelines and suggestions for enjoying the Nature Preserves of Port Aransas.

Nature Preserve at Charlie's Pasture Location
The Port St. gate is closed. Visitors can walk in from Port St. One mile of cement trail to pavilion and ship channel is accessible from the Community Park off Ross Ave.

Nature Preserve at Hwy 361 Location
There is a shaded picnic area near parking lot. Trails here are closed.

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)

VOLUNTEER - The Nature Preserves of Port Aransas would like help from you! If you think you'd like to help please contact Colleen Simpson at
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Prescribed Burn
Paradise Pond Plantings
Nature Preserve Pavilion
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.
Preserve History
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.
Nature Preserve Design Guidlines

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

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.

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.

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.

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.
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

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