The Port Aransas Nature Preserves are open with limited access.



Guided Nature Walk, Saturdays 8AM

Explore the Nature Preserve at Charlie's Pasture as you have never seen it before. A guide will lead you to discover the wildlife throughout the preserve. The paved path leads through several different aspects of our Coastal Prairie habitat. This two hour hike is easy to moderate, and promises a great view of the Island's back side. No experience necessary, just come with a sense of fun. Binoculars are available for loan.

Meet in the Community Park Parking Lot at 8:00.

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 csimpson@cityofportaransas.org.
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