Nature Trails in the Coastal Bend
Corpus Christi offers a variety of nature trails for all of you hiking and nature enthusiasts! Getting close to nature has never been easier as these trails are practically at your doorstep when in Corpus Christi.
The Corpus Christi Bay Trail stretches from downtown, beginning at the American Bank Center to Oso Bay for over eight miles of biking, walking, and more. The trail provides an opportunity to view Corpus Christi's diverse natural habitat, wildlife, and popular attractions!
Padre Island National Seashore separates the Gulf of Mexico from the Laguna Madre, one of a few hypersaline lagoons in the world! The park protects 70 miles of coastline, dunes, prairies, and wind tidal flats teeming with life. It is a safe nesting ground for the Kemp’s ridley sea turtle and a haven for 380 bird species. It also has a rich history, including the Spanish shipwrecks of 1554.
Take a trek on the Grasslands Nature Trail! This two-mile path through the sand dunes offers an opportunity to view the grasslands and marshes, and be one with nature. Walk, jog, hike, and more along this trail! Also keep in mind that jackrabbits and coyotes are known to frequent the trail, as well as a variety of birds and insects.
The South Texas Botanical Gardens & Nature Center has beautiful trails perfect for nature and birding lovers. Trek along the Mary Hope Brennecke Nature Trail and the Oso Creek Loop trail for an amazing experience. This, including the wetlands boardwalk, make the Botanical Gardens a key site on the Great Texas Coastal Birding Trail, and in Corpus Christi, which has been named Birdiest City in the United States!
Perfect for winter migration season, Hazel Bazemore Park offers the sights of tens of thousands (at times perhaps hundreds of thousands) of Broad-winged Hawks, Swainson’s Hawks, Mississippi Kites, and accipiters which pass along the park each year! The trails are perfect for hiking, walking, jogging, fishing and biking. The main draw to this gorgeous location is the excellent birdwatching for bird lovers. Hazel Bazemore Park boasts the largest concentration of migrating raptors in the United States.
The Texas A&M University - Corpus Christi Nature & Hiking Trail wraps around the Ward island and is designed to be enjoyed by both fitness enthusiasts and nature explorers! This 7.3-mile is lighted from dusk until dawn everyday and is an excellent location to walk, bike, in-line skate or jog while taking in the splendor of Ward Island. Bring along your pet! Just make sure they stay on a leash.
Walk or hike along the most natural trail of them all - the beach! Bring along friends and family , take the dog out for a run, or go for a solo skim-board cruise across the miles of beautiful beach in the Coastal Bend area.
Lake Corpus Christi, located in Mathis, is one of the many trails just outside of Corpus Christi's city limits. Great for the family, Lake Corpus Christi features the Castle Bike trail which wraps around the park site. Enjoy many activities like fishing, picnics, and more!
Located in Portland, just a few miles outside of Corpus Christi, you can discover Sunset Lake Park. This destination provides a two-mile hike and bike trail constructed on an old roadway that transects one of the most diverse coastal marsh and wetland habitats anywhere along the Texas Coast! Nature lovers can enjoy the hundreds of species of birdlife, the calming boardwalk, and the views of the coastal marsh.