Aransas Big Trees Trail

  • Whooping Crane (Grus americana)
  • Whooping Crane (Grus americana)
  • Whooping Crane (Grus americana) in Aransas National Wildlife Refuge.


Bird Watching

Dogs No

0.7 (miles)

 Very Easy

Out & Back

Minimal (Elev. Δ - ft)


The Big Trees Trail is a very easy hiking trail in Aransas National Wildlife Refuge near Corpus Christi, Texas. This trail is kid friendly. Keep an eye peeled for one of the rarest birds in the world the Whooping Crane! The refuge says "this forested trail contains some of the largest live oak trees on the refuge. It is an excellent place to see birds of all kinds, including warblers (including the Swainson's), thrushes and vireos."


The refuge says "today, this landscape is best known for its prominent place in the American wildlife conservation movement. In 1941, when only 15 whooping cranes survived in the wild, the iconic bird became an emblem of alarm and concern for all endangered and threatened species. Aransas became a focal point of the national and worldwide effort to rescue the species from extinction."

Red Tape

Entrance Fee
Contact: Aransas National Wildlife Refuge 1 Wildlife Circle Austwell, TX 77950

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