Aransas Heron Flats Trail

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


Bird Watching

Dogs No

1.4 (miles)



Minimal (Elev. Δ - ft)


The Heron Flats Trail is an 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 trail follows an ancient oyster shell ridge that borders the salt marsh. It leads you through an oak motte and down to the shores of San Antonio Bay. This trail is one of the refuge’s most popular because of its changing landscape and the tremendous variety of wildlife it supports. On this trail you might see alligators, wood storks, wildflowers, roseate spoonbills, waterfowl, shorebirds and some amazing butterfly species."


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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