Aransas NWR Auto Tour Loop

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


Mountain Biking

Bird Watching

Dogs No

16 (miles)



Minimal (Elev. Δ - ft)


Aransas NWR Auto Tour Loop is near Corpus Christi, Texas. This hike is kid friendly. As with most National Wildlife Refuge, we maintain the best way to truly enjoy them is to get out of the car and hoof it or hop on your bike and pedal around. Cars are noisy and spook wildlife! Keep an eye peeled for one of the rarest birds in the world the Whooping Crane! The refuge says "the paved tour loop provides a leisurely ride through ‘Texas savannah,’ what Texas must have looked like a hundred years ago. The scenic ride becomes a one-way at the Observation Tower. Along the way you might see deer, hawks, javelina, bobcat and an occasional rattle snake crossing the road."


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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