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Craig Rolwood reviewed Heron Flats Trail
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The trail is supposed to be a 1.4 mile loop but it has been truncated to 0.8 miles (1.6 miles out and back). Excellent for bird viewing - there are two good observation platforms. On this blue sky, 70 degree afternoon we saw a black snake in the weeds and an alligator in one of the ponds.

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John Hamby reviewed Heron Flats Trail
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Nice little out and back trail with great views of Heron Flats. We observed several different bird species, including Whooping Cranes. There is a an observation platform at both end of the trail.

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John Hamby reviewed Oak Sanctuary Trail
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Nice, easy out and back to a beautiful oak tree. You'll also get stunning views of San Antonio Bay.

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Peter Druschke reviewed Songbird Loop
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Very short trail through a live oak forest (motte). Didn't see many songbirds but saw an armadillo up close.

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Peter Druschke reviewed Dagger Point Trail
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The trailhead is more secluded as it is off the main refuge loop, watch out for potholes big enough to bottom out low-clearance vehicles. The trail rolls gently through ancient sand dunes that are now covered with dense yaupon and bayberry brush, with live oaks forming a canopy on the eastern side of the loop. A small rough side trail off of the main Dagger Point trail leads to a beach littered with dead live oaks that probably fell during Hurricane Harvey. Lots of birds and armadillos.

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Peter Druschke reviewed Big Tree Trail
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The Big Tree Trail can now be connected with the Aransas Observation Tower via a recently completed marsh boardwalk. To complete this 1.3 mile loop, begin at Big Tree trailhead, follow the left fork of the trail through a live oak forest to some massive 500 year old survivors. The trail loops through dense yaupon underbrush to arrive at a small beach and fishing access on San Antonio Bay. From here follow the boardwalk through the tidal marsh to a small observation tower in another live oak grove, overlooking more tidal marshes. A second taller tower takes you over the tree tops where you can spot herons, egrets, pelicans and whooping cranes in the surrounding marshes. From the observation tower follow the road a short distance back to the Big Tree trailhead.

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Flat and straight but an interesting rail. Look for alligators, waterfowl and birds especially on the center and north sections.

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Dennis Durkee reviewed Dagger Point Trail
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The “wildest” of all the trails on the refuge. The trail is close to the water but you rarely see it — this route takes you deep into wooded areas and to the top of a small hill for nice views.

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Dennis Durkee reviewed Heron Flats Trail
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A great place to observe the many shorebirds and water birds. Walk to the end to go up a low-rise observation platform for a good view over the trees.

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John Barclay Walsh reviewed Big Tree Trail
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Dennis Durkee reviewed Oak Sanctuary Trail
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Short flat walk to a large oak tree and a quiet place to view the water.

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Dennis Durkee reviewed Big Tree Trail
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Nice walk through a wooded area to the waters edge. This trail now connects to the new waterside boardwalk (summer 2019) from the observation towers. (NOTE: Don’t confuse this with the famous Big Tree Loop at nearby Goose Island State Park. Both use the same name unfortunately.)

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Ashley Ruiz reviewed Big Tree Trail
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I went a few times last year. If you do decide to go some of the trails may have a possibility of being overgrown, also heads up, the mosquitoes can be bad inside some of the wooded areas (if it has rained a lot). Although, it all might be worth it. You may see lots of deer and feral pigs. The last time I went I saw an armadillo, lots of birds (of course), two large pigs and a couple of babies, two deer, and an alligator sleeping near the water. I think I was lucky that day though.

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Whitney B. reviewed Big Tree Trail
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Lovely trail at the start with an observation deck to scope out the many cranes with a 1970s parks-and-rec style telescope. The trail is well maintained initially, and winds alongside various small ponds and blooming cactus and wild flowers. Maybe 3/4 mile in, the mosquitoes began to get insanely thick (clouds of 50-75 following my hiking partner up ahead) and the trail unexpectedly entered an open, poorly maintained field of shoulder-high grasses that covered the trail. A few pools of standing water and mud on just a few places where the ground was visible were marked with hooved animal tracks and something else with claws. Too disturbed by not being able to see where we were putting our feet from about two feet to the ground, we had to turn around. We literally ran out the way we came swatting swarms of mosquitoes the whole way. If the mosquitoes minded the two coats of bug spray we applied midway through, they certainly didn't let on. My hiking partner bore the brunt of it, with probably 50 or so welts all over his limbs and back from where they hit him through his shirt.

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George McSweeney reviewed Big Tree Trail
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Dakota Raabe reviewed Big Tree Trail
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Dakota Raabe reviewed Dagger Point Trail
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George McSweeney reviewed Dagger Point Trail
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George McSweeney reviewed Oak Sanctuary Trail
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Dakota Raabe reviewed Oak Sanctuary Trail
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George McSweeney reviewed Songbird Loop
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Dakota Raabe reviewed Songbird Loop
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George McSweeney reviewed Heron Flats Trail
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Dakota Raabe reviewed Heron Flats Trail
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Peter Druschke reviewed Big Tree Trail
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Peter Druschke reviewed Big Tree Trail
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Peter Druschke reviewed Dagger Point Trail
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Peter Druschke reviewed Oak Sanctuary Trail
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