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Laguna Madre Nature Trail is a 1.1 mile moderately trafficked loop trail located near South Padre Island, Texas that features beautiful wild flowers and is good for all skill levels. The trail is primarily used for walking, nature trips, and bird watching and is accessible year-round.

Length 1.1 mi Elevation gain 16 ft Route type Loop

Kid friendly

Nature trips

Walking

Bird watching

Beach

Forest

Views

Wild flowers

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Laguna Madre Trail is perfect for bird watching in South Padre Island, TX This 1,500-foot boardwalk is spread across acres of marshland, where many coastal and migratory birds can be seen year around. The trail head starts right next to the whaling wall.

Parking is available at SPI Convention Center

South Padre Island Convention and Visitors Bureau 600 Padre Blvd South Padre Island, Texas 78597 Phone: 800-767-2373 or 956-761-3005 info@sopadre.com

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Anna Hatton
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Hiking

Boarded trail out over the water. Saw the same birds you can see anywhere on the island. And there is a $8 fee per person. NOT worth it!!!

Arnoldo Gomez
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HikingNo shade

Elevated walkway on wooded planks. Saw some birds. Get out and Hike!

Diego Gonzalez
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HikingFeePrivate property

This “wetland/habitat area” is actually a man made wastewater reservoir pond. You can smell the human feces as you walk around the boardwalk and if you go to the observation deck you can have the pleasure of watching the feces stir and spill out into this “natural” habitat. The boardwalk you pay $8 to walk on sits overtop this wastewater reservoir. There are birds there-but only because you are allowed to pay to feed them which attracts them to be a little too friendly for wildlife. Alligators are bred (how do you think they always have a baby alligator?) and kept in cages under the boardwalk. Don’t be fooled....this is a zoo built atop your poop. A tragedy this would even be listed on AllTrails.

Patrick Stearman
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Hiking

I added walk from condo (Wana Wana) to get xtra distance, but Bird place closed for the day when I got there. So I made my own walk out past Horse Rentals to Public Access #4 & back on the beach. It was great. I’ll try bird trail next time I’m down this way.

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Bud Russell
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Bird Watching

Not a birder myself, I found the guided tour outstanding. We were on the trail for 3 hours (longer than most typical tours) and saw 51 species! Take the guided tour!

Nam Nguyen
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Hiking

Too boring for us......

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Beverly Pitts
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Hiking

The trail was closed due to storm damage.

Lawrence Van Belle
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Hiking

A perfect beginners trail. Lots of different birds. Even an alligator

Jeffrey Thate
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Bird Watching

We saw pink birds!

Jessica S.
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Walking

Beautiful trail where forest-like nature meets ocean. Wonderful sunset viewing.

Colin Hennessee
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Hiking

Great little trial. There are actual two. One is free (where the starting point is). The second is started at the bird watching center. There is an entrance fee for that one. Be on the look out for gators! :)

Alexcia Gorman
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Walking

Went on this trail to witness the gorgeous sunset. It was amazing. We saw lots of birds and ducks. Kept seeing signs for alligator sightings, finally saw a small one on the way back. No worries though, you are on a raised dock. Highly recommend this evening walk.

Jassimran Somal
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Bird Watching
First to Review

Perfect place for bird watching, i have never seen so many birds together at one place. We visited in the evening and it was absolutely beautiful. However the big industrial plants on the side is an eye-sore. And wash rooms were locked!!

Nicole Plemel
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Mary Gonzalez
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Trini P.
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Maggie Smith
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Autumn Cooper
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Elvira Alanis
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Aimee Rich
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Greg Ridge
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Jadeyn Lacey
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Manny Luna
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Melanie B.
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