Laguna Madre Nature Trail

EASY 3 reviews

Laguna Madre Nature Trail is a 1.1 mile moderately trafficked loop trail located near South Padre Island, Texas that offers scenic views and is good for all skill levels. The trail is primarily used for walking, nature trips, and birding and is accessible year-round.

1.1 miles
16 feet

kid friendly


nature trips




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.

2 months ago

Visited SPI Birding and Nature Center trail in July. Actually there are 2 trails. One is accessible through the Nature Center and we had to pay. Also the Nature Center is open only till 5 PM. The other trail is free and you can access it from the Convention Center parking lot. The free trail is also a board walk, but some what shorter. The trails are not connected. Both trails have plenty of birds to see.

If you are a fan of Audubon's art you will be pleased to see a few species of birds that he depicted in his art. You will most likely see an alligator or two but you are pretty safe - the board walk is far up enough that they can't get to you.

The walk was easy and short. The Nature Center has binoculars, strollers and wheel chairs for rent. There are a couple of gazebos where you can sit down and enjoy the view.

3 months ago

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.

Monday, April 14, 2014

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!!