Falcon State Park

Falcon Heights, Texas 78545

Falcon State Park

Falcon State Park Professional Review and Guide

"Situated on the shore of sprawling Falcon Reservoir, 572-acre Falcon State Park is one of the few places for tent camping in the lower Rio Grande Valley. (It has spaces for RVs as well.) Its scrub woodland of mesquite, Texas ebony, blackbrush acacia, huisache, and Texas olive, combined with grassland dotted with prickly pear, hosts many Valley specialties.

If you’ve traveled here from the east, you’ll notice that this region has a more western feeling than sites farther downstream, a circumstance reflected in the birdlife, too. You may well see a Greater Roadrunner trotting along the roadside as you enter, and you could hear a Cactus Wren singing as you get out of your car."

More Falcon State Park Professional Reviews and Guides

"The 573-acre Falcon State Park marks the western edge of a wildlife corridor that extends, albeit in more than 100 scattered patches, along the Rio Grande southeast to the Gulf of Mexico. Falcon Lake, a 87,120-acre impoundment owned jointly by the United States and Mexico, extends north for 60 miles and forms part of the border between the two countries. The residents are well informed about out-of-the-ordinary birds that might be present throughout the valley.

Key birds: Least Grebe, Neotropic Cormorant, Anhinga, Roseate Spoonbill, Black-bellied Whistling-Duck, “Mexican Duck” (Mallard), Hook-billed Kite, White-tailed Kite, Harris’s and Gray Hawks, Crested Caracara, Plain Chachalaca, Scaled Quail, White-tipped Dove, Greater Roadrunner, Pauraque, Ringed Kingfisher, Green Kingfisher, Golden-fronted Woodpecker, Great Kiskadee, Green Jay, Chihuahuan Raven, Verdin, Cactus Wren, Long-billed Thrasher, Pyrrhuloxia, Olive Sparrow, Bronzed Cowbird, Altamira Oriole, and Audubon’s Oriole are present year-round. Least Bittern, Muscovy Duck, Least and Gull-billed Terns, Red-billed Pigeon, Groove-billed Ani, Ferruginous Pygmy-Owl, Elf Owl, Lesser Nighthawk."

"Falcon Hiking Trail Loop is a simple, relaxing route that directs hikers around the perimeter of Falcon State Park. The trail begins on the north side of the entry kiosk and ends just south of the same across Park Road 46. A small rocky hilltop at the trailhead gives hikers an overview of the dense Tamaulipan thorn scrub that will envelop their descent.

Botanical markers give a thorough accounting of many of the scrub species along the way. The trail occasionally follows the banks of the International Falcon Reservoir, leading to some pleasantly shaded picnic tables and a comfortable place to watch the sun set over the water."

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Trail Information

Falcon Heights
Nearby City
Several options
Trail Type
Easy
Skill Level
Year-round; best in spring, winter also good
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Oct 2018