Laguna Atascosa

Harlingen, Texas

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About 25 miles east of Harlingen. An easy day hike through the brushlands of Laguna Atascosa National Wildlife Refuge. Special Attractions: Birds and animals found nowhere else in the United States. The 45,000-acre Laguna Atascosa National Wildlife Refuge was established in 1946 to preserve some of the Lower Rio Grande Valley's rapidly shrinking wildlife habitat. Today, with rapid urbanization and extensive agriculture, less than five percent of the valley's natural habitat remains. The small remnants harbor many birds and animals found nowhere else in the United States, such as the ocelot, jaguarundi, green jay, chachalaca, and Harris' hawk. Because of habitat loss, some of these creatures are very rare and endangered. In addition to the unique species, the wildlife refuge's location along migration routes gives it a very high bird count among more common species.

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"About 25 miles east of Harlingen. An easy day hike through the brushlands of Laguna Atascosa National Wildlife Refuge. Special Attractions: Birds and animals found nowhere else in the United States. The 45,000-acre Laguna Atascosa National Wildlife Refuge was established in 1946 to preserve some of the Lower Rio Grande Valley's rapidly shrinking wildlife habitat. Today, with rapid urbanization and extensive agriculture, less than five percent of the valley's natural habitat remains.

The small remnants harbor many birds and animals found nowhere else in the United States, such as the ocelot, jaguarundi, green jay, chachalaca, and Harris' hawk. Because of habitat loss, some of these creatures are very rare and endangered. In addition to the unique species, the wildlife refuge's location along migration routes gives it a very high bird count among more common species."

Activity Type: Hiking
Nearby City: Harlingen
Distance: 4.5
Elevation Gain: Minimal
Trail Type: Loop/Lollipop
Season: October through March
Local Contacts: Laguna Atascosa National Wildlife Refuge 956-748-3607
Local Maps: Laguna Atascosa National Wildlife Refuge brochure, Laguna Atascosa's Walking Trails brochure, Laguna Atascosa USGS
Driving Directions: Directions to Laguna Atascosa

Recent Trail Reviews

11/30/2006
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This is a beautiful wildlife refuge along the Laguna Madre. There isn't really a lot of hiking here, although I think they are starting to build more trails. The real highlight is the Bayside Drive.



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May 2018