Heron Flats Trail

Rockport, Texas

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Heron Flats, as well as much of Aransas National Wildlife Refuge, consists of oyster-shell ridges that have been created by storm surges and strong winds. The depressions between these ridges are ideal for capturing rain, thus creating freshwater sloughs and ponds. The combination of these freshwater sloughs and the saltwater tidal marshes that lie just beyond these oyster shell levees provides an astonishingly rich ecosystem of fresh, brackish, and saltwater environments. One form of wildlife taking refuge here is the alligator, and a hike on the Heron Flats Trail is an excellent opportunity to see these creatures in their natural habitat.

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"Heron Flats, as well as much of Aransas National Wildlife Refuge, consists of oyster-shell ridges that have been created by storm surges and strong winds. The depressions between these ridges are ideal for capturing rain, thus creating freshwater sloughs and ponds.

The combination of these freshwater sloughs and the saltwater tidal marshes that lie just beyond these oyster shell levees provides an astonishingly rich ecosystem of fresh, brackish, and saltwater environments. One form of wildlife taking refuge here is the alligator, and a hike on the Heron Flats Trail is an excellent opportunity to see these creatures in their natural habitat."

Activity Type: Hiking
Nearby City: Rockport
Distance: 1.4
Trail Type: Loop/Lollipop
Skill Level: Easy
Duration: 1.5 hours
Season: Best in Fall
Local Contacts: Aransas National Wildlife Refuge
Local Maps: USGS Tivoli SE
Driving Directions: Directions to Heron Flats Trail

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May 2018