Great Texas Wildlife Trails

Guadalupe Loop

 

Guadalupe Loop map

Guadalupe Loop mapDupont WetlandsRiverside Park and Athey Nature SanctuaryCueroPalmetto State Park

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More information:

  • Victoria Chamber of Commerce
    P.O. Box 2465
    Victoria, Texas 77902
    (361) 573-5277
  • DeWitt County Wildflower Association
    P.O. Box 510
    Cuero, Texas 77954
    (361) 275-2112
  • Cuero Chamber of Commerce and Agriculture
    124 East Church
    Cuero, Texas 77954
    (361) 275-2112
  • The Gonzales Chamber of Commerce and Agriculture
    P.O. Box 134
    Gonzales, Texas 78629
    (830) 672-6532

026.gif CTC 026 Dupont Wetlands

Suggested Seasons to visit: All Seasons

Site open for day use only.

Continue west on FM 616 to the intersection with TX 185 in Bloomington. Go north on TX 185 to FM 1686. Go left (west) on FM 1686 0.7 mile to the T-intersection, turn left and go 1.4 miles to the 90º turn. It is another 0.7 mile to the DuPont Wetlands parking area. There are two raised observation areas accessible to the general public from the parking lot. Both the knoll and the platform overlook DuPont’s constructed 50-acre wetland which is part of DuPont’s $180 million voluntary program to return millions of gallons of clean water to the Guadalupe River. Visitors wishing to tour the Wetland interior should schedule in advance for a wetland escort (361-572-2137).

027.gif CTC 027 Riverside Park and Athey Nature sanctuary

Suggested Seasons to visit: Winter, Migration

Site open for day use only.

Return east on FM 616 to its intersection with US 87 in Placedo. Go north on US 87 to Victoria. From the intersection of US 59 and US 87 in Victoria, go north on US 87 to Red River, and turn left (west) and continue to Vine. Turn right (north) on Vine and continue to the Victoria South Texas Crossroads RV Park. Park near the entrance to the Athey Nature Sanctuary at the RV park and walk across the bridge to the gate into the park. Riverside Park is situated along the Guadalupe River adjacent to Athey Nature Sanctuary (continue west on Red River until reaching the park entrance). A trail has been created that connects Athey Nature Sanctuary and Riverside Park (crossing an old river channel or resaca), and a visit to Grover’s and Fox’s Bend may yield a surprising variety of woodland birds.

028.gif CTC 028 Cuero

Suggested Seasons to visit: Winter, Migration

Site open for day use only.

Travel north from Victoria on US 87 to Cuero. The historic community of Cuero is a splendid location from which to base daily forays into the rich grass and brushlands of DeWitt and Karnes counties. Drop by the DeWitt Historical Museum (312 East Broadway) and DeWitt County Wildflower Association (located at the museum) for information about areas for viewing (and photographing) the spring wildflower displays. The grasslands of this region are renowned (at least among birders) for wintering sparrows, and roadside birding is the rule here. Venture out from Cuero onto the backroads and bird the fence and hedgerows. In the brush of Karnes County, a number of South Texas thorn-scrub species reach their northeastern range limit (for example, Least Grebe, Pauraque, and Olive Sparrow).

029.gif CTC 029 Palmetto State Park

Suggested Seasons to visit: All Seasons

Site open for day use only.

Continue north from Cuero on US 183 to Gonzales. Gonzales is known as “The Cradle of Texas Independence.” The first shot for Texas independence was fired here in 1835, and many artifacts from that era are displayed in local museums. Gonzales is also a congenial spot to stay when visiting Palmetto SP, located 14 miles north of Gonzales on US 183. The park is located within the palmetto swamps of the San Marcos River, and offers a striking change from the rather arid grass and brush country to the south. A number of eastern woodland species nest within the park, including Prothonotary and Kentucky warblers, Northern Parula, and Indigo and Painted buntings. The chicken farms in Gonzales County attract numbers of Crested Caracara, and roosting flocks of caracaras in Palmetto SP and the surrounding woodlands in winter are often immense.

Palmetto State Park
Route 5, Box 201
Gonzales, TX 78629
(830) 672-3266

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