Resaca de la Palma State Park
Things to Do
As part of the World Birding Center, Brownsville’s Resaca de la Palma boasts the largest tract of native habitat in the World Birding Center network. Etched by ancient curves of the Rio Grande, its 1,200 semi-tropical acres provide a quiet retreat from the hustle and bustle of an international urban center only a few miles away. Through the cooperation of local and federal land management agencies, a wilderness preserved from days gone by is open to nature adventurers for the first time.
The World Birding Center visitors’ center is the portal to over 8 miles of trails, four decks that overlook the 4 miles of resaca, and a 2.76-mile tram loop that winds through the park. A tram leaves the visitor center every hour on the half hour. Visitors need to park in the parking lot; private vehicles are not allowed within the park. Resaca’s many trails can be accessed by tram, hiking, biking or walking.
The Texas State Park Store "Sabal" offers a variety of field guides and books, plus shirts, hats, and a great variety of gift items. Need a snack? The Sabal offers a good selection of cold beverages, snacks and ice cream. The store also rents the following equipment for use at the park.
- Bicycles: , children's, , and - $5 - $12 / Day
- Binoculars: $3.00 / Day
- Bird Walk: Saturdays 8:30 a.m.
- Friday Night Hikes: R.S.V.P. by Thursday 5 p.m.
- Butterfly Walk: Sundays 1:30 p.m.
- Custom Nature Programs for any group are available upon request. Please call us for more information.
Make sure to check the Events Calendar for special events and workshops scheduled throughout the year.
The World Birding Center is based on a joint partnership between the Texas Parks and Wildlife Department, Rio Grande Valley communities, and the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service. It consists of a network of nine distinctly different birding sites, set along a 120-mile historic river road – each sponsored by one of the Valley’s nine partner communities.