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Trails & Auto Tours

Download a map of the refuge's public areas (pdf map).

Bayside Drive
: ***To protect the endangered ocelot, current vehicle access to Bayside Drive is 8:00 am to 7:30 pm. Last entry is at 6:30 pm. ****  
This paved, 15-mile, one-way loop includes the Plover Point Observation Area, Redhead Ridge Overlook and numerous pullouts. Note: Restrooms are located at Redhead Ridge.Drinking water is not available along the route. Off-road driving is strictly prohibited.

Moranco Blanco Trail: Same hours as Bayside Drive (3 miles round trip) Starts a short distance past Redhead Ridge on Bayside Drive, with good views of the bay. Open to hiking and biking only.

Lakeside Drive and the following hiking trails are open sunrise to sunset, daily (seasonal closures due to hunting)

Kiskadee Trail This 1/8 of a mile trail is fully accessible and starts at the Visitor Center parking lot. A short, paved loop, it includes an observation deck and small bridge.

Mesquite Trail This one and a half mile trail starts at the Visitor Center parking lot.

Alligator Pond (.25 mile south of Osprey Overlook) Starts at Osprey Overlook and includes an observation boardwalk. As its name suggests, you can often see alligators. Please do not feed or disturb them and always keep a close eye on small children and pets.

Whitetail Trail (4.2 miles) This loop trail is located on FM 106, 5.7 miles from the Visitor Center. Look for the sign that says "Unit 1, Unit2".

Lakeside Drive: A one and a half mile drive to Laguna Atascosa Lake which gives the refuge its name. Osprey Overlook is ADA accessible and features two permanently mounted telescopes for a closer look. Off-road driving is strictly prohibited.

Bicycles are permitted on tour roads and some service roads. Service roads are primitive routes where riders should be prepared for emergencies. Check with Refuge staff for approved routes. Bring plenty of water, know how to repair a flat, and be prepared to walk several miles if your bike breaks down. Tire inserts and sealant are recommended.

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