Enjoy watching wildlife from your bicycle, a great way to experience the refuge.

Aransas National Wildlife Refuge is characterized by its flat landscape, which makes the paved tour road attractive to cyclists. Bicycle rides on the refuge offer good opportunities to see of a variety of habitats and wildlife, including deer, javelina, wading birds, possibly bobcat and raccoon.


  • From the visitor center to the observation tower and back is 8.3 miles. 
  • From the visitor center, around the tour loop and back is 15.5 miles. 

Please remember:  

  • Stay on the pavement. Bicycles are not permitted on the walking trails, boardwalk or observation tower ramps. 
  • You are sharing the road with vehicles so please watch out. 
  • Obey State traffic regulations.
  • Always carry water. 

Bike racks are available at the Heron Flats Trailhead and Observation Tower.