Sabal Palm Sanctuary, Brownsville

Wildlife Area · Hidden Gem · Nature / Park
The Sabal Palm Sanctuary is a 557-acre (225-hectare) nature reserve and bird sanctuary located in the delta of the Rio Grande Valley in Cameron County near Brownsville, Texas. It is noted for being one of the last locations in the Rio Grande Valley with a profuse grove of sabal palms, an edible-heart-bearing palm much prized by pre-Hispanic inhabitants and noted by early explorers. As a relatively habitat-rich remnant of this Valley, it is a prized birdwatching and butterfly watching location for persons interested in the ecology of the Valley and adjacent states of northern Mexico.
The Sabal Palm Sanctuary closely approaches the southernmost point in the state of Texas, and is the southernmost point accessible to the public.
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  • If you enjoy walking among the trees you will definently enjoy walking through one of the oldest stands of Sabal Palms anywhere. It's is cool under the canapy.  more »
  • We arrived a little late in the morning. The temp was 84. It was a windy day, so no mosquitoes when we were there. Did not see any wildlife, but didnt expect too given the time of day we were...  more »
  • As avid birders, this was a must do while visiting south Texas. It was an extremely windy morning, so birding was a challenge, however this did not detract from a pleasant morning stroll on the well marked trails, in fact the breeze made for a comfortable walk: few biting bugs and kept us cool. Green Jays and Chachalacas frequented the feeders. Driving into this sanctuary, I felt lost..., like I was entering a time machine going back 100 years, than felt I was crossing the Mexican border. I am leaving out details, as you should experience the drive and form your own personal adventure. After a short drive I could see the beautiful Queen Anne style home, the visitors center, where we paid the $5 entrance fee; be sure to spend some time exploring this rich in history building.
  • Beautiful place to bird watch and spend it with somebody that likes walking in the wild. Their trails are long and very enjoyable. It provides shade and good opportunity to socialize with friends. It is also located right next to the river you can capture some amazing scenes.

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