Aransas Woods History
Aransas First owns 13 acres of Aransas Woods, and has a management agreement with the Texas Department of Transportation (TxDOT) to maintain the balance of the property (107acres) and create public access to natural habitat. TxDOT acquired its part of the property as mitigation for wetlands destroyed in the construction of highways.
This location is a fresh water marsh surrounded by oak mottes and native grasses. Aransas Woods features a windmill (currently damaged), walking trails, and an observation deck.
What you’ll see…
This site is home to Texas Coastal Birding Trail Site #47.
Presently working with FEMA/TDEM for grants to clear the 3.2 miles of trails and replace Harvey destroyed windmill with solar pump.
During “fallouts” coastal mottes such as Aransas Woods offer food and protection to thousands upon thousands of weary landbirds who might otherwise perish if forced to continue inland to the nearest contiguous forests. The site’s observation platform overlooks a complex of grassland, oak motte, and shallow wetlands, making this site attractive to birds and other wildlife year-round.