Brownsville Historic Battlefield Trail

Brownsville Historic Battlefield Trail is a safe 9-mile hike and bike path that runs south - north directly through the middle of the city. This connection starts at Southern Pacific Linear Park and goes through many residential neighborhoods, public schools, public facilities, commercial businesses, and public transportation. As users travel along the trail, they experience the natural environment of South Texas observing the beauty of the natural resacas, the palm trees, the mesquites, and wildlife.

photo: Beginning of Trail at Linear Park Type: Urban Trail
Length: 9.00 miles
Loop Trail? No
Allowed Uses: Bicycling (on pavement)
Heritage and History
Pedestrian - Walking/Hiking/Running
Roller/Inline Skating
Wildlife Observation
Agency: City, Town, or County
Entry Fee? No
Parking Fee? No

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Directions

Location: The Historical Battlefield Trail begins at Southern Pacific Linear Park between 6th & 7th East Street, along Ringgold Road in the Brownsville Original Townsite and ends north of Brownsville at Palo Alto Battlefield National Historical Park, site of the fi
States: Texas
Counties: Cameron
Latitude: 25.96294   Longitude: -97.48895

Many access points from S.P. Linear Park between 6th & 7th East Street, along Ringgold Road and throughout the trail to Palo Alto Battlefield National Historic Park.

Description

The Historic Battlefield Trail is a safe 9-mile hike and bike path that runs south – north directly through the middle of the city. The rich heritage and history of the Rio Grande Valley is ensconced in this trail. When Texas was annexed by the United States over 160 years ago, the United States became a dominant force in the decade old dispute between the former Republic of Texas and Mexico over the location- Nueces River or Rio Grande River-of the actual boundary separating the U.S. from Mexico.
Decades later, in 1904, the St. Louis, Brownsville and Mexico Railroad opened a track between Brownsville and Robstown. Historically, the railroad track was used to transport goods from north to south and vice versa. After rail service ceased in 1956, the City of Brownsville purchased the corridor and began the process of establishing Southern Pacific Linear Park as the starting point of the Historic Battlefield Trail.
Now completed, the Southern Pacific Linear Park in historic downtown exposes users to traveling public art exhibits located both inside and outside of the Brownsville Fine Arts Museum. Steps away, is the world-renowned Gladys Porter Zoo, home to over 600 species of animals and plants. Additionally, Dean Porter Park offers the Camille Lightner Playhouse, Children’s Museum of Brownsville, Ringgold Civic Pavilion, and Sams Pool.
As the Historical Battlefield Trail continues north-east along Parades Line Road, users can connect to the Neutra House-one of a few homes designed in Texas by world-renowned architect, Richard Neutra. On the stretch between Price Road and FM 802, users have the option of visiting the Resaca de la Palma National Battlefield. Reaching Alton Gloor Boulevard from FM 802, the trail connects a myriad of neighborhoods to the Brownsville Metro Northside Station, the Brownsville Events Center, and the North Brownsville Park and Tennis Center. Here, the Historic Battlefield Trail gives users the option to diverge onto the 7-mile Paseo de la Resaca Trail System which leads to other public facilities such as Hudson Elementary School and the Margaret M. Clark Aquatic Center. Additionally, users can connect to Vela Middle School and Burns Elementary.
Traveling beyond the city environs to Palo Alto Battlefield National Historic Park, users experience the natural environment of South Texas all the while observing the beauty of the natural resacas (former Rio Grande River tributaries), native vegetation, and local wildlife such as chacalacas, great kiskadees, and Altamira orioles.
Beyond the historic and cultural scope of the Historic Battlefield Trail, one of the largest benefits of having this trail is to promote a healthy lifestyle for a community with exorbitant rates of diabetes and obesity. The Brownsville Historic Battlefield Trail is the first of its kind in the region, and is envisioned to become the center of a growing network of trails.

Additional Details

Width: 120 inches.
Primary Surface: Asphalt
Secondary Surface: None
Average Grade: 0%
Elevation Low Point: Not Available
Elevation High Point: Not Available
Year Designated: 2013

Supporting Webpages and Documents

Brochure: Brochure

Contact Information

For more information and current conditions, contact the trail manager (listed below). For questions, suggestions, and corrections to information listed on the website, contact American Trails.

Public Contact:
Christopher Patterson
Director
City of Brownsville
1338 E. 8th Street
Brownsville , TX 78520
(956) 548-6000
parks@cob.us

 

Photos

Trail facing Federal Courthouse

Trail facing Federal Courthouse

View of resaca and natural environment

View of resaca and natural environment

 

Trail after the Boca Chica Boulevard crossing

Trail after the Boca Chica Boulevard crossing

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