Brownsville & South Padre Island, TX

Downtown Brownsville Tour & Belden West Trail

UTRGV Campus. Google Street View

This route of up to 6.5 miles is a good way to see a good number of Brownsville’s highlights. The most scenic parts of the run are the first ~1.5 miles around the Mitte Cultural District and along the Belden West Trail, and the ~2 mile loop around the campuses of the adjoining Texas Southmost College and UTRGV University.

Belden West Trail. Google Street View

Start at the trailhead of the Belden West Trail off Palm Blvd., and run the paved multi-use path for 1.5 miles past Sams Memorial Stadium (nice running track!) to Riverside Park. Then head east on E St. Charles St. (not overly nice) for 1.5 miles , past the Historic Alonso Building to Brownsville’s Historic Market Square, crossing International Blvd. to Texas Southmost College, site of the Historic “Old Morgue” at Fort Brown. Enjoy a ~2 mile loop of the campus and adjacent¬† University. For the return, head west on E Washington St., then north through Washington Park, passing the Historic Brownsville Museum, back into the Cultural District.

Options: Can do the Cultural District/Belden trail as a standalone 4-5 miler.


  • 6.5 miles (10.5) km
  • Flat
  • Trailhead of the Belden West Trail off Palm Blvd.