The Laguna Atascosa National Wildlife Refuge is the most scenic spot in Brownsville for a run. Located 30 miles north of Brownsville, the 97,000-acre refuge has diverse terrain featuring wetlands, tidal flats, desert & prairie habitats for birds & wildlife. There are 70 miles of trails, and running is permitted — although we urge visitors to read the guidelines regarding wildlife. Note: Some trails are only open during certain seasons. The best bets for running, detailed in this brochure and map are:
Trail Running. We recommend the Lower West Lake Trail. It’s up to 6 miles (one-way) and features coastal prairie, shoreline, and wetlands (during wet years). If you want to run through prairie land, enjoy the 4.1-mile Prairie Trail. Also good for running are the 3.3 mile Gator Trail and the 5.75 mile Country Trail which passes through thornscrub, savanna, prairie and former agricultural lands.
- Parking at Visitor Center and at some other designated trailheads