FIELD TRIP THROUGH THE ENVIRONMENTS OF NORTH PADRE ISLAND
A short field trip has been designed for Seashore visitors wishing to take a close look at various island environments found within the northern end of the National Seashore. By using the following road log and the accompanying map (fig. 111), visitors can guide themselves through the environments and observe them at their own pace. This drive, only a few miles long, affords a look at a complete cross section of barrier-island environments, ranging from Gulf beach to lagoon. The trip uses maintained roads and does not require a four-wheel-drive vehicle.
The following road log describes the various environments or points of interest that can be seen along a route beginning at the Seashore entrance on Park Road 22 and ending at the Laguna Madre shoreline in the Bird Island Basin area. Mileage, approximated to the nearest 0.1 mile, is shown both in cumulative miles and miles between observation points or convenient landmarks. The environments do not necessarily have to be seen in the order given in the road log; one can reverse the trip and recalculate the cumulative mileage. Although odometers of different vehicles vary, use of the map, which shows environments and observation points (fig. 111), should prevent confusion. Observation point numbers on the map correspond to those used in the road log.
For a more detailed description of the environments and the active processes affecting them, see sections on Environments of Padre Island and Laguna Madre and The Dynamic Barrier Island.
Last Updated: 28-Mar-2007