Corpus Christi Bay Trail

Texas

Corpus Christi Bay Trail Facts

States: Texas
Counties: Nueces
Length: 8.9 miles
Trail end points: Barge Dock/American Bank Center and Texas A&M University-Corpus Christi (Ocean Drive)
Trail surfaces: Concrete
Trail category: Greenway/Non-RT
ID: 6017194
Trail activities: Bike, Inline Skating, Wheelchair Accessible, Walking

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Corpus Christi Bay Trail Description

The Corpus Christi Bay Trail connects many of Corpus Christi's tourist attractions along its nearly 9 mile waterfront route, including the Art Museum of South Texas, Museum of Science and History, and Corpus Christi Marina. The trail begins in the north at the city's American Bank Center arena, where residents and visitors can take in a sporting event or convention. At the southern endpoint, the trail passes directly through the campus of Texas A&M University–Corpus Christi.

The Corpus Christi Bay Trail also links the city's six parks along Ocean Drive on Corpus Christi Bay. While the trail's concrete surface makes it popular for bikers, walkers, and inline skaters seeking space for exercise, the Corpus Christi Bay Trail also has a reputation as a superb spot for bird watching. Threatened and endangered species—such as the brown pelican and American peregrine falcon, among others—often can be spotted from the trail along Oso Creek and Oso Bay.

Trail users should be advised that a significant portion of the Corpus Christi Bay Trail is actually a sidewalk or bike lane, and not a dedicated off-road route.

Parking and Trail Access

The Corpus Christi Bay Trail parallels S. Shoreline Boulevard/Ocean Drive for most of its route. For those traveling to the trail by car, parking is available at Bayfront Park and the American Bank Center at the northern trailhead. Parking can also be found between Sherrill Park and McCaughan Park near the city's marina. Cole Park likewise has its own parking lot farther south, or consider parking at the campus of Texas A&M University–Corpus Christi at the trail's southern endpoint.

Corpus Christi Bay Trail Reviews

Just a heads up, this really isn't what I would call a "trail". It is going to be mainly sidewalk, some of it along the seawall, and some asphalt bike lanes. You will have the bay on one side and a busy/major, 4-lane thoroughfare on the other side the whole ride.

The portion from American Bank Center, all along the seawall, to the beach is quite busy and crowded, being mostly commercial. But it will thin out after Cole Park. Where it turns into Ocean Dr. and is residential, with lots of VERY nice, upscale homes. This is the nicer part of the "trail" to me.

I used to roller blade this area a lot years ago, but I don't visit the area often anymore. It is worth noting too, that this area is currently undergoing major changes. Shoreline Blvd., the street paralleling the first half of the ride, has been re-aligned and moved away from the "trail" for a stretch near the beach. Ocean Dr. is also being reconstructed, as it was in bad condition. Once all of this construction is clear, the area will be much nicer.

Still, I prefer to get out of the city-scape for my rides & runs. So, this is too urban for me to really enjoy.

We started this "trail" at the Northern End (Art Center). Things were fine along that stretch. However, once out of the park we were directed across a 4 lane, divided highway (Ocean Drive) to the bike lane. Although the car roadways were pretty smooth, the bike lines were like riding on rumble strips all the way. Road maintenance along Ocean Drive is only for cars, nothing is done to improve the bike lanes.

This "trail" shouldn't even be called a "trail" it's a "bike route", out in traffic for the majority of the miles. We drove all the way from Rockport and it WASN'T worth the trip!

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