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Running through the city of Brownsville, the West Rail Trail follows a former Union Pacific rail corridor and provides an essential link in the city's connected trail loop. It parallels another rail-trail—the Historic Battlefield Trail—and the two longer trails will be connected by the Belden Trail and the Morrison Road Trail. This trail system is included in the larger 428-mile Caracara Trails, a Rails-to-Trails Conservancy TrailNation project.
The paved rail-trail spans 6.6 miles north from Palm Boulevard to the city's western neighborhoods and ends just north of 77 Flea Market—a shopping and dining plaza. The trail passes schools, local businesses, residences, city parks, lakes, and fields of mooing cows in the rural northern sections of the trail. Parrots and other subtropical birds can be heard along the trail.
There are crossing lights at the major roads, including at Ruben Torres Blvd and Alton Gloor Blvd. Take appropriate caution when crossing streets.
The Brownsville public transit system provides easy access to the trail. Visit the Brownsville Metro Rider Guide to plan your visit.
For those driving, parking is available at Prax Orive (Sunrise) Park (1245 Palm Blvd). The parking lot is on West First St off West Van Buren St (north of Palm Blvd). Additional parking can be found at Southern Pacific Linear Park in front of the courthouse on East 6th St and at the Northside Transfer Center's parking lot off of Habana St.
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