Resaca de la Palma State Park

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Things to Do

 World Birding Center logoAs part of the World Birding Center, Brownsville’s Resaca de la Palma boasts the largest tract of native habitat in the World Birding Center network. Etched by ancient curves of the Rio Grande, its 1,200 semi-tropical acres provide a quiet retreat from the hustle and bustle of an international urban center only a few miles away. Through the cooperation of local and federal land management agencies, a wilderness preserved from days gone by is open to nature adventurers for the first time.

The World Birding Center visitors center is the portal to over eight miles of trails, four decks that overlook the four miles of resaca, and a 2.76-mile tram loop that winds through the park. Tram tours are available, please contact our Visitor Center for the schedule. Visitors need to park in the parking lot; private vehicles are not allowed within the park. Resaca’s many trails can be accessed by tram, hiking, biking or walking.

Take a virtual tour with our interactive trails map.

Support state parks by donating to the Texas Parks & Wildlife Foundation.

Equipment Rentals

The Texas State Park Store "Sabal" offers a variety of field guides and books, plus shirts, hats, and a great variety of gift items. Need a snack? The Sabal offers a good selection of cold beverages, snacks and ice cream. The store also rents the following equipment for use at the park.

  • Bicycles: regular, children's, and trikes:  $5 - $8 per day
  • Binoculars:  $3 per day

Ranger Programs

Check the Events Calendar for upcoming programs and special events and workshops scheduled throughout the year.

Custom nature programs for your group are available by request. Call (956) 350-2920 for more information.

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Area Attractions

The World Birding Center is based on a partnership between the Texas Parks and Wildlife Department, Rio Grande Valley communities, and the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service. It consists of a network of nine distinctly different birding sites along a 120-mile historic river road – each sponsored by one of the Valley’s nine partner communities.

1000 New Carmen Ave. (off Hwy. 281 or FM 1732)
Brownsville, TX 78521

Latitude: 25.996275

Longitude: -97.5712694

(956) 350-2920

Make reservations online

Reserve by phone: (512) 389-8900

Entrance Fees
  • Adult Day Use: $4 Daily
  • Child 12 Years and Under: Free

Wednesday through Sunday:
6 a.m. – 10 p.m. 

Closed Monday and Tuesday.

We often reach capacity, and recommend reservations for day use. To guarantee entry, reserve passes online or by calling the customer service center before you visit.

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