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Hilltop

Along the coastline and throughout Texas, the hotspot birding areas are numbered. There are signs [brown federal points of interest] that show you the number of the area...this one at Hilltop Community Nature Trail is CTC 76 [Central Texas Coast #76]. In my area the Trails are shown in "loops" and they're found throughout the coastline and near Corpus Christi, from Houston to Brownsville...Corpus to Victoria, San Antonio and Austin.
    From an online website of birding trails of Texas, this is posted about Hilltop: The nature trail here traverses native brush habitat, so search for migrants as well as for residents (Groove-billed Ani, Pyrrhuloxia, Olive Sparrow). Walk along the creek and look for a variety of sparrows in winter (Swamp, Lincoln’s)...listen in late spring for the incessant "chick three beers" song of the White-eyed Vireo.

Personally, I find it more in the likeliness of an exercise trail most of the year. There are birds to be seen, but quite scarce in my experience. Tho, this last week, I did see a few 'resident' birds that are here year 'round as I traversed all the intertwining trails. Migration season is better. But, I rarely go here. I decided to go walking here 'cause of the shade! It's covered with dense tree growth and a bit of a temperature drop from full sun...on the paths on a hot summer day.

If you know the state of Texas's terrain...the Hill Country is very popular [and beautiful for all seasons]. Well, this community nature trail is as close to "hill country" as you get on the flat coastal landscaping. In fact the trail is most ALL up and down...some hills quite steep. A real good work-out.

With this post I am sharing the pathways!  To give you a 'view' of just how hilly it is.  No it's definitely nothing like my home state of Colorado and the Rocky Mountains, but being acclimated to sea level, like I am, your calves and back muscles feel the pressure of being exercised in a whole different degree than walking on the beach.  In another post I'll share some other scenery....but, for now, bring your water bottle.  It's hot, humid and miles of paved trail; twists and turns, up and down like a roller coaster hike...








I'll continue my walk in the next post with more of "nature" photos instead of traipsing the trail system. Part II coming soon to a blog near you...

CTC website with the loop numbers listed

20 comments :

  1. Lovely pictures of your walk. You must be in very good shape to be able to do that.

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    1. I try to walk a lot...this, tho, isn't a favorite area....not for the hills, but lack of bird-life

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  2. my favorite preserve is Emerson Point about 10 miles from us. 30 years ago it was wild, with paths created by wildlife and people like us, trying to get to the fishing spots and wandering looking at water and trees and critters. THEY decide to make it BETTER, now it looks more like your trails, has bike trails and board walks and towers .. the natural look is gone. we don't go anymore..

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    1. I had to go out to Google and check on Emerson Point Preserve. It's BEAUTIFUL!!!

      In my opinion....Even with walkways and boardwalks, it's better than working out in a gym!!!

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  3. You wore me out after the first few steps. Besides that, the pavement is hard on my feet. Carry on soldier! I'll stick to bird watching from my porch.

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    1. I'm not privileged like you on a lake.

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  4. Good morning! Walking is so important and what makes it even better is to investigate and enjoy all the sights to behold!

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  5. A wise choice, lots of shade. And twisty, so you never know what you may come upon at the next bend. And here I thought I was not able to walk trails like this anymore!

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  6. That looks like my idea of a great place to walk. Shady and mostly level. Sure beats the fool out of a treadmill.

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    1. Well, the pavement is level...and yes, the exercising CAN be like a treadmill...definitely.

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  7. Looks like a great place for quiet reflection, very lovely! Wishing you well!!

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    1. Unless busy searching for a bird that flew into a tree. Lol

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  8. Thanks for taking me along on this walk. It is certainly beautiful.

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  9. I'm a bit tired after all those hills. Lots of curves in those trails too. Keeps you wondering the whole time what's right around the bend or over that hill

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  10. What a fun place to get your steps in, Anni. Love seeing a new venue for you to explore. :-)

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    1. Not really a new area...I just don't go there but once/twice a year.

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