Geared up for the wetland exploration adventure.
Destination: Matagorda Bay Nature Park
Cabin: Matagorda Beach Rental – 21 Bahia de Matagorda
Date: November 2nd, 3rd 2018
HikeCampHikers: Bettina, Judy, Suzanne and Maria
Travel Time from Austin: 2 hours, 20 minutes – 145 miles
Pros: Interesting new landscape and activities including exploring along the beach and kayaking the wetland trail. We loved the little town of Matagorda with its colorful history, a charming selection of restaurants bustling with local diners serving a variety of fresh seafood. The birding was amazing, even Suzanne (our birder) was impressed.
Cons: The lodging, although spacious, was run down and didn’t seem worth the cost. There were A LOT of mosquitos, come prepared.
Sunset after a run on the beach.
Kelly and Bettina hiking at Canyon of the Eagles Nature Park
Destination: Canyon of the Eagles Nature Park
Date: December 12 & 13, 2014
HikeCampHikers: Bettina, Kelly, Maria and Suzanne
Travel Time from Austin: 1 hour
Campsite: Site 3 at Tanner Point, car camping site with no water or electric
Hiking: Saturday’s hike combined Peacock Loop (1.8 miles) and Juniper Ridge Loop (3.5 miles) east of the entrance to the park. On Sunday we hiked west of the entrance including Faris Lookout Trail (2.2 miles) Lakeside Trail (2.9), Rocky Point Trail and Bird and Butterfly Trail. Below is the hiking trail map for the park with our hikes highlighted. Here is link to the park map.
Highlights: Campsite was very large, lots of room and private. In years past our campsite would have been a stone’s throw from the lake, but due to the draught, the area is covered in scrub and bushes. The LCRA park at Canyon of the Eagles has nice hiking trails that are well marked and include some good elevation. They also have amenities which campers can take advantage of at the Canyon of the Eagles resort. The best part of the campout was going to the Austin Astronomical Society Observatory where they had a big telescope set up. We happened to be there the night of a great meteor shower and we also saw stars in the Andromeda Galaxy which is the next one beyond the Milky Way.