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Texas Tropical Trail Region

Participant in the Texas Historical Commission's
Texas Heritage Trails Program

Explore Our Byways

  • Rabb Plantation, Sabal Palm Sanctuary, BrownsvilleRabb Plantation, Sabal Palm Sanctuary, Brownsville
  • Thornton Skirmish monumentThornton Skirmish monument
  • Tejano R.O.O.T.S. Hall of Fame, AliceTejano R.O.O.T.S. Hall of Fame, Alice
  • Mission, Photo by Valerie D. BatesMission, Photo by Valerie D. Bates
  • Birding in the Tropical Trail, Photo by Valerie D. BatesBirding in the Tropical Trail, Photo by Valerie D. Bates

Tropical Byways MapFrom the Brush Country to the Border, from the Wild Horse Desert to the Gulf Coast, the Texas Tropical Trail Region is your path to a great south Texas adventure! Click the map to the right to view a larger map (PDF) of the Tropical Trail byways.

Gulf Coast Byway

Experience the Gulf Coast Byway of the Texas Tropical Trail Region! This eastern part of the region stretches along the Gulf of Mexico for more than 200 miles and offers a unique culture and adventure into a rich history. The Gulf Coast Byway is dotted with towns from South Padre Island to Refugio in the north. Take a swim in the gulf or land the catch of a lifetime in any number of bays.

The Gulf Coast Byway’s activities include: hunting, fishing, birding, sightseeing, camping, shopping, museums, wildlife, hiking, boating, water sports, and nature photography.

Communities in the Gulf Coast Byway: Aransas Pass, Bayside, Corpus Christi, Fulton, Port Aransas, Port Isabel, Port Mansfield, Raymondville, Refugio, Rockport, South Padre Island, Taft

Border Byway

Experience the Border Byway of the Texas Tropical Trail Region! Bordering Mexico and the Rio Grande River for nearly 200 miles, this part of the Texas Tropical Trail offers a unique culture and a rich history that dates back to 1519 with the arrival of Alvarez de Pineda. 

East from Boca Chica Beach and west to the historic border town of Laredo, this scenic and diverse byway offers a wide variety of activities, including: hunting, fishing, birding, sightseeing, camping, shopping, museums, wildlife, hiking, boating, and nature photography.

Communities in the Border Byway: Brownsville, Donna, Edinburg, Harlingen, Hidalgo, Los Fresnos, McAllen, Mission, Pharr, Raymondville, Rio Grande City, Roma, San Benito, San Ygnacio, Weslaco, Zapata

Wild Horse Desert Byway

Experience the Wild Horse Desert Byway! This heart of the region offers a unique culture and an adventure into rich history. The Wild Horse Desert Byway is anchored by Falfurrias and includes Hebbronville, Kingsville, and Sarita.

Home to Texas-sized ranches, the Wild Horse Desert Byway’s activities include: hunting, fishing, birding, sightseeing, camping, shopping, museums, wildlife, hiking, boating, and nature photography.

Communities in the Wild Horse Desert Byway: Ben Bolt, Bishop, Driscoll, Falfurrias, Kingsville, Premont, Riviera, Robstown, Sarita

Brush Country Byway

Experience the Brush Country Byway of the Texas Tropical Trail Region! This northern part of the region stretches along the Rio Grande River for nearly 80 miles. The Brush Country Byway is dotted with towns such as Carrizo Springs, George West, Cotulla, Tilden, Freer, and Orange Grove. Wide open spaces make the backdrop or breathtaking sunrises and sunsets.

Brush Country Byways’ activities include: hunting, fishing, birding, sightseeing camping, shopping, museums, wildlife, hiking, and nature photography.

Communities in the Brush Country Byway: Alice, Carrizo Springs, Cotulla, Freer,George West, Hebbronville, Orange Grove, Three Rivers, Tilden

Motorcycle on the Tropical TrailThe Texas Tropical Trail Region has thousands of miles of roads to ride! From the Gulf Coast Byway, to the Wild Horse Desert Byway, to the Border Byway and the Brush Country Byway, adventure awaits you on the open road of the Texas Tropical Trail Region. For more information about riding in the region, visit Ride Texas Magazine at www.ridetexas.com.