Experience the Active Plan
October 9–12, 2018
Historic Battlefield Trail | Photo by Mark Lehmann
In Cameron County, Texas, the community has created a powerful vision to build a 428-mile trail network, delivering new avenues for recreation and physical activity, tourism and economic opportunity. The vision leverages the region’s unique culture and breathtaking natural assets in its strategy to inspire neighbors to get outdoors and be active—while generating a new tourism economy for south Texas.
On October 9, the Active Plan committee invites you to experience all that the region has to offer on a fully supported biking and kayaking tour of the region using the Active Plan catalyst routes.
October 9, 2018
Registration; historical biking tour of Brownsville and Palo Alto Battlefield National Historic Park; biking tour across the B&M Railroad Bridge to Matamoros, Mexico (passport or other valid identification required). Lunch and dinner provided.
Total mileage: 18.5
|11:00 a.m.||Registration, bike fitting and lunch|
|12:00 p.m.||Route review and welcome|
|12:30 p.m.||Ride segment #1: 5.5 miles on the Morrison Road and Historic Battlefield trails to Palo Alto Battlefield National Historic Park (water stop at park)|
|1:15 p.m.||Presentation from the National Park Service, explore Palo Alto Battlefield National Historic Park|
|2:00 p.m.||Ride segment #2: 10.5 miles on Historic Battlefield Trail and separated bike lanes over B&M bridge to Matamoros|
|3:30 p.m.||Presentation and tour of the Matamoros Railroad Museum|
|4:30 p.m.||Ride segment #3: 2.5 miles on road past Matamoros Linear Park and American Consulate to Garcia’s for shopping and dinner|
|7:00 p.m.||Bike across bridge to Jacob Brown Auditorium|
|7:45 p.m.||Shuttle to hotel departs Jacob Brown Auditorium|
October 10, 2018
Biking tour of the Bahia Grande and Laguna Atascosa, internationally acclaimed wildlife refuges; finishing the day with a farm-to-table meal in the region’s agricultural center. Lunch and dinner provided.
Total mileage: 37.5
|8:30 a.m.||Route Review|
|9:00 a.m.||Shuttle to Bahia Grande departs Fairfield Inn|
|9:30 a.m.||Ride segment #1: 7 miles on Bahia Grande trails|
|10:30 a.m.||Ride segment #2: 16 miles on future Bicycle Route 55 to Laguna Atascosa (water stop on route at Laguna Vista City Hall)|
|12:00 p.m.||Lunch at Laguna Atascosa Visitor’s Center with presentation from US Fish & Wildlife Service|
|12:30 p.m.||Ride segment #3: 14.5 miles on Laguna Atascosa Bayview Drive Loop|
|3:30 p.m.||Shuttle to hotel departs Laguna Atascosa Visitor’s Center|
|6:30 p.m.||Shuttle to dinner departs Fairfield Inn|
|7:00 p.m.||Farm-to-Table dinner at the Valley Pecan barn in San Benito|
|9:00 p.m.||Shuttle departs for Fairfield Inn|
October 11, 2018
Learn about the region’s unique waterways and resaca restoration projects at the University of Texas Rio Grande Valley, then lunch on traditional Texas BBQ before heading to South Padre Island for an afternoon on the bay.
|9:00 a.m.||Route Review|
|9:30 a.m.||Shuttle departs Fairfield Inn|
|10:00 a.m.||University of Texas Rio Grande Valley (UTRGV) presentation of regional waterways and restoration projects|
|11:30 a.m.||Shuttle departs UTRGV|
|12:00 p.m.||Lunch at Longhorn Restaurant, San Benito|
|2:00 p.m||Shuttle departs for South Padre Island|
|2:30 p.m.||Tour Turtle, Inc.|
Option A: Kayaking or paddle boarding on the Laguna Madre
|5:30 p.m.||Laguna Madre boat cruise departs form the Painted Marlin|
|7:00 p.m.||Cocktails and Dinner at the Painted Marlin|
|9:00 p.m.||Shuttle departs South Padre Island for Fairfield Inn|
October 12, 2018
Ride from Rancho Viejo to the Resaca de la Palma State Park & World Birding Center and paddle the region’s unique resacas—natural waterways created by overflows from the Rio Grande River. Finish the day with jazz music and dinner in Brownsville’s newly renovated Market Square. Lunch and dinner provided.
|8:30 a.m.||Route Review|
|9:00 a.m.||Depart Fairfield Inn for Rancho Viejo|
Paddle Board or Kayak 2.5 miles of Rancho Viejo Resacas (Depart Rancho Viejo Country Club)
|Ride 8 miles (round trip) on road to Resaca de la Palma State Park (Depart Rancho Viejo Country Club)|
|12:30 p.m.||Lunch and presentation|
|2:00 p.m.||Shuttle departs for Fairfield Inn|
|6:00 p.m.||OPTIONAL: Shuttle departs for dinner in Brownsville’s historic Market Square|
A room block has been reserved at the Fairfield Inn & Suites Brownsville North for $89/night. Reference the “Active Plan” when making your reservation.
Participants will be responsible for paying for travel and lodging. The Active Plan committee will cover the costs of the tour and meals as noted. If any participants need to pay for tour and meal costs, individualized invoices can be provided. Participants are not required to participate in the entire tour.