Rio Grande City
On Wednesday, July 30, the City of Rio Grande City held a grand opening celebration for the city’s new Fordyce Nature Trails. According to one description, the trails consist of a 3 mile long nature-walking trail, a 4 mile long running trail, and a 5 mile long mountain bike & hike trail.
“[These trails are] the first of their kind here in Starr County,” said Rio Grande City Mayor Ruben Villarreal. “I hope that the public enjoys [these trails],” added Mayor Pro Tem Hernan Garza.
Commissioner Dave Jones expressed he believed the trails could serve as a tourist attraction for nature enthusiasts. “People can come [visit these trails] for birdwatching, butterflies and other exotic animals that we have here in Rio Grande City,” said Jones. “I encourage everyone to come out here, and spread the word, and utilize these trails,” added commissioner Ray Ramirez.
Guests of the trails are encouraged to use the “Buddy System”, and bring a friend along for each hike. There are no fees to visit and walk the trails. Present at the grand opening celebration where members of the Rio Grande City Commission, City Staff, esteemed members of the community, and also representatives from the Office of Congressman Henry Cuellar, who presented a Certificate of Congressional Recognition to the City for the Hike & Bike Trails project.
According to city officials, the Rio Grande City Fordyce Nature Trails are officially open to the public. The nature-walking trail is located on 1944 W. HWY 83 in Rio Grande City.
According to officials, the trails will also soon feature an information booth, a bicycle repair station, and bathrooms. Other features being explored are downloadable digital maps of the trails, as well as a smartphone app which visitors can use as an information guide along the trails.