Note that the photo below is the reverse orientation as the map above.
Blucher Park is a naturally preserved green space near the “uptown” of Corpus Christi’s central business district. The Blucher Family desired to set aside this area recognizing its unique importance to migrating birds and wildlife in the downtown area. The park hosts a variety of native and non-native plant species, some introduced by those tending the park over many years and several “exotic” ornamentals that may have washed in from lawns during major storms. Drainage into the area has changed through the decades due to the paving of roadways and large parking lots upland of the park. The small creek flash-floods during big rain events.
Unlike a conventional city park, Blucher Park exists as a nature preserve. Visitors are encouraged to use the trails to observe and photograph but tread carefully as to not disturb the flora and fauna. There are a few places to sit but no picnic tables within the park. To discourage littering, camping, and vagrancy, picnicking and reclining on the ground within the park are prohibited by a specific city ordinance.
A suggested tour of photo spots within Blucher Park:
- Park Sign on Carrizo Street
- Historical Commission Sign about the Blucher Family
- Chimney Swift House and Orientation Map of the Park
- Walk downhill into the NW Meadow
- Continue downhill to the Well
- Walk south towards the Stream Bar (where interesting artifacts might be found)
- Walking along the stream, you come to the Live Spring Slump
- Up and around there is the old Railroad Trestle
- Then down the embankment to the Scenic Spot.
- There are lots of Anaqua Trees.
- Along the creek northward proceed to the Bird Meadow.
- Then check out the Bald Cypress along the stream in the Corner.
Entrance Sign to Blucher Park on Carrizo Street 27.791445,-97.399902 Blucher Park was donated to the City of Corpus Christi to provide a place for people to experience nature.
This entrance to Blucher Park is on the upland side of the preserve. Prestigious homes, including the Blucher House front the park atop the Bluff in Corpus Christi.
History of Felix Von Blucher on Carrizo Street 27.791654,-97.399910
Chimney Swift House, Kiosk, and Orientation Signs 27.792173,-97.400009
Chimney swifts are seasonal visitor in the preserve. Mockingbirds and cardinals are year-round.
NW Meadow 27.791981,-97.399563
Old Well Fountain 27.791887,-97.399341 The old well was converted to a fountain.
Sand and Gravel Bar in the stream 27.791507,-97.399457 There may be some interesting artifacts found in the stream on this gravel bar. Cherty stones were valuable as arrowheads and tools to indigenous people. Look for evidence of flint chips (called knaps).
Live Spring at Slump in bank of stream 27.791240,-97.399626 There is evidence for an increase in flow of the stream along this bank slump. Slumping is how the stream moves through time.
The old Railroad Trestle from the late 1800s – Early 1900s 27.791015,-97.399414
Scenic spot below the trestle. 27.791119,-97.399458
Anaqua tree in Bloom, looking north. 27.791506, -97.399324
The lovely Bird Meadow 27.791778,-97.399194
Bald Cypress growing along the creek 27.792032, -97.398761