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“MUST SEE THE BIG TREE” 5 of 5 stars
Review of Goose Island State Park

Goose Island State Park
Rockport, TX
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Ranked #2 of 25 things to do in Rockport
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Activities: Birdwatching
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Owner description: A recommended bird sanctuary in Texas.
Sweetwater, Texas
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 16, 2011

You must take some time to visit the largest and oldest (probably) live oak tree in North America. It is a very interesting piece of history, and the drive is beautiful.

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“This Park was Lovely”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 25, 2010

The Texas state park system does itself proud with this park. The sites along the water are breathtakingly beautiful, the facilities are clean, and the staff does an excellent job of attending to camper's needs. Our neighbors were friendly, and even though the fishing was adversely affected by an offshore storm, the whole experience was one we will cherish. For $16 to $20 per night, this is a bargain.

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Schertz, Texas
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“Great Camping and Fishing, but...”
3 of 5 stars Reviewed June 26, 2010

We had a great time camping and fishing for three nights. Three of us caught 40 - 50 fish each night (only three keepers though). We camped along the water near the fishing pier. The only complaint that we had was the toilet/shower facilities. There is virtually no air circulation in the toilets but they are better than the shower rooms which had NO circulation. At 1am (after fishing) the temps in the showers was over 90 degrees. After you dried off, you would be soaked with sweat before you could get dressed and outside where it was cooler. This was the only drawback from our trip. The park is clean and the saff is friendly and helpful. If they would fix this problem, I would have rated this "EXCELLENT".

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Seguin, Texas
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“I ... love ... this ... place!”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 13, 2009

I've been camping in Texas State Parks all my life, and Goose Island is undoubtedly my favorite Texas Gulf Coast State Park. We come down here several times a year, and always enjoy our stay.

The camping areas in the park are roughly divided into two parts: the woodlands and the bayfront. The bayfront sites are right on the water, and therefore are considered "premium" sites and priced accordingly. However, they are my favorite sites to stay at, so I cheerfully pay the higher rate.

I have stayed in the woodland sites. They are all quite nice, with lots of trees. Some are very private-feeling, since they are surrounded by brush and cut off from view of the other sites. Just be aware that this IS South Texas, and there are all kinds of critters wandering around, especially after dark! When staying in the woodlands, we were SWARMED by mosquitos, raided by racoons, and the occasional skunk wandered through the site. The racoons and skunks you can't (and shouldn't) do much about, except to lock up your food, but bring gallons of mosquito repellant and cans of outdoors mosquito foggers.

The bayfront sites are in the teeth of the coastal breeze (or winds, or gales, depending on weather conditions) so mosquitos are considerably less a problem. I've never seen a skunk on the bayfront, but the racoons do come scrounging around the dumpsters.

Each bayfront site has a concrete-floored shade shelter over the picnic table, has electrical and water hookups, and a waist-high grill. Fires are confined to this grill...no ground fires allowed.

The restrooms/showers in the bayfront area have been completely renovated, and it is here that I have my one complaint. The State of Texas, who undoubtedly paid through the nose for these new facilities, should smack the builder upside the head. The building is divided into two parts: the men's and women's toilets on one side, and a group of about four individual unisex showers on the other side. The showers do NOT drain well, and there are usually a couple of inches of water on the floors. YUCK. Try to shower right after the cleaning crew has been there. And bring your own toilet paper! The state-provided toilet paper has only one side, I swear.

The park has a friendly staff located in the office/camp store. There is also a LONG fishing pier (located on the bayfront) with a bait store/boat launch area. There are playgrounds scattered throughout the park EXCEPT on the bayfront. THERE IS NO BEACH HERE, and therefore no swimming except for the brave at heart that don't mind shoals of shells and muddy bottomed gulf waters. If you want real beach, you must drive to Aransas Pass and take the state-run ferry over to Port Aransas (watch for dolphins on the ferry ride.)

The delightful towns of Rockport/Fulton are just a short drive away from Goose Island State Park. Rockport is an artist colony, and the downtown area is full of shops. There are a lot of places to eat, and Walmart and H.E.B. (a large local grocery chain) are both new and fully stocked.

While in the area, you can visit the Aransas Wildlife Refuge, home of the endangered whooping crane. Also visit Fulton Mansion State Historic Site, a wonderful old house built in the 1870s that has withstood many hurricanes over the year, and with good reason. Visit to see the ingenious construction and touches that make this house a classic. Also near Goose Island SP is the "Big Tree" the 1969 state champion Coastal Live Oak, estimated to be over 1000 years old.

A great state park, and well worth a visit!

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“Nice Facility for the Right Group”
3 of 5 stars Reviewed April 28, 2009

This facility is off the beaten path and in a pretty area. The camp sites are quite close together; we camped in a tent and were completely surrounded by RVs. Very mosquito saturated so bring plenty of bug spray. I also recommend staying out of the heavily wooded area as much as possible since these areas are havens for mosquitoes. I liked that is not too far from Rockport and we could come in even after the gates officially closed. Friendly staff and adequate resources, although the bathrooms were not as nice as others in the park system. A fine place to sleep and cook for a couple of nights.

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