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Goose Island State Park

202 S Palmetto St, Rockport, TX 78382-7922
+1 361-729-2858
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Beautiful Island

This is an absolutely beautiful place. The large pier is where we spent most of the day. We managed... read more

Reviewed 16 February 2017
Jenbankhead
via mobile
The Big Tree - 1000 years old!!!!!

When we asked what to visit in the Rockport area, we were told to visit "The Big Tree" at Goose... read more

Reviewed 15 February 2017
hbgleschwartz
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Middletown, Pennsylvania
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A recommended bird sanctuary in Texas.
  • Excellent57%
  • Very good31%
  • Average10%
  • Poor1%
  • Terrible1%
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“fish” (62 reviews)
“wooded area” (15 reviews)
“bird watching” (26 reviews)
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202 S Palmetto St, Rockport, TX 78382-7922
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+1 361-729-2858
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"fish"
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"wooded area"
in 15 reviews
"bird watching"
in 26 reviews
"whooping cranes"
in 41 reviews
"live oaks"
in 8 reviews
"oldest tree"
in 8 reviews
"travel trailer"
in 8 reviews
"fifth wheel"
in 6 reviews
"great camping"
in 7 reviews
"oak trees"
in 10 reviews
"long pier"
in 10 reviews
"old trees"
in 5 reviews
"camping trip"
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"dump station"
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"boat ramp"
in 11 reviews
"big trees"
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"excellent place"
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Reviewed 16 February 2017 via mobile

This is an absolutely beautiful place. The large pier is where we spent most of the day. We managed to catch a dolphin feeding frenzy, which was awesome! We also saw some beautiful birds and of course the Big Tree! It was an extremely windy...More

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Reviewed 15 February 2017 via mobile

When we asked what to visit in the Rockport area, we were told to visit "The Big Tree" at Goose Island State Park". The drive to get this was very scenic if you come up from the south of Rockport on route 35 that runs...More

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Reviewed 15 February 2017 via mobile

Absolutely love this place. This is the only place I've found you can park your rv right on the water front, fish, and just sit in your lawn chair in a cement gazebo and watch the sun set. They have electricity and water but no...More

Thank Barbara M
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Reviewed 14 February 2017

Went on hosted birding walk. Hosts very friendly and helpful. Invited people to their campsite...with feeders...for birds. Also went to shore and saw additional birds...good picnic area...nice spot.

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Reviewed 14 February 2017

Bird, birds, and more birds you can spend days bird watching. The Whooping Cranes are a real treat. Very friendly park the staff excellent and so helpful. Very clean. We parked on the water in a travel trailer so relaxing. Drove to nearby big oak...More

Thank 2oldnomads
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Reviewed 13 February 2017

If you enjoy castin your reel, you'll enjoy backing your RV up against a niced paved pad and the Gulf of Mexico. Goose Island State Park is located in a quiet, clean, and accomodating spot. Close to Rockport which is home to a number of...More

Thank Douglas D
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Reviewed 13 February 2017 via mobile

Have driven through the park twice. Scenic and interesting. Fascinating 1000+ year old tree. Park facilities, decent boat ramp. Worth visiting.

Thank blackdogclub
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Reviewed 11 February 2017

We love this place. We saw endangered Whooping Cranes and a Roseate Spoonbill along with probably another 100 bird species. The gate attendant was friendly and helpful in directing to us where these had been last seen. The park is clean and the areas are...More

Thank Linda D
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Reviewed 6 February 2017 via mobile

We went to check out Goose Island State Park, just to get the lay of the land. We were given a comp pass for 30 minutes and enjoyed walking the pier, driving through possible campsites and seeing all it had to offer. Will be planning...More

Thank Beth C
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Reviewed 5 February 2017

The big oak tree is well worth the drive. An added attraction when we were there was a pair of whooping cranes with an adolescent.

1  Thank MrBdeBub
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TexasEunice
5 March 2018|
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Response from Nisswatraveler | Reviewed this property |
Newspaper said Park was set to re-open this week. It has been closed due to Harvey. We walked in.
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jcl1099r
30 January 2018|
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Response from Craig E | Reviewed this property |
I do not know that at this time. I have not been down since a couple of weeks after Harvey hit.
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CriticalMass
Question about low tree limbs specifically over the entry roads to Goose Island State Park. We camped at Goose Island State Park back in the 90s, and had to dodge low tree limbs getting in and out of the park in our motorhome back then. With the passage of time, low trees are apparently even more of a problem, as corroborated by at least one recent (Feb 2017) Trip Advisor review in which the people involved hit a low limb with their fifth wheel camper, damaging it substantially, and forcing them to leave it in Rockport for repairs, while they returned to their home in Georgia without it. This points to a totally unacceptable situation that should be dealt with by whomever is responsible for doing so. This not a trivial issue. Goose Island State Park is a desirable campground, and although the oak trees there conbribute to ambience, the roadways in and out of the park should be accessible to all types of RVs, not just very small ones. Why isn't this issue addressed by whoever should be taking care of these kinds of problems? We are unwilling to return to Goose Island State Park in our motorhome until we can get in and out of the park without risking expensive damage to our RV.
19 April 2017|
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Response from Barbara M | Reviewed this property |
It's still a bit low and narrow getting into the park and makes one a bit nervous. My motor home is about 11 foot high and the height doesn't seem to be a problem but we have been scraped by some of the bushes on the side.
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