Believe it or not, Texas is a great place to enjoy the surf and sun. Enjoy the waves, camp out on the beach or take the boat out for a fishing excursion. You can do all this and so much more at Mustang Island State Park, all you have to do is bring the swimsuit.
You will find Mustang Island State Park along the Texas Gulf Coast on State Highway 361, to the southeast of Corpus Christi and to the west of Port Aransas. Gates to the park open at 7 a.m. until 10 p.m. daily. Expect the busiest times of the year to be spring and summer when the weather is warm enough for water fun.
With over 20 miles of paddling trails in Mustang Island State Park you have plenty of room to roam. Take your pick of three water trails following the western shoreline of the Corpus Christi Bay. Choose from the North Trail with approximately 8.5 miles or the Shamrock Loop with roughly 5.25 miles of beautiful protected waters. You also have the Ashum Trail of about 6.8 miles and well known for awesome bird watching.
As part of a chain of barriers along the Texas Gulf Coast, Mustang Island State Park is home to over 18 miles of well maintained areas that are perfect for hiking. Wear sunscreen and carry plenty of water but also be sure to check with park headquarters about any closures or trail conditions you should know about to ensure your safety. Rough trails make for an adventure but play it safe to make for the best experience.
People come from all over for a chance to fish in the Gulf Coast waters. No worries if you leave the fishing rod at home as the park has loaners available. When you are done, return the rods and keep the fish.
Even more people enjoy coming to the beach for a day of fun in the sun but love camping under the stars even more. Dig a campfire, if permitted, and enjoy time with family and friends roasting marshmallows over the open flames. It doesn’t get much better.
Things to Know About Mustang Island State Park
Mustang Island State Park has 48 campsites with water and electricity or select from one of over 300 drive-up primitive sites along the beach. The park sells drinks and snacks for your convenience. If you will be swimming, be sure to read the park’s safety tips for the best times to swim. Dogs are leash permitted. Keep in mind there is a mandated quiet time between the hours of 10 p.m. and 6 a.m.