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Bentsen-Rio Grande Valley State Park

#1 of 11 things to do in Mission Features Animals
2800 S Bentsen Palm Dr, Mission, TX 78572-4848
+1 956-585-1107
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Homeland Security has ruined this park

There is a paved road throughout this park, but our fears of immigrants wanting to cross the river... read more

Reviewed 2 weeks ago
Hartsville, South Carolina
Great place to visit

This park has much to offer the dedicated hiker, biker, bird watcher and nature lover. Several... read more

Reviewed 2 July 2017
Texas, USA
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This 588-acre subtropical woodland is home to lots of birds and several endangered species: great for bird watching and wildlife viewing.
  • Excellent60%
  • Very good29%
  • Average8%
  • Poor2%
  • Terrible1%
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2800 S Bentsen Palm Dr, Mission, TX 78572-4848
+1 956-585-1107
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

There is a paved road throughout this park, but our fears of immigrants wanting to cross the river without inspection have led to this park being walking only, and if you go when there is no tram running, you have to walk, in high heat...More

Thank wuapinmon
Reviewed 2 July 2017 via mobile

This park has much to offer the dedicated hiker, biker, bird watcher and nature lover. Several trails meander through lush, South Texas flora, and allow you the opportunity to observe many examples of native wildlife in their habitat. For an absolute pleasant experience, though, don't...More

Thank LoneStarRick
Reviewed 3 June 2017

By the time we visited in mid May they had stopped maintaining the feeding stations but there were still a variety of birds around. Be prepared for the hot weather and stay hydrated.

Thank wpohley
Reviewed 11 May 2017 via mobile

The welcome to the park is a bit confusing. First the parking lot is outside the park and the road to the park is blocked! Yes blocked. You are not able to drive into or around the park. This is important to know because your...More

Thank BeachGal88
Reviewed 8 May 2017

What a nice park. There was lots of wildlife and good walking/biking paths. A nice little visitor's center too - with bathrooms.

Thank Holly B
Reviewed 1 May 2017

Do you like to walk? Bike? Bird watch? Kayak? Tent camp? Fish? Learn about nature? If you answered yes to any of those questions, then this is the state park for you! Walking and biking trails are very level and you complete the 4.5 mile...More

Thank NYCuisineSnob
Reviewed 20 April 2017

My wife I had a great time walking the trails finding geocaches and watching the many birds. I believe this is our 3rd trip to the park and it is fun every time.

Thank Chris S
Reviewed 3 April 2017 via mobile

You can sit in a swing and watch birds, hike to a tower to watch raptors or take a tram ride for an informative tour. This small park is world renowned by bird enthusiasts but dont be intimidated if you are a neophyte birder or...More

1  Thank David M
Reviewed 15 March 2017

Nice place to learn about migratory birds and local birds. Trolley ride is free, however it is not a guided tour just a way to hitch a ride.

2  Thank Laura C
Reviewed 5 March 2017

This is the best park to see birds. There are a couple bird blinds and a hawk observation deck. There are a number of rangers that will help identify birds for you. You don't have to be a bird watcher to like this park.

2  Thank SQLShaw
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Evelyn M
30 January 2016|
Response from ldmsgirl | Reviewed this property |
The RV portion of the park is no longer open. However, you can prinitive tent camp but I am unaware of needling reservations to do so.
8 January 2016|
Response from pawatt50 | Reviewed this property |
there is no beach.
Alejandra M
6 August 2015|
Response from pawatt50 | Reviewed this property |