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Goose Island State Park

202 S Palmetto St, Rockport, TX 78382-7922
+1 361-729-2858
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Clean up under way.

The Big Tree made it through Hurricane Harvey! This is a nice area. Be sure to stop and see the... read more

Reviewed 6 days ago
Nisswatraveler
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Nisswa MN
Beautiful and nostalgic

I've visited this park for years, and I love it every time. The ancient feel of this park feels... read more

Reviewed 3 weeks ago
Don S
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Rockwall, Texas, United States
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A recommended bird sanctuary in Texas.
  • Excellent57%
  • Very good31%
  • Average10%
  • Poor1%
  • Terrible1%
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“big tree” (146 reviews)
“oak tree” (30 reviews)
“wooded area” (16 reviews)
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202 S Palmetto St, Rockport, TX 78382-7922
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"fish"
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"whooping cranes"
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"live oaks"
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"travel trailer"
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"fifth wheel"
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"great camping"
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"long pier"
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"old trees"
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Reviewed 6 days ago

The Big Tree made it through Hurricane Harvey! This is a nice area. Be sure to stop and see the tree on you way to the park.

Thank Nisswatraveler
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Reviewed 3 weeks ago

I've visited this park for years, and I love it every time. The ancient feel of this park feels like you are stepping back in time to the Texas I knew as a boy, back when it was a bit more wild and untamed.

Thank Don S
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Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Get it together people ! You’re lagging behind. Just clean it up and open the camping already ! The bathroom at the office / opening was clean and well kept.

Thank Curtis H
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Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

Many areas and buildings unavailable due to the storm. There are still some good opportunities to do some birdwatching. Great place for a picnic.

Thank WJGTJG
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Reviewed 28 December 2017

Park is closed because of Hurricane Harvey damage. Mustang Island State Park is closed too. Hurricane relief money never came through. May be August 2018 before they start to rebuild

1  Thank Michael B
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Reviewed 25 September 2017

Goose Island is a beautiful park and the Big Tree is well worth seeing. A survivor of the recent Hurricane Harvey, it has been alive for 1000 years.

Thank cuss0558
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Reviewed 11 September 2017

In Rockport during Hurricane Harvey on 8/25/17 the Big Tree, its neighbor trees and the community were hit by sustained winds at 130 mph with gusts of 150+ mph. Miraculously although there was a lot of damage to big oak trees in people's yards on...More

2  Thank Braxmar
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Reviewed 8 September 2017

This huge oak was really something to see! Wonderful to have this tree preserved. The area was clean and well kept.

Thank Kathleen E
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Reviewed 10 August 2017

1000 year old tree, and tree lined streets that create an overhead canopy. We take our bikes and ride from the old tree out to the island and back.

Thank Perrie M
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Reviewed 9 August 2017

Have always tried to get over at least once during our summer stays. This year some "locals" thought it would cool to climb up in the tree for a photo. it is clearly marked and fenced off to avoid this sort of behavior. Allegedly their...More

Thank Craig E
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jcl1099r
31 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.
20 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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Laurie B
8 March 2017|
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Response from lindathelindy | Reviewed this property |
Not in the park. There are rentals in town of Fulton/Rockport with plenty of places to use them from right where you rent them.
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