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Goose Island State Park

202 S Palmetto St, Rockport, TX 78382-7922
+1 361-729-2858
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The Big Oak Tree is a sight to behold

The Big Oak Tree is a sight to behold, there is so much history in the park as well as good camping... read more

Reviewed 1 week ago
scottY6234RT
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Rockport, Texas
Beautiful old tree

This Goose Island 1000 year old plus oak tree is magnificent. There are many very old oak trees... read more

Reviewed 3 weeks ago
Jill J
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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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"bird watching"
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"whooping cranes"
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"live oaks"
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"oldest tree"
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"travel trailer"
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"fifth wheel"
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"great camping"
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"oak trees"
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"long pier"
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"old trees"
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"dump station"
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Reviewed 1 week ago

The Big Oak Tree is a sight to behold, there is so much history in the park as well as good camping and fishing! Capt. Scott McCune "The Saltwater Cowboy"

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Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

This Goose Island 1000 year old plus oak tree is magnificent. There are many very old oak trees here that survived Hurricane Harvey. The area was slightly overgrown but nothing can detract from the majestic presence that this tree makes. It is well worth the...More

Thank Jill J
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Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

We stopped by but mainly to look at the tree. Didn’t want to pay to drive though the park. We didn’t have a lot of time

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Reviewed 4 March 2018 via mobile

We visited this park to see whopping cranes in early March... The ranger on duty told us about three places to see them... And we did... Thank you... Also visited the old oak tree... A nice visit for out of town tourists

Thank Don H
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Reviewed 17 February 2018

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.

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Reviewed 27 January 2018

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 27 January 2018 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 25 January 2018 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

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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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TexasEunice
4 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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