Location: Galveston, Texas
Webpage: Texas State Park
General Description: Galveston Island State Park protects 2,000 acres of the Upper Gulf Coast barrier island ecosystem. It is the last undeveloped land on Galveston Island that provides public access to the beach, coastal prairie, and wetlands toward the bay. Barrier islands are transition zones between the land and ocean and thus have a mosaic of habitats that host a variety of wildlife. Campsites near the beach are currently closed for repairs from the recent hurricanes, however, there are 10 RV sites with electric and water hookups on the bay side of the park. There are also a number of easy hiking trails through the prairies and wetlands that include two viewing platforms of the bay ecosystem.
1) The RV campsites at Galveston Island State Park are situated in two circles. The first circle has only electric hookups, but have the bathroom/shower facility. The second loop has 10 sites around a circle with a pavilion in the center. These sites are all back-in with electric and water hookups. There are no trees in the camping area, so be prepared to feel the full force of any winds, especially during storms off of the Gulf.
2) The bathroom facilities are modern and kept clean, however, they are a bit of a hike from the RV campsites. The park rangers and volunteers were very helpful, in not only checking us in, but also helping with disposing of our awning that get destroyed during a storm.
3) The hiking trails loop around freshwater ponds, as well as, inlets off of the bay. There are two viewing platforms that do a good job of extending the distance you can see out into the bay. This provides a great opportunity to view the many wading birds in the area.