Mustang Island is a coastal barrier island with a unique and complicated ecosystem dependent upon sand dunes. Coastal dunes are the product of wind-deposited sand anchored by sparse mats of vegetation. The height of well-vegetated dunes may reach 35 feet, though 15-20 feet is average. The dunes are capable of reducing the destructive might of hurricane-driven waves and protecting bay and mainland areas. In some areas, inland and bayside dunes occur, which are generally smaller but spread over larger areas than the primary beachside dunes. The vegetation holding the dunes in place is comprised of drought-resistant species such as sea oats, beach panic grass and soilbind morning glory. Studies have shown that these plants and their progeny can collect enough sand to build a 15-foot dune in three years.
Posted by: TrailAPI
on April 9, 2013
Activities include camping, picnicking, fishing, swimming, hiking and mountain biking on 5 miles of open beach, sunbathing, surfing, kayaking and excellent birding, especially during spring and fall migrations.
Drinking Water, Flush Toilet, Hookup - Electric, Hookup - Water, Picnic Table, Showers
$10-$20 per night
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Reviews of Mustang Island State Park
Reviewed by KatNipp on December 29, 2014
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As far as Texas beaches go, this is a 4.5 or 5-star for me. Loved the beach here! We first arrived on a Thursday and it was so calm and quiet, warm blue skies and clear green-blue waters with big waves. Perfection I didn't know existed on a Texas beach! A far cry from what you'll find at Galveston! Once the weekend crowds moved in, the sediment was more stirred up and it wasn't quite as clear and beautiful or peaceful, but still a great place to be.
I rated it a 4 because of the camping here. Sites are tiny and very very close together - make friends with your neighbors. They are also plagued with fire ants - ouch! Lastly, they lock the park gates at night and didn't give us a code. When I had an asthma emergency in the middle of the night, dh had to call an unhappy ranger to get out of the park and to a pharmacy for me. I don't mind gated parks, but I never know which parks will lock the gates and it's hard to remember to ask for the gate code. Just write it on the back of my receipt as a common practice, please. I rarely need it, but in an emergency I do!
It was still a great experience and I really love this beach. It's a strong contender for a 5-star rating, but those darn fire ants ....
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