Monday, February 28, 2011

Goliad State Park, February 20 - 23, 2011

Goliad State Park, located on the southern edge of the historic city of Goliad, Texas, is a 188 acre park on the banks of the San Antonio River.

View video of Goliad State Park.

This is a great little park. We arrived on a windy Sunday afternoon. The campground for full-hookups is a circle (see park map). We found the sites to be large and level. The park offers many opportunities for leisurely walks either along the paved park roads or along the trails. The park is on the San Antonio River paddling trail, and there is a place for putting in or taking out canoes and kayaks.

On the grounds of the park are the remains of the Mission Nuestra Senora del EspĂ­ritu Santo de Zuniga. Actually, very little of the actual mission remains and most of what is now on park grounds was restored in the 1930s by the Civilian Conservation Corps.

In addition to full-hookup campsites located in the Karankawa Camping Area (we stayed in site #11), there are water only and water and electric only sites located elsewhere in the park. A walking trail connects the park to the downtown area of Goliad as well as to the historic Presidio La Bahia on the opposite bank of the river.

My only complaint about the park is that it is located right on U.S. 77, so there is highway traffic noise throughout the day and night. It wasn't enough to keep me awake, though.

Other posts of the mission, Fannin Battleground, and Presidio La Bahia will be available soon.

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