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COVID is here but that doesn’t mean life has to completely suck!! I’ve been learning about new opportunities in our great state of Texas by visiting one state park at a time. This week’s adventure led me to Goliad State Park.
Well Goliad State Park is a little far for a day trip but we did it!! It’s about 2 hours 15 minutes from Austin, 1 hour 40 minutes from San Antonio, and 2 hours 20 minutes from Houston.
We went to Goliad with one mission, spend our day kayaking the San Antonio River. It was an incredibly relaxing kayaking trip completely surrounded by mother nature!! We dropped our bikes off at the “paddling trail take out” in the state park (check out this map here). Then we drove up to the “paddling trail put in” on Highway 59. I was impressed with the amount of parking available and the nice set of stairs leading down to the water. Nice set up! We pumped up our kayak and started off on our journey (yes we have an inflatable kayak and I love it…link here)!! It’s a 6.6 mile trip which took us about 2 hours 45 minutes total. Just be aware of the water levels before you go because it can take up to 4-5 hours to kayak if the river is really low (see current conditions here). Once we were done, my husband biked back to our car while I deflated our kayak. It took him about 20 minutes to bike back to the car, not to bad. If you have two cars available that would be ideal, but that wasn’t an option for us.
Also if you’re looking for a shorter trip, then you can “take out” at Ferry Street. It took us about 2 hours to get to the Ferry Street take out and you don’t have to pay for a state park pass if you choose this route. The only down side to the Ferry Street take out is that you’ll miss out on the abandoned railroad bridge. It’s nothing amazing but I thought it was pretty cool!
When you drive into Goliad State Park, the first thing you’ll notice is the gorgeous Mission Espiritu Santo. It dates back to 1749 and was restored by the CCC in the 1930s. Click here to read more about the history of the missions.
There aren’t a ton of trails at Goliad State Park, it’s actually a pretty small park. There’s the San Antonio River Trail and the Angel of Goliad Hike/Bike Trail….very nice trails but not necessarily a “must do” in my opinion.
The Goliad State Park campsites are pretty close together…which is something I try to avoid when I’m camping. But if your planning a weekend trip to Goliad, then I’d recommend the tent camping along the river (no electricity). Sites 1, 7, 8, 14 look a little more secluded than the other sites…definitely worth reserving for your weekend getaway!!