Mustang Island, Corpus Cristi

Mustang Island State Park – Other reviewers at

January, 2015

The Lowe’s overall rating = 7 out of 10 stars

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Noise level and overall “feel” of the park?
This small state campground is basically a paved parking lot with
electric/water utilities.  Since all vehicles have to travel between
the two rows of sites to enter and leave, traffic in the area is a bit
heavier than we had expected.  Security is very good, with park
rangers driving through several times a day, and the front gate is
staffed every day.

Road and site access/type?

Spaciousness/levelness of sites?
Sites are grouped in “pairs”, with utilities at the rear of the sites.
This means neighbors are very close – not good when you have a
Boy Scout troop with lots of tents on either side of you, as we did
at one point.  Sites were level.

Utilities and WiFi/cell reception?
The 50-amp power was strong and water pressure good.  Our
Verizon phone and hotspot signals worked well.

Picnic table and/or fire pit?
A decent picnic table at each site was covered by a wooden cover,
but there was no roof – only boards spaced apart.  No protection
from the elements.  No fire pits.

Facilities – bathrooms/showers/laundry room?
The bathroom/shower facilities were strange, with bathrooms on
the second floor of a 2-story structure.  The bathrooms were old
but clean.  Same with the showers, and they had a small bench in
each for toiletries.

Pet and/or kid friendly?
Many people had dogs here, and there seemed to be no “clean up
after your pet” policy.  We saw many dogs poop in the lot and on
the site lawns, and no attempts to clean up by the owners.  We had
to clean some out of our site upon arrival.  Minus points for this!
This park was kid friendly for folks wanting to camp out with their
kids and then take them to the beach during the day.

Bike/walking trails nearby?
The high point of staying here was walking on the beach when the
weather allowed.  It was about .4 mile to the beach, then we could
walk in either direction for miles.  Very nice, and this was the main
reason we wanted to stay here.

Grocery stores and other services nearby?
The closest town was Port Aransas, with a decent grocery store and
some other “small town” services.  Corpus Cristi was also only a few
miles away, with every service you could want.

We have been shying away from state parks, especially on weekends and
during the summer, because they just get too noisy and busy with families
for our liking.  We usually like them for their spacious sites and tree covered
trails.  This one is not like that, but the location very near the beach was a
draw for us and the only reason it scored as high as it did.  I would go
again for a few days if I were in the area and the weather was nice.

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