PADRE ISLAND NATIONAL SEASHORE
Located on the Gulf Coast of south Texas, 65-mile-long Padre Island National Seashore protects a sizable portion of a long barrier island. It has one of the greatest expanses of wild seashore in the country.
The island has beautiful sandy beaches, dunes, and some grasslands. Deer and coyote are among the wildlife, along with shore birds and marine life which includes dolphin and whale.
Activities: Fifty-five miles of roadless beach are open to backpacking and hiking, and also to 4-wheel drive vehicles.
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The swimming here is superb. Fishing is allowed, but hunting is not.
Camping Regulations: Camping as well as campfires are allowed along the entire beach except for one 4-mile stretch. No permits or fees are required. Dunes and grasslands are off-limits for camping and fires.
All drinking water must be carried for the duration of one's trip. Summers here are quite hot and winters mildly cool. Fall through spring are the best times to visit.
For Further Information: Padre Island National Seashore, 9405 South Padre Island Drive, Corpus Christi, TX 78418; (512)937-2621.