Monday, March 24, 2008

RVer's Review of Goliad State Park in Texas

The primary purpose of our trip to Goliad was to explore the park.

In 1931, the site for Goliad State Park was transferred to the state, with the agreement that it would be preserved as a historical park. The driving force that would not be dissuaded until the park was on its way to becoming a reality was Judge J.A. White of Goliad. For his “never say die” effort, he deservedly is known as the “Father of the Goliad State Park.”

We found a very well-maintained nature trail that ran along the high bluffs of the San Antonio River and down into the ravines that provide drainage avenues into the river. The San Antonio is typical of the Hill Country rivers in that it is prone to leave its banks when heavy rains occur in its watershed, thus producing broad floodplains. These are very sandy areas and this has made them very good “beachlike” sites for tent camping — two sites for this purpose have been created on the river downstream from the park headquarters. The camping areas in the park are well-kept and inviting, but “awesome,” the word so frequently used these days, springs to mind when you see the meticulously restored Mission Nuestra Senora del Espiritu Santo de Zuniga.
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