Matagorda County Beach Trails

Wadsworth, Texas

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Matagorda County Beach extends 22 miles along Matagorda Peninsula in the Gulf of Mexico, starting from where the Colorado River spills into the bay and both empty into the Gulf. The county maintains the first 3 miles of the beach, providing trash cans and keeping the surface conducive to driving. Beyond that, conditions may vary drastically. The Lower Colorado River Authority is developing a 1600-acre park and preserve near the mouth of the river, called Matagorda Bay Nature Park. The park currently includes RV camping sites, kayak and walking trails, fishing piers, picnic shelters, restrooms, and showers. The first half mile of the beach is in the nature park and is pedestrian only, no cars allowed. This broad, flat beach is remote enough that it does not generally have the crowds seen on other Texas beaches, which makes for pleasant hiking and excellent beachcombing. In addition to shells typical to the Texas coast, you and your dog also may come across driftwood, bottles, even old Spanish coins or fossils. The tide and waves are generally gentle here, so it is a good place for a swim. Dunes rise at the edge of the beach, covered with coastal grasses such as sea oats, and the coastal marshes behind them attract a variety of birds.
Best Hikes with Dogs: Texas Hill Country & Gulf Coast

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Best Hikes with Dogs: Texas Hill Country & Gulf Coast

by Melissa Gaskill (The Mountaineers Books)

Matagorda County Beach extends 22 miles along Matagorda Peninsula in the Gulf of Mexico, starting from where the Colorado River spills into the bay and both empty into the Gulf. The county maintains the first 3 miles of the beach, providing trash cans and keeping the surface conducive to driving. Beyond that, conditions may vary drastically. The Lower Colorado River Authority is developing a 1600-acre park and preserve near the mouth of the river, called Matagorda Bay Nature Park. The park currently includes RV camping sites, kayak and walking trails, fishing piers, picnic shelters, restrooms, and showers.

The first half mile of the beach is in the nature park and is pedestrian only, no cars allowed. This broad, flat beach is remote enough that it does not generally have the crowds seen on other Texas beaches, which makes for pleasant hiking and excellent beachcombing. In addition to shells typical to the Texas coast, you and your dog also may come across driftwood, bottles, even old Spanish coins or fossils. The tide and waves are generally gentle here, so it is a good place for a swim. Dunes rise at the edge of the beach, covered with coastal grasses such as sea oats, and the coastal marshes behind them attract a variety of birds.

©  Melissa Gaskill/The Mountaineers Books. All Rights Reserved.

Activity Type: Hiking
Nearby City: Wadsworth
Distance: 3
Elevation Gain: Minimal
Trail Type: Shuttle
Skill Level: Easy
Season: Fall-Spring
Trailhead Elevation: 10 feet
Top Elevation: 10 feet
Accessibility: Dog-friendly
Local Maps: USGS Matagorda
Driving Directions: Directions to Matagorda County Beach Trails

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