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Sea Rim State Park, Port Arthur

(2.6/5 based on 85+ reviews on the web)
Sea Rim State Park is a 4141acre state park in southeast Texas. The park is located on the Gulf of Mexico in southern Jefferson County, south of Port Arthur and just west of Sabine Pass. The park was closed for several years due to extensive damage from Hurricanes Rita (2005) and Ike (2008). The park has recently re-opened but currently has limited resources.DescriptionThe D. Roy Harrington Beach unit is the coastal portion of the park, offering beach access between the Gulf of Mexico and the mainland marshes. Swimming in the marshes is not permitted due to the presence of alligators.The Marshlands unit is located in the inland marshes of southern Jefferson County, and is only accessible by boat. The park does rent canoes and kayaks so that these areas of the park may be explored by visitors. Many species of migratory birds stop in or pass through the park, and the Marshlands unit provides observation blinds for bird watchers.Three nearby national wildlife refuges on the Texas coast - Brazoria N.W.R., San Bernard and Big Boggy - form a vital complex of coastal wetlands harboring more than 300 bird species.HistoryThe park land was purchased from the Planet Oil and Mineral Corporation and Horizon Sales Corporation in 1972, and opened in 1977.
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  • Close to home and not crowded. Whether it's a just a quick trip or for the weekend it's a nice spot right on the beach. Be sure and pack plenty of food and necessities cause it's a nice jaunt to the t...  more »
  • If you are looking for a place to stay a few days and be open to allowing your senses to take it in you will enjoy. Get a feel for what an unspoiled and undeveloped portion of the Gulf Coast can be. T...  more »
  • Spent 4 hours here in March. What a change! Pit toilets instead of johnny on the spots. Nice camping areas and camping on the beach. They now have a small headquarters building. Beach was clean, and t...  more »
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  • We loved this place. For a few bucks, you're able to drive your car right onto the beach and camp there! There aren't many places where one can say that! We wanted to get away from Dallas and simply hang out on the beach all day, far from the things of man. Galveston was a thought, but it's too developed, full of shops and concrete. This place is still completely wild! In fact, the beaches are chock full of driftwood - sometimes so much so that you can't see the sand. That would be a deal breaker for some folks, but we were just there to enjoy the wildness. (And the beach is a bit more maintained at the little stretch closest to the entrance - where vehicles are prohibited.) The walking trail was fun, and there's an interesting pier. A popular place with birders. Visit!
  • If you like nature and the beach this is a beautiful place to visit. My children loved but of course take into account that if very primitive and natural spot. You can find basic services but bring a lot of sunscreen and bug repellent
  • Best thing about this Park is that it is so remote, at the dead end of Hwy 87, that it's not very occupied with campers and there's miles of beach one can drive on. It's sparse. No trees. Lots of ticks and flies and OMG Mosquito Heaven. Some of the TPWD Game Wardens here really take their Jobs way too seriously. My first and possibly last visit.
  • Mosquitoes ran us out the park Paid to sleep over night but no dare to get out to see the beach Just bad place to visit the beach First and last time for us
  • This park would be a naturalist's, birder's, or fisherman's dream. You can drive on the beach from one end of the park to the other. Definitely not a cushy camp, though. The camper sites are large and pull-through. Restrooms have no showers, and have only vault toilets. There is a dump station, water and electric. This place is the real deal...no frills, but lots to see.