Sea Rim State Park

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About Sea Rim State Park

Which came first, the Gulf or the marshes? We’re not sure, but we’re sure that this State Park is a magical combination of both! In the far southeast corner of Texas and near the border of Louisiana you’ll find Sea Rim State Park, a remote and unique coastal park where the Gulf of Mexico meets the marshes. Visitors can fish 5.2 miles of sandy Gulf shoreline or 4,000 acres of marshlands, hike the Gambusia Nature Trail, or potentially best of all, go for long walks on the beach. Be safe though, and make sure not to upset the landlord (them gators). In addition to fishing the vast water that lies at your fingertips, you can enjoy it by boat, by paddling an easy

Campgrounds in Sea Rim

West Beach Primitive Campground

1. West Beach Primitive Campground

When you think of camping in Texas, do you imagine taking long walks on the beach, and waking up to the sun beaming over the Gulf of Mexico in the...

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Piping Plover Campground

2. Piping Plover Campground

Though Piping Plover Campground is tucked away in the corner of Texas near the marshes, it’s anything but backcountry. Campsites are equipped with...

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East Beach Primitive Campground

3. East Beach Primitive Campground

When you think of camping in Texas, do you imagine taking long walks on the beach, and waking up to the sun beaming over the Gulf of Mexico in the...

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History of Sea Rim State Park

Paleoindians were the earliest known people in this area. Some 12,500 years ago, sea levels were much lower. These people lived further out in what is now the Gulf. They abandoned the area roughly 4,000 to 3,000 years ago, as glaciers melted and sea levels rose.

Occasionally, artifacts such as projectile points and fossils wash up on the beach at the west end of the park. If you find an artifact, leave it in place and let park staff know. Please don’t pocket the past!

Atakapa Indians and their relatives moved into Texas around 2,000 years ago, bringing pottery. By the 1820s, most were gone, probably due to smallpox or migration.

France and Spain both wanted this territory. Spain claimed it by virtue of Cabeza de Vaca’s 1528 journey; France by LaSalle’s 1685 expedition. By the time the United States bought Louisiana in 1803, the Spanish had prevailed.

In 1821, Spain turned the land over to Mexico. Anglo settlers began moving in, some settling in what would later become Beaumont.

The park area was a cattle ranch from the 1870s through the 1950s.

The state of Texas bought the land for the park from the Planet Oil and Mineral Corporation and Horizon Sales Corporation in 1972. Sea Rim State Park opened to the public in 1977.

Any site on the coast can be in the path of a hurricane. Sea Rim has taken two recent hits.

First, Hurricane Rita ravaged the park in 2005. In September 2008, the park was two weeks away from reopening when Hurricane Ike arrived.

After massive cleanup, the park opened on a limited basis in 2010. Visitors had to bring their own water, and use portable toilets and a self-pay station.

In June 2014, park staff unveiled new facilities, including a camping loop and cabin, an elevated dune boardwalk, and a walk-in day-use area. More park improvements are planned.