Matagorda Beach

Matagorda, Texas (Matagorda County)

Last Updated: 04/01/2022
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Highlight: Matagorda Beach
Popular with fishermen, shell collectors, kayakers, paddleboarders, 4WD 4x4 off-road enthusiasts, and beachcombers, Matagorda Island offers up 23 miles of accessible beach with a wide variety of sand and shell terrain. Whether you’re looking to lounge in the sun with a large group of friends or find a secluded spot to camp for the weekend, you’re sure to find just the right spot on the island. Notable gathering and fishing spots include the large, sandy area at the Three Mile Cut, the western edge of the island out on the jetties, as well as the eastern edge of the island at the intracoastal waterway cut. Be sure to note the abandoned ruins of the destroyed piers along the way, random items washed up after a large storm, and who knows what you'll see along the 'nude beach' stretch.


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1. Beach Access (1.7 mi)
Upon entering the beach, exercise caution as some areas may be loose, soft sand, depending on weather and season.

Directions to Trailhead

Starting Point: Matagorda

A common starting point for heading to the trail is Stanley’s Food Market at the corner of Fisher Street and FM2031 in Matagorda. While there, be sure to purchase the required $10 Matagorda County Vehicle Permit as fines can range from $50 $200 if you’re caught without it. Permits are valid for the calendar year in which it’s issued. From Stanley’s, head south on FM2031 approximately 7 miles, then turn left on the marked public beach access road. The beach access road will dead end on the beach.



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John-Paul Clark

Mapping Crew - Texas

JP began his off-road adventures as a "Toyota guy", then later crossed the dark side when he bought a Jeep Wrangler Rubicon. Describing himself as a 'heavy overlander / moderate crawler', he enjoys everything from long beach runs, to the mountains of Colorado, to the rocks of Moab.
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