North of Corpus Christi and south of Victoria, the Matagorda Island State Park has 70 miles of routes open to mountain bikes. There are 38 miles of beach riding and 32 miles of paved, shell roadway, multi-purpose trails.
Matagorda Island State Park and Wildlife Management Area, in Calhoun County, is separated from the mainland by San Antonio and Espiritu Santo bays and is one of the barrier islands that borders the Gulf to protect the mainland from the great tides and strong wave action of the open ocean. The park and wildlife management area occupy about 43,893 total acres; the park area is approximately 7,325 acres.
From Port OConnor, the Texas Parks and Wildlife Department has hired a private vendor, Coastal Cat Adventures, to operate a boat to shuttle the public to the 38-mile long barrier island that is home to Matagorda Island State Park and Wildlife Management Area, as well as 11,500 acres managed by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service. Ferry Reservations are made by contacting the TPWD Reservation Center at (512) 389-8900.