Health and safety


Observing the following guidelines can help make your visit to Galveston Island State Park worry-free:

  • Know your limits. Prepare for sun and heat. Take along plenty of water, snacks and a first-aid kit. Neither water nor restrooms are provided on the trails.
  • Let others know your plans, your anticipated activities and time frames — particularly if you are kayaking or canoeing on your own. Take a cell phone and trail map (available at the Park Office).
  • Keep pets on leashes to keep them and others safe while also protecting the Park’s wildlife.
  • Certain trails are occasionally closed for resource management activities such as prescribed burns. Check with personnel in the Park Office for current conditions and future closures.
  • Trails may include naturally-occurring conditions such as wet areas, thorny plants, tree roots or low-hanging limbs. Such conditions may be challenging for strollers, wheelchairs or bicycles.
  • Potentially harmful wildlife and plants exist in the Park. These may be especially difficult to see if you leave the trail.
  • Helmets are recommended when cycling in the Park.
  • Be aware of the flags flying on the beach. Green, yellow and red flags denote the state of the surf, as prescribed by the Galveston Beach Patrol. Blue flags denote the probable presence of venomous creatures such jellyfish.

Park etiquette

In addition to looking after yourself, we ask that you also take care of the Park during your visit.  Keep in mind that the Park is a nature preserve; help us protect the plants and animals that live here minimizing your impact on the environment. For example, you should only walk on designated footpaths and remove all trash when you leave.

Handicap access

Three specially-equipped wheelchairs are available at no charge to provide access to the beach. Contact the Park Office for more information.


The Park Office and Nature Learning Center are each equipped with an automated external defibrillator (AED).

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