McFaddin Beach

Sandy beach
MV4V+MP Port Arthur, TX, USA
76 miles from Houston, TX
Water quality
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Beach amenities

  • Pet friendlyBring your little friends!
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About this beach

Warnings and hazards

 The beach area is quite desolate – don’t expect to find any facilities or vendors.

McFaddin Beach is a 32-kilometer public beach on the upper Texas Gulf Coast, which is a part of McFaddin National Wildlife Refuge. This extensive and spacious beachfront parcel consists of hard-packed sand, which is good for walking as well as driving.

On weekend nights, local youngsters gather on the beach to make a bonfire and spend time chatting, drinking, partying, but overall, the beach is uncrowded, even desolate, and offers enough space for everybody. Moreover, if you arrive in the middle of the week, you’re quite likely to find yourself on the beach all alone.

Location And Access

Located southwest of Port Arthur, McFaddin beach stretches from Sea Rim State Park on the east to High Island on the west and can be accessed via Highway 87. Sabine Pass lies 19 km farther to the east. The entrance to the beach is free. Overnight camping is allowed, and you can park directly on the shore.

Swimming Conditions

The water in this part of the Gulf of Mexico is typically brown, so don’t expect amazing ocean views with clear blue-and-emerald waters. Nevertheless, the ocean is fairly clean here and it offers some enjoyable swimming on a hot summer day. If you’re in little mood for swimming, you can just spread out a towel, sunbathe, and listen to the waves in quiet and seclusion.

Archeological Issues

McFaddin Beach isn’t exactly an archeological site, but it’s a place where you can sometimes find animal bones and other artifacts from the entire span of Texas prehistory washed ashore. Archeologists call such accumulations a redeposited or secondary context.

McFaddin National Wildlife Refuge

This 58,000-acre refuge includes the largest freshwater marsh on the Texas Coast and supplies feeding and resting habitat for various bird populations. It’s open to the public from 10 a. m. to 5 p. m. Wednesday through Sunday and offers such recreational opportunities as free hunting (there are many areas to hunt waterfowl, blue and green-winged teal, mottled ducks, shoveler, gadwall, scaup, etc.), fishing (blue catfish, alligator gar, red drum, flounder), crabbing, wildlife watching, wildlife photography, and hiking.

Driving Time

  • 35 minutes from Port Arthur, TX
  • 55 minutes from Beaumont, TX
  • 1 hour 45 minutes from Houston, TX

Hotels and rentals

If you're considering staying for one or even a few nights, there are plenty of options available near the beach. Chose your preferred accomodation type and your favourite room provider:

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Visitor questions:

Question: Can you tent on the beach of near it?
Asked by Samantha about 4 years ago
Answer: The beach is long and spacious and offers plenty of opportunities for tenting provided that you don't mind staying overnight in such a wild and isolated place. The beach strip is long but narrow: be aware of the tide line when choosing a place for tenting. Please remember that due to the coronavirus epidemic tenting overnight is temporarily prohibited.
Question: Hi! I’m just trying to find the nude beach! I just moved from Kansas to Port Arthur, TX.
Asked by Danae Valdivia about 4 years ago
Answer: Welcome to Texas! The only officially recognized nude beach in Texas is Hippie Hollow Beach (McGregor County Park). However, Texan nudists also love to go to UFO Beach, Barton Springs Pool Beach, Emerald Lake Naturist Resort and RV Park Beach, and Riverside Ranch Nudist Resort Beach. You can find precise information about all these beaches on our website. Have a nice beach time! No tan lines! Remember that due to the COVID-19 pandemic all US beaches are open with some restrictions.
Question: Can you grill on the beach?
Asked by Carla about 3 years ago
Answer: There is no official information available, yet we suppose that grilling is prohibited on this beach since it is located on the territory of the National Wildlife Refuge. To get more precise information, please contact the refuge administration office +14099712909.
Question: I visited this beach in June 2021. The amount of litter and broken glass was disappointing. Is it always this way?
Asked by Jennifer almost 3 years ago
Answer: Unfortunately, this beach often gets polluted, especially after storms, yet this is not always so. Texas activists regularly organize the Adopt-A-Beach action where volunteers clean up the Texas Gulf Shore including McFaddin Beach.
Question: Tell me about the rules and what I need to know to be sure I don't have a problem with whatever I do. Please elaborate as much as possible. Also please recommend a good time to meet up with the people who are going out there today.
Asked by Jacob Daniel over 2 years ago
Answer: McFaddin Beach is part of McFaddin National Wildlife Refuge, meaning that when being on the beach you need to follow the rules for refuge visitors: visitors must stay on designated roads and trails; pets must be leashed at all times; collection of plants or animals, and feeding or disturbing wildlife is prohibited; fireworks and recordings to attract wildlife are prohibited; all-terrain vehicles, airboats and personal watercraft (wave-runners) are prohibited; all boat motors greater that 25 HP and with more than a 9inch propeller, are prohibited. If you want to meet up with your friends on this beach, the best time is in June, July, August and September.

McFaddin Beach videos

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Old 87 Beach Run!
An incredible drone made video of several offroadsters overcoming obstacles on the beach

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Reviewed on: August 9, 2019