Nothing thrills the heart of a true explorer like the stunning diversity of outdoor adventure that awaits in the state of Texas! From the beauty of the Gulf Coast to the High Plains, Texas offers terrain that varies between mountains, woodlands, rolling hills, semi-arid plains and high desert. With more than 78 state parks and numerous wildlife areas, historic sites and natural attractions, Texas truly has something for everyone.
Insiders know that camping in Texas is much more than just hanging out around the campfire. In a state that boasts everything is bigger, natural features as well as wildlife areas are vast and rich, begging the weary traveler to indulge in all the sights and experiences this type of diversity provides. The variety of parks, campgrounds and backcountry offers the full range of adventure for those looking to ‘rough it’ all the way to those who choose to enjoy nature with a few more comforts.
South Central Texas is a prime area of the state to explore. Known far and wide as the Hill Country, it is so named for its rolling hills and woodlands. Famous for its excellent wineries, historic small towns and natural beauty, the Hill Country also boasts a unique offering for campers known as Enchanted Rock State Park.
Enchanted Rock is a large pink granite dome that rises 425 feet above the surrounding terrain and is the largest granite monadock in the United States. Indians, Spaniards and early settlers all had stories of magical, spiritual or unexplained happenings around the rock which gave the feature its name. These days, one of the most intriguing sights is at night, after a rain. The wet dome seems to glitter in the moonlight and while regarded as a simple play of light on the granite, the effect adds to both the mystery and enchantment of the area.
Another intriguing site in the Hill Country is Jacob’s Well, a short 78 miles southeast from Enchanted Rock State Park. Fed by a natural artesian spring, Jacob’s Well consists of a large pool connected to a vast underground cavern system that sprawls more than 4300 feet. The spring is connected to the Trinity Aquifer and emits thousands of gallons of water each day where visitors can enjoy the cool 68 degree water. Jacob’s Well is a popular and welcome retreat from the famous Texas heat!
Texas is the second largest state and for some, camping in Texas can, and does, turn into a life-long pursuit. With so many hidden gems, and areas to explore, it could take decades to experience it all. The Dyrt has you covered though! For the secret hideaways and must-see adventures in Texas, check back often to see the latest insider tips and places to explore!
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We loved staying here for a night on our drive through West Texas, the perfect midway stopping point. This state park is a nice natural respite from the noise and lights of oil country and towns.
Easy pull-through sites and well-maintained bathrooms. Sunsets and sunrises here are stunning. Feels like you're in a foreign desert.
I went with a buddy and we stayed in site 16 in the primitive walk-in site. It was a gorgeous site right on the Colorado river. The thing I didn't realize was that in the primitive walk-in site you are in a field, with not really any privacy from any other campers. If you are thinking that you will have some foliage separation between sites, you won't. The other thing that other Texas state parks have that Colorado Bend didn't have was showers and a plumbed bathroom. They have 1 open air shower but it is closed during the winter season. The bathroom's are simple outhouses with composing bins. The shop also doesn't take credit cards, and they don't have the firewood vending machines you can access after hours, so if you come one after the shop closes, you will need to bring your own firewood. We did the Spicewood Canyon trail that has some amazing views from the top of the ridge. We hit the last mile of the Lemon Ridge trail that then dumped us on the the river trail that created a nice 6.5 mile loop. It was a good hike that they have listed as "Challenging" but hasn't bad at all. The north end of the site has the Waterfalls and from what we were told from some people at a neighboring site, that is were a lot of the day use hikers were. Overall it was a great camping trip in a gorgeous part of Texas, there were just a few things I wish I had known going into the trip.
Loved this spot. As other mentioned, it is primitive but as long as you're cool with that, the owners have a huge property and you can setup wherever you want on it (as long as you don't need water/electrical. We were able to pull out in our van in the middle of the field and get a bit of fast 3g from sprint to work (though it was sparse). 15min away from Enchanted Rock, best spot I know of for climbers sleeping in their vehicle around there. The owners are very nice.
It feels like a state park, but run by the city. All sites are back in and allow for tent campers. Some sites are 50 amp, while all are for 30 amp. Larger rigs are more accomdated next to the lake. But call ahead to see which sites have 50 amp, you'll need it I summer time. Beach is great.
Love the two air conditioned club houses and the separate lounging library. Love the dog wash with fresh towels-all you need is your doggie’s favorite shampoo.Lots to do. Some sites are a little tight but mgr tries to get you in best spot for your needs. Very impressive. All employees and workampers are great and helpful! So great we are staying til April 1st.
We came for the month of January to camp next to friends. It’s a family RV park and has nice amenities. We are just outgrowing the atmosphere. It’s nothing against the park, we just have a teenager. (14) I recommend it for any families with younger kids! If you have a teen who rolls their eyes as a bounce pillow and isn’t interested in miniature golf, probably keep looking.
Our site is wooded and has a nice fire pit—but unfortunately right now there is a burn ban in Comal County.
Pet friendly! Has a small dog park.
Nothing negative to say about our stay here!
Ken, the owner, is very friendly and helpful and introduced himself on our first day here. Our pull through spot on gravel was level and clean. The grounds are very well kept and decorated with Texas charm. The office is well lit with bistro lights after dark, for late arrivals.
Spotless communal areas include the bathrooms, kitchen, and wash house. A small swimming pool looks to be fun in the warmer months.
The town of Denton is nearby with plenty of grocery options, shopping, and cute restaurants. Don’t miss Thai Square if you love Thai food.
Overall, a very affordable campground with exceptional service and cleanliness. Cute alpacas and friendly watch dogs are an added bonus!
Great campground in the Pineywoods of east Texas. Stayed 14 days in site 20 on Dogwood loop. Nice size sites with plenty of room between. Restrooms and showers clean, though showers do need some repair. Plenty of walking/hiking trails and wood for fires. Swim area looks nice, though we visited in November so we didn't swim. Can see the foundation for the old mill in back of the park.
We arrived in Austin, Texas for the new year and boondocked for a week in a Walmart on 290 in Austin to get some truck repairs done. One week at a Walmart was enough for us, so we looked for some free or cheap campgrounds within an hour of the city.
Spoiler alert: There isn't much.
Most state campgrounds are $24+ per night with per-person daily access fees that ring your nightly rate up to $35+. And all private campgrounds easily are $40 per night unless you opt for a slightly cheaper weekly rate.
Enter Sandy Creek Park in Leander, Texas, about 45 minutes from downtown Austin. The campground is situated on Travis Lake in the hilly country northwest of Austin. The road to get here involves 15-20 minutes of significant up-and-down winding, and there are a good number of cars traveling on the road. Though the speed limit is 15-30 most of the time, there are sports cars and motorcycles that will ride your bumper and look to pass you on the double yellow. I've driven over 25,000 miles in our truck-and-trailer combo this year, and this was among the more winding roads I've been on.
The campground itself has a few U-shaped terraced levels leading down to the boat ramp into Travis Lake, and there's a lot of boater activity. However, the campground itself was empty the entire week we were here with just one other RVer staying a single night. There are no easy turnarounds for larger rigs in this campground, and low-hanging branches provide obstacles for taller rigs. Even our fifth wheel, with a modest 11'10" max height, had a hard time in some spots. Ultimately, we decided to park parallel to the road in one of the more open campsites by the park entrance. When leaving, we elected to back out beyond the entrance before turning up and out of the park.
I'd say our 30' fifth wheel is about the max length recommended in this park. There are no hookups at Sandy Creek Park but there is a dump station, which I included pictures of. However, I didn't attempt to use it for two reasons: (1) a sharp corner entering the U-shaped dump station turnout and (2) low-hanging trees preventing me from swinging my rig wide.
Water is available at several faucets spaced every few campsites, but some of them don't have the traditional grooved fitting to connect your water hose. Filling is also a two-man job as you need to turn and hold to keep water flowing.
Park employees staffed the fee booth for 5 of the 7 days we were here and police patrolled the area a few times per day.
Overall, Sandy Creek Park is a clean campground with a great location right outside Austin for an awesome price(considering the other parks in close proximity). It has everything a camper could need except electric hookups, though the dump station is tough to access for larger rigs.
Came out w my hubby and 2 boys, 8 & 10. We forgot our adapter but they had a loaner for 20.00 we got back on Mon. It was our 1st trip w our new 50amp. We tubed on Saturday and on Sunday we hung out on sandy island w new Friends while hubby n boys fished.
Don't get fooled by the name, there are all kinds of people there. I expected toothless Hillbillies haha.Not at all. This 3day weekend was full of families. Staff was great, just wish there were not mosquitoes .
Robbers Roost can accommodate 2 vehicles and about 8 people. Nice views from this primitive site, especially the night sky, and there is very little traffic. Robbers Roast has a bear proof storage box. Unfortunately, there is no shade at the campsite.
Great views of the desert and rugged mountains. The South Rim is visible to the west. Elephant Tusk and Backbone Ridge are visible to the south.
The tent sites are grassy, which was very nice and the bathrooms were nice compared to what you'd find at a typical beach side facility that is also open to the public paying for its use. Note on the weekends, the bathrooms can get messy due to all the extra traffic. The rest of the time the bathrooms were clean. We paid for a $10 seven day pass into Padre National Seashore and went to that beach most of the time. It was much cleaner than IB Magee Beach.
A couple suggestions for tent camping: 1) Pack light to stay cool. It is fairly warm throughout the summer. 2) Keep the rain flap on tent. It was pretty windy the first couple nights. 3) Bring earplugs to sleep in case it is windy.
Nearby attractions include Port Aransas Beach (1.2 miles), Leonabelle Turnbull Birding Center (1.3 miles), and Mustang Island State Park (1.6 miles).
My wife, kids, dogs and I went out to Inks Lake and we stayed in site 345, in the tent only sites. It was a great sire that backed right up on the lake. We had a natural split level site with a clearing towards the lake that allowed us a great spot for me to set up our Bonfire Solo Stove. There was enough room to set up our Kingdom 6 REI tent, which is a 2 room 6 man tent, along with 2 hammock. We were on a small loop that allowed our kids (8 and 6) to have some room to roam, and we were just a 50 yard walk from the fishing dock and one of Texas State Parks newly renovated bathrooms. I would recommend this site and park to anyone. We were bummed we were able to to down the street to Lonnghorn Cavern, because some bad weather came in and we had too leave early.
Lufkin, Texas, Take a look at the photos on Google maps. The worst part is the lack of road and site grading and drainage. Utilities are fine. Full hookups, laundry room, 1 shower, good wifi. Roads are mostly dirt. Pads are mostly dirt and ungraded some have gravel. Manager is trying to upgrade but it has a long way to go.Lots of potential here.
*though this park is technically an “airstream” park, it allows non airstream RV’s for camping, just add a slightly higher nightly price.
PAVED SITES: the terraport area for RV’s is nicely paved, smooth and flat. Sunsets here on the hill are lovely.
BATHROOM: bathrooms are cleaned regularly.
COMMUNITY: the airstream community that lives here permanently are very friendly and plan many community events open to all, like bean bag baseball and soup night.
GATED: the community is gated at night with a code which makes the place feel more secure than other off-the-highway campgrounds.
LOCATION: there’s nothing much in Hillsboro, not even good restaurants. The nearest HEB grocery is over 30 minutes away. This campground is great for stopping through, but a pain if you’re looking for a long term stay with nearby things to do.
LOUD: the highway is close by and pretty loud, though when you’re inside your rig it’s unlikely you’ll hear it.
Overall we had a pleasant stay here. Our biggest annoyance was having to drive far for groceries, restaurants or for overall civilization. The people here are super friendly and love their airstreams.
Well-run RV Park. Excellent support team/staff, excellent utility hookups, located literally near/on the sound side, our site has plenty of room for our 43’ ClassA and tow/suv, site trash pickup, community center/bldg with a social calendar of things to do, great pool, satellite friendly, good WiFi, good cellular reception, pet walk with waste bags and trash container, small dog fenced pet park, overall clean and friendly place to park the rig for awhile. You're on South Padre Island here and it feels good!
We stained over New Years, beautiful little spot. Camp was very clean and had decent large bathrooms with a clean shower. Sites are large and well maintained, covered area was very nice and sturdy. Large amount of room between sites. No sewer hock up so we had to pump out. No fires they had a burn ban in effect but we were allowed to grill. Had a few visitors to the site. Would definitely stay again, very nice small RV park.
We absolutely loved this place! Everything about it was top notch! Lots of space for the kids to play and bike, water access, shade, and clean bathrooms. Nice trails!
We have always talked about going on this trip and finally went. We stayed in spot 125 of Sagebrush Campground. All the sites were nice, clean and had gorgeous views. The weather was fairly mild but cool. Our RV water froze up twice in the five days we were here but we kind of expected it…., it is January. We didn’t realize until we checked in that one half of the park was closed due to a several week hunting period. But the upper half of the canyon that we explored all week was breathtaking. If you love beautiful scenery this park is a must see destination.
Nice campsite with two pad locations each suitable for a 4 man tent complete with the obligatory 2ftx2ftx2ft bear box at around 5900 ft elevation. Trees provide shade.
Boulder Meadow Number #4 is the last in a cluster of 4 camps sites. I wouldn't hesitate to select it again. There is a BM #5 campsite little further up the Pinnacles Trail and before the Pinnacles Campsites.
As all Backcountry campsites at Big Bend it's a leave no trace and pack out your important papers location. Get your permit and reservation in person at the Backcountry office behind the Panther Junction Visitor Center.
The BM-4 campsite is a well marked two tenths of a mile off the Pinnacles Trail and 2.2 miles from the Chisos Basin Amphitheatre parking lot near the camp grounds there. The parking sits at an elevation around 5150 ft for an elevation change of 700 ft.
My crew went at it's typical 30min mile pace, but we stopped frequently for pictures and my 5th grade sons pack adjustments.
You could cut .5 miles at 150 ft of elevation change for some of your party if you drop them off at the parking loop for the visitors center.