Best Camping in Texas

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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!

Best Camping Sites in Texas (2,549)

    Camper-submitted photo from Inks Lake State Park Campground
    Camper-submitted photo from Inks Lake State Park Campground
    Camper-submitted photo from Inks Lake State Park Campground
    Camper-submitted photo from Inks Lake State Park Campground
    Camper-submitted photo from Inks Lake State Park Campground
    Camper-submitted photo from Inks Lake State Park Campground

    1.

    Inks Lake State Park Campground

    94 Reviews
    429 Photos
    649 Saves
    Buchanan Dam, Texas

    Inks Lake State Park is great for a day trip or a weekend getaway. Because the lake’s level usually stays constant, you can play here year-round.

    Inks Lake camping offers many activities such as backpack, geocache, play volleyball, picnic, and observe nature. We have 9 miles of hiking trails through shady forests and across rocky hills. Hike Pecan Flats, a self-guided 3.3-mile trail that is perfect for the whole family, or stop by our bird blind. Rent our group picnic pavilion for your next family reunion. Take a virtual tour with our interactive trails map.

    On the water, you can swim (no lifeguards on duty), boat, water ski, scuba dive and fish. We have set aside a large, no-wake zone for paddling.

    Stay at one of nearly 200 campsites or 22 cabins (two are ADA-accessible). Many sites are lakeside or have easy access to the lake. Several camping loops have playgrounds. Sponsored youth groups can rent our youth group camping area.

    • Pets
    • Fires
    • Electric Hookups
    • Phone Service
    • Reservable
    • ADA Access

    $11 - $20 / night

    Camper-submitted photo from Pedernales Falls State Park Campground
    Camper-submitted photo from Pedernales Falls State Park Campground
    Camper-submitted photo from Pedernales Falls State Park Campground
    Camper-submitted photo from Pedernales Falls State Park Campground
    Camper-submitted photo from Pedernales Falls State Park Campground
    Camper-submitted photo from Pedernales Falls State Park Campground

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    Pedernales Falls State Park Campground

    84 Reviews
    343 Photos
    584 Saves
    Johnson City, Texas

    Flowing over and around huge slabs of limestone, the Pedernales River can be turbulent. But most often it is tranquil, and a great place to relax and recharge. We are just 30 miles west of Austin. Come over for an afternoon swim or hike, or load up your gear for an overnight adventure. The river awaits!

    Choose a site with water and electricity or hike to a primitive site. Bring your group to the Youth Group Camp or Equestrian Group Camp.

    • Pets
    • Fires
    • Electric Hookups
    • Phone Service
    • Reservable
    • ADA Access
    Camper-submitted photo from McKinney Falls State Park Campground
    Camper-submitted photo from McKinney Falls State Park Campground
    Camper-submitted photo from McKinney Falls State Park Campground
    Camper-submitted photo from McKinney Falls State Park Campground
    Camper-submitted photo from McKinney Falls State Park Campground
    Camper-submitted photo from McKinney Falls State Park Campground

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    McKinney Falls State Park Campground

    78 Reviews
    230 Photos
    669 Saves
    Sunset Valley, Texas

    Listen to Onion Creek flowing over limestone ledges and splashing into pools. Follow trails winding through the Hill Country woods. Explore the remains of an early Texas homestead and a very old rock shelter. All of this lies within Austin’s city limits at McKinney Falls State Park - what are you waiting for?

    Think of the park as Austin’s backyard; we’re just 13 miles from the state capitol. Here you can camp, hike, mountain or road bike, geocache, go bouldering, and picnic. You can also fish and swim in Onion Creek.

    Onion Creek can flood after rainfall. Beware of the creek’s flow; contact the park for current creek conditions. Read through our swimming safety tips before you visit.

    Stay at one of 81 campsites (all with water and electric hookups). Or rent one of our six newly remodeled cabins. We also have a primitive youth camping area, for use by nonprofit-sponsored youth groups

    • Pets
    • Fires
    • Electric Hookups
    • Phone Service
    • Reservable
    • ADA Access

    $20 - $24 / night

    Camper-submitted photo from Chisos Basin Campground — Big Bend National Park
    Camper-submitted photo from Chisos Basin Campground — Big Bend National Park
    Camper-submitted photo from Chisos Basin Campground — Big Bend National Park
    Camper-submitted photo from Chisos Basin Campground — Big Bend National Park
    Camper-submitted photo from Chisos Basin Campground — Big Bend National Park
    Camper-submitted photo from Chisos Basin Campground — Big Bend National Park

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    Chisos Basin Campground — Big Bend National Park

    68 Reviews
    321 Photos
    465 Saves
    Terlingua, Texas

    Overview

    Chisos Basin Group Campground, situated high in the rugged Chisos Mountains, is one of the most sought-after campgrounds in Big Bend National Park. It has seven group camping sites available for groups of nine to 20 people (size is site-dependent). At an altitude of 5,400 ft. (1646 m),, the campground is surrounded on all sides by tall, rocky cliffs and conveniently located near some of the park's most spectacular and popular trails. The Rio Grande is only a short drive away. Also found in the area is the Chisos Basin Visitor Center, the General Store and the Chisos Mountains Lodge , which houses the only restaurant in Big Bend National Park.

    Recreation

    This campground is a hub for hikers. Some of the park's most spectacular and popular Day Hike trails are nearby, including the Lost Mine Trail, the Window Trail, the South Rim Trail and the Pinnacles Trail, with its access to the park's highest point, Emory Peak (elevation 7,825 ft./2385 m). Campers can find the trailheads for most of these trails in the main Chisos Basin area a mile or so further down the Basin road from the campground. Access to the river is approximately 30 miles (48 km) away, where visitors can canoe, kayak and fish.

    Facilities

    This campground is a hub for hikers. Some of the park's most spectacular and popular Day Hike trails are nearby, including the Lost Mine Trail, the Window Trail, the South Rim Trail and the Pinnacles Trail, with its access to the park's highest point, Emory Peak (elevation 7,825 ft./2385 m). Campers can find the trailheads for most of these trails in the main Chisos Basin area a mile or so further down the Basin road from the campground. Access to the river is approximately 30 miles (48 km) away, where visitors can canoe, kayak and fish.

    Natural Features

    The national park is named for a curve in the Rio Grande called the "big bend." For 1,250 miles (2012 km), the river is an International Boundary between the United States and Mexico. The campground lies at the base of several sloping cliffs amidst montane shrubland; desert plants such as Arizona cyprus and mesquite trees fill the landscape. Maple, aspen, pinyon and ponderosa pines grow at higher elevations just above the campground. Though it is lower than the surrounding cliffs, the Chisos Basin is at a higher elevation than other campgrounds within the park. Summer temperatures here are cool, yet warmer than other areas in fall and winter due to the cold air sinking into lower regions. The Chisos Mountains are a popular nesting site for migratory birds . The mountains provide the only nesting ground in the United States for the Colima Warbler, which arrives in mid-April and departs for its wintering grounds in southwestern Mexico by mid-September.

    Nearby Attractions

    Big Bend National Park encompasses 801,000 acres (324,153 ha) and the Chisos Basin area is centrally located. This allows visitors an excellent opportunity to explore all areas of the park in a relatively short drive. Big Bend offers excellent hiking trails, miles of rugged dirt roads, and endless possibilities for sightseeing.

    • Pets
    • Phone Service
    • RVs
    • Tents
    • Group
    • Cabins

    $40 / night

    Camper-submitted photo from Huntsville State Park Campground
    Camper-submitted photo from Huntsville State Park Campground
    Camper-submitted photo from Huntsville State Park Campground
    Camper-submitted photo from Huntsville State Park Campground
    Camper-submitted photo from Huntsville State Park Campground
    Camper-submitted photo from Huntsville State Park Campground

    5.

    Huntsville State Park Campground

    68 Reviews
    264 Photos
    285 Saves
    Huntsville, Texas

    It took 20 years of development, including weathering a flood and a World War, but in 1956 the community of Huntsville, Texas, finally got their own state park. Located just 10 miles south of town, in the Sam Houston National Forest, this 2,000-acre park of pine and hardwood forest is situated around man-made Lake Raven. Today, locals and visitors alike flock to Huntsville State Park for its hiking trails, water recreation and prolific wildlife. With so many outdoor activities to choose from, a good first stop is the park’s Nature Center. Here you can get information about the local flora and fauna, including the more than 250 species of birds, plus a variety of mammals and alligators, that make the park their home.

    Campers at Huntsville State Park have access to 160 tent and RV campsites in three camp areas near the shore of Lake Raven: Prairie Branch, Raven Hill and Coloneh. Full- and partial-hookup RV sites are available, and can accommodate vehicles/trailers up to 60 feet. All sites are equipped with picnic tables, grills, and lantern posts, and drinking water faucets are shared between sites; some sites are ADA accessible. Each camp area provides flush restrooms, showers, playgrounds, picnic areas near the lake, fishing piers, and boat launches. There is a dump station located in the Raven Hill camp area. The park also has two camping cabins for rent. Campsite rates range from $15–$25/night, plus park entrance fee; cabins are $60/night, plus entrance fee.

    When you’re ready to play on the water, head down to the lakeshore where you can take a dip in the designated swim area, rent a canoe or kayak (or put in your own) for paddling around the lake, or cast a line for crappie, perch and largemouth bass. A shop near the Prairie Branch day-use area has groceries, ice, fishing supplies and beverages. If you’re up for some roaming or wildlife watching, pick up a trail map and birding guide and go explore more than 20 miles of multiuse paths and nature walks. From the park’s bird blind, you can scan for a variety of songbirds and waterfowl. The park also offers ranger-led nature programs, and there are Junior Ranger activities for the kids.

    • Pets
    • Fires
    • Electric Hookups
    • Phone Service
    • Reservable
    • ADA Access

    $15 - $500 / night

    Camper-submitted photo from Tyler State Park Campground
    Camper-submitted photo from Tyler State Park Campground
    Camper-submitted photo from Tyler State Park Campground
    Camper-submitted photo from Tyler State Park Campground
    Camper-submitted photo from Tyler State Park Campground
    Camper-submitted photo from Tyler State Park Campground

    6.

    Tyler State Park Campground

    58 Reviews
    187 Photos
    283 Saves
    Lindale, Texas

    Welcome to Tyler State Park Campground, a gem nestled near Tyler, TX. This place is a haven for campers year-round, offering a peaceful retreat with plenty of amenities to make your stay comfortable.

    The campground is known for its serene atmosphere and well-maintained sites. Whether you're pitching a tent, parking an RV, or staying in a cabin, you'll find the accommodations to be top-notch. Many visitors have praised the spacious pull-through sites, which can easily accommodate larger setups. If you're into glamping or staying in a yurt, you're in luck—those options are available too.

    One of the standout features here is the beautiful lake, perfect for a morning walk to catch the sunrise or an afternoon of fishing. The park boasts numerous hiking trails, so there's plenty of room to explore and enjoy the natural beauty. The trails are a hit among dog owners, who often bring their furry friends along for the adventure.

    Facilities are generally in good shape, with showers, toilets, and sanitary dumps available. The park staff are friendly and helpful, always ready to assist with any needs. Just a heads-up: the gift shop isn't open on Tuesdays and Wednesdays, so plan accordingly if you're looking to snag a souvenir or a head badge for your walking stick.

    For those who enjoy a campfire, you'll be pleased to know that fires are allowed, and firewood is available for purchase. Just be mindful of the local wildlife—raccoons are known to be quite bold here, so keep your food secured.

    Overall, Tyler State Park Campground offers a peaceful, scenic escape with all the amenities you need for a comfortable stay. Whether you're here for the hiking, the lake, or just to relax, you're sure to have a memorable experience.

    • Pets
    • Fires
    • Electric Hookups
    • Phone Service
    • Reservable
    • ADA Access

    $12 - $28 / night

    Camper-submitted photo from Dinosaur Valley State Park — Dinosaur Valley State Park
    Camper-submitted photo from Dinosaur Valley State Park — Dinosaur Valley State Park
    Camper-submitted photo from Dinosaur Valley State Park — Dinosaur Valley State Park
    Camper-submitted photo from Dinosaur Valley State Park — Dinosaur Valley State Park
    Camper-submitted photo from Dinosaur Valley State Park — Dinosaur Valley State Park
    Camper-submitted photo from Dinosaur Valley State Park — Dinosaur Valley State Park

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    Dinosaur Valley State Park — Dinosaur Valley State Park

    58 Reviews
    265 Photos
    322 Saves
    Glen Rose, Texas

    Find dinosaur tracks, camp, picnic, hike, mountain bike, swim, fish and paddle in the river, watch for wildlife, look for a geocache, ride your horse, or visit our interpretive center.

    Stay at one of our campsites. Explore 20 miles of trails. Shop our park store for souvenirs, camping and fishing supplies, books and much more.

    Discover dinosaur tracks It’s easy to find dinosaur tracks in the park – just head to the river!

    • Pets
    • Fires
    • Electric Hookups
    • Phone Service
    • Reservable
    • ADA Access

    $15 - $25 / night

    Camper-submitted photo from Cedar Hill State Park Campground
    Camper-submitted photo from Cedar Hill State Park Campground
    Camper-submitted photo from Cedar Hill State Park Campground
    Camper-submitted photo from Cedar Hill State Park Campground
    Camper-submitted photo from Cedar Hill State Park Campground
    Camper-submitted photo from Cedar Hill State Park Campground

    8.

    Cedar Hill State Park Campground

    59 Reviews
    177 Photos
    80 Saves
    Cedar Hill, Texas

    Relax by the lake, tour an old Texas farm, or explore our rugged limestone hills and rare prairie pockets. Though we’re just a short drive from the DFW Metroplex, it feels like you’re a world away from the city.

    Visit Cedar Hill State Park for the day or weekend. Bring your family to hike, bike, picnic, camp, geocache and nature watch. The park sits on the shore of Joe Pool Lake, so you can also swim, fish, and boat or paddle.

    Camp at one of 350 developed campsites, all near restrooms with hot showers. All sites have water and electricity; 150 have sewer hookups, too. Several sites are ADA-accessible. Or hike to a primitive campsite, if trails are open.

    Primitive Campsites (Hike-in) People per Site: 4 Number of Sites: 30 Campfires are not permitted in the area. Trail continues about 2.25 miles. Chemical toilets Non-reservable

    • Pets
    • Fires
    • Electric Hookups
    • Phone Service
    • Reservable
    • ADA Access

    $10 - $30 / night

    Camper-submitted photo from Davis Mountains State Park Campground
    Camper-submitted photo from Davis Mountains State Park Campground
    Camper-submitted photo from Davis Mountains State Park Campground
    Camper-submitted photo from Davis Mountains State Park Campground
    Camper-submitted photo from Davis Mountains State Park Campground
    Camper-submitted photo from Davis Mountains State Park Campground

    9.

    Davis Mountains State Park Campground

    52 Reviews
    210 Photos
    201 Saves
    Fort Davis, Texas
    • Pets
    • Fires
    • Electric Hookups
    • Reservable
    • ADA Access
    • Tents

    $15 - $25 / night

    Camper-submitted photo from Fortress Cliff Primitive — Palo Duro Canyon State Park
    Camper-submitted photo from Fortress Cliff Primitive — Palo Duro Canyon State Park
    Camper-submitted photo from Fortress Cliff Primitive — Palo Duro Canyon State Park
    Camper-submitted photo from Fortress Cliff Primitive — Palo Duro Canyon State Park
    Camper-submitted photo from Fortress Cliff Primitive — Palo Duro Canyon State Park
    Camper-submitted photo from Fortress Cliff Primitive — Palo Duro Canyon State Park

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    Fortress Cliff Primitive — Palo Duro Canyon State Park

    47 Reviews
    183 Photos
    59 Saves
    Canyon, Texas

    These tent-only campsites are in the Cactus or Fortress Cliff areas. Water is in the campground, but not at each site. Restrooms with showers are 1/2 - 2 miles away.

    Picnic table Fire ring Water nearby Shade shelter

    These are drive-up sites, you do not have to backpack to them. Tent camping only. No pop-up campers, travel trailers, or motor homes are allowed in this area.

    Map: https://tpwd.texas.gov/publications/pwdpubs/media/park_maps/pwd_mp_p4506_007g.pdf

    • Pets
    • Fires
    • ADA Access
    • Tents
    • Group
    • Equestrian

    $16 / night

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Frequently Asked Questions

What camping is available in Texas?

According to TheDyrt.com, Texas offers a wide range of camping options, with 2549 campgrounds and RV parks in Texas and 66 free dispersed camping spots.

Which is the most popular campground in Texas?

According to TheDyrt.com, the most popular campground in Texas is Inks Lake State Park Campground with a 5-star rating from 94 reviews.

Where can I find free dispersed camping in Texas?

According to TheDyrt.com, there are 66 free dispersed camping spots in Texas.

What are the best parks in Texas?

According to TheDyrt.com, there are 36 parks in Texas that allow camping, notably Caddo National Grassland and Sam Houston National Forest.