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    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

    1.

    Huntsville State Park Campground

    68 Reviews
    264 Photos
    282 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 Lake Livingston State Park Campground
    Camper-submitted photo from Lake Livingston State Park Campground
    Camper-submitted photo from Lake Livingston State Park Campground
    Camper-submitted photo from Lake Livingston State Park Campground
    Camper-submitted photo from Lake Livingston State Park Campground
    Camper-submitted photo from Lake Livingston State Park Campground

    2.

    Lake Livingston State Park Campground

    31 Reviews
    110 Photos
    265 Saves
    Livingston, Texas

    Fish at one of the largest lakes in the state, hike quiet trails through the forest, or find Lake Livingston camping under the trees. This refreshing retreat from city life is just an hour north of Houston.

    At Lake Livingston State Park, you can swim, fish, boat, hike, bird, camp, picnic, mountain bike, geocache and study nature. We have activities for the whole family! Take a virtual tour with our Interactive Trails Map.

    We offer many camping options, from tent sites with water nearby up to campsites with full hookups. You can also rent one of 10 screened shelters, some of which are ADA accessible. Or book one of our group sites for your next reunion.

    Shop our park store for souvenirs, drinks, snacks, ice, camping and fishing supplies, and much more.

    Alligators live in the area; read our alligator safety tips.

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

    $14 - $28 / night

  1. 3.

    Thousand Trails Lake Conroe

    21 Reviews
    79 Photos
    124 Saves
    Willis, Texas

    2020 Tripadvisor Hall of Fame! Thousand Trails is America's finest family camping, and Lake Conroe RV & Camping Resort is a prime example of what family camping is all about. Conveniently located just outside of Houston, this RV campground in Texas is a water lover's dream come true. You can bring your boat and launch it right from the campground! Don't have a boat? Then, rent one of the onsite jon boats, paddle boats, kayaks, or canoes. With the marina expansion and new beach there is even more fun to be had at this aquatic RV campground in Texas. Lake Conroe and the RV camp are open year round and offer lots of variety for the entire family to enjoy. The staff is very friendly and look forward to serving your needs. "When our guests are happy, we are happy!" Lake Conroe RV Campground in Texas Whether you're planning a retreat for the whole family, a group of friends or a getaway for two, there's no shortage of unique activities to explore at Lake Conroe RV & Camping Resort. Plan activities upon arrival or visit this page before your departure to plan ahead. Looking for more? Our friendly staff can fill you in on all of the great ways to make your stay a memorable experience.

    • Pets
    • Fires
    • Electric Hookups
    • Phone Service
    • Reservable
    • ADA Access
    Camper-submitted photo from Wolf Creek Park
    Camper-submitted photo from Wolf Creek Park
    Camper-submitted photo from Wolf Creek Park
    Camper-submitted photo from Wolf Creek Park
    Camper-submitted photo from Wolf Creek Park
    Camper-submitted photo from Wolf Creek Park

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    Wolf Creek Park

    15 Reviews
    23 Photos
    284 Saves
    Coldspring, Texas

    Wolf Creek Park on Lake Livingston is a perfect place for uncrowded, family-style camping in a tranquil environment. The park is staffed by a team of recreation professionals who enforce park rules to ensure visitors enjoy a safe and pleasant stay in the great outdoors.

    • Pets
    • Fires
    • Electric Hookups
    • Phone Service
    • Reservable
    • ADA Access
    Camper-submitted photo from Double Lake Recreation Area
    Camper-submitted photo from Double Lake Recreation Area
    Camper-submitted photo from Double Lake Recreation Area
    Camper-submitted photo from Double Lake Recreation Area
    Camper-submitted photo from Double Lake Recreation Area
    Camper-submitted photo from Double Lake Recreation Area

    5.

    Double Lake Recreation Area

    13 Reviews
    42 Photos
    219 Saves
    Coldspring, Texas

    Overview

    Double Lake Recreation Area was built in 1937 by the Civilian Conservation Corps and offers a little of everything, including camping, fishing, swimming, picnicking, hiking and simply relaxing in nature. A variety of tent, RV and group campsites are available.

    Recreation

    Double Lake is open for fishing year round. Only boats with small electric motors are allowed. A 5-mile hiking trail leads to Big Creek Scenic Area, and there is access to part of the 128-mile Lone Star Hiking Trail. A 20-mile mountain bike trail meanders around the lake.Swimmers can relax on a sandy beach after taking a cool plunge. Learn more about recreation in the national forest.

    Facilities

    Double Lake is open for fishing year round. Only boats with small electric motors are allowed. A 5-mile hiking trail leads to Big Creek Scenic Area, and there is access to part of the 128-mile Lone Star Hiking Trail. A 20-mile mountain bike trail meanders around the lake.Swimmers can relax on a sandy beach after taking a cool plunge. Learn more about recreation in the national forest.

    Natural Features

    The area has rolling hills forested with hardwood and pines. The campground is surrounded by the 23-acre Double Lake. Temperatures are moderate to cool from September through May, and hot and humid from June to August. Winters are cool and wet.

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    For facility specific information, please call (936) 344-6205.

    • Pets
    • Fires
    • Electric Hookups
    • Phone Service
    • RVs
    • Tents

    $115 - $140 / night

    Camper-submitted photo from Cagle Recreation Area
    Camper-submitted photo from Cagle Recreation Area
    Camper-submitted photo from Cagle Recreation Area
    Camper-submitted photo from Cagle Recreation Area
    Camper-submitted photo from Cagle Recreation Area
    Camper-submitted photo from Cagle Recreation Area

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    Cagle Recreation Area

    17 Reviews
    92 Photos
    143 Saves
    New Waverly, Texas

    Overview

    Cagle Recreation Area is a popular campground and day-use area that sits along the shoreline of Lake Conroe on the west fork of the San Jacinto River, just 1 hour north of Houston, Texas. The area offers great camping, fishing, hiking, hunting, birding and water sports year-round.

    Recreation

    Anglers are drawn to the 22,000-acre Lake Conroe for its forested lake shore and open water. The lake is particularly noted for black bass and year-round fishing. Swimming is not allowed, but fishing, hiking, picnicking and shoreline wading are sure to provide plenty of fun for kids. Hikers and mountain bikers can try the 2-mile Cagle Trail within the facility. Learn more about recreation in the national forest.

    Facilities

    Anglers are drawn to the 22,000-acre Lake Conroe for its forested lake shore and open water. The lake is particularly noted for black bass and year-round fishing. Swimming is not allowed, but fishing, hiking, picnicking and shoreline wading are sure to provide plenty of fun for kids. Hikers and mountain bikers can try the 2-mile Cagle Trail within the facility. Learn more about recreation in the national forest.

    Natural Features

    Cagle is nestled among the pines of the Sam Houston National Forest. This area is covered with beautiful large pine and hardwood trees plus thousands of colorful wildflowers. Mid-February redbud tree blossoms followed by dogwood blossoms in early March put on a spectacular display of flowers. Lake Conroe and the surrounding forest provide wintering habitat for the endangered bald eagle. Temperatures are moderate to cool from September through May, and hot and humid from June to August. Winters are cool and wet.

    Nearby Attractions

    Visitors can explore the national forest's 85 miles of off-road vehicle, equestrian and mountain bike trails. The 128 mile Lone Star Hiking trail is nearby with a portion of the trail located near Lake Conroe.

    • Pets
    • Fires
    • Electric Hookups
    • Phone Service
    • RVs
    • Tents

    $30 / night

    Camper-submitted photo from Stubblefield Lake Recreation Area
    Camper-submitted photo from Stubblefield Lake Recreation Area
    Camper-submitted photo from Stubblefield Lake Recreation Area
    Camper-submitted photo from Stubblefield Lake Recreation Area
    Camper-submitted photo from Stubblefield Lake Recreation Area
    Camper-submitted photo from Stubblefield Lake Recreation Area

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    Stubblefield Lake Recreation Area

    13 Reviews
    50 Photos
    220 Saves
    New Waverly, Texas

    Overview

    This location is available on a first-come, first-served basis only. Visitors are required to physically arrive at the campground to purchase and claim a site. Once on-site, you may be able to pay for your campsite(s) by scanning a QR code using the Recreation.gov mobile app, and the Scan and Pay feature. If this option is available, you will need to first download the free Recreation.gov mobile app https://www.recreation.gov/mobile-app prior to your arrival as some remote areas have limited or no cellular service.

    • Phone Service
    • RVs
    • Tents
    • Group
    • Standard (Tent/RV)
    • Trash
    Camper-submitted photo from Double Lake NF Campground
    Camper-submitted photo from Double Lake NF Campground
    Camper-submitted photo from Double Lake NF Campground
    Camper-submitted photo from Double Lake NF Campground
    Camper-submitted photo from Double Lake NF Campground
    Camper-submitted photo from Double Lake NF Campground

    8.

    Double Lake NF Campground

    6 Reviews
    13 Photos
    87 Saves
    Coldspring, Texas
    • Pets
    • Fires
    • Electric Hookups
    • Phone Service
    • Reservable
    • ADA Access
    Camper-submitted photo from Lake Niederhoffer Campsite
    Camper-submitted photo from Lake Niederhoffer Campsite
    Camper-submitted photo from Lake Niederhoffer Campsite
    Camper-submitted photo from Lake Niederhoffer Campsite
    Camper-submitted photo from Lake Niederhoffer Campsite
    Camper-submitted photo from Lake Niederhoffer Campsite
  2. 10.

    Buck Acres

    10 Reviews
    43 Photos
    86 Saves
    Montgomery, Texas

    Once we saw the beauty of the property, we knew we had to keep it as wild and pristine as possible. On 6.5 acres the perfect number of sites was 18 keeping the large house for VRBO rental (coming soon).

    Buck Acres is technically not even an RV park, we just wanted to share our property with fellow travelers so we added some gravel, and provide full 50/30/20A plug-ins and water. We use HipCamp and The Dyrt for bookings.

    Buck Acres really is "close to everything but away from it all", still being close to city amenities, including Lake Conroe. Less than 1 mile to April Sound and the largest marina on Lake Conroe, 8 minutes to Wal-Mart, but peaceful and quiet on our forested property.

    As full-time RV nomads ourselves we know RV park rates are getting crazy, this is our way of trying to help the community. We've done everything we can to keep rates down. The only amenities we offer are Wi-Fi, electricity, water, and an ADA porta john that is cleaned every week.

    Affordable RV parks shouldn't be sweltering hot parking lots where you're packed in like sardines! At Buck Acres we have 100' tall hardwoods and pines that have been trimmed up 60' for the safety of you and your rig! Please be aware falling limbs are still a hazard, but we have the property trimmed professionally every year.

    Buck Acres is still under construction and it is a labor of love. All proceeds go immediately back into the park (We have six electric/water sites fully functional)

    Bring your family, pets, and friends - tents and RVs welcome!

    Please Note:

    Quiet Hours are 10pm - 8am

    Please keep open fires within designated fire rings Keep pets on leash - Clean up any pet waste

    Dispose of garbage in designated trash receptacles

    Guests are responsible for the behavior of their children & pets

    Guests are responsible for all damage or destruction of property and any injury to persons caused by the guest, or by their family, visitor(s), or pets.

    Do not walk through other people’s campsites. Respect the boundaries and their privacy.

    Management reserves the right to refuse service or terminate stay for any violations.

    We do not have caretakers on the property 24/7 but are usually there for any urgent needs and will sometimes have fun activities going on at the property that our visitors are welcome to join in (bonfires and such), but since the campsites are at the front of the property, it will not disturb the guests and will not go on beyond quiet hours (10pm and 6am).

    Call or text us at (832) 303-9940 if you have any questions!

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

    $27 - $42 / night

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