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    Camper-submitted photo from Walnut Springs Area — Enchanted Rock State Natural Area
    Camper-submitted photo from Walnut Springs Area — Enchanted Rock State Natural Area
    Camper-submitted photo from Walnut Springs Area — Enchanted Rock State Natural Area
    Camper-submitted photo from Walnut Springs Area — Enchanted Rock State Natural Area
    Camper-submitted photo from Walnut Springs Area — Enchanted Rock State Natural Area
    Camper-submitted photo from Walnut Springs Area — Enchanted Rock State Natural Area

    1.

    Walnut Springs Area — Enchanted Rock State Natural Area

    24 Reviews
    64 Photos
    7 Saves
    Willow City, Texas

    Moss Lake (eight sites) and Walnut Springs (12 sites) are a 1 to 3 mile hike over rugged terrain. We charge an excess vehicle fee of $6 per car, per night, for each vehicle over two per campsite. No ash-producing fires are permitted in this area. You may use containerized fuel stoves that can be turned off for cooking. Minors (under 17) who are not camping with a sponsored group must provide a written consent form to stay overnight. No hammocks allowed in primitive camping areas.

    Magical, Mystical, Enchanted Climb the ancient dome for amazing Hill Country views.

    The massive pink granite dome rising above Central Texas has drawn people for thousands of years. But there’s more at Enchanted Rock State Natural Area than just the dome. The scenery, rock formations and legends are magical, too!

    Things to Do You can hike, backpack, camp, rock climb, picnic, bird, study nature, geocache and stargaze. (You cannot swim here or ride bikes on the trails.)

    Hiking Explore nearly 11 miles of hiking trails. Take a virtual tour with our Interactive Trails Map.

    All trails close 30 minutes after sunset, except the Loop Trail. The Summit Trail may close in wet weather. Check our trail status here or visit our Facebook page or Twitter feed. Rock Climbing Rock climbers must check in at park headquarters. You can pick up route maps there and read the climbing rules. Read through our Climbing Information before you come.

    Pets To protect this Natural Area, pets are only allowed in the designated day-use picnic areas, the campgrounds, and on the Loop Trail (pets are not allowed on any other trail). Don't leave pets unattended, including in vehicles and at campsites, and keep them on a leash no longer than six feet at all times.

    Shopping Our park store carries some gift items. You can buy wood for campfires at the park. Please bring your own drinking water, as it is in short supply due to the ongoing drought.

    Get involved Enchanted Rock needs your help! We will match your abilities to our many needs. You might guide a group to the summit, lead a tour of the loop trail, provide information to park visitors, or help maintain park facilities. Visit our Volunteer page to learn more.

    Join or donate to the Friends of Enchanted Rock.

    Outfitters and guide services The following guides lead rock climbing tours at Enchanted Rock:

    Austin Ascents, austinascents@gmail.com Outpost Wilderness Adventure, info@owa.com Rock-About Climbing Adventures, Adam@Rock-About.com Texas Climbing Adventures, info@texasclimbingadventures.com Ranger Programs Enjoy a star party or a nature hike led by a park ranger, or contact the park for special tours for your group.

    Check our Events page for upcoming programs. Become a Junior Ranger! Pick up a Junior Ranger Activity Guide and borrow an explorer pack. Email us to schedule a school or youth group tour. Connect with us on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter. Area Attractions Visit Fredericksburg for a taste of German culture in the Texas Hill Country. There you can shop, dine, visit museums and find outdoor activities. Stop by Llano, known as the “Deer Capital of Texas,” for museums, music and more.

    President Lyndon B. Johnson was born near Johnson City. Learn about this colorful Texan at the Lyndon B. Johnson National Historical Park. Tour the Texas White House and Johnson’s boyhood home. The Lyndon B. Johnson State Park and Historic Site and the Sauer-Beckmann living history farm are nearby.

    Drive the Peach Loop, one of TPWD’s Great Texas Wildlife Trails. It will lead you to some of the best wildlife observation points in this area.

    • Pets
    • Tents
    • Toilets

    $10 / night

    Camper-submitted photo from Magnolia Beach
    Camper-submitted photo from Magnolia Beach
    Camper-submitted photo from Magnolia Beach
    Camper-submitted photo from Magnolia Beach
    Camper-submitted photo from Magnolia Beach
    Camper-submitted photo from Magnolia Beach

    2.

    Magnolia Beach

    20 Reviews
    59 Photos
    223 Saves
    Austwell, Texas

    Be aware of the tides and high tide line when choosing a beach campsite. Strong winds or storms can significantly elevate tides and create hazardous conditions along the Gulf Coast.

    • Pets
    • Fires
    • Phone Service
    • ADA Access
    • Tents
    • Dispersed
    Camper-submitted photo from Bolivar Flats Dispersed Camping
    Camper-submitted photo from Bolivar Flats Dispersed Camping
    Camper-submitted photo from Bolivar Flats Dispersed Camping
    Camper-submitted photo from Bolivar Flats Dispersed Camping
    Camper-submitted photo from Bolivar Flats Dispersed Camping
    Camper-submitted photo from Bolivar Flats Dispersed Camping

    3.

    Bolivar Flats Dispersed Camping

    14 Reviews
    56 Photos
    262 Saves
    Port Bolivar, Texas

    Welcome to Bolivar Flats Dispersed Camping, a hidden gem near Port Bolivar, TX. This spot is perfect for those who love the simplicity of beach camping without the frills of a developed campground. Here, you can set up your tent or park your RV right on the sand and enjoy the Gulf of Mexico's stunning views.

    One of the standout features of Bolivar Flats is its pet-friendly policy, so feel free to bring your furry friends along for the adventure. Just remember to keep an eye on them, as there are no designated pet areas. Fires are allowed, making it easy to enjoy a cozy evening by the campfire. Just be sure to bring your own firewood since it's not available on-site.

    Visitors have raved about the breathtaking sunrises and the peaceful atmosphere during the weekdays. While weekends can get a bit busier, especially during sunny weather and holidays, there's still plenty of space to spread out and find your own slice of paradise. The sand is hard-packed, making it easy to drive on, and there's a free ferry from Galveston that adds a touch of adventure to your trip.

    Amenities are minimal, with no electric hookups, drinking water, or showers available. However, there are trash cans scattered along the beach and a pit toilet near Rettilon Road. Make sure to bring your own toilet paper, as it tends to run out quickly. Cell service is decent, with 2 to 3 bars for AT&T users.

    For those planning to stay, you'll need a Bolivar Beach Parking Sticker, which you can purchase from local vendors. This spot is perfect for a laid-back beach getaway where you can fish, relax, and soak in the natural beauty. Just remember to pack out what you pack in and help keep this beach pristine for future visitors.

    • Pets
    • Fires
    • Phone Service
    • Dispersed
    • Trash
    • Toilets
    Camper-submitted photo from Port Aransas Permit Beach
    Camper-submitted photo from Port Aransas Permit Beach
    Camper-submitted photo from Port Aransas Permit Beach
    Camper-submitted photo from Port Aransas Permit Beach
    Camper-submitted photo from Port Aransas Permit Beach
    Camper-submitted photo from Port Aransas Permit Beach

    4.

    Port Aransas Permit Beach

    14 Reviews
    36 Photos
    116 Saves
    Port Aransas, Texas

    In Port ‘A’, it’s all about fun in the sun and sand! The beaches of Mustang Island are fantastically unique. There are eighteen miles of uninterrupted public shoreline, open for street legal vehicles and all things beachy! The warm Gulf waters and soft Texas sand are the perfect backdrop for a day full of beach, recreational activities, and nights highlighted with moonlight strolls.

    Parking a car on the beach requires a $12 annual sticker that can be purchased at City Hall (710 W. Avenue A), our local grocery store Family Center IGA, from local convenience stores or from vendors located on the beach. The sticker allows the vehicle to park along the beach from the City Limit at Lantana Dr near Horace Cladwell Pier through Port Aransas Beach to the Kleberg County line (south of Bob Hall Pier) making it valid in Port Aransas and Corpus Christi. 58.

    An additional $40.00 permit is required for Port Aransas camping.

    Small campfires 3 ft. x 3ft. are allowed on the beach.

    • Pets
    • Fires
    • Phone Service
    • Dispersed
    • Trash
    • Picnic Table
    Camper-submitted photo from North Beach — Padre Island National Seashore
    Camper-submitted photo from North Beach — Padre Island National Seashore
    Camper-submitted photo from North Beach — Padre Island National Seashore
    Camper-submitted photo from North Beach — Padre Island National Seashore
    Camper-submitted photo from North Beach — Padre Island National Seashore
    Camper-submitted photo from North Beach — Padre Island National Seashore

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    North Beach — Padre Island National Seashore

    14 Reviews
    38 Photos
    181 Saves
    Padre Island National Seashore, Texas

    Be aware of the tides and high tide line when choosing a beach campsite. Strong winds or storms can significantly elevate tides and create hazardous conditions along the Gulf Coast.

    • Pets
    • Fires
    • Electric Hookups
    • Phone Service
    • Reservable
    • ADA Access
    Camper-submitted photo from Neches Bluff Overlook Campground
    Camper-submitted photo from Neches Bluff Overlook Campground
    Camper-submitted photo from Neches Bluff Overlook Campground
    Camper-submitted photo from Neches Bluff Overlook Campground
    Camper-submitted photo from Neches Bluff Overlook Campground
    Camper-submitted photo from Neches Bluff Overlook Campground

    6.

    Neches Bluff Overlook Campground

    12 Reviews
    49 Photos
    164 Saves
    Alto, Texas

    This is a trailhead for the 4C Hiking Trail. Neches Bluff Overlook, located at the north end of the trail, offers a panoramic view of pine-hardwood forests in the Neches River bottomlands with picnic and primitive camping facilities.

    • Pets
    • Fires
    • Phone Service
    • RVs
    • Tents
    • Group
    Camper-submitted photo from Follett’s Island Beach
    Camper-submitted photo from Follett’s Island Beach
    Camper-submitted photo from Follett’s Island Beach
    Camper-submitted photo from Follett’s Island Beach
    Camper-submitted photo from Follett’s Island Beach
    Camper-submitted photo from Follett’s Island Beach

    7.

    Follett’s Island Beach

    11 Reviews
    35 Photos
    223 Saves
    Freeport, Texas

    Follett's Island is the 13-mile stretch of public access beach along the Gulf of Mexico that protects Christmas Bay and the Intracoastal Waterway from severe weather, and provides the community with free entertainment and relaxation. Visitors of Follett's Island enjoy fishing, swimming, and camping along the beach year round. The beach is available via public access entrances along Bluewater Highway, or CR 257.

    • Pets
    • Fires
    • Phone Service
    • Tents
    • Dispersed
    • Alcohol
    Camper-submitted photo from South Beach — Padre Island National Seashore
    Camper-submitted photo from South Beach — Padre Island National Seashore
    Camper-submitted photo from South Beach — Padre Island National Seashore
    Camper-submitted photo from South Beach — Padre Island National Seashore
    Camper-submitted photo from South Beach — Padre Island National Seashore
    Camper-submitted photo from South Beach — Padre Island National Seashore

    8.

    South Beach — Padre Island National Seashore

    11 Reviews
    43 Photos
    279 Saves
    Padre Island National Seashore, Texas

    Welcome to South Beach at Padre Island National Seashore! This dispersed camping area offers a raw and authentic beach camping experience. If you're into fishing, sunbathing, bird watching, or photography, you'll find plenty to keep you busy here. On some evenings, you might even spot deer and coyotes emerging from the sand dunes to feed on seaweed and fish remains.

    One of the standout features of this area is its accessibility. You can drive right onto the beach and find your perfect spot to set up camp. Just remember, this is primitive camping, so you'll need to bring your own water, food, and supplies. There are no picnic tables or sewer hookups, but you will find clean chemical toilets near the beach entrance and showers at the visitor's center.

    Speaking of the visitor's center, it's a handy spot to stock up on ice and other essentials before heading down the beach. The center also has water, trash bins, and bathrooms. Fires are allowed, so you can dig a hole and enjoy a campfire right on the beach—just make sure to bring your own firewood.

    For those who love bird watching and collecting seashells, this place is a paradise. With 63 miles of barrier island sand to explore, you can easily find a secluded spot away from the crowds. And if you're a holder of the "America the Beautiful" pass, camping here is free!

    The nearby community of Padre Island offers restaurants and gas stations, and if you need more extensive supplies, Corpus Christi is just a short drive away. So pack your gear, prepare for some sand in your shoes, and get ready to enjoy the natural beauty of the Texas coast.

    • Pets
    • Fires
    • Electric Hookups
    • Phone Service
    • Dispersed
    • Market
    Camper-submitted photo from LBJ National Grasslands Forest Road 904 Dispersed Camping
    Camper-submitted photo from LBJ National Grasslands Forest Road 904 Dispersed Camping
    Camper-submitted photo from LBJ National Grasslands Forest Road 904 Dispersed Camping
    Camper-submitted photo from LBJ National Grasslands Forest Road 904 Dispersed Camping
    Camper-submitted photo from LBJ National Grasslands Forest Road 904 Dispersed Camping
    Camper-submitted photo from LBJ National Grasslands Forest Road 904 Dispersed Camping

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    LBJ National Grasslands Forest Road 904 Dispersed Camping

    11 Reviews
    37 Photos
    121 Saves
    Alvord, Texas

    Welcome to LBJ National Grasslands Forest Road 904 Dispersed Camping, a hidden gem in north-central Texas. This spot is perfect if you're looking to get away from it all and enjoy some peace and quiet. The area is remote, so make sure you pack everything you need, including water and a good map, as cell service can be spotty.

    The camping spots here are well-spaced, giving you plenty of privacy. You might even find yourself with a beautiful view overlooking the valley. There are no amenities like bathrooms or showers, so be prepared to dig a hole and bring your own toilet paper. Fires are allowed, and you'll find some makeshift fire rings at many of the sites.

    One of the unique aspects of this area is the wildlife. You might see deer, armadillos, hogs, and a variety of birds. Cattle also roam the property, adding to the rustic charm. If you're into hiking, there are some great trails nearby, but make sure to download maps before you arrive.

    For those who enjoy a bit of solitude, this place is a dream. It's quiet, with only the sounds of nature to keep you company. Some campers have mentioned that it's not too far from town if you need to restock supplies, and there's even a water dispensary in Decatur.

    Overall, LBJ National Grasslands Forest Road 904 offers a true dispersed camping experience. It's free, pet-friendly, and perfect for those who want to disconnect and enjoy the great outdoors. Just remember to pack in and pack out, leaving no trace behind.

    • Pets
    • Fires
    • Phone Service
    • Dispersed
    • Alcohol
    Camper-submitted photo from Lake Houston Wilderness Park
    Camper-submitted photo from Lake Houston Wilderness Park
    Camper-submitted photo from Lake Houston Wilderness Park
    Camper-submitted photo from Lake Houston Wilderness Park
    Camper-submitted photo from Lake Houston Wilderness Park
    Camper-submitted photo from Lake Houston Wilderness Park

    10.

    Lake Houston Wilderness Park

    10 Reviews
    27 Photos
    145 Saves
    New Caney, Texas

    Lake Houston Wilderness Park (LHWP) is a beautiful, lushly forested expanse of nearly 5,000 acres, located three miles east of New Caney (approximately 30 miles north of Houston) off Hwy-59. Lake Houston Wilderness Park is the only park in the department that allows overnight stays in cabins and campsites.

    Most of the park is heavily forested with over 20 miles of trails which provide a quiet escape from the bustling city. The park offers a variety of outdoor experiences for people of all ages including camping, hiking, trail running, mountain biking, canoeing, kayaking, birding, fishing and horseback riding trails (visitors must bring own bikes, fishing equipment, watercraft, and horses).

    The climate is usually warm and humid during the summer months and the winters are generally mild and short. The average summer temperature is around 90° but overall the average temperature throughout the year is around 67°. The average rainfall 51 inches.

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

    $7 - $150 / night

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