Houston, TX

Joined January 2021

Camped out of the campsite near the lake

We ended up not following our AllTrails after a fork in the road heading towards the campsite, and were pretty pooped so decided to camp there off Sawyer Campsite Rd. People had clearly used the shore as a campsite before as there was a makeshift fire pit and some cleared areas for tents. water and views were beautiful, and it was a nice place to rest after the 6 miles in. Rain started pretty heavily (and being close to the water probably didn’t help with humidity inside the tent) and our rain fly was unwilling to cooperate so we got a bit wet. The home back in the rain was fine. A couple slippery spots but very doable. Overall great time here even though we weren’t at the official campsite.

Not the best site for non-motor vehicle users

We didn’t actually camp on the campgrounds themselves as they were quite full of dirt bikers and being two young women we didn’t feel comfortable. We camped along Kelly’s Pond Rd leading up to the campgrounds and had a nice night. Our site neighbors partied all night long (good music though so it’s okay) and we had a hiker appear who I assume was doing the Lone Star Trail who camped just behind our campsite on a small trail off the road. Overall nice site but I will probably find a different area to camp in next time I visit Sam Houston.

Great camping and hang out

We came to this park with the plan of floating in the water for a few hours, showering, then hiking to a backcountry/primitive tent site. Water was great - ventured out at the furthest cove you can get to from the park water access and walked around and saw a water moccasin! Showers were fine (couldn't get the warm water to work but not a huge deal). 

The walk to our primitive site was fun and challenging - rockier than expected and it was a welcome sight to us. We also got to see some deer! The site itself was amazing. Great shade coverage (site D Pecan Flats Trail), and had a raccoon visitor who we caught red handed trying to sneak up on us! the day was warm but still got a bit chilly in the evening (October). Overall, great water activities and camping!

Truly Texas' Gem. Great campsite at Chisos Basin

We tent camped 3 nights here in early December and it was in the 20s one night! Windows trail and Santa Elena Canyon were the highlight of our trip. Bathrooms were clean and easily accessible. Sites were not at all private, but that was made up for by the awesome amenities - bear box, great table, waist-high grill, and shade coverage.

Beautiful views, challenging hikes

We started our trip by going to Gorman Falls. Hike is pretty steep on the way down - it would probably be hard to do this with little kids (my fur child made things difficult for me). Super beautiful. we walked around at the bottom for a while and found other pretty rock formations and things to look at. Hiked back up and prepped for our primitive/backcountry campsite Windmill area 08. Site was gorgeous and felt completely isolated. we could hear people occasionally at other campsites but other than that we did feel like we were alone except for the gunshots every 30 minutes or so (my partner said there was a safari nearby). We didn't mind too much as we still felt like we had our privacy. 

The next morning we got up and went to Spicewood Springs. wonderfully challenging hike! loved it. 

Will certainly be coming back to Colorado Bend. I can see why everyone in Texas speaks so highly of it.

Cost-effective cabin, super friendly hosts

We spent Christmas Eve here in a cabin and had a wonderful time! not only was every single shelter/cabin site around us empty so we truly felt like we were disconnected from urban life, but we got to see wildlife! lots and lots of deer and owls. Bathrooms near cabins were under construction so we used porta potties, but they were nice all things considered. there was a foot-pumped faucet for washing hands outside.  trails at the park were nice and mostly shaded. cool view of the Brazos river

Beautiful and peaceful

Driving into this park was so gorgeous! we arrived and were met with a big field with lots of kids playing. The store was closed (for the winter holidays I assume), but bathrooms were some of the best I've been in at a state park. We camped at site 49 at the Cedar Ridge campgrounds and were super happy with the site. Some sites at the entrance of the Cedar Ridge area were worryingly close together - wouldn't recommend. 

Mountain View trail was a bit challenging to stay on, but everything was beautiful and both it and Rustling Leaves had great views! Will be back!

Friendly hosts

we camped at site 38 hoping for privacy but there were at least 2 campsites in plain sight (though we are probably a bit pickier than most). Trails were really nice despite it having rained the day and night before our hikes. Beautiful to see such towering trees. Saw some deer tracks too! Our dog picked up a tick here so just make sure you're checking your animals/selves