Chelsea O.

Kyle, TX

Joined July 2018

We are an adventure family of 3 including our pup Hudson. Overlanding with a Tacoma/roof top smitty built tent. The mountains and water are calling, and we must go.

Fall Wonder in the Texas Hill Country

I camped here in early September and while the leaves hadn’t started changing yet the trails were packed with maple trees. It is very easy to see how in just a few months the place will be packed with beautiful colors.

The elective/water camp grounds are very open and pretty close to each other. Not my favorite, but definitely not the worst either. They were lacking the trees and shade that the trails provide. The primitive campgrounds were a good hike to get to, but not anything too strenuous.

The hikes are amazing. A really great climb in elevation for not having mountains. There are tones of creeks that are crossed as well to cool yourself or your pup off in.

Where my heart finds peace

This park is hands down my most favorite. Living only 15 minutes away from the park makes getting their super easy. The river that runs through this park is remarkably clear. During the summer time it is a popular spot to cool off. In the fall though it is nice and quiet with warm water. The early mornings are the best!

Bouldering and Native American History

Hueco tanks has so many climbing and bouldering from beginner levels to more advanced. The area has so many historic spots which cave writing and drawings. You must watch a short video before you go in that teaches you a bit more about the site, and gives some great details.

Crystal Clear Spring in West Texas

This gem is an oasis in the West Texas desert. Reservations go pretty fast so book ahead of time. The spring has a shallow and deep end with a high dive. It’s also a site that is used for diving certifications.

Mountain Beauty

Franklin Mountain state park is a beautiful painted scene in El Paso Tx. some of the camp sites are drive in, but most are hike in (they aren’t very far either .2-.5 mi). The summers are extremely hot. during monsoon season the trails can be sketchy with all the water running down. The spring has poppies covering the mountain.

Beautiful desert scene

Big Bend is a magical place. It’s one of the darkest places in US to see the Milky Way at night. During the summer it can get insanely hot, but the nights cool off immensely and the sunsets are amazing.

Off Roading Park with camping

Great place for those who love to get there trucks dirty! There are bike, 4-wheel, buggy, and truck paths all from the most basic level to the most advance.

Hot and muggy

The beach here is beautiful, however it’s so hot. You almost have to toss your gear out if you are out there for too long. The winters are a bit better but they are still pretty humid.

Rugged and fun

Big bend state park is the same terrain as the National except it is less landscaped. The campsites are rough ones that you have to hike to. No pets on those.

On the water

This cory park is a nice campground near the river. The campsite is nice however they are roped off so if you have a rooftop tent you cannot get your vehicle inside it. The dog trails though are off leash and awesome!

Quiet and historic

Goliad is next to a historic site for Texas history. The river is beautiful and during the spring time there are tons of blue bonnets that bloom.

Camping village

Garner is a perfect place to take the family and stay for weeks. In the summer they have tons of activists, a dance hall, restaurants, and a shopping center. The camping isn’t very rough due to all the amenities but it is a happy medium with lots to do.

Swap micro climate

Palmetto is a neat micro climate in the middle of central Texas. There are palmetto plants everywhere. The camp sites are slightly covered and there are a few trails that trek through the swamp like terrain.

Quiet and peaceful

This campsite was amazing. Right off the river making the sunsets beautiful. We went in March and the temperature was perfect. Low to mid 70s in the afternoon and lower 50s at night. The trails are beautiful and there are tons of activities. It’s a beautiful Forrest park.

Hidden gem south of Austin

McKinney state falls is an amazing state park right next to Austin. There are two awesome water falls that are excellent places to stop and cool off in the summer. The restrooms and showers near the campgrounds are the cleaniest I have ever been to hands down. We are here about once a month, and love it every time.