Matt M.


San Antonio, TX

Joined June 2016

Remote and full of nature

Driving into this campground was incredible. The scenery all around was well worth the trip. Be prepared to endure whatever nature has in store for you. When we were here a wind storm kicked up in the middle of the night and literally almost blew us away! It was quite the experience. Also I'm not sure if it's couth to say this but personal protection is recommended. The campground we were at seemed to have some homeless squatters that were always around and nefariously snooping around our things. Nothing too crazy but we were definitely paying attention to their whereabouts at all times.

Easy access and amazing views

Camping in Santa Fe National Forest is great if you know what you're in for. There aren't a ton of amenities depending on where you camp and it's in high elevations so during winter months it can get FREEZING. We went in November and it got down to negative temperatures. Thankfully my wife's sleeping bag was rated for -20 but I was not that fortunate. So for sure if you're going in the winter then be prepared! 

Other than this the views up in the mountains were amazing and each site has a picnic table, fire pit, and a location for a tent. 

Definitely would recommend checking out!

Onion Creek

McKinney Falls is the perfect getaway into nature right outside Austin. There are plenty of campsites that are a good distance from the water with everthing you'd expect. Some are pretty crampt so I would make sure to plan ahead and choose which site you want. The water is beautiful and the surrounding area is awesome. Definitely can be a lot of people though on the weekends and on good weather days.

First to Review
Canyon Lake

I absolutely love canyon lake and have been to pretty much all of the surrounding parks. Cranes Mill has great trees for hammock camping as well as traditional camp sites. There are all the normal amenities you'd expect and there is a lot of space for everyone to spread out. Definitely recommend the park!

Beautiful Spot

The west coast is just gorgeous and Umpqua Lighthouse State Park isn't an exception. It was cold but we were much more prepared. The lighthouse is an awesome site and I highly recommend the area!

Beautiful River and Area

We had a great time at Guadalupe River State Park. There are plenty of areas to camp with all the expected amenities. It usually isn't too busy so you can get your pick of the camp sites. All of them are walking distance from the river where there are good places to get in as well as trails all around to see the beautiful Texas Hills Country.

Hammock Camping

This is seriously one of my favorite places to be. My cousins and I decided to take some hammocks out to Canyon Lake and do some grilling, swimming, and chilling. We had a ton of fun and the weather was perfect to sleep under the trees. Highly recommend. Make sure you get there early because it gets busy quickly.

Lakeside Camping

Plenty of camp sites to choose from with fire pits, grills, benches, and close by bathrooms. Very close to Lake Travis where there's always gorgeous sights. Would definitely recommend.

Colorado Mountains

What a trip. A couple of friends and I decided to camp and hike in the San Isabel National Forest. We camped at a site toward the trailhead of the Mount Harvard trail which was beautiful. The ground was a bit uneven so sleeping didn't come easy but all else was fine. After climbing to the summit of Mount Harvard, which was significantly harder than expected, we decided to hike the Colorado Trail. We camped at a site just south of Rainbow Lake that was picturesque but a breeding ground for mosquitoes.

Significant takeaways are as follows: Make sure you camp at a location with a natural water source, and always filter or purify your water. Be careful with how much you pack because the trails have steep inclines and you have to haul it all to where you decide to camp, which can be very far from the car. And make sure you have good hiking shoes.

Lots of fun!

Enchanted Rock is a staple of the Texas Hill Country! The rock and area is truly unique and a fun experience. Most of the hikes are easy enough for anyone to climb and are all maintained well. I camped at the established campsite area and found all the campsites to be in good order. I feel as though there weren't enough bathrooms and showers for all the people but they were clean and in working order. Simply exploring the area around was fun. I also recommend going through the caves at the summit of the rock, it takes about an hour and isn't for the faint of heart but is a lot of fun! Also, make sure you get there early on busy days because the park fills up quick.

Awesome Experience!

I started this camping trip by booking the campsite online, which was easy enough. Problem was that we arrived to the park after their business hours and weren't sure where to go or how to go about our business. Well when we got to the Welcome Center there was a piece of paper with my name on it acknowledging our reservation with instruction on what to do next, which I thought was great! When we got to the campsite there was hardly anyone there and the view was picturesque. It was on a lake surrounded by trees. The bathrooms and showers were clean, the campsites were well kept, the people were nice, and the area was gorgeous. Only two problems that we ran in to. One, the ground where we pitched our tent was like hard gravel, so make sure if you're tent camping to bring extra cushion. And two, we forgot to bring bug spray so we were almost literally eaten alive. Other than that it was a great experience and I would absolutely recommend the park and campsite! Don't forget to check out all the history surrounding the area and in the park. We got to check out Roosevelt's little white house, the hot springs pools that he went to, and an outlook area that he often went. Really cool area.

Camping in Mississippi

My girlfriend and I were super excited to camp here because of the name; National Seashore. We expected kind of beach camping and couldn't find too many pictures of the park that would indicate otherwise. When we got there we quickly realized that we were mistaken and it was more of a swampy marshland, which we should have expected given it is Mississippi. So it took some time to find a place to pitch our small tent where we felt safe. The hardest part was how miserably hot and humid it was. All in all though the camp ground was nice and well kept, the bathrooms and showers were great, the staff and fellow campers were nice, and I had an overall good experience. Also, the park had a nice welcome center and map that made it easy to find our way around. But I would not recommend tent camping in the summer months because of the heat.