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Top 50 Campsites in Texas

By Mike Leggett - April 12th, 2004

In terms of parks and camping and outdoor recreation, there's more than truth in saying Texas has the best. Be it the deep woods and cypress swamps of East Texas, or the rugged grandeur of Rio Grande canyons, there's something for every camper in Texas.

Most of the opportunities exist in state parks, which are scattered throughout the 10 different ecological regions of Texas. There isn't a great deal of federal land, in parks or national forests, but the list still features gems such as Big Bend and Guadalupe Mountains national parks.

The Texas Parks and Wildlife Department oversees more than 140 state parks and the system is by design varied and farflung. "Texas is so diverse that it would be hard for any other state to beat it," said TPWD's Emily Carter.

More than 20 million visitors enter Texas state parks each year, many of them coming for extended visits escaping harsh northern winters. But there are also Texas visitors who share traditional annual visits stretching over generations.

To make reservations, call (512) 389-8900. Information is available at (800) 792-1112 or (512) 389-8950. To purchase a Texas Conservation Passport by credit card, call (800) 895-4248.

1. Balmorhea State Park
Balmorhea
A real oasis in the West Texas desert, featuring one of the largest spring-fed swimming pools in the world. There is scuba and skin diving. Not far away is McDonald Observatory and historic Fort Davis. 48 acres.
Directions: The park is located 4 miles southwest of Balmorhea on State Highway 17, between Balmorhea and Toyahvale. Take the Balmorhea exit off I-10; FM 2903 south to Balmorhea; Ranch Road 3078 to Toyahvale, and go 4 miles east to Park Road 30. From the west, take the Toyahvale exit off of I-10.
Cost: Camping fees vary; entrance fee. Seasonal discounts are available.
More info: Write Balmorhea State Park, P.O. Box 15, Toyahvale, Texas 79786 or call (915) 375-2370.

2. Bastrop State Park
Bastrop
Set amidst the remnant forest known as the Lost Pines, this park features swimming, fishing and even golf. Home to the endangered Houston toad. 3,504 acres.
Directions: The park is located one mile east of Bastrop on Texas 21. It can be reached from the east on Texas 71 or from Buescher State Park along Park Road 1.
Cost: Camping fees vary; entrance fee. Seasonal discounts available, discount for week's and month's stay.
More info: Write Bastrop State Park, P.O. Box 518, Bastrop, Texas 78602-0518 or call (512) 321-2101.

3. Bentsen-Rio Grande Valley State Park
Mission Nestled against the historic Rio Grande is a birding paradise and a subtropical woodland. Home to endangered ocelots and jaguarundis and other Texas wildlife. 588 acres.
Directions: From Mission, take US 83; continue west on Loop 374 for 2.5 miles, then south on FM 2062 for 2.6 miles, and enter on Park Road 43.
Cost: Camping fees vary; entrance fee. Seasonal discounts are available.
More info: Write Bentsen-Rio Grande Valley State Park, P.O. Box 988, Mission, Texas 78573-0988 or call (210) 585-1107.

4. Big Bend Ranch State Natural Area
Lajitas
This is the largest state land holding, measuring more than 260,000 acres of unique desert habitat. Camping is limited to primitive sites, but the area has significant archaeological sites, as well as access to float trips on the Rio Grande.
Directions: The park entrance is located 4 miles southeast of Presidio, on FM 170 (the River Road).
Cost: Entrance and use fees are different from most state parks; call ahead.
More info: Write Big Bend Ranch State Natural Area, P.O. Box 1180, Presidio, Texas 79845 or call (915) 229-3416.

5. Blanco State Park
Blanco
Classic Texas Hill Country setting on the banks of the Blanco River. Trout fishing in the winter and bass fishing year round. 105 acres.
Directions: The park is located in Blanco, 40 miles north of San Antonio on US 281; turn on Park Road 23. From Austin, travel 48 miles west on US 290 to US 281, then south on Park Road 23.
Cost: Camping fees vary; entrance fee. Discount for month's stay.
More info: Write Blanco State Park, P.O. Box 493, Blanco, Texas 78606 or call (210) 833-4333.

6. Bonham State Park
Bonham
A very nice park, often overlooked by crowds, which was built during the Depression by Civilian Conservation Corps. There is a 65-acre lake and a family setting. 261 acres.
Directions: The park is 1.5 miles southeast of Bonham on State Highway 78 to FM 271, then two miles southeast on FM 271; enter on Park Road 24.
Cost: Camping fees vary; entrance fee.
More info: Write Bonham State Park, RR 1 Box 337, Bonham, Texas 75418 or call (903) 583-5022.

7. Brazos Bend State Park
Damon
Fishing, hiking and birding are among the favorite activities at this popular park, one of the best in the state park system. You might even see an alligator in the summer. 4,897 acres.
Directions: The park is located 20 miles southeast of Richmond on FM 762. It can also be reached by traveling south from Houston on State Highway 288 to Rosharon, then west on FM 1462.
Cost: Camping fees vary; entrance fee.
More info: Write Brazos Bend State Park, 21901 FM 762, Needville, Texas 77461 or call (409) 553-5101.

8. Caddo Lake State Park
Karnack
Another park built by the CCC and no better exists in the state, right on the shores of Texas' largest natural lake. There are 30,000 acres of cypress swamp, fishing and birding, along with a full range of onshore activities. 480 acres.
Directions: From Karnack, GreatOutdoors.com one mile off State Highway 43 to FM 2198 to Park Road 2. From Marshall, go 15 miles northeast on State Highway 43, then east on FM 2198 for 1/2 mile.
Cost: Camping fees vary; entrance fee. Discount for week's stay.

9. Caprock Canyons State Park
Quitaque
Caprock Canyons follows the trend in Texas of using unique and historic sites for state parks. This one certainly qualifies. The caprock country of Texas marks the break the tablelands and rolling plains. There is rock climbing, hiking and fishing. 15,161 acres.
Directions: The park is 3.5 miles north of State Highway 86 in Quitaque on FM 1065.
Cost: Camping fees vary; entrance fee.
More info: Write Caprock Canyons State Park, P.O. Box 204, Quitaque, Texas 79255 or call (806) 455-1492.

10. Cedar Hill State Park
Cedar Hill
One of Texas' busiest parks due to its location near Dallas, this is still a modern and well equipped facility with every amenity, including fishing on Joe Pool Lake. 1,811 acres.
Directions: Cedar Hill is located 10 miles southwest of Dallas, 4 miles southeast of Grand Prairie, and 3 miles west of Cedar Hill. From US 67, exit at FM 1382 and travel 2 1/2 miles north. From the I-20 exit for FM 1382, go 4 miles south; the park is on the right (on the Joe Pool Reservoir).
Cost: Camping fees vary; entrance fee. Discount for week's stay.
More info: Write Cedar Hill State Park, P.O. Box 2649, Cedar Hill, Texas 75104 or call (214) 291-3900.

11. Choke Canyon State Park
Three Rivers
There are actually two units, Calliham and South Shore, situation on the shores of Choke Canyon Reservoir. Calliham features the best opportunity in Texas to photograph wild, native white-tailed deer up close and personal. Just follow the cars every afternoon to the deer. 1,500 acres combined.
Directions: The South Shore Unit is located 3.5 miles west of Three Rivers on State Highway 72. The Calliham Unit is located 12 miles west of Three Rivers on State Highway 72.
Cost: Camping fees vary; entrance fee.
More info:Write to Choke Canyon State Park, Calliham Unit, P.O. Box 2, Calliham, Texas 78007 (phone: (512) 786-3868) or Choke Canyon State Park, South Shore Unit, P.O. Box 1548, Three Rivers, Texas 78071 (phone: (512) 786-3538).

12. Cleburne State Park
Cleburne
This is another overlooked park sitting just on the edge of the Texas Hill Country. Lots of open spaces, fishing and wildlife viewing. 529 acres.
Directions: From Cleburne, travel 10 miles southwest on Highway 67 to Park Road 21, then southwest on Park Road 21 for 6 miles.
Cost: Camping fees vary; entrance fees.
More info: Write Cleburne State Park, RR 2 Box 90, Cleburne, Texas 76031 or call (817) 645-4215.

13. Colorado Bend State Park
Bend
This large park is situated on the Colorado River, above Lake Buchanan and at the site of a famous old fishing hole, Lemon's Camp. There are fishing and swimming, and six miles of river frontage. 5,328 acres.
Directions: From the intersection of US 281 and US 183 in Lampasas, take FM 580 west 24 miles to Bend and follow the signs 4 miles to the park entrance. From San Saba, take US 190 about 4 miles to FM 580 and follow the signs 13 miles to Bend; follow the signs 4 miles to the park entrance.
Cost: Entrance fee, activity fee. Park fees are different from most other state parks; call ahead.
More info: Write Colorado Bend State Park, Box 118, Bend, Texas 76824 or call (915) 628-3240.

14. Copper Breaks State Park
Crowell
Park employees statewide are in love with this park, named for copper deposits scattered throughout the area. There is a stocked fishing lake, along with hiking, swimming and an equestrian trail. 1,889 acres.
Directions: The park is located between Quanah and Crowell off of State Highway 6.
Cost: Camping fees vary; entrance fee.
More info: Write Copper Breaks State Park, RR 2 Box 480, Quanah, Texas 79252-9420 or call (817) 839-4331.

15. Daingerfield State Park
Daingerfield
This is a small spot but a perfect one for family outings and a laid-back quiet time. There are classic East Texas forests, along with fishing and swimming in the lake. 551 acres.
Directions: Take State Highway 49 southeast from Daingerfield for two miles to Park Road 17 entrance. From Dallas/Fort Worth, take I-30 to Mt. Pleasant and exit on Ferguson Road; follow State Highway 49 to the park (about 18 miles).
Cost: Camping fees vary; entrance fee.
More info: Write Daingerfield State Park, RR 1, Box 286-B, Daingerfield, Texas 75638 or call (903) 645-2921.

16. Davis Mountains State Park
Fort Davis
Rugged hills and spectacular vistas dominate the landscape around historic Fort Davis. There are scenic driving loops, biking and hiking tours and even special birding tours. State-run Indian Lodge motel is a special place to stay if you want to camp indoors. McDonald Observatory is a short drive away. 2,678 acres.
Directions: Go 1 mile north of Fort Davis on State Highway 17 to State Highway 118, then west on State Highway 118 for 3 miles to the entrance on Park Road 3.
Cost: Camping fees vary; entrance fee.
More info: Davis Mountains State Park, P.O. Box 1458, Fort Davis, Texas 79734 or call (915) 426-3337.

17. Dinosaur Valley State Park
Glen Rose
The name is self-explanatory. There are dinosaurs tracks in the stream bed on the Paluxy River, but there are also swimming, hiking and biking trails. 1,274 acres.
Directions: The park is located 4 miles west of Glen Rose. Take US 67 to Park Road 59 (FM 205) one mile to the park.
Cost: Camping fees vary; entrance fee.
More info: Write Dinosaur Valley State Park, P.O. Box 396, Glen Rose, Texas 76043 or call (817) 897-4588.

18. Enchanted Rock State Natural Area
Fredericksburg
There is a huge, granite monolith that dominates this park, which is a favorite among hikers and climbers alike. The camping is primitive only, but it's worth the stop. 1,644 acres.
Directions: The park is 18 miles north of Fredericksburg on Ranch Road 965, or from Llano, take State Highway 16 for 14 miles south and then GreatOutdoors.com on Ranch Road 965.
Cost: Camping fees vary; entrance fee.
More info: Write Enchanted Rock State Natural Area, RR 4 Box 170, Fredericksburg, Texas 78624 or call (915) 247-3903.

19. Fairfield Lake State Park
Fairfield
If you like fishing, this is a natural, located at one of the top bass fishing lakes in Texas. There are even saltwater red drum stocked in the power plant lake. Dogwoods are blooming in the spring and there are even deer to watch at certain times. 1,460 acres.
Directions: The park is 6 miles northeast of Fairfield off FM 2570 on Park Road 64.
Cost: Camping fees vary; entrance fee.
More info:Write Fairfield Lake State Park, RR 2 Box 912, Fairfield, Texas 75840 or call (903) 389-4514.

20. Fort Griffin State Historical Park
Albany
This park has something for the history buff in the family, with the remains of Fort Griffin, site of skirmishes with American Indians. There are also reconstructed buildings and interpretive trails. 506 acres.
Directions: To reach the park, travel 15 miles north of Albany on US 283.
Cost: Camping fees vary; entrance fee.
More info: Write Fort Griffin State Historical Park, RR 1, Albany, Texas 76430 or call (915) 762-3592.

21. Fort Parker State Park
Mexia
One of the nicest camping parks in the Texas, Fort Parker has a lake for fishing and wildlife viewing. 1,485 acres.
Directions: The park is 7 miles south of Mexia and 6 miles north of Groesbeck on State Highway 14; entrance is on Park Road 28.
Cost: Camping fees vary; entrance fee. Seasonal discounts available. Discount for week's stay.
More info: Write Fort Parker State Park, RR 3, Box 95, Mexia, Texas 76667 or call (817) 562-5751.

22. Garner State Park
Concan
Frio River access and Hill Country beauty make this one of the state's busiest and most popular parks and camping areas. Fall is a wonderful time to spend a few days at Garner. Hiking and biking are also available. 1,420 acres.
Directions: The park is 10 miles south of Leakey in Uvalde County. From Concan, go north 7 miles on US 83 to the entrance on Park Road 29.
Cost: Camping fees vary; entrance fee.
More info: Write Garner State Park, HCR #70 Box 599, Concan, Texas 78838 or call 830-232-6132.

23. Goose Island State Park
Fulton
There are history and beauty both at Goose Island, including the largest oak tree in Texas and nearby Fulton Mansion. Aransas National Wildlife Refuge is the winter home to endangered whooping cranes and there are special tours available in the winter months. 314 acres.
Directions: Take State Highway 35 northeast from Rockport for ten miles to Park Road 13, then 2 miles east to the park entrance.
Cost: Camping fees vary; entrance fee.
More info: Write Goose Island State Park, HC 01 Box 105, Rockport, Texas 78382 or call (512) 729-2858.

24. Hueco Tanks State Historical Park
El Paso
There are ruins of an Overland State way station as well as Native American petroglyphs at this rugged West Texas camping area. Hiking is also available. 860 acres.
Directions: From El Paso, travel 32 miles northeast on US 62/180, then turn north on Ranch Road 2775.
Cost: Camping fees vary; entrance fee.
More info: Write Hueco Tanks State Historical Park, 6900 Hueco Tanks Road No. 1, El Paso, Texas 79936-8793 or call (915) 857-1135.

25. Huntsville State Park
Huntsville
Another of the busiest parks in Texas, Huntsville is wrapped around a nice fishing and boating lake just off I-45 south of Huntsville. There is a biking loop, pine trees and horseback tours. 2,083 acres.
Directions: The park is 6 miles southeast of Huntsville off I-45, on Park Road 40.
Cost: Camping fees vary; entrance fee.
More info: Write Huntsville State Park, P.O. Box 508, Huntsville, Texas 77342-0508 or call (409) 295-5644.

26. Inks Lake State Park
Burnet
Inks Lake is popular with travelers and locals as well who come to watch the deer and swim and fish in the clear waters of the lake. Part of the Colorado River system of impoundments known as the Highland Lakes, Inks Lake is one of the most scenic parks in the system. 1,202 acres.
Directions: From Burnet, go 9 miles west on State Highway 29 to Park Road 4.
Cost: Camping fees vary; entrance fee.
More info: Write Inks Lake State Park, RR 2 Box 31, Burnet ,Texas 78611 or call (512) 793-2223.

27. Kickapoo Cavern State Park
Brackettville
There is limited access to this area, but it's one to consider is you like bats. More than one million Mexican free-tailed bats summer here and the morning and evening shows are spectacular. 6,368 acres.
Directions: The park is located on US 90 west of Uvalde. Take Ranch Road 674 north at Brackettville for 22 miles. The gate is 1/4 mile past the Edwards County line on the west side of the highway.
Cost: The park is presently open on a reservation-only basis. Park entrance requirement is a Texas Conservation Passport for each person 17 years of age or older. There is no other entrance fee. Camping fees.
More info: Write Kickapoo Cavern State Park, P.O. Box 705, Brackettville, Texas 78832 or call (210) 563-2342.

28. Lake Bob Sandlin State Park
Pittsburg
Popular but underused, Bob Sandlin offers access to fine fishing, as well as a full range of outdoor activities. 641 acres.
Directions: The park is located approximately 12 miles southwest of Mt. Pleasant on FM 21. Exit I-30 on Highway 37 South at Mt. Vernon. Go .8 mile; turn left on Highway 21; go 11.2 miles to the park entrance.
Cost: Camping fees vary; entrance fee. Discount for week's stay.
More info: Write Lake Bob Sandlin State Park, RR 5 Box 224, Pittsburg, Texas 75686 or call (903) 572-5531.

29. Lake Brownwood State Park
Brownwood
Besides access to the lake, this state park is a favorite of star gazers for its clear view of the Texas sky. There are CCC cabins that are wonderful places to stay, as well. 538 acres.
Directions: From Brownwood, go 16 miles northwest on State Highway 279 to Park Road 15, then east on Park Road 15 for 6 miles.
Cost: Camping fees vary; entrance fee.
More info: Write Lake Brownwood State Park, RR 5 Box 160, Lake Brownwood, Texas 76801 or call (915) 784-5223.

30. Lake Mineral Wells State Park
Mineral Wells
Another park overlooked by many people but not by rock climbers, who have chosen it one of the best sites in Texas. There are plenty of other activities as well and good fishing. 3,010 acres.
Directions: Lake Mineral Wells State Park is located 4 miles east of Mineral Wells and 14 miles west of Weatherford on US 180.
Cost: Camping fees vary; entrance fee. Seasonal discounts available. Discount for week's stay.
More info: Write Lake Mineral Wells State Park, RR 4 Box 39C, Mineral Wells, Texas 76067 or call (817) 328-1171.

31. Lake Somerville State Park
Somerville
There are two units at Lake Somerville but Nails Creek is a favorite of insiders. There is access to the lake, plenty of things to do including good swimming for kids and a hiking and horseback trail that runs between the two units. 300 acres.
Directions: The park is located on FM 180, 15 miles off US 290.
Cost: Camping fees vary; entrance fee.
More info: Write Lake Somerville State Park, Birch Creek Unit, RR 1 Box 499, Somerville, Texas 77879-9713 (phone: (409) 535-7763) or Lake Somerville State Park, Nails Creek Unit, RR 1 Box 61C, Ledbetter, Texas 78946-9512 (phone: (409) 289-2392).

32. Lake Whitney State Park
Whitney
Most people come to fish for stripers and smallmouth bass, but this park has almost everything. 955 acres.
Directions: To reach the park from I-35, take the Hillsboro exit. In Hillsboro take State Highway 22 west to Whitney; then follow the signs to Lake Whitney State Park. The park is located 3 miles west of Whitney on FM 1244.
Cost: Camping fees vary; entrance fee.
More info: Write Lake Whitney State Park, Box 1175, Whitney, Texas 76692 or call (817) 694-3793.

33. Lockhart State Park
Lockhart
This small park has a family feel about it and the edge of the Hill Country setting isn't bad either. There is also a golf course. 264 acres.
Directions: Go 1 mile south of Lockhart on US 183 to FM 20, then southwest on FM 20 for 2 miles to Park Road 10, then one mile south on Park Road 10.
Cost: Camping fees vary; entrance fee.
More info: Write Lockhart State Park, RR 3 Box 69, Lockhart, Texas 78644-9716 or call (512) 398-3479.

34. Lost Maples State Natural Area
Vanderpool
Bigtooth maples provide spectacular fall scenery, but make your reservations early. This is one of the most popular parks in Texas and one of the most beautiful. 2,174 acres.
Directions: The park is located 5 miles north of Vanderpool on Ranch Road 187.
Cost: Camping fees vary; entrance fee.
More info: Write Lost Maples State Natural Area, HCR 1 Box 156, Vanderpool, Texas 78885 or call (210) 966-3413.

35. Matagorda Island State Park
Port O'Connor
An ecological and natural treasure, Matagorda Island is a birder's and fisherman's paradise. Whooping cranes and peregrine falcons can be seen wintering here and there are 39 miles of beaches on the island. 7,325 acres.
Directions:The only access to the park is by boat; the Matagorda Ferry operates on Thursday, Friday, Saturday, and Sunday. The ferry departs from Port O'Connor; there is a fee. Visitors who bring their own boat are charged a shuttle fee, which is included in the visitors' ferry fee. Contact the park for ferry schedule.
Cost: Camping fees vary; entrance fee.
More info: Write Matagorda Island State Park and Wildlife Management Area, P.O. Box 117, 16th Street and I/C Canal, Port O'Connor, Texas 77982 or call (512) 983-2215.

36. McKinney Falls State Park
Austin
Just minutes from downtown Austin, this park has hiking and swimming below the falls. 641 acres.
Directions: The park is located 13 miles southeast of the State Capitol in Austin off US 183. Take McKinney Falls Parkway south, off US 183, to the park entrance.
Cost: Camping fees vary; entrance fee.
More info: Write McKinney Falls State Park, 5808 McKinney Falls Parkway, Austin, Texas 78744 or call (512) 243-1643.

37. Meridian State Park
Meridian
Nature trails and bicycling are features in another small park that sometimes gets overlooked by the big crowds. 502 acres.
Directions: Take State Highway 22 from Hillsboro or Hamilton. The park is located about 3 miles southwest of Meridian off State Highway 22.
Cost: Camping fees vary; entrance fee.
More info: Write Meridian State Park, Box 188, Meridian, Texas 76665 or call (817) 435-2536.

38. Palmetto State Park
Luling
Even longtime residents of the Hill Country don't know much about this park, which is one of the most beautiful in the system. The park is a transition area for eastern and western plant species, with the major feature the dwarf palmetto scattered around the park. 269 acres.
Directions: To reach the park, travel 10 miles northwest of Gonzales on US 183 to FM 1586, then west on FM 1586 for two miles to Ottine, then south on Park Road 11. From Luling, go six miles southeast on US 183, then southwest on Park Road 11 for two miles.
Cost: Camping fees vary; entrance fee. Discounts for week's stay.
More info: Write Palmetto State Park, RR 5 Box 201, Gonzales, Texas 78629 or call (210) 672-3266.

39. Palo Duro Canyon State Park
Canyon
Deep, rugged and spectacular Palo Duro Canyon runs through the heart of this very large area in the Texas Panhandle. It is also the site of the state's final battle with Native Americans. Hiking and biking are favorite activities. 16,402 acres.
Directions: The park is located about 12 miles east of Canyon on State Highway 217. From Amarillo, take I-27 south to State Highway 217, and go east 8 miles.
Cost: Camping fees vary; entrance fee.
More info: Write Palo Duro Canyon State Park, RR 2 Box 285, Canyon, Texas 79015 or call (806) 488-2227.

40. Pedernales Falls State Park
Johnson City
Located on the scenic Pedernales River, this park offers all the usual hiking and biking opportunities, as well as access to the historic sites associated with President Lyndon B. Johnson. 5,212 acres.
Directions: Travel 9 miles east from Johnson City on FM 2766. From Austin, GreatOutdoors.com 32 miles on US 290, then north on FM 3232 for 6 miles.
Cost: Camping fees vary; entrance fee. Discounts for week's and month's stay.
More info: Write Pedernales Falls State Park, RR 1 Box 450, Johnson City, Texas 78636 or call (830) 868-7304.

41. Possum Kingdom State Park
Caddo
Possum Kingdom State Park, Caddo: The Palo Pinto Mountains and nearby Possum Kingdom Lake are the main attractions to this popular park. 1,529 acres.
Directions: To reach the park, take US 180 to Caddo, then go 17 miles north on Park Road 33.
Cost: Camping fees vary; entrance fee.
More info: Write Possum Kingdom State Park, P.O. Box 36, Caddo, Texas 76429 or call (817) 549-1803.

42. Purtis Creek State Park
Eustace
The small lake in the middle of this park was designed for trophy bass fishing and has become one of the state's very best. There is also classic East Texas scenery. 1,533 acres.
Directions: From Dallas/Fort Worth, go 65 miles east on US 175 to Eustace, then north on FM 316 for 3.5 miles.
Cost: Camping fees vary; entrance fee.
More info: Write Purtis Creek State Park, 14225 FM 316, Eustace, Texas 75124 or call (903) 425-2332.

43. Ray Roberts Lake State Park
Pilot Point
One of the newer parks in the system, the Isle du Bois Unit has something for everyone to do. The location near Dallas makes it a very busy weekend park, too. 1,397 acres.
Directions: The Isle du Bois Unit is located on FM 455 between Pilot Point on Highway 377 and Sanger on I-35 North.
Cost: Camping fees vary; entrance fee.
More info: Write Ray Roberts Lake State Park, Isle du Bois Unit, 100 PW 4137, Pilot Point, Texas 76258-8944 or call (817) 686-2148.

44. Sea Rim State Park
Sabine Pass
Marshes and beaches of the Texas coast are represented in this very large area where migrating waterfowl and shorebirds can be seen year round. There are wildlife observation blinds and hiking trails. 15,094.
Directions: The park is located 20 miles south of Port Arthur on State Highway 87.
Cost: Camping fees vary; entrance fee.
More info: Write Sea Rim State Park, P.O. Box 1066, Sabine Pass, Texas 77655 or call (409) 971-2559.

45. Seminole Canyon State Historical Park
Comstock
One of North America's most significant and well preserved sites of Native American petroglyphs. There are tours into the restricted cave areas of the park. 2,173 ares.
Directions: The park is located 9 miles west of Comstock on US 90.
Cost: Camping fees vary; entrance fee.
More info: Write Seminole Canyon State Historical Park, P.O. Box 820, Comstock, Texas 78837 or call (915) 292-4464.

46. South Llano River State Park
Junction
A fairly recent addition to the system, this park on the beautiful Llano River is home to deer and one of the largest concentrations of Rio Grande wild turkeys in the state. There are swimming and floating available in the river and hiking through the Hill Country. 2,657 acres.
Directions: To reach the park, travel I-10 to Junction, then go south on US 377 for 5 miles to Park Road 73.
Cost: Camping fees vary; entrance fee. Seasonal discounts available. Discounts for month's and week's stay.
More info: Write South Llano River State Park, HC 15 Box 224, Junction, Texas 76849 or call (915) 446-3994.

47. Big Bend National Park
Study Butte
This is one of the major tourist destinations in Texas and the country. Known for its rugged terrain and desert ecology, Big Bend also is one of the jumping off points for floats on the Rio Grande. There are hiking, biking and horseback riding, as well as primitive camping in the back country of the Chisos Mountains. 801,163 acres.
Directions: From Marathon, take US 385 79 miles to the park entrance. From Alpine, take State Highway 118 for 108 miles. From Marfa/Presidio, take US 67 and FM 170 (156 miles).
Cost: Daily use fees.
More info: Write Big Bend National Park, P.O. Box 129, Big Bend, Texas 79834 or call (915) 477-2251.

48. Guadalupe Mountains National Park
Salt Flat
Texas' highest peak rises over the Chihuahuan desert landscape. Guadalupe Peak is 8,749-feet high and visible for miles. Wildlife watching and hiking are favorite activities. 86,416 acres.
Directions: The park is located on US 62/180 near Pine Springs.
Cost: No daily use fees; camping fee.
More info: Write Guadalupe Mountains National Park, HC 60 Box 400, U.S. 62-180, Salt Flat, Texas 79847-9400 or call (915) 828-3251.

49. Padre Island National Seashore
Corpus Christi
Padre Island is a barrier island that runs more than 100 miles up and down the Texas coast. Birders are in paradise here, but there are also fishing, hiking and biking available along the island. 133,919 acres.
Directions: Corpus Christi is connected to the north end of the park by the John F. Kennedy Causeway.
Cost: No daily use fees.
More info: Write Padre Island National Seashore, 9405 South Padre Island Drive, Corpus Christi, Texas 78418 or call (512) 949-8068.

50. Rio Grande float trips
Take one of the commercial trips available in West Texas and you'll have the chance to camp in Santa Elena or Mariscal canyons, either on the Texas or Mexico side of the river. Bats and birds fill up the canyons at night and the experience is a once in a lifetime deal.
Cost: Costs vary.
More info: An list of licensed outfitters approved by the National Park Service can be obtained from Big Bend National Park. Write Big Bend National Park, P.O. Box 129, Big Bend, Texas 79834 or call (915) 477-2251.


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by Sachin

Help for those who want it

I noticed alot of people's questions on here can easily be answered (and more thouroughly) if you visit the Texas Parks and Wildlife Department's website. They have ALL of the State parks on it. Each Park has it's own page which describes everything it has..where it is...and even a youtube video to watch of the park. You can even upload a map of the park. Check it out!
http://www.tpwd.state.tx.us/spdest/

The only one I have been to is Brazos Bend State Park. It is a good one. Alot of things to do. Although, there are alot of alligators and when you are biking becareful! Avoid the Alligators!

Posted on September 12, 2011 - 11:51am
by Stacey

Please help horse back riding/camping

Looking for a muti-day horse back riding/camping trip in NW TX, I always loved westerns and wanted ride with great scenery and camp like the old days.

Posted on September 6, 2011 - 9:19pm
by Rick

camping

ranches in bandera offer awesome horseback riding

Posted on March 11, 2012 - 10:20pm
by alex

Great list, Mike!

Mike,

Thanks for this list. Maybe next go-round you'll think about including My Favorite Campground? Located in New Waverly, it's peaceful & secluded. Perfect for family-friendly activities and events. Very relaxing. Check out their website: My Favorite Campground, Texas http://myfavoritecampground.com

Posted on November 8, 2010 - 9:16pm
by Lauren

Need a campsite for one night

Hello,
Driving in to Dallas on 45North with a youth church group and are looking for a campsite with showers, please email me with any suggestions.
Thanks

Posted on October 18, 2010 - 2:54pm
by Ruth

CAMPING IN TX

CK OUT COLORADO BEND STATE PARK GOOD HIKEING AND CLOSE BY IS SULFUR SPRINGS CAMPGROUND. I WOULD RECOMMEND THIS SITE FOR CAMPING AND A GREAT POOL

Posted on August 28, 2009 - 9:42am
by DUNCAN

campsite for family that's private and fun!!!

HI,
I just recently moved to Texas and was wanting to plan a camping trip. I am wanting a place that's private and secluded. we are wanting it to have a bathroom and shower, lake view and swimming pool. we have 3 children two of which are under 3. please help me. doesn't matter where the park is located just want a good place to enjoy the outdoors and peace and quiet. thanks

Posted on April 20, 2009 - 12:49pm
by Jennifer

family campin with showers bathroom safe for young kids

Please i need help findin nice camp place for me and my family with grills

Posted on March 12, 2012 - 9:22am
by sara

great camping

you have to check out garner state park its awesome>>> clear water nice mountains and hills great scene and hiking trails about 4 hours from houston, IfYOU KNOW OF ANYTHING CLOSE TO HOUSTON FOR CAMPING PLEASE LET ME KNOW THANKS

Posted on September 3, 2009 - 11:43am
by JOHANI

Silsbee TX

For several years we have rented canoes from Eastex Canoes in Silsbee. You camp on the sandbars of village creek or the neches river. It's beautiful there and quiet if you camp on the northern part of the creek. Call Perry at Eastex Canoes and he will give you a better idea of great primative places to camp.

Posted on August 20, 2010 - 8:38pm
by Mike

Try Lake Sommerville State

Try Lake Sommerville State Park, Birch Creek unit. Also Lake Texana, Brazos Bend SP, Huntsville SP, Cagle National Rec. Area, Inks Lake is great-about 4 hours from Houston. All of Texas State parks are great!

Posted on September 27, 2009 - 12:10pm
by Visitor

camp site

We just come from a camping trip with our children. We went to Yogi Bear at Jellystone National Park located in Waller,Tx. There are two swimming pools. One has lots of kiddie slides. There is two lakes were one can fish with the kids. There is to much to say about this camp site. You can find this park online by going to Yogi Bear Jellystone Park. You'll really enjoy yourselve there, it was awsome.

Posted on August 10, 2009 - 4:18pm
by johnny

Artesian Springs , Newton

Artesian Springs , Newton Texas

Posted on July 13, 2009 - 2:29pm
by Visitor

place in texas?

Don't know...

Posted on May 11, 2009 - 12:06pm
by NewInTexas

Good list but...

What is really the point of putting the cost if almost every item on the list says "Cost varies" or "fees vary." A link should have been placed to the fees to make it easier... or something along those lines...

Posted on February 2, 2009 - 6:42pm
by Visitor

Camp , treck, cycling etc....

Hi,
do any one help me in choosing the place inside Texas for best camp. Preferably on the baks of river, lakes to do some activity like, trecking cycling, camp fire, etc...

MAnoj

Posted on June 20, 2008 - 10:16am
by Manoj

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