Texas's Best Camping Spots
Adorned with beautiful landscapes, such as the Palo Duro Canyon and Guadalupe Mountains National Park, and offering some of the most spectacular beauties such as the Wichita Falls, Lake Travis and Padre Island National Seashore, Texas is a blend of a variety of flavors and a place to be for campers and travelers. There is something to do every day when you are here. The beauty of visiting Texas State Parks is that nearly all of them offer you good lodging and camping facilities. When you have the best travel trailers and are looking for some great camping sites, or boondocking experiences Texas will not disappoint you. Here’s a list of some of the best spots for camping in Texas.
1. Inks State Lake Park
While it is a famous place for camping, you can try boondocking by finding an undeveloped area nearby. The life of this particular region is Inks Lake that provides a myriad of water sports and activities to campers. You might want to try jumping off the cliff right into the Devil’s Waterhole, a famous activity for young campers. It is only an hour drive from Austin and is called the gem of Hill Country. Most campsites will give you easy access to the lake. You can choose from 200 campsites, all located in front of or very close to the lake.
Plan your adventure: Inks State Lake Park
2. Lake Bob Sandlin State Park
This can be more like a treasure-hunting trip for egg campers who also happen to be anglers. If you like to catch fish, you will find plenty of catfish and largemouth bass here. The magnificent whitehead and yellow beaked eagle is for you to capture in a snapshot if you have a sharp eye. Mountain biking, swimming, hiking and in-line skating are some other activities that campers like to do here. There are nearly 100 campsites. A larger percentage of campsites have water and electricity hookups but they are much expensive than the ones that don’t have hookups.
Plan your adventure: Lake Bob Sandlin State Park
3. Palo Duro Canyon State Park
It’s a huge canyon system and often referred to as the Grand Canyon of Texas. This amazing site rests on the Texas Panhandle grounds and can be accessed easily from Canyon and Amarillo, the two neighboring cities. Mountain biking, birding, catching fish and hiking are the most common activities of the campers in this area. The canyon is 60 miles in length and its depth is close to 800 feet. There are nearly 100 campsites here with different types of amenities available. The group camping site is the most expensive with close to $250 per night.
Plan your adventure: Palo Duro Canyon State Park
4. Guadalupe River State Park
Guadalupe River State Park is very easy to access from the cities of Austin and San Antonio. This place is most famous for swimming. However, bring in your travel trailers for much more fun than just swimming. Aside from swimming, you can enjoy canoeing and fishing. They even give you their own equipment for fishing if you are an enthusiast. You can go for mountain biking, hiking and bird watching on the land. The most fun activity here is geocaching – let’s see if you can find something special and surprising. There are close to 90 campsites here with 8 people allowed per site. Most sites have water and electricity available.
Plan your adventure: Guadalupe River State Park
5. Big Bend National Park
This is camping in Texas at its best. Not only are the landscapes of this place breathtaking but you get to meet 75 species of mammals, 56 species of reptiles and 1200 species of plants in this area. This place is huge with some artifacts said to be as old as 9000 years. Some areas in the park can get hot in summers due to their low altitude but the highest peaks in the park are nearly 8000ft high. There are over 200 developed campground sites and a huge number of backcountry sites. It is now up to you where you will park your travel trailers.
Plan your adventure: Big Bend National Park
6. Colorado Bend State Park
If you call yourself a camper and an adventurer at the same time, Colorado Bend State Park is the place for you. Located nearly 2 hours away from Austin, this park is home to the spectacular Gorman Falls. For hikers, Spicewood Springs trail is going to be the next favorite trail for not only its 2.5-mile long path but also the many creeks that touch your feet on the way. This region is home to a great number of swimming holes too. There are over 150 camping sites with additional sites located nearly a mile away from the facility.
Plan your adventure: Colorado Bend State Park
7. Davis Mountains State Park
If you want to see the true colors of a day on earth, spend 24 hours in this place. As blue as it is during the day, the mountainous landscapes turn orange and red during the sunset. The nighttime gives you the glorious views of the heavens in the sky. Mountain biking and hiking are the two most famous activities here. Bring your best camera with you to capture some birds you have never seen before. There are over 100 camping sites here, some primitive and others having electricity, water, cable TV and sewers.
Plan your adventure: Davis Mountains State Park
8. Big Thicket National Preserve
This place is home to primitive camping so come prepared with your best travel trailers. Hiking, bird watching, paddling, and hunting are the most famous activities in this area. The park is open throughout the year and you can go adventurous camping for free. Talk about biodiversity and this place beats almost any place in the world. It is so big it touches and passes through 14 counties.
Plan your adventure: Big Thicket National Preserve
9. Padre Island National Seashore
Take your travel trailers for some beach fun at Padre Island National Seashore. If the season is right, you will be able to see many newborn turtles making their first trip to the ocean. The white sand at the beach and a 70-mile long waterfront is going to be more than enough for a 2-day trip. Once here, you can go for bird watching, beachcombing, fishing, swimming etc. Keep in mind that campers are served on first come first serve basis here. However, you can go camping at any time of the year.
Plan your adventure: Padre Island National Seashore
10. Garner State Park
Frio River sunrise is quite a term among campers who have been to this place. From standard to premium and full hookup sites, you find great convenience for campers here. There are close to 300 camping sites with many of them allowing 8 persons at each site. You easily get water and electrical hookup at most of these sites. The site with maximum amenities can be as expensive as close to $35 per night. This is a heaven for swimming and hiking. The scenes are splendid with water in the middle, hills on one side and beautiful multi-colored trees creating an enchanting aura.
Plan your adventure: Garner State Park