In Texas, camping is just as essential to our happiness as a big plate of BBQ or hopping in the car to take a long roadtrip across the state. You just can’t fully experience Texas without going on a camping trip at least once, so I’ve created this little list of ten incredible spots throughout the state that will make you fall in love with camping even more.
1) Big Bend National Park
This beautiful gem in west Texas definitely deserves the top spot on the list in my opinion. There are three developed frontcountry campgrounds available, as well as numerous backcountry spots to camp if you prefer to rough it in a more secluded setting. Covering over 800,000 acres and reaching elevations of 8,000 feet, Big Bend National Park is a truly unforgettable and breathtaking place to get away from it all.
2) Guadalupe River State Park
Camping out along the rivers is a popular summertime activity in Texas, and with three campsites available along a four mile stretch of the Guadalupe River, you can come here to relax and enjoy the outdoors with your friends and family. Two of the campsites offer electricity and water, and one gives you a more primitive experience, but there are still water and restrooms nearby.
3) Davis Mountains State Park
There are numerous primitive and developed campsites available here, including six equestrian campsites. With unparalleled views of the mountains and plenty of hiking and bird-watching opportunities, this is simply a perfect camping destination.
4) Palo Duro Canyon State Park
A list of camping spots wouldn't be complete without the mighty Palo Duro Canyon. There are plentiful spots for tent camping, camping in an RV, or equestrian campsites. There are also three cabins available for rent on the canyon's rim and four limited service cabins located on the canyon floor. At night, the view of the clear star-filled skies will amaze you, and during the day, you can hike, bike, or horseback ride through the canyons on 30 miles of hiking trails.
5) Colorado Bend State Park
Most people come here for the day to see the beautiful Gorman Falls, but if you'd like to make it an overnight trip, you can choose from many different group primitive campsites, backpack camping sites, and drive up sites as well.
6) Padre Island National Seashore
Camping along the beach listening to the sounds of the waves and feeling the wind on your face is the epitome of relaxation in my book. There are five campgrounds available for public use, and all campsites are open year-round on a first-come, first-serve basis. There are no RV hookups anywhere on the seashore, but will find RV filling stations and dump stations in the park. The 5 designated areas for camping are: Malaquite Campground, Bird Island Basin, North Beach, South Beach, and Yarborough Pass.
7) Angelina National Forest
This enchanting 153,179 acre forest in East Texas offers visitors three main places to camp out: Boykin Springs Recreation Area, Caney Creek, and Sandy Creek. This makes a wonderful camping spot because of the many water activities available at Sam Raybrun Reservoir, plus the sprawling forest to explore (and maybe get lost in for a little while).
8) Palmetto State Park
Staying at this unusual botanical area in the heart of Central Texas might remind you of the tropics more than the hill country. The astounding biological and ecological diversity in this park keep people coming back time and time again, and the swimming, tubing and canoeing on the San Marcos River that runs through the park make the experience even better. You can choose from tent, RV, and group camping, or staying the night in a beautiful air-conditioned cabin at the park.
9) Garner State Park
Here, you can choose between tent camping, staying in screened shelters, or beating the Texas heat in one of 17 different cabins located throughout the park. The scenic hill country views, tubing down the Frio River, and hiking through the rugged terrain make this state park an undeniable Texas favorite.
10) Martin Dies, Jr. State Park
This park is located on the northern edge of the Big Thicket, and is a wonderful place to relax, unwind, and reconnect with nature. There are over 200 campsites to choose from throughout the park, whether you prefer to stay in mini-cabins, screened shelters, along the waterfront in a tent, or in an air-conditioned RV.