Good Camping in Texas

Sea Rim State Park is located outside of Sabine Pass. It features primitive, hike-in campsites with beach access. In my opinion, it's the unspoiled nature of the park that makes it a stand out for tent camping. The downside is that the area has a tendency to get hit hard during the hurricane season. As such, the condition of the beach varies. Sometimes the beach is free of man-made debris and other times it's not. On a good day, shell collecting can prove to be productive. Campers may typically expect to pay at least $10 for a campsite.

Lake Mineral Wells State Park and Trailway is located outside of Mineral Wells. It features hike-in, drive-in and equestrian campsites, some of which are partially improved. The park offers outstanding opportunities for rock climbing, swimming and other water related activities. It also features an onsite amphitheater where campers may catch a bit of entertainment. Bridle paths and walking trails are available too. Campsite rates start at $10 per night.

The distinguishing feature for the campgrounds included in this Outdoor Guide is that we focus on locations where tent camping is allowed. As indicated in the descriptions for the various campgrounds, some of them offer other forms of “camping” as well (e.g., RV spaces and/or cabins) and of course the vast majority of the campgrounds are located adjacent to water. We included some sites that primarily are RV parks because of their proximity to waterbodies and due to the fact that they allow tent camping, but our focus clearly is not on RV parks. Instead, we have focused on tent camping sites because they often also include swimming, fishing, hiking, mountain biking, horseback riding, wildlife viewing, floating, kayaking and tubing opportunities.

General information regarding camping in Texas is available in “Camper’s Guide to Texas Parks, Lakes, and Forests.” If you need additional information about the parks described in this Outdoor Guide, jump onto the Texas Parks and Wildlife Department, Lower Colorado River Authority, Guadalupe-Blanco River Authority, Corps of Engineers, city and county government park departments, and the private landowner websites where that info can be found. You will find those links with our summaries of the destination sites when you run a search.

We are not actively seeking Wal-Marts, truckstops or other parking lots and will not be adding very many of these. There are enough Wal-Mart and truck stop directories out there already. However, if a member of the community finds one of these locations to be useful for overnight RV parking and creates an entry, we may approve the listing.

This is a platform for sharing campgrounds and camp sites you have discovered. We are community driven, and while we will be adding many free camping spots, we hope that you will add some of your favorite camping places as well. By sharing camping information freely, we can all spend less time researching campgrounds, spend less money, and more time camping. If everyone contributes a few campsites, we'll all have more places to go camping.

Enchanted Rock State Natural Area is located outside of Fredericksburg. It features hike-in campsites and incredible hiking trails. The rock climbing, hiking and photography opportunities are top notch. How could they not be with so much pink granite and unique, vernal pools at a person's disposal? There are well over 35 climbing areas to choose from. I also like the fact that the park has telescope areas where campers can get a better view of the serene, night-time skies. Campsite rates start at $12 per night.

Texas offers visitors a variety of ways to spend time outdoors. For those visitors who never want to be indoors, Texas has a number of excellent spot to pitch a tent and spend the night under the stars. Whether it is a state park, national park, a sandy stretch of beach or a natural reserve, Texas offers campers a vast variety of areas to choose from.1. Big Bend National ParkTPWDesignated as an International Biosphere Reserve, Big Bend offers a variety of outdoor recreational activities in a primitive setting. Backpacking, mountain biking, fishing, boating, hiking, nature watching, camping - you name it, if it can be done outdoors, it can be done in Big Bend. There are three campgrounds withing Big Bend, all at an elevation of 1,800 feet or higher. Although there are a number of sites within each of these campgrounds, they fill fast and reservations are required.zSB(3,3)2. Big Thicket National PreserveNational Park ServiceCovering nearly 100,000 acres, Big Thicket National Preserve was the first such preserve in the United States. The Big Thicket NP is home to a diverse group of plants and animals and plays host to thousands of nature enthusiasts annually. While camping is allowed, there are no prepared campsites in the Big Thicket, so be prepared to make your own.3. Enchanted Rock Natural AreaTPWLocated just north of Fredericksburg in the Texas Hill Country, Enchanted Rock is one of the largest natural rock formations in the United States, with a dome that rises 425 feet above the ground (1825 feet above sea level). Designated as a National Natural Landmark in 1970, Enchanted Rock is also part of the Texas State Parks System and attracts thousands of visitors annually. Walk-in sites with tent pads and water are available, as are primitive hike-in campsites.4. Padre Island National SeashorePadre Island National Seashore stretches from Corpus Christi south some 75 miles to the Port Mansfield Cut - offering some of the most remote seashore to be found anywhere. Semi-primitive campsites are available at Malaquite Beach and provide toilets, rinse-only showers, and picnic tables. Primitive camping with no facilities is available at both North and South Beach.5. Hueco Tanks State Historic SiteHueco Tanks offers a variety of outdoor activies, most notably camping and rock climbing. However, one of the biggest draws to this historic site are the prehistoric pictographs that dot the cave walls there. Visitors and campers must make reservations at least two days prior to visiting. Pictograph tours are also avaible by advanced request.


Glamping is a portmanteau of glamour and camping and describes a style of camping with amenities and, in some cases, resort-style services not usually associated with "traditional" camping. Glamping has become particularly popular with 21st century tourists seeking the luxuries of hotel accommodation alongside the escapism and adventure recreation of camping
Glamping has its roots in the early 1900s European and American safaris in Africa. Wealthy travellers accustomed to comfort and luxury did not want to sacrifice either, and their campsites and pampered wilderness lifestyles reflected it. Glamping is its modern equivalent, combining both yesterday's amenities and today's technology. Also called boutique camping, luxury camping, posh camping, or comfy camping, today's glamping features such structures as yurts, tipis, pods, bell tents, safari tents, tent cabins, and tree houses.[5] Glampsites range in price from as little as $50 per night to thousands of dollars per night, depending on amenities, which can include fresh bed linens, en suite washrooms, food service, and private verandas. Concept Glamping can exist on its own or encroach on traditional forms. In mid-2014, the City Manager of Black Rock City, Nevada described Burning Man, an annual event at nearby Black Rock Desert, as having "jumped the shark," when the 2014 event — which had been previously noted for core values of radical self-expression and self-reliance — featured incongruously posh VIP lounges, cell phone towers, and private jets.