Best Camping in Texas

Best Camping in Texas: 15 Campgrounds & Places For This Season

Texas is a vast state that will take you more than 24 hours to cross from east to west, and almost as many from north to south.

The good news for campers is that there are many beautiful places to stop and camp for a day or two.

If you are lucky enough to live in the Lone Star state, there are also many weekend camping adventures that you can enjoy.

With so many possibilities, choosing the right campground can be quite challenging.

Therefore, this list of 21 can’t-miss campgrounds has been assembled to help you select the best camping in Texas for family or friends gathering.

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Here we go: 21 Best Places For Camping in Texas

1. Gulf Waters Beach Front RV Resort

Nestled in Port Aransas right next to Mustang Island beach, this luxury RV resort is a great choice for campers who would like to stay by the seaside and get indulged in numerous hotel-like amenities.

There are 158 uniquely designed RV sites. They all have concrete RV pads, a tow parking spot, and a picnic area. Many of them are surrounded by lush vegetation, whereas some of them feature a paver patio, a pond-view patio, a fire pit, a palapa, a pergola, or a grill.

Stroll on the beach, sunbathe, swim in the on-site swimming pool, or relax in the jacuzzi. Gulf Waters Beach Front RV Resort is a true paradise of the East Coast.

2. La Hacienda RV Resort

If you’re looking to go camping but still would like to stay near the city, La Hacienda RV Resort is a fantastic option. 

The resort features full hook-up sites with 30/50 amp service, gravel pads, and a concrete patio area with a picnic table. For a bit more comfort, you can stay at one of their vacation rentals, all of which are pet-friendly.

Leave your RV at the campground, situated on the outskirts of Austin, and set off exploring all it has to offer. Enjoy some live music and other local attractions, such as shopping, dining, golfing, sporting events, and much more. Nature lovers will appreciate the nearby Balcones Canyonlands National Wildlife Refugee. Then, enjoy the on-site swimming pool, fitness center, or the 4-hole chip and putt.

3. Guadalupe River State Park

Guadalupe River State Park is a bit further from Austin but still very accessible. It’s nestled halfway to San Antonio and is therefore perfect to stop by when traveling from one city to another.

It features about 100 campsites split into three campgrounds. Most of them are set in Turkey Sink and Cedar Sage Campgrounds which both offer electric hookups, showers, and restrooms. Those who prefer primitive camping will appreciate the Wagon Ford Campground with only 9 campsites and direct access to the Bald Cypress Trail.

Hiking, biking, and geocaching are some of the most popular activities when staying at Guadalupe River State Park. There are also some great swimming, canoeing, and fishing opportunities.

4. Brazoria County Beach (Near Surfside) Free Camping

Escape the hustle and bustle of the city and try free beach camping in Brazoria County. With miles of sandy beaches, bays and bayous, forests, and diverse landscapes, this part of Texas is a perfect spot for fishing, paddling, surfing, and birding.

Simply park along the dunes and enjoy the pristine setting and views of the ocean straight from your tent or RV.

Note that you have to come self-contained to this campground as there are no amenities. However, you can find cold showers and restrooms at the nearby community center. If you want to stock up on supplies, Lake Jackson is less than 15 miles.

5. Oasis RV Resort in Amarillo – Best Camping in Texas for RV

This 178-site campground offers 147 paved pull-through sites. Each site comes with electricity and a private picnic area.

Cool off with a dip in the heated outdoor pool from Memorial Day to Labor Day or relax in the adult-only spa.

This RV resort, located only one mile from the iconic Cadillac Ranch, offers complimentary limousine service to The Texan Steakhouse.

Your dog is likely to love the large dog run while your children let out pent-up energy on the well-maintained playground. An exercise room, horseshoe pit, and game room provide plenty of places to relax.

Watch your favorite shows with the complimentary cable television service or brag to your friends and followers about the great time you are having using the high-speed internet.

6. Stella Mare RV Resort in Galveston – Best Beach Camping in Texas

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Choose between 70-or-90-foot concrete pads at Stella Mare Resort in Galveston. Full hookups come with each site, and there is room at each site to park two vehicles.

Sit back and relax on the in-pool lounge chairs in the swimming pool or play at the large splash pad. Your children will love the multi-level playground located on its own sand island.

Two spacious dog parks help you give your dogs enough exercise and entertainment after a long ride. The guest center offers a complimentary indoor kitchen and a television lounge.

You get free parking just across from Galveston Beach. This campground provides unobstructed views of Galveston Bay and the Gulf of Mexico.

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7. Mustang Island State Park

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Camping season is around the corner and it’s just about time to book a spot at the Mustang Island State Park. 

The park has more than a 5-mile of coastline which makes it perfect for taking long hikes, going fishing or birdwatching, enjoying its lovely beaches, and if you are not feeling like cooking, dining out at one of the restaurants at Padre Island and Port Aransas is also an option you can’t miss. 

Another perk! Pretty affordable. Only  $5 per person per day and children under 13 can go for free. Spending the night only costs you $10. Texas Parklands passport holders aged 65+ get a 50% off and depending on certain conditions, you can even enjoy the park for free!

Other cool things you can do or have:

  • Very committed staff
  • Good Verizon and T-Mobile cell and internet connectivity
  • Water and electric hookups
  • Paddling
  • Ranger Programs

8. McKinney Falls State Park in Austin

Located within Austin’s city limits, McKinney Falls State Park on the shores of Onion Creek will leave you feeling like you have left big-city life far behind. The 81 campsites each have water and electricity.

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Escape from the heat with a dip in Onion Creek or sit along its banks and listen to the water gushing off the rocks.

A 2.8-mile paved hiking trail offers many scenic views and adventurous hikers can explore the more primitive hiking trails. Park rangers lead exciting programs almost every weekend, including Dutch oven cooking, historic crafts, night hikes, and fishing events.

You can also go bouldering at this state park located just 13 miles from the state capitol building.

Boost your gear with a camping RV generator!

9. Palo Duro Canyon State Park

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Before you go, get some minimalist hiking shoes for perfect comfort & performance!

Palo Duro Canyon is one of the largest canyon habitats in the continental United States. You can find interesting wildlife to study all through this canyon system, and the bird-watching is excellent.

The upper rim of the canyon is part of the local shortgrass prairie, but below the lip of the canyon, you’ll find a wide variety of plants thanks to the easy access to water.

The canyon is a floodplain, so if you plan a hike down 800 feet to the bottom, make sure to check the weather.

Depending on your sleeping preferences, there are multiple campsite options. There are several RV-friendly spots with electricity and water. Additionally, those with big rigs can find room on the Hackberry campsite.

If you just need water or are looking for primitive sites, Palo Duro offers the chance to rough it.

There are multiple hike-in sights. Make sure to bring water to these sites and be ready to pack out all your trash.

10. Padre Island – Loved by Surfers – Free Camping Texas

If you’re in the mood to rough it, Padre Island camping is ideal. Please note that there are no reservations taken for these campgrounds; first come, first served is the rule.

Additionally, there are no water or electrical hookups at these sites, though RVs are welcome and there is a water filling station and a dump station.

Make sure to prepare for your camping trip to Padre Island. It’s about 12 miles from the entrance to the nearest amenities, so make sure to stop, shop and stock up before getting to your campsite.

Once you get to Padre Island, be ready to relax and enjoy the best camping in Texas.

Make sure you check out Bird Island Basin for beautiful views and a quiet night.

No generators are allowed from 10 pm to 6 am. It’s just you, the wind, and the waves.

11. Prude Ranch Near Fort Davis

Located within walking distance of McDonald’s Observatory and across from Big Bend National Park, Prude Ranch offers 30 spaces for RV campers along with many other housing choices.

You can find many activities on this ranch, including horseback riding, a climbing wall, paintball, and orienteering.

Join other campers on a hayride and listen to local entertainers while eating gourmet s’mores. Take a dip in the pool located inside one of the oldest buildings on this ranch.

This ranch offers horse corrals, and there are plenty of open spaces to explore.

Your children can also be involved in a summer camp program while you enjoy camping at this ranch.

12. Daingerfield State Park Near Daingerfield

This state park offers water-only tent sites, or you can reserve one of their full-hookup sites with many pull-through options available.

Rent a boat at this state park’s headquarters to enjoy fishing on the 80-acre Little Pine Lake, where the state regularly stocks rainbow trout.

This lake is also a great place to go kayaking or canoeing.

From March to November, you can join other campers as they dance the night away to tunes played on the jukebox every Saturday night or join karaoke that is open some Saturday nights.

Take a stroll under the pines, oaks, and dogwood trees that surround this beautiful campground.

13. Rusk State Park in Rusk


Located very near the Texas Historical Railroad in East Texas, Rusk State Park is a beautiful place under tall trees to go camping. There are over 50 sites, with many offering full hookups.

Prepare a meal on the grills or in the fire rings located near this campground’s pavilion.

If the weather does not cooperate, prepare a meal in the clubhouse while playing board games. And when the sun shines go hiking under the pine trees.

14. Eisenhower State Park Near Dennison


Located on the shores of Lake Texoma, near Dennison, Texas, there are many ways to enjoy a visit to this state park.

You can shore fish without a license, and rangers will be glad to loan you all the needed equipment to fish at this lake which is one of the best bass fishing lakes in the United States.

Bring along your all-terrain vehicle or your dirt bike to enjoy the backcountry wilderness. You will also want to bring along your camera to capture amazing landscape images along the dedicated hiking trails.

Each site has a picnic table making it easy to enjoy meals prepared in the fire rings or on the waist-high grills that you find at many sites.

15. Garner State Park near Concan

The 1,774 acres of Garner State Park have over 50 campsites. You can join the fun of summer dances under the stars at this campground, just like people have been doing since 1940.

Paddle boats, kayaks, and inner tubes are all available to rent so that you can play on the Frio River. This campground even offers a seasonal miniature golf course.

There are many miles of hiking trails, so be sure to bring along your boots. Join park rangers for many exciting programs, including learning how to geocache.

You may also want to bring along lunch and a blanket and escape the Texas sun under the tall shade trees while enjoying a picnic.

Few more popular camping spots:

  • NW Austin KOA Near Leander
  • South Llano River State Park Near Junction
  • Lost Maples State Park Near Vanderpool
  • Rio Grande Village RV Park near Big Bend
  • Caprock Canyons
  • Mill Creek Ranch Resort and RV Park