Family-Friendly Campgrounds in Texas

Family-Friendly Campgrounds in Texas
From water skiing on the beaches around Port Aransas to hiking in the hill country, the campgrounds in Texas offer a bountiful supply of fun things for the entire family to experience. Texas is a big state with campsites that stretch from the potential of snowy fun in the winter along the Panhandle to canoeing through the otherworldly environs of the canyons cut by the Rio Grande.

Big Chief RV Resort

10 miles northwest of the city of Burnet (rhymes with durn-it) sits the Big Chief RV Resort. This Burnet RV resort has 69 sites with full hookup affording 30/50 amp electrical connections, room for slide-outs and 45 pull-through spaces. Facilities include bathrooms, showers, laundry and nature trails. There is a boat ramp that allows you to put your watercraft right into action on Lake Buchanan, or you can rent a canoe. Water activities you can enjoy without leaving this camping resort include sailing, canoeing and water skiing. The kids can also enjoy the playground or the game room, while parents get a good workout in the fitness center. A swimming pool hot tub presents an alternative to swimming in the lake. Other attractions to explore around Burnet are the Longhorn Caverns and Fort Croghan.

Big Chief RV Resort
1420 Farm to Market Road 690
Burnet, Texas 78611
512-793-4746
bigchiefrvresort.com

Pedernales Falls State Park

Pedernales State Park, located near Johnson City, offers campsites with water and electricity as well as more primitive backcountry hiking sites. The family that enjoys going on hikes together will find plenty to occupy their time here. The trails at this Texas state park can include a stop to feed the ducks at the pond or can take you over canyons carved by the Mescal Creek. A hike also gets you to the signature feature of the park: a limestone waterfall that is most impressive during the spring when the rains come. Other activities at Pedernales include tubing and swimming in the river, mountain biking and bird watching.

Pedernales Falls State Park
2585 Park Road 6026
Johnson City Texas 78636
830-868-7304
tpwd.state.tx.us/spdest/findadest/parks/pedernales_falls

Lost Maples State Natural Area

There is not much about the Texas landscape that can remind campers of New England, but it is not just the name of this park that may have you temporarily think you've awakened in Vermont. A visit to Lost Maples State Natural Area during fall reveals that Texas experiences a change of colors in its foliage nearly as striking as the camping areas of the Northeast. The best chance to enjoy fall foliage here is near the picnic area and around the pond. If the heat of hiking gets to you, Lost Maples is a good choice because its 10 miles of hiking trails are almost fully shaded by these big color-changing maple trees. The lake is on the small side for a Texas state park, but is big enough for swimming and fishing. The terrain can be dangerously steep, so take extra care with smaller kids in this park. The park has 30 paved sites with water hookups and 30-amp electricity.


Lost Maples State Natural Area
37221 FM 187
Vanderpool Texas 78885
830-966-3413
tpwd.state.tx.us/spdest/findadest/parks/lost_maples

Article Written By Timothy Sexton

Timothy Sexton is an award-winning author who started writing in 1994. He has written on topics ranging from politics and golf to nutrition and travel, and his work appears online for Zappos.com, Disaboom and MOJO, among others. He has also done work for "Sherlock Holmes and Philosophy." He holds a Bachelor of Arts in English from the University of West Florida.

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