Great Places to Go Camping in Texas

Great Places to Go Camping in Texas
Texas is the second largest state in the United States by area, and with a variety of terrain, outdoors activities and attractions, it offers great camping options. The Hill Country of Texas offers a number of attractions that makes it ideal for a camping vacation, including the chance to enjoy the changing colors of fall foliage and lakes with cascading waterfalls. A more tropical atmosphere can be enjoyed along the coastal plains and barrier islands, which provide some of the best places for bird-watching in the country. Those who consider tall trees and huge lakes to be the model of a great camping trip should head for the sites that populate Texas' Piney Woods region along the eastern border of the state.

Inks Lake State Park

Inks Lake State Park is about 90 miles north of San Antonio. Camping at this state park places you close to both Inks Lake and the considerably larger Lake Buchanan. Inks Lake State Park offers campers more than 1,200 acres that provide opportunities for hiking, biking and picnicking.

According to "Best RV and Tent Campgrounds in the U.S.A," Inks Lake has 137 RV-only sites and 50 tent-only sites. Full hookups include 20- 30- and 50-amp electricity, and there are picnic tables, lantern hangers and a fire pit/grill combination on site. The park is home to a 9-hole golf course, eight playgrounds and 7.5 miles of hiking trails.

Bring you fishing gear to take advantage of the lighted fishing piers, and bring a boat if you have one because you can launch directly into the lake from the on-site ramp.

Inks Lake State Park
3630 Park Road 4 W.
Burnet, TX 78611


Goose Island State Park

Goose Island State Park is situated on Aransas Bay along the Gulf of Mexico coast of Texas. This park offers 102 spaces with full hookups that include 30- and 50-amp electricity, room for slideouts and 45 pull-through sites.

Goose Island is the site of a live oak nicknamed the Big Tree that is thought to be more than 1,000 years old, according to "Fun with the Family in Texas." Although located on Aransas Bay, swimming is prohibited at the park, but you can take your boat out onto the bay and go fishing. Goose Island is also a participant in the Loan a Tackle Program, which means you still can go fishing even if you left your tackle box at home.

Other recreational activities include year-round guided nature tours. Birders should head to Goose Island during the early part of the year because guided birding tours are available through April.

Goose Island State Park
202 S. Palmetto St.
Rockport, TX 78382

Padre Palms

Padre Palms is located along the Gulf of Mexico coast, about 60 miles south of Goose Island. RV camping in Corpus Christi includes the Padre Palms resort that lets you go camping in style in Texas with 84 full hookup sites that offer 30- and 50-amp electricity. All but 10 of these sites are pull-through, and you have plenty of room for slideouts, according to

The activities at this campsite are mostly beach-related, but that means much more than swimming. Windsurfing and beach kayaking are popular along the stretch of beach that makes Corpus Christi such a popular destination. Those who don't like sand between their toes in the Gulf of Mexico can opt for the on-site swimming pool.

Both the "USS Lexington" aircraft carrier and the Texas State Aquarium are less than 20 miles from this RV campground.

Padre Palms
131 Skipper Lane
Corpus Christi, TX 78418


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, 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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