The Best Camping in Texas

The Best Camping in Texas
Texas offers a wonderful destination for camping and general outdoor recreation. Its varied landscape ensures that there are enjoyable vistas for everyone; arid desert regions trade off with state parks complete with waterfalls and ample fishing holes. Campers may opt to enjoy cabin camping where all you really need to bring are your clothes and some food and charcoal. If you prefer to enjoy the countryside from the inside of a recreational vehicle, check out campsites situated right on the shoreline of a well-known lake. Of course, if you would rather go tent camping and don't mind hiking in to boot, a Texas state park could be right up your alley. Prices current as of August 2009.

Rio Bonito Cabin Resort

Locate the Rio Bonito Cabin Resort on the northern portion of the San Gabriel River, which is in Liberty Hill, a short hour away from Austin. The resort features nine RV sites and three cabins. Use your cabin as base camp for nearby fishing, bird watching, water play in the river, hiking and other forms of outdoor recreation. Bring along your pets and also enjoy free WiFi on the premises.

Each cabin features a queen-sized bed, a full-sized sofa bed and a loft area that doubles as sleeping accommodation for children. Cabins are completely furnished, have air conditioning and also heat, satellite television and basic kitchen utensils, towels, bedding and linens. Bring along specialty utensils, food, clothes, soap and other items you would bring to a regular campout.

Costs vary, depending on the cabin. The cost for the San Gabriel and Brazos Cabins are $100 per night, while the Frio Cabin costs $90 a night.

Rio Bonito Cabin Resort
1095 CR 256
Liberty Hill, TX 78642
(512) 922-3933
(512) 922-1383

Park on the Lake

As an RV camper, you know that lakeshore camping is rare to find. At the Park on the Lake, 50 of the 100 sites lie right on the shore of Lake Conroe. One of the best camping spots in Texas, you can tow a boat or enjoy water sports, fishing, swimming, or just lounging at the shoreline. Your four-legged companion is sure to enjoy walks around the lake at this pet-friendly venue or some swims in the shallow portion of the water. Check out the dog run that allows you to take your pet off the leash for some basic agility play.

At the RV park, use the exercise room, do laundry at the on-site Laundromat, use the swimming pool or heated spa and clean up after a day of fun in one of the nine shower stalls. Use the boat ramp free of charge and make use of one of the 16 boat piers. Contact the park operators for seasonal, weekly and daily rates.

Park on the Lake
12351 FM 830
Willis, TX 77318
(936) 890-2375

San Angelo State Park

Plan your next tent camping trip to include San Angelo State Park, which features about 50 miles of multi-use trails, a lake for swimming, fishing and boating, and also the potential for hunting deer and turkey when in season. You are welcome to bring along your horse for riding on the equestrian trails but restrict your dog or other pet to a leash.

Note that a maximum of eight campers may occupy one campsite, and each person must pay the daily park entrance fee plus a nightly campsite fee of $8. Some sites require a lot of hiking, as they are located five to 20 miles away from the parking lot. If you bring your horse, choose an equestrian campsite that features electricity and also water hookups for only $18 a night.

San Angelo State Park
3900--2 Mercedes
San Angelo, TX 76901
(325) 949-8935

Article Written By Sylvia Cochran

Based in the Los Angeles area, Sylvia Cochran is a seasoned freelance writer focusing on home and garden, travel and parenting articles. Her work has appeared in "Families Online Magazine" and assorted print and Internet publications.

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