Camping Parks in Texas

Camping Parks in Texas
Texas may defy the perspective of many people unfamiliar with its topography and geography. This large state is more than just dust and tumbleweeds and offers a diversity of habitats that makes camping possible year-round in much of the state. Texas is dotted with a large population of parks that provide not only the chance to camp, but engage in an array of outdoor recreational activities.

Matagorda Island State Park

Matagorda Island State Park is located in Calhoun County and is roughly seven miles offshore from Port O'Conner. This is primitive camping country with no electricity or drinking water to be found on the island. Campsites do have picnic tables, pit toilets and a cold shower. You'll find plenty of opportunity for privacy, but bring along suntan lotion, bug spray and a snake-bite kit. Recreation includes swimming and surfing.

Matagorda Island State Park
1700 7th St.
Bay City, TX 77414
979-244-7697
tpwd.state.tx.us/huntwild/hunt/wma/find_a_wma/list/?id=48

Kerrville-Schreiner State Park

South-central Texas' Kerrville-Schreiner State Park provides camping facilities that include hot showers, water and electricity, both full-sized and mini-cabins, pull-through RV parking and picnic areas. Kids have access to a playground, there is a group dining hall and a rec hall to be enjoyed. This Texas state park offers a network of eight miles of hiking trails where a looping arrangement offers the choice of either long or short hikes. These trails can take you from the picnic area to a circuitous route around the wooded camping areas. The Guadalupe River offers opportunities to fish for crappier, bass, perch and catfish.

Kerrville-Schreiner State Park
2385 Bandera Highway
Kerrville TX 78028
830-257-5392
tpwd.state.tx.us/spdest/findadest/parks/kerrville_schreiner

Franklin Mountains State Park

The extreme western section of Texas is where you can camp at Franklin Mountains State Park. Campsites are primitive with no hookups. You will find composting toilets and 44 picnic sites with shades offering protection from the often brutal heat summer heat. The real appeal of camping at Franklin Mountains State Park is the opportunity to test rock climbing skills. The park is also home to two hiking trails with plans to eventually create a 100-mile system of hiking trails.

Franklin Mountains State Park
1331 McKelligon Canyon Road
El Paso, TX 79930
915-566-6441
tpwd.state.tx.us/spdest/findadest/parks/franklin

Fairfield Lake State Park

Fairfield Lake State Park is found in the northeast corner of Texas and offers pull-through RV sites with water and electrical hookups. More primitive hike-in campsites can also be enjoyed here when you reach the end of a six-mile trail. The camping area includes picnic sites, playgrounds and a group dining hall. That six-mile hiking trail connects to nine-mile trail to offer outdoor enthusiasts 15 miles of trails that can take you from one side of the park to the other. Fairfield Lake State Park also has a two mile nature trail and a one mile birdwatching trail. Fishing in Fairfield Lake means the chance to pull up a largemouth bass, catfish, redfish and striped bass.

Fairfield Lake State Park
123 State Park Rd 64
Fairfield TX 75840
903-389-4514
tpwd.state.tx.us/spdest/findadest/parks/fairfield_lake

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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