State Camping Parks in Texas

State Camping Parks in Texas
From SCUBA diving and horseback riding to excellent fishing and hiking, Texas state parks reflect the natural environment and cultural diversity of the state itself. Camping in the state parks can be as comfortable as full-service RV campsites and cabins to camping on the beach and hiking to remote backcountry campsites.

Balmorhea State Park

Located 40 miles south of Pecos, Balmorhea State Park encompasses nearly 46 acres of the Davis Mountains foothills. This oasis in the West Texas desert has a 1¾-acre, spring-fed swimming pool where 22 to 28 million gallons of water flow every day. The deepest spot in the pool is 25 feet where you may see catfish, turtles and a variety of other fish. There are 34 campsites with full hook-ups and motel-style lodging available. Other facilities include showers, bathrooms and a park store.



Balmorhea State Park

Toyahvale, TX, 79786

432-375-2370

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Dinosaur Valley State Park

Dinosaur Valley State Park is located 70 miles southwest of Dallas-Fort Worth, in the town of Glen Rose. There are plenty of campsites and shade at this 46-site campground. Seven additional primitive campgrounds on the east side of the Paluxy River require a 1 to 2 ½-mile hike from the trailhead parking. The RV and car campsites are all within walking distance of the river and the four dinosaur track sites. Prepare to get wet. All of the track sites are in or near the river. Other facilities include showers, bathrooms, a playground, giant dinosaur displays and a park store.



Dinosaur Valley State Park

1629 Park Road 59

Glen Rose, TX 76043

254-897-4588

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Mustang Island State Park

Mustang Island is a 3,954 acre state park located 25 miles southeast of Corpus Christi. The camping facilities near the park headquarters include water and electric hook-ups, showers, restrooms and a park store. The facilities south of the main swimming area are primitive campsites. There are no designated campsites. Camping is first-come, first-serve and you can camp anywhere you want too within the beach boundaries. This open-beach camping area will accommodate approximately 300 campsites, according to the Texas Parks and Wildlife Department. There are rinsing showers, portable toilets and water tanks placed along the beach.



Mustang Island State Park

17047 State Hwy 361

Port Aransas, TX 78373

361-749-5246

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Palo Duro Canyon State Park

Located 35 miles south of Amarillo, Palo Duro Canyon State Park is a 29,182 acre park that is often described as the "Grand Canyon of Texas." There are five campgrounds in the park. The Mesquite and Sagebrush campgrounds include "electrical sites." They are accessible by car and have restrooms and showers. The Cactus and Fortress Cliff areas are developed primitive campgrounds. They are accessible by vehicle but do not have showers or restrooms. It is a 1 to 2 mile drive to the restroom. You may camp with your horses in one of the equestrian sites. Restrooms and showers are 1/3 mile from the campground. There are also undesignated backcountry sites about a 30-minute hike south of the turn-around.



Palo Duro Canyon State Park

11450 Park Road 5

Canyon, TX 79015

806-488-2227

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Caddo Lake State Park

Texas' only natural lake is located 40 miles east of Longview and is home to Caddo Lake State Park. The park has 8 campsites with full-hookups, 18 sites with electric and water and an additional 20 sites with water only. Caddo Lake also has nine cabins and eight screened shelter sites that have electricity and water. Facilities include showers, bathrooms, an interpretive center, canoe rentals, a dump station and short hiking trails.



Caddo Lake State Park

245 Park Road 2

Karnack, TX 75661

903-679-3351

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Article Written By Eric Duncan

Eric Duncan is a military veteran and a professional in the safety, travel and aviation industries. Duncan has been writing since 2002 for magazines, newspapers, local business literature and on such websites as Singletraks.com. He has earned his Bachelor of Science in professional aeronautics and his Master of Business Administration.

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