List of Camping State Parks in Texas

List of Camping State Parks in Texas
When you head to Texas in search of a place to camp on property owned by the state, you may not see the simple descriptive name of "state park" in the name. Texas is home to state natural areas, historical parks and partnership parks as well as traditional state parks. Entrance fees vary from park to park and you can also expect variances in the fees related to camping accessibility. Generally, it will be cheaper for primitive camping than for RV camping within one park, but the difference between roughing it and living in RV luxury may be less when comparing between two different parks.

Goliad State Park and Historic Site

Goliad State Historical Park is a southern Texas park that is situated on the San Antonio River. Campers of all stripes can find a spot here as the park features primitive sites with water only, full-service hookup options and even screened shelters. Recreation includes a nature trail, swimming pool during the summer, fishing and boating and the Spanish mission built in 1749 that serves as the central attraction of the park.

Goliad State Park and Historic Site

108 Park Road 6

Goliad, TX 77963


Davis Mountains State Park

Davis Mountains State Park is located near the western border of Texas. The Davis Mountains Skyline Drive provides a scenic entry through the largest mountain range in the state. The private equestrian campsite offers the chance to get to know the land like those who lived in the wild west days did, but you must provide your own horse. Those without an equine means of conveyance have the option of hike-in primitive sites as well as sites with sewer, water and electrical hookups. Recreation includes hiking trails, mountain biking and the McDonald Observatory where your vision of the skies without inference from city lights may give you a shock at just how much you can't see at night where you live.

Davis Mountains State Park

P.O. Box 1707

Fort Davis, TX 79734


Inks Lake State Park

Central Texas features Inks Lake State Park and is ready to host campers arriving in an RV or nothing but their feet and a backpack. As long as you confine your cooking to outdoor grilling, you can also enjoy an indoor camping experience courtesy of cabins that can accommodate up to eight people. Recreation includes hiking trails, lake swimming, scuba diving, fishing, boating and a golf course.

Inks Lake State Park

3630 Park Road 4 W.

Burnet, TX 78611


Abilene State Park

The name Abilene screams out Old West to those raised on western films and Abilene State Park is situated on a site where the Comanche tribe spent centuries camping beneath the multitude of pecan trees. If pecan trees don't entice, you can also set up camping equipment in the Brushy Trail or Oak Grove sections. The campsites at Abilene State Park range from water-only to yurts with microwave ovens and sleeper sofas. Recreation includes hiking trails, a swimming pool, boating and the opportunity to view impressive longhorn herds.

Abilene State Park

150 Park Road 32

Tuscola, TX 79562


Eisenhower State Park

Campers visiting from the North or East can save themselves days of driving by stopping near the Oklahoma border and taking advantage of Eisenhower State Park. Some of the sites can be reserved while others are first come first served, so check before you go. Most campsites include a grill, picnic table and both water and electricity. Eisenhower State Park is characterized by the enormous granite that rises 325 feet above the campgrounds. It is always wise to inform young children that the dome is famous for creating eerie sounds at night as the granite cools and begins contracting.

Eisenhower State Park

50 Park Road 20

Denison, TX 75020


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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