Camping in Texas

Camping in Texas
A big outdoorsy state like Texas should offer plenty of camping opportunities, and this time the Lone Star state comes through with no reservations. Of course, you might need reservations to get yourself a spot at some of the more popular campgrounds in the state. Texas is an ideal place for campers because the state's natural composition is diverse, and camping gives you the chance to explore nature's hidden gems.

Lake Texoma

Located near Denison, Lake Texoma is one of the most popular stops for those seeking the pleasures of the outdoors in Texas. Activity options abound in the 89,000 acres of Red River reservoir. There are more than 50 campgrounds dotting various parks that take advantage of the lake. If you have a boat, attach it and prepare to take advantage of the 80 ramps. You can even go fishing in the middle of summer without the heat being a problem, thanks to enclosed air conditioned areas. Popular campgrounds around Lake Texoma include Big Mineral Camp, Buncombe Creek Resort and Preston Bend Campgrounds.

Lake Texoma campgrounds

Pedernales Falls State Park

Located near Johnson City, this Texas state park is a favorite because its campsites are surroundings by lush foliage and heavy woods. Campers are also treated to 20 miles of hiking trails that range from easy to challenging. The area's highlight, the limestone falls, is best viewed during August and September. For campers looking to rough it, campsites on top of the river bluffs feature only portable toilets and some water.

Pedernales Falls State Park
2585 Park Road 6026
Johnson City, TX 78636
(830) 868-7304

Cooper Lake State Park

Located in Sulphur Springs, Cooper Lake State Park has been quartered into four camping areas, so if you bring your RV, you've got a spot that's all your own. In addition, there is a day camping spot, cabins and even an area for those who've brought horses. The campgrounds are surrounding by forests and feature level grassy sleeping grounds. The lake provides plenty of opportunity for water fun, and the woods offer trails for both hiking and mountain biking.

Cooper Lake State Park
Doctors Creek Unit
1664 FR 1529 South
Cooper, TX 75432
(903) 395-3100

South Sulphur Unit
1690 FM 3505
Sulphur Springs TX 75482
(903) 945-5256

Mustang Island State Park

Campers who love the beach should seek out this Port Aransas state park. Set up your tent on beachfront property and revel in the beauty of this coastal barrier island, where the waves crashing against the shore may guide you toward slumber or wake you up. The RV site is a little cozier than you might want, affording little in the way of privacy or personal space. Local activities include swimming, surfing, fishing and some of the best birdwatching in the area. If you get tired of the beach, check out the USS Lexington, the Texas State Aquarium and the Port Aransas Birding Center.

Mustang Island State Park
P.O. Box 326
Port Aransas, TX 78373
(361) 749-5246

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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