Camping in Southeast Texas

Camping in Southeast Texas
Texas is so big that you can pick just one region of the state and enjoy a long camping vacation. Southeast Texas provides plenty of camping opportunities that allow you to explore the diverse natural beauty of the state. No surprise is that the weather gets pretty hot and steamy during the summer, but prepare yourself for some chilly lows during the winter.

Brazos Bend State Park

Located on the coastal plains about 25 miles south of Houston, the Brazos Bend State Park provides campers with screened shelter as well as water and electricity. Recreation includes 35 miles of biking and hiking trails. Fishing can be done in six different lakes inside the park, but watch out for alligators. When night falls, check out the George Observatory's 36-inch telescope.

Brazos Bend State Park
21901 FM 762
Needville TX 77461
(979) 553-5102

Galveston Island State Park

After being damaged by Hurricane Ike, camping is experiencing a resurgence. The campsites themselves are fairly spartan, but do have water and electricity. The beach, birds and wildlife are the main reasons to camp at this state park. Fishing for bass, catfish and rainbow trout is also a big draw. The park features four miles of trails that can be used for both hiking and biking.

Galveston Island State Park
14901 FM 3005
Galveston TX 77554
(409) 737-1222

Lake Texana State Park

You have 125 miles of shoreline to explore when you set up camp at Lake Texana State Park. Restrooms both without and without showers are provided at campsites. Some sites have water hookups only while others have water and electricity. Fishing can be done off three piers, two of which are lighted. The park also features a fishing jetty and cleaning station. The lake can also be enjoyed for canoeing, water skiing, sailing and swimming. Hikers are guaranteed to seed plenty of wildlife on the mile and a half long hiking trail.

Lake Texana State Park
46 Park Road 1
Edna, TX 77957
(361) 782-5718

Goliad State Park

Camping in Goliad State Park offers the chance to mingle love of the outdoors with a chance to learn some Texas history. The campsite even features a museum and refurnished replica of a classic Spanish mission. Start at the mission and take the nature trail to enjoy a very diverse collection of wildlife due to the park's unique commingling of three different ecological zones. Campsites include water, electricity, bathrooms and showers. Recreation includes biking, fishing, canoeing and hiking. The swimming pool located across from the park is open from Memorial Day through Labor Day.

Goliad State Park
108 Park Rd 6
Goliad TX 77963
(361) 645-3405

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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