Camping in Central Texas

Camping in Central Texas
The Lone Star State is a place just waiting for you to plan your next outdoor adventure. Texas' state and national parks offer a diverse mix of camping, hiking, biking and water-sport activities. Camping sites tend to fill quickly, especially in summer, so make your reservation in advance.

Caddo-LBJ National Grasslands

The Caddo-LBJ National Grasslands is comprised of two parks northeast and northwest of Dallas. Caddo National Grassland is almost 18,000 acres and contains three lakes. At 651 acres, Lake Coffee Mill is the largest and has an improved boat-launch site. Lake Davy Crockett, at 388 acres, offers 11 camping units on its western shore. As of September 2009, the fee for camping on West Lake Davy Crockett is $4 per night. Lyndon B. Johnson National Grasslands contains more than 20,000 acres of protected lands, as well as 75 miles of multi-use trails. Seven walk-in camp units are available at the Black Creek Lake Recreation Area.

Palmetto State Park

Palmetto State Park is a 270-acre park in Gonzales Texas. The park is known for its rich diversity of plant and animal life offering visitors the opportunity to spot coyotes, armadillos and white tail deer. Oxbow Lake and the San Marcos River are great places for swimming, canoeing and kayaking. Former visitors to Palmetto State Park note that the campsites are more secluded than many other state parks, so it may be a wise choice if you are looking for privacy.

Colorado Bend State Park

Colorado Bend State Park is a 5,328-acre park in San Saba and Lampasas counties. Activities include primitive camping, hiking and mountain biking, as well as birding and nature watching. Guided tours of Gorman Falls are conducted on Saturdays at 2 p.m., which includes a 1-1/2 mile hike. The park also offers walking tours of Gorman Cave at 9:15 a.m. on Saturdays and Sundays, weather permitting. Camping facilities include drive-up sites and primitive backcountry sites.

Enchanted Rock State Natural Area

Enchanted Rock State Natural Area is a 1,643-acre park north of Fredericksburg. The Enchanted Rock is a pink granite exfoliation dome that stands 425 feet at its highest point and covers 640 acres. Developed camping sites along Sandy Creek include tent pads, picnic tables and fire rings with water, shower and restroom facilities nearby. The park also offers three primitive backpacking areas with composting toilets. There is a four-mile trail that leads through the granite formations and a steep trail that leads to the top of Enchanted Rock.

Lost Maples State Natural Area

Scenic Lost Maples State Natural Area covers 2,200 acres in Bandera and Real counties. The park gets its name from the bigtooth maple species that has adapted to the change in climate since the last ice age, and fall leaf peeping is a major draw. Camping facilities include developed sites with water, electricity, restrooms and showers, as well as primitive sites.

Article Written By Jeffrey Caldwell

Jeffrey Caldwell has been a freelance writer for over five months and has published over 250 articles on websites like eHow and Trails.com. Caldwell writes articles on a wide range of topics including travel, camping and automotive mechanics. He has a Bachelor of Arts in English from Millersville University.

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