Best Campgrounds in Texas

This list represents the most popular campgrounds in Texas. Use this list to plan your next Texas campgrounds trip. Select a state and/or activity below to find even more top trails.

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#1. Abilene State Park


Located at the crossroads of Texas history, Abilene State Park is surrounded by low limestone hills in a rugged area used first by the Tonkawa and Comanches to hunt buffalo and later by Texas cowboys…
From the guidebook "The Best in Tent Camping: Texas"
Abilene, TX - Campgrounds
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#2. Balmorhea State Park


After leaving the scenic Davis Mountains, the highway returns to the wide-open, hot, and very dry expanses of West Texas only to be interrupted by a hidden oasis that surprises even a well traveled te…
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Toyahvale, TX - Campgrounds
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#3. Big Bend National Park: Chisos Basin Campground


With a captivating panoramic view of the Chisos Mountains, the Chisos Basin Campground is one of the most popular camping areas in Big Bend National Park. Turning right off the main park road, a windi…
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Big Bend National Park, TX - Campgrounds
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#4. Big Bend National Park: Rio Grande Village and Cottonwood Campgrounds


Leaving the cool dry air of the Chiso Basin area, the 38-mile drive to the Rio Grande Village Campground takes the tent camper through 3,600 feet of elevation loss and expanses of the Chihuahuan Deser…
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Big Bend National Park, TX - Campgrounds
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#5. Big Bend Ranch State Park


Located in the shadow of its better-known neighbor, Big Bend Ranch State Park is an idyllic escape for those seeking a tent camping site along the scenic Rio Grande River with easy access to FM 170.…
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Presidio, TX - Campgrounds
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#6. Davis Mountains State Park


Named after historic Ft. Davis, the Davis Mountains provide a perfect home for this state park and tent campers seeking relief from the heat and humidity of other Texas campgrounds. Located at more th…
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Ft. Davis, TX - Campgrounds
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#7. Guadalupe Mountains National Park


Tent camping in the high desert is always a special experience. Add in the tallest mountain in Texas at 8,749 feet and surrounding sheer cliffs reaching 8,085 feet, and you have one of the premier ten…
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Salt Flat, TX - Campgrounds
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#8. Bastrop and Buescher State Parks


Leaving the historic town of Bastrop on TX 21, Bastrop State Park is a family-friendly destination with a surprisingly rugged side. As you enter the park, the golf course along the road is not your us…
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Bastrop, TX - Campgrounds
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#9. Lake Buchanan – Canyon of the Eagles


As you leave Burnet, the Texas Hill Country views begin to unfold on the horizon. This scenic winding road takes you away from civilization and dead-ends into Canyon of the Eagles. This multifunction…
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Burnet, TX - Campgrounds
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#10. Colorado Bend State Park


Check in with the park rangers at this remote outpost and get assistance with your campsite selection. Sites 23 through 38 are to your right and numbered parking spaces are to your left. The campsit…
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Bend, TX - Campgrounds
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#11. Enchanted Rock State Natural Area


As you approach Enchanted Rock State Natural Area, the huge slickrock dome and surrounding formations will have you checking your map to see if a wrong turn didn’t land you in the canyonlands of Utah.…
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Fredericksburg, TX - Campgrounds
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#12. Garner State Park


You can tell a park is popular when the drive-up to the entrance station has traffic lanes similar to a sports arena or a large amusement park. There is also a radio frequency for current information…
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Concan, TX - Campgrounds
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#13. Guadalupe River State Park


Located only 30 miles north of San Antonio and 13 miles east of Boerne, this popular and scenic park is a must-stay camping stop. Be sure to start your wilderness adventure by picking up vital supplie…
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Spring Branch, TX - Campgrounds
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#14. Inks Lake State Park


Located in the heart of the Texas Hill Country approximately one hour from Austin, this popular state park still manages to give the tent camper a bit of solitude and relaxation. A caveat: avoid the…
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Burnet, TX - Campgrounds
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#15. McKinney Falls State Park


Located less than 45 minutes from the bright lights and eclectic music scene of downtown Austin, this hidden retreat will soothe those big-city nerves in a hurry. The park will take you back in time t…
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Austin, TX - Campgrounds
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#16. Meridian State Park


As you enter the town of Meridian, the peaceful pace of a small town immediately draws you in. The 1886 courthouse sits on the square surrounded by small shops little changed for more than a century.…
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Meridian, TX - Campgrounds
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#17. Palmetto State Park


Surrounded by early Texas history, Palmetto State Park is 10 miles from of Gonzales, where one of the most famous events on the road to the Alamo occurred, which led to the eventual independence of Te…
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Gonzales, TX - Campgrounds
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#18. Pedernales Falls State Park


As you head west from Austin, you quickly leave the traffic and bright lights of the state’s capitol and begin a journey into Texas history. The 38-mile scenic drive brings you to Pedernales State Par…
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Johnson City, TX - Campgrounds
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#19. Lake Whitney: Lofers Bend Park


The friendly gatekeepers will provide you with a map and directions to the best tent-camping sites far away from the RV area near the main boat ramp on the 49,820-acre multiuse Lake Whitney. This la…
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Whitney, TX - Campgrounds
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#20. Lake Whitney State Park


The rolling ranchland does not really prepare you for this lake, with 23,550 surface acres and 70 tent sites to choose from. The tent sites begin at 18, with covered picnic tables on the even-numbered…
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Whitney, TX - Campgrounds
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