Camping in Texas

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So… you wanna go camping in Texas?

This guide makes camping in Texas a little easier by helping you find the best campgrounds in the state. After all, there are HUNDREDS of camping sites in Texas—so how do you decide where to go? From coastal campgrounds to rural retreats in the middle of nowhere, there’s something for everyone in this massive state with varied terrain. Allow us to break it down so you can find your next adventure destination in America’s second largest state.

In this guide you’ll find:

  • Highly Rated Privately Owned Campgrounds in Texas
  • Texas State Parks with Campgrounds
  • Campgrounds on the Colorado River in Texas
  • Coastal Campgrounds in Texas
  • Campgrounds Maintained by the US Army Corps of Engineers
  • Free Campgrounds in Texas

Camping in Texas: Highly-Rated Privately Owned Campgrounds

San Antonio KOA Holiday

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Location: 602 Gembler Rd, San Antonio, TX 78219

Open: Year round

Camping fee: n/a

Website: koa.com/campgrounds/san-antonio/

Located 10 minutes from historic downtown San Antonio, this KOA campground offers 300 campsites—some of which are large enough to accommodate groups of any size. Pick between full service pull-thru RV sites with patios or back-in RV sites with full hookups. For tent camping, pick between primitive tent sites and sites with water, electricity, and gravel pads. In addition, there are camping cabins for rent.

Take a splash in the pool open year-round, or go exploring along the many hiking trails in the area. From pedal cart rentals to a large playground, there are plenty of family-fun activities to partake in. Plus, this dog-friendly campground has a 4,000-square foot dog park, known as the K9 Corral.

Reservations: Reserve online or call 1-210-224-9296

Lake Livingston/Onalaska KOA

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Location: Onalaska, Texas

Open: Year-round

Camping fee: n/a

Website: koa.com/campgrounds/onalaska/

Located on Lake Livingston, the second largest lake in Texas, this resort offers everything from pier fishing, to swimming, and boat ramps too! Spacious RV sites with concrete pads come with full-hookups and 20/30/50-AMP electric service.

Prefer to camp in a tent? There are lovely tent sites with electric and water hookups, as well as primitive tent sites with no hookups and a grass pad. This KOA camp also maintains a variety of cabins for rent.

From coin laundry facilities to private bathhouses, this place offers all the comforts of home. Play a game of beach volleyball or horseshoes, hang out in the deluxe clubhouse, or bring your own boat and take advantage of the camp’s two free launch ramps.

Reservations: Reserve online or call 1-800-562-5714

BlueBird RV Park & Campground

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Location: Wills Point, TX 75169

Open: All year

Camping fee: Tent sites start at $25 per day

Website: bluebirdrvparktexas.com

This campground is located 20 miles outside of Terrell, Texas, and just 5 minutes from Canton First Monday Trade Days. BlueBird RV Park offers tent, RV, pop-up and travel trailer camping. Water and electric (30 and 50-AMP service) are offered at tent sites as well as RV sites.

Other amenities include restrooms, showers, laundry facilities, and Wi-Fi. Bring your dog—this campground in Texas is pet-friendly!

Reservations: Call 1-903-865-1511 to reserve your spot

By the River RV Park & Campground

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Location: Ingram, TX

Open: Year-round

Camping fee: Daily rates start at $22 for tent camping sites

Website: bytheriver.com

Find peace in the rural beauty of Texas Hill Country at this 65-acre campground doted in campsites, acres of trails, and scenic picnic areas. RV sites include waterfront, pull-thru, and back-in options, all of which come with full hookups.

Tent sites are situated on a 22-acre island with direct access to swimming in the Guadalupe. After a day of fun, there’s nothing like warming up around the campfire.

Amenities include free TV and Wi-Fi, hot showers, clean restrooms, and a laundry room. There is also a swimming pool and outdoor BBQ area. Pets are welcome, restrictions apply.

Reservations: Call 1-830-367-5566

Columbus RV Park & Campground

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Location: Columbus, Texas

Open: Year-round

Camping fee: Starting at $38 per day

Website: columbusrvparktx.com

Situated on 12 acres of serene land, this campground is in the heart of historic Columbus. Highly-rated Columbus RV Park offers primitive and full hookup sites with water, electric and sewer. Guests enjoy free Wi-Fi and cable TV, as well as access to laundry rooms, free hot showers, and a swimming pool.

This pet-friendly campground welcomes you and your furry pals!

Reservations: Call 1-979-732-6455

Mount Pleasant KOA Journey

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Location: Mount Pleasant, Texas

Open: Year-round

Camping fee: Starting at $41.67 per night for 30-AMP site

Website: koa.com/campgrounds/mount-pleasant/

This family owned and operated campground in northeast Texas is in the country but close enough to the Dallas/Fort Worth area to offer some great day trips to the city. There are 85 pull-thru sites with full hookups and 30/50-AMP service, along with free Wi-Fi. Bringing your tent? Tent village is waiting for you, and offers sites with full power.

You could always rent one of the camp’s vintage cabins, some of which sit right alongside the lake. Speaking of the 5-acre lake, boats are not permitted, but there’s catch-and-release fishing. Amenities include bathrooms, showers, a game room, playground, rec hall, and an outdoor swimming pool. 

Reservations: Reserve online or call 1-800-562-5409

Camping in Texas: Campgrounds on the Colorado River

Camping in Texas is made even brighter by the fact the Colorado River snakes its way through the State. Here’s a look at some top-rated campgrounds in Texas located directly on the Colorado River.

Bastrop/ SE Austin/ Colorado River KOA

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Location: 98 Highway 71 West, Bastrop, TX 78602

Open: All year

Camping fee: n/a

Website: koa.com/campgrounds/austin-east/

This KOA campground is packed with amenities and offers 64 full-hookup RV sites with 30/50-AMP service. The camp’s pull-thru sites can accommodate any size RV or trailer. Tent camping is situated along the banks of the Colorado River, and several new deluxe tent sites offer water and electricity. Cabins are available for rent as well.

Go fishing on the Colorado River, or take a dip in the camp’s swimming pool and splash park. Like most KOA campgrounds, there are endless things to do around here. There’s even a fitness station, as well as a riverfront park, and playground. Additional amenities include Wi-Fi, cable TV, propane, a Kamping Kitchen, firewood, and a dog park.

Reservations: Reserve online or call 1-800-562-1620

Colorado River Campground

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Location: 4600 Skeet Eason RD, Waco, TX  76708-9602

Open: All year

Camping fee:  n/a

Website: rvonthego.com/texas/colorado-river-rv-campground/

Camp along the banks of the Colorado River, about half-way between Houston and San Antonio. There are 138 camping sites at the Colorado River Campground. Sites are designated for RVs and tents and many are situated along the creek, lake, or canal, with river and ocean front sites available. Prefer to stay in a cabin? You can rent one of several cabins.

Amenities include a fitness center, whirlpool/hot tub, swimming pool, mini golf, and boat docks. The campground offers a wide variety of sports and activities like shuffleboard, basketball, volleyball, and more. There’s a library, playground, business center, and plenty of space to have a peaceful picnic in nature.

In addition, guests have access to restrooms, showers, Wi-Fi, and laundry facilities. Did we mention the many miles of hiking trails around camp? As your adventures unfold be on the lookout for the area’s rich wildlife including deer and armadillo. Plus, your pets from home are welcome too.

Reservations: Reserve online or call 1-877-570-2267

Waldo’s Camp

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Location: 1192 G Miller Rd, Columbus, TX

Open: All year

Camping fee: Daily tent camping starts at $25 per day

Website: waldoscamp.com

Waldo’s Camp offers camping in Texas alongside the Colorado River in Columbus. Originally purchased as a family fishing camp, Waldo’s now welcomes families and groups of all sizes. The 2-acre private campground offers RV and tent sites, along with cabin rentals.

From tubing the Colorado, to kayaking and fishing, there are plenty of ways to stay busy on the water around here. Take a rest in the Music and Activities Building that overlooks the water. Amenities include a waterfront picnic area, activities hall, shower house, and more.

Reservations: Call 1-936-661-8766 to book your trip

Colorado Bend State Park [STATE PARK]

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Location: 2236 Park Hill Dr., Bend, TX 76824

Open: All year

Camping fee: Primitive hike-in backcountry sites start at $10 per night

Website: tpwd.texas.gov/state-parks/colorado-bend

Just two hours outside of Austin, Texas, this State Park offers a primitive camping experience right along the Colorado Bend. There are drive-up sites, walk-in tent sites, as well as primitive hike-in sites. Drive-up and hike-in sites offer access to water but no hookups.

You’ll find composting toilets by the main camping area. There is an open-air shower near camp as well.

Reservations: Reserve your spot online or call 1-512-389-8900

Barefoot Camp and RV Park

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Location: 795 County Road 444, Bend, Texas 76824

Open: All year except November & December

Camping fee: Primitive tent camping starts at $7 per person, RV camping starts at $25 per day

Website: barefootcamp.com

This privately-owned campground on the Colorado River is surrounded by a working cattle ranch. It is only three miles from Bend, Texas and offers three miles of Colorado River frontage. Take your pick between 38 pull-through trailer spaces, 9 of which offer covered shelters right along the River. Tents are welcome in RV spots, and there are also primitive tent camp sites if you’re looking for a more natural experience.

Looking for cozier accommodations? You might want to consider renting out Leaning Bluff Lodge, which is outfitted with a flat screen TV, 2 bedrooms and 2 bathrooms.

People come here to camp, fish, swim, take photos, and view wildlife. Go tubbing on the river, or take a boat out on the water. Amenities include large restrooms, showers, and telephones.

Reservations: Make a reservation by calling 1-325-628-3395

Camping in Texas: Coastal Campgrounds 

Camping in Texas and love the beach? Texas is home to 367 miles of coastline. The following costal campgrounds offer sandy beaches, ocean fishing, and surfing, along with all the other benefits of staying on the coast.

Breeze Lake Campground

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Location: 1701 N Vermillion Ave, Brownsville, TX 78521

Open: All year

Camping fee: $36-$38 per day

Website: campnative.com/campgrounds/usa/tx/brownsville/breeze-lake-campground

Camping in Texas is easy-breezy at the Breeze Lake Campground. Here you’ll find everything you need to stay in your RV, including electrical service, sanitation stations, showers, drinkable water faucets, and free Wi-Fi. All sites are equipped with full hook-ups, and include grass or gravel with cement patios.

Amenities include restrooms and free laundry facilities. In addition, guests can take a dip in the heated pool before or after indulging in a picnic at one of the many picnic tables. Plus, the surrounding area has much to offer including sandy beaches and many fun attractions.

Popular activities include biking, boating, fishing, golfing, hiking, horseback riding, kayaking and canoeing; kiteboarding and windsurfing; off-roading, surfing, swimming, and stand-up paddle boarding. Pets are welcome.

Reservations: Check campsite availability online

River Ranch Resort RV Park (55+ senior RV park)

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Location: 20054 N Reynolds Rd, Rio Hondo, TX 78583

Open: All year

Camping fee:  Water front sites start at $275 a month

Website: rvcampingresort.com

Looking to relax away from the hustle and bustle of children? If you’re 55 or older, this could be your piece of paradise. Privately owned and operated, River Ranch Resort offers a variety of camping sites, all located close to the Gulf of Mexico. Enjoy a day of fishing in open waters and then bring back your catch to cook over an open fire.

River Ranch is a gated community with on-site security and lighted fishing piers, as well as private boat docks. Additional amenities include Wi-Fi, showers, laundry facilities, and restrooms. There are aerobics classes, potlucks, and special holiday dinners.

Reservations: Book online or call 1-956-748-2286

South Padre Island KOA Holiday

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Location: 1 Padre Blvd, South Padre Island, TX 78597 (South Gulf Coast)

Open: All year

Camping fee: n/a

Website: koa.com/campgrounds/south-padre/

Camp right on the water at South Padre Island KOA! Even the biggest big rigs are welcome with spacious pull-thru sites that can accommodate vehicles up to 98-feet in length. Every site is outfitted with 30/50-AMP electric service.

There are tent sites as well that offer water and electric and can be occupied by vans, pickup campers, and tents. Sites come with picnic tables and a light, as well as Wi-Fi and cable. You could always rent one of the fully furnished deluxe cabins or vacation rentals too.

Enjoy access to a sandy playground, camp store, free shuttle, and a Kamp K9 pet playground. The pool is open year-round and there’s a large hot tub too! Plus, there are special activities ongoing during the summer and winter. 

Reservations: Reserve online or call 1-800-562-9724

Victoria Coleto Creek Lake KOA

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Location: 500 Coleto Park Rd, Victoria, TX 77905

Open: Year-round

Camping fee: n/a

Website: koa.com/campgrounds/victoria-coleto/

This highly rated KOA campground has pull-thru and back-in sites for RVs with full hookups and 50-AMP service. RV sites are outfitted with picnic tables and grills, as well as cable TV. As for tents, there are large grass site pads that come with water, electric, sewer, and cable. Three unique deluxe cabins with bathrooms are available for rent as well.

Amenities include coin laundry facilities and restrooms. Enjoy hiking through miles of surrounding nature trails, partake in one of the camp’s planned activities, or go fishing in the stocked catfish pond. Take a swim in the heated pool or take advantage of the available bike rentals. Pets are welcome and there’s an off-leash dog park.

Reservations: Reserve online or call 1-800-562-9394

Gulf Waters Beach Front RV Resort

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Location: 5601 State Highway 361, Port Aransas, TX 78373

Open: Year-round

Camping fee: Starting at $57 to $69 per night

Website: gulfwatersrvresorttx.com

Gulf Waters is a luxury RV resort offering large sites that average around 46’ by 85’ and come with pads and patios. Navigating your big rig around here is easy thanks to wide streets and paved parking. Plus, boat and trailer parking is available.

Amenities include laundry facilities, restrooms, private showers, cable TV, propane delivery, and high speed Internet. There are four scenic ponds spread throughout the property, with numerous camping spots located right on the water. In addition, there is a heated pool, deep spa, and activities center. Did we mention how easy it is to access the beach boardwalk from here?!

Reservations: Request a reservation online or call 1-361-749-4978

 

Bayou Campground

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Location: 5001 TX-3, Dickinson, TX 77539 (North Gulf Coast)

Open: All year

Camping fee: Wi-Fi tent sites start at $20-$25 per night

Website: texascampgrounds.com/campgrounds/bayou-campground/

Bayou Campground offers a small city feel with proximity to urban attractions—it’s just six miles from Nasa, and not too far from Galveston or Houston. Pull-thru sites are available for tents and pop-ups. Amenities include Wi-Fi, laundry facilities and a camp store. Activities you’ll find at this camp range from fishing and crabbing (there’s a boat launch), to shopping.

They do not allow ground campfires here, campers must use a trashcan to contain flames.

Reservations: Call 1-281-534-6119

Camping in Texas: Campgrounds in Texas State Parks

The US Forest Service oversees 675,000 acres of public land in Texas, broken up into four national forests in east Texas, and the Caddo-Lyndon B. Johnson National Grasslands in northeast Texas. In addition, Texas Park and Wildlife offers 23 wildlife management areas with RV camping locations.

Some popular State Parks in Texas with campgrounds include

Davis Mountains State Park

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Location: Fort Davis, TX

Open: Year round

Camping fee: Ranges between $10 and $25 per night

Website: tpwd.texas.gov/state-parks/davis-mountains

Davis Mountain State Park offers primitive hike-in campsites (with room for horses), as well as campsites with full hookups and cable TV. This remote area offers hiking, mountain biking, bird watching, and horseback riding.

Area attractions include Fort Davis National Historic Site, McDonald Observatory, Davis Mountain Preserve, and the Chihuahuan Desert Nature Center.

Reservations: View available campsites and make reservations online

Balmorhea State Park

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Location: Toyahvale, Texas

Open: Year-round

Camping fee: $11 to $28 per day

Website: tpwd.texas.gov/state-parks/balmorhea

Balmorhea State Park is home to the world’s largest spring-fed swimming pool, as well as 34 campsites. The most basic campsites come with running water, while deluxe sites offer full hookups and cable TV. All campsites come with a picnic table and are close to restrooms. Group campsites available for $28 per night.

Area attractions include Museum of Big Bend, Chihuahuan Desert Nature Center, West of the Pecos Museum, Fort Davis attractions, and the McDonald Observatory.

Reservations: Check out available sites and make your reservation online

Mother Neff State Park

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Location: Coryell County, Texas

Open: Year-round

Camping fee: $12 to $25 per night

Website: tpwd.texas.gov/state-parks/mother-neff

Mother Neff State Park offers two different types of camp sites, starting with full-hookup sites with 50-AMP service and sewer hookup. In addition, there are primitive sites with local access to water. Both sites can accommodate up to 8 people, and offer a fire ring and/or grill, and lantern post.

Hike over 3.5 miles of surrounding trails that’ll take you to stunning locations such as Wash Pond, the CCC Rock Tower, and an authentic cave inhabited by the Tonkawa Indian tribe in the 1800s.

Area attractions include Temple and the Temple Railroad and Heritage Museum, Cameron Park Zoo, Texas Ranger Hall of Fame and Museum, and Gatesville’s Coryell County Museum & Historical Center.

Reservations: Reserve online or call 1-512-389-8900

Interested in camping at Big Bend National Park?

Check out our Complete Guide to Camping in Big Bend

Palo Duro Canyon

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Location: Canyon, Texas

Open: Year-round

Camping fee: $12 to $26 per night

Website: tpwd.texas.gov/state-parks/palo-duro-canyon

Palo Duro Canyon is the second largest canyon in the country and boasts over 30 miles of biking, hiking, and horseback riding trails. Equestrians welcome—there are 1,500 acres of trails set aside for horseback riding. Pick between primitive tent-only campsites, some of which offer room for horses, and campsites with water and electricity.

Catch a show of TEXAS, an outdoor musical drama, at the park’s Pioneer Amphitheater. Local attractions include the Panhandle-Plains Historical Museum, Buffalo Lake National Wildlife Refuge, Amarillo Zoo, American Quarter Horse Hall of Fame Museum, Lake Meredith National Recreation Area, and the Alibates Flint Quarries National Monument.

Reservations: Book online or call 1-806-488-2227

Camping in Texas: Campgrounds Maintained by the US Army Corps of Engineers

Airport Park at Waco Lake

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Location: 4600 Skeet Eason RD, Waco, TX  76708-9602

Open: Year-round

Camping fee: $12-$30 per night

Website: recreation.gov/camping/airport-park/r/campgroundDetails.do?contractCode=NRSO&parkId=71001

Situated on the northern banks of Waco Lake, Airport Park offers several camping options, including primitive tent-only sites and RV sites with electricity. Group sites are available and come with electric, sewer, and water hookups, as well as a six-foot grill. The nearby lake is churning with catfish, crapple, smallmouth bass, largemouth bass, and sunfish.

Amenities include flush toilets, boat ramp and dock, showers, and picnic shelters.

There is another seasonal campground maintained by the US Army Corps of Engineers on Waco Lake, Airport Beach Shelter.

Reservations: Reserve online

Alley Creek Camp

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Location: Jefferson, TX 75657

Open: Open until late-September

Camping fee: $18-$32 per night

Website: recreation.gov/camping/alley-creek-camp/r/campgroundDetails.do?contractCode=NRSO&parkId=71003

Go camping on picture perfect Lake O’ at Alley Creek Camp, right near the Louisiana border. There are 67 campsites varying from primitive sites to sites with full hookups for RVs. Each site offers plenty of space, but if you need A LOT of space, say for a group of 50 people, there is a massive group campsite available.

Visitors enjoy access to a boat ramp and playground, as well as beautiful views of the lake. Amenities include drinking water, a dump station, showers, and flush toilets.

Reservations: Book your stay online

Bear Creek

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Location: Fort Worth, TX

Open: April through late-September

Camping fee: $28

Website: recreation.gov/camping/bear-creek/r/campgroundDetails.do?contractCode=NRSO&parkId=71731

Located near Fort Worth, this campground is perched on Benbroke Lake and the channel of Bear Creek. Standard sites come with electricity, and there’s a group site with electricity available for $125 a night. Enjoy the peace and serenity of camping in Texas while remaining close to the action.

Amenities include access to vault toilets, showers, campfire rings, electric and water hookups. Popular activities at Bear Creek include fishing, wildlife viewing, hiking, picnicking, and boating.

Reservations: Book online

Texas is home to many more campgrounds maintained by the US Army Corps of Engineers. Check out the full list here

Camping in Texas: Free Campgrounds in Texas

Lake Meredith National Recreation Area in Amarillo offers FREE camping. While there are no camping facilities in the area, primitive lake-side camp sites are close to an RV dump and water facilities.

Alabama Creek WMA offers free camping, but you must obtain a $12 permit or a $48 WMA hunting permit. The area offers several primitive campsites. This free campsite is maintained by the Fish and Wildlife Service. Learn more

Bannister WMA (Road 375) in Broaddus, Texas offers free camping with lots of opportunities for wildlife viewing. It is managed by the Public Fish and Wildlife Department, which means you’ll need the $12 permit for this campsite as well. Learn more

Alazan Bayou WMA in Nacogdoches offers free camping throughout the year except during hunts, when it closes. A pass or permit is required but other than the $12 permit fee, this campground is free. Amenities offered include a BBQ grill, fire ring, and picnic tables. Learn more