Texas

State Park Campground Guide

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Texas encompasses almost 300,000 square miles of desert, forest, canyons, rivers, and shoreline. Its vastness is hard to comprehend—until you’re on a cross-country trip. While its famed cities draw visitors from all over, and attractions as diverse as the Alamo, Johnson Space Center, and Big Bend National Park are well known, there is even more to see in the Lone Star State.

Whether you’re taking time to explore, or planning pit stops on a cross-country drive, Texas’ state park campgrounds provide opportunities to see rugged landscapes and meet friendly locals. Campgrounds are rustic but well maintained. Hiking, biking, horseback riding, wildlife viewing, and fishing are all popular activities in the parks. With 89 park units, including 72 campgrounds with RV sites, and a park pass that offers camping discounts, Texas state parks are the perfect way to explore this big state with an even bigger reputation.

McKinney Falls State Park

Reservations

To make a reservation, visit texasstateparks.reserveamerica.com or call 512-389-8900. Reservations can be made up to 3 months in advance. A minimum nights’ stay may be required over weekends and holidays.

Campsite sizes

Texas’ state park campgrounds can fit RVs up to at least 45 feet, but site sizes vary per campground and the number of big rig sites may be limited. The reservation system allows searches by RV length.

Accessibility

Contact the specific park or the Parks and Wildlife Department’s Customer Service Center for information about ADA-accessible sites. Accessible sites must be booked over the phone.

Hookups

Most of the 72 state park campgrounds with RV sites offer partial or full hookups. Hookups can be searched for in the reservation system.

Connectivity

Most parks have WiFi in at least some areas of the park. State parks with WiFi can be searched for on the Parks and Wildlife Department website.

Maximum stay

In general, the rule for Texas state park campgrounds is “14 days in, 14 days out.” The maximum stay is 14 days, and you can’t return to the same park until 14 days later. Check with the specific park as needed.

Additional facilities

In general, Texas state park campgrounds are rustic, with basic amenities like picnic tables and fire rings at the site, central toilets, and potable water. Most campgrounds do have showers, a store, or a dump station. State parks are searchable by amenities, and by activities such as boating; swimming; and hiking, biking, and equestrian trails.

Texas state parks have a great Junior Ranger program, so don’t forget to pick up a book for the kids when you check in.

Cost

Rates vary by campground and date, but average rates are $10 to $30. Rates can be viewed under the “Fees & Facilities” link at the top of each park’s website and through the reservation system.

Additional Fees:

Change fee until 5 days prior to arrival (including cancellation): $10 or the amount paid for the campsite, whichever is less. 

Change fee to reduce the number of nights within 5 days prior to arrival (including cancellation): $10 per night, maximum $50. 

Park entrance fees vary from $3 to $10 per adult. Children 12 and under are free. Each park’s entrance fee can be viewed on its website. The Texas State Parks Pass provides unlimited free entry to the 89 state parks, plus discounts on camping, park store purchases, and equipment rentals. An annual pass is $70. There is also a camping discount for 50 percent off the second night for a consecutive stay of two nights or more at the same campsite. If you’re spending even a few nights in Texas, the State Parks Pass can be worth the cost.

Pet policies

Pets are allowed as long as they’re kept on a leash no longer than 6 feet. And of course, campers should always pick up after their pet.

Additional regulations

  • Maximum occupancy per site: 8 people and 1 vehicle.
  • Check-in time: 2 p.m. Check-out time: 12 p.m.
  • Quiet hours: 10 p.m. to 6 a.m.
  • Alcoholic beverages: Public display or consumption of alcohol is prohibited.
  • Generator use: Prohibited during quiet hours.
  • Campfires: Allowed in designated rings or pits, following local advisories. 
  • Drone use: Two state parks have designated areas for drones: San Angelo and Martin Dies, Jr. A filming permit is required for drone use in other parks.
Brazos Bend State Park

Featured Campgrounds

McKinney Falls State Park

5808 McKinney Falls Parkway, Austin, TX 78744

McKinney Falls State Park provides the perfect opportunity for RVers to visit the vibrant state capital of Austin in a spacious, natural setting. Popular with locals, the park’s main feature is the beautiful Onion Creek and its series of falls. Swimming, hiking, biking, and wildlife viewing areas are plentiful along the creeks and in the woods. The campground’s 81 sites all have water and electric hookups and are suitable for big rigs. The setting is outstandingly peaceful, especially after the day-trippers leave, and it’s hard to believe that this park is only 20 minutes from downtown Austin. With strong cell service, it’s a perfect base to explore the area. It can book up fast, so be sure to plan in advance and make a reservation.

Caprock Canyons State Park & Trailway

850 Caprock Canyon Road, Quitaque, TX 79255

Located in the state’s panhandle, between Lubbock and Amarillo, this stunning state park is worth a detour. The scenery alone is enough of an attraction, with red rock cliffs rising up from green canyon floors and sweeping views in all directions. Nearly 90 miles of trails are available for hikers and cyclists of all levels. Swimming, fishing, and no-wake boating are available on Lake Theo. Wildlife viewing includes coyotes, pronghorn antelope, and prairie dogs, but the real draw is the Texas State Bison Herd that roams the park. You’re almost guaranteed to safely spot these magnificent beasts during your visit. There are 31 campsites with water and electricity available at Honey Flat Campground near Lake Theo. Campground facilities include playgrounds, a store, and a dump station.

Brazos Bend State Park

21901 FM 762, Needville, TX 77461

Just outside of the Houston metropolitan area, Brazos Bend State Park is an underrated gem that deserves your attention. This nature lover’s paradise encompasses 5,000 acres of wetlands, woodlands, and coastal prairie. Thousands of species of plants and animals thrive in its diverse ecosystem. A nature center, interpretive trails, and ranger programs all enhance the wildlife viewing experience, from alligators to storks and pelicans. RVers won’t be disappointed with the campground’s more than 60 large, level, and well-spaced sites.

Texas state park campgrounds that accommodate RV camping

Abilene State Park

Atlanta State Park

Balmorhea State Park

Barton Warnock Visitor Center

Bastrop State Park

Blanco State Park

Bonham State Park

Brazos Bend State Park

Buescher State Park

Caddo Lake State Park

Caprock Canyons State Park and Trailway

Cedar Hill State Park

Choke Canyon State Park

Cleburne State Park

Colorado Bend State Park

Cooper Lake State Park—Doctors Creek

Cooper Lake State Park—South Sulphur

Copper Breaks State Park

Daingerfield State Park

Davis Mountains State Park

Dinosaur Valley State Park

Eisenhower State Park

Fairfield Lake State Park

Falcon State Park

Fort Parker State Park

Fort Richardson State Park Historical Site and Trailway

Galveston Island State Park

Garner State Park

Goliad State Park

Goose Island State Park

Guadalupe River State Park

Hueco Tanks State Park and Historic Site

Huntsville State Park

Inks Lake State Park

Kickapoo Cavern State Park

Lake Arrowhead State Park

Lake Bob Sandlin State Park

Lake Brownwood State Park

Lake Casa Blanca International State Park

Lake Colorado City State Park

Lake Corpus Christi State Park

Lake Livingston State Park

Lake Mineral Wells State Park and Trailway

Lake Somerville State Park—Birch Creek

Lake Somerville State Park—Nails Creek

Lake Tawakoni State Park

Lake Whitney State Park

Lockhart State Park

Lost Maples State Natural Area

Lyndon B. Johnson State Park and Historic Site

Martin Creek Lake State Park

Martin Dies, Jr. State Park

McKinney Falls State Park

Meridian State Park

Mission Tejas State Park

Monahans Sandhills State Park

Mother Neff State Park

Mustang Island State Park

Palmetto State Park

Palo Duro Canyon State Park

Pedernales Falls State Park

Possum Kingdom State Park

Purtis Creek State Park

Ray Roberts Lake State Park—Isle Du Bois

Ray Roberts Lake State Park—Johnson Branch

San Angelo State Park

Sea Rim State Park

Seminole Canyon State Park and Historic Site

South Llano River State Park

Stephen F. Austin State Park

Tyler State Park

Village Creek State Park

For more information on Texas state park campgrounds, visit tpwd.texas.gov/state-parks/parks/things-to-do/camping.

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