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Old 06-10-2015, 10:32 AM   #1
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I would love to know everyone's favorite campgrounds in Texas and why! We are planning adventures and would love some insight. We like hiking, kayaking, biking and fishing, and relaxing. We have an 11 year old (and 2 older kids who aren't always with us).
We live in Houston but gladly drive anywhere.
Thanks in advance for the insight. :-)

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Old 06-10-2015, 10:53 AM   #2
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I would love to know everyone's favorite campgrounds in Texas and why!
We live in Houston but gladly drive anywhere.
You can't go wrong at any of the parks around Sam Rayburn Lake. I prefer Mill Creek Park, which is a CoE park.

Eisenhower State Park on the south shore of Lake Texoma is good for hiking. There is a great hiking trail that partly runs along the top of a cliff overlooking the lake. Chiggers can be bad, though, so bring permethrin for your clothes and DEET for your skin.

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Old 06-10-2015, 12:28 PM   #3
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There is a campground in Presidio, I think the only one. It is very basic, but cheap and the friendliest people I can remember. West side of Big Bend State Park which is a interesting contrast to the NP big brother to the east I wouldn't camp in the State Park because the roads are all washboard. In between the 2 parks is Terlingua which has Lajitas Resort which has all the bells and whistles.
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Old 06-10-2015, 12:36 PM   #4
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Many of the state parks have great camping.
Lake Livingston SP
Pedernales Falls SP
McKinney Falls SP
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Big Bend Ranch State Park is GREAT for kayaking and hiking, all of the camping is boondocking / drycamping. Same in Big Bend National Park but it's more expensive there (though there is a campground with some hookups in the NP).

On the way to Big Bend, the towns of Marathon and Marfa both have really interesting RV parks. Marathon Motel & RV Park (while not close to any hiking or kayaking) is a very cool place to meet other travelers of all types around their firepit in this adobe courtyard. Marfa's El Cosmico is a bit more eclectic but a similarly sweet place to meet lots of cool travelers and on the way to Big Bend.

Up in Fort Davis, the state park there is beautiful and there's plenty of hiking and cycling.

I also second Pedernales and McKinney which are a little less out there.
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Old 06-10-2015, 12:50 PM   #6
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Padre island National Seashore.....right on the beach.

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Old 06-10-2015, 12:54 PM   #7
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Inks Lake is our favorite.
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Old 06-10-2015, 01:09 PM   #8
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I agree with Inks Lake

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+1 for Inks Lake State Park.
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Old 06-10-2015, 02:24 PM   #10
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Man these are great! We've been to several of these places but not for overnight trips. We have a couple lake Livingston trips planned. Next year after we get another TV we are going to big bend.
Love inks lake. My kids have great memories from Devils waterhole!
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Cooper Lake State Park - South Sulphur Unit

For our money, this park is the best-kept secret in Texas. A little over an hour east of Dallas, nicely wooded, plenty of great shaded campsites. Swimming beach, fishing pier, cabins, screened shelters, equestrian campground. And now that the rains have come Jim Chapman Lake is full so life is good.

The only time we haven't been able to get a great campsite here is on a holiday weekend when we didn't make advance reservations. Most of the time plenty of great campsites, although the few water view rv sites can be hard to come by because locals are able to head out there on Friday afternoon to snap them up.

Probably the only weakness in the Texas State Parks system is the inability to reserve a particular campsite..... in 4 years camping over there, we have only had a water view site once.... but we still count this as our favorite Texas park.

Plus Sulphur Springs is an easy 13 miles away with enough retail, etc to provide supplies and diversion.

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We like the State Parks in the Northeast of Texas. Living in South Texas, we are always looking for an escape of the heat too. Dangerfeild State Park is suppose to be very nice and we are headed there in a couple of weeks. If you go to the state park website, you can actually search the parks in multiple ways, we like to use the search that's listed by hookups. If your looking for a really cool park in a town, that is really shaded you should try Pecan Valley in Austin. It's on the lake (river) and has kayaking and it's a great area to walk around, also Zilker Park is near by. Lots to do in Austin. Lake Brownwood State Park also looks good. And the basin in Big Bend is cooler than the desert above. It has nice camping, hiking, horseback riding etc.
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Martin Dies, Jr. State Park in Jasper. Really pretty in the winter.
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Congratulations on choosing an Airstream product. Several years ago I joined the WBCCI as a Member at Large. It did not take long to discover that each unit has its own unique personality. I have discovered that the Texas Gulf Coast Unit (TGCU) headquartered at the Texas Airstream Harbor Inc (TAHI) is best suited for me - for many reasons.

You can read more about the Harbor on Lake Sam Rayburn (SE of Lufkin) at:

Full hookups are only $15 per night. You need not be a WBCCI member to stay at the park - the only requirement is an Airstream product.

TAHI is a gated community - lots of road and park area to ride bikes on. Birding is second to none in Texas. We are right on the shore of Lake Sam Rayburn, so most any type of fishing is available.

TAHI (Texas Airstream Harbor) is only a couple of hours north of Houston.

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