When it’s about camping and outdoor recreation, nothing can beat Texas. It is so diverse that it would be hard for any other state to compete with it in any aspect. Camping in Texas has something for every camper. You just name it, and you’ll find it here.
More than 20 million visitors enter Texas state parks each year. The Texas Parks and Wildlife Department operates more than 140 state parks.
There are many spectacular state parks in Texas to camp in your RV. One just can’t fully experience Texas without camping in an RV.
Following are five Texas State Parks with spectacular outdoor recreation and camping.
Lapping water and Gulf breezes: We must be on the coast! Bounded by the waters of the St. Charles, Copano, and Aransas bays, 314-acre Goose Island State Park is a coastal delight.
Goose Island State Park is best known for two celebrated residents, one of which is the Big Tree—an enormous 1000 year old coastal live oak that has survived prairie fires, Civil War battles, and hurricanes. The other resident is the rare endangered whooping crane that returns to the area every winter.
Things to do at Goose Island State Park include:
- Camping (101 sites with electricity and water)
- Wildlife observation
The major historical sites in Goliad make this town worth remembering and well worth visiting. Start at Presidio La Bahia, a Spanish fort that became the location of the Goliad Massacre when Colonel Fannin and 341 other Texian men were executed within and surrounding the fort’s walls. While in the area, also check out the Zaragoza House which was the birthplace of the Mexican hero of Cinco de Mayo.
Goliad State Park is located on the San Antonio River. The park offers a floating dock and river access for kayaks and canoes, and is a take-out point for the Goliad Paddling Trail, a 6.6 mile stretch of the San Antonio River.
Things to do at Goliad State Park include:
- Camping (20 sites with 50-amp electricity, water, and sewer; 14 sites with electricity and water)
- Historical study
- Canoeing and kayaking
Come to the island to stroll the beach or splash in the waves. Or come to the island to go fishing or look for coastal birds. No matter what brings you here, you’ll find a refuge at Galveston Island State Park. Just an hour from Houston, but an island apart!
With both beach and bay sides, Galveston Island State Park offers activities for every coast lover.
Things to do at Galveston Island State Park include:
- Camping (56 sites with 50/30 amp electricity and water)
- Bird watching
- Mountain biking
Despite its small size, Blanco State Park a one-mile stretch of the spring-fed Blanco River. The river’s name comes from its white limestone ledges and river bottom.
Things to do at Blanco State Park include:
- Camping (8 sites with 50/30-amp electricity, water, and sewer; 9 sites with 30-amp electricity, water, and sewer; 12 sites with 30-amp electricity and water)
Monahans Sandhills State Park is a small portion of a dune field that extends about 200 miles from south of Monahans westward and north into New Mexico. Most of these dunes are stabilized by vegetation, but the park is one area where many dunes are still active. Active dunes grow and change shape in response to seasonal, prevailing winds.
Shin oak is one of the plants that stabilize the dunes. When fully mature it usually stands less than 4 feet tall and bears an abundance of large acorns.
Things to do at Monahans Sandhills State Park include:
- Camping (26 sites with electricity and water; 8 basic equestrian )
- Sand surfing
- Horseback riding
- Wildlife watching
- Nature study
Dive into the crystal-clear water of the world’s largest spring-fed swimming pool. Swim, scuba dive, or just relax under the trees at this historic park in arid West Texas.
The largest in a series of interconnected springs in the Balmorhea area, the San Solomon Springs currently flows at a rate of about 15 million gallons per day. It could fill over 300,000 bathtubs! The water is the same temperature as the rocks through which it moves—between 72 and 76 F year-round.
Things to do at Balmorhea State Park include:
- Camping (11 sites with electricity, water, and cable TV; 16 sites with electricity and water; 6 sites with water)
- Scuba diving
- Nature study
- Bird watching
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