4 Texas RV Travel Gems

Owning an recreational vehicle is the greatest way to explore all of the natural beauty, unique architecture, and diverse culture that exists throughout this magnificent world of ours. It’s a freedom unlike anything other, providing you and your family with countless opportunities for learning and growth.

Still, after several years of traveling, it can be difficult to branch out and identify new roads you’ve yet to discover. That’s why Vogel Talks RVing is posting a series of blog articles—each one focusing on a different region or state.

In today’s post we’ll focus on four favorite “lesser-known” travel locations in Texas including recommended RV parks. All selected parks have been personally visited.


Gulf Coast RV Resort, Beaumont © Rex Vogel, all rights reserved.

Gulf Coast RV Resort, Beaumont © Rex Vogel, all rights reserved.

On the border of Louisiana but thoroughly Texan, Beaumont embraces both brisket and crawfish. Just minutes from the Gulf Coast, Beaumont has plenty of fun things to do inside and outdoors.

History was made with the first major oil discovery that changed the world forever. On January 10, 1901, the Lucas Gusher on Spindletop Hill exploded. Spindletop became the first major oil field and the largest in American history, ushering in the Petroleum Age.

Where to Stay: Gulf Coast RV Resort, Beaumont, Texas

Easy-on, easy-off, Gulf Coast RV Resort is big-rig friendly with pull-through sites in the 60-65 foot range with 50/30-amp electric service, water, and sewer centrally located.

All sites are pull-through; sites #115 through 125 are 75 feet in length and sites #75 through 83 are in the 90 foot range. All interior roads and sites are concrete.

Port Lavaca

Port O'Connor, near Port Lavaca © Rex Vogel, all rights reserved.

Port O’Connor, near Port Lavaca © Rex Vogel, all rights reserved.

Nestled along the central Texas’s Gulf Coast, Port Lavaca offers visitors a wide variety of public park facilities, RV accommodations, and excellent marinas. At Lighthouse Beach enjoy 2,200-foot boardwalk from beach to bird tower, covered pavilion, and asphalt walking trails.

Nearby, Port O’Connor, a small fishing village on the Texas Coast is often known for its relaxing, laid-back atmosphere, and numerous fishing and boating venues.

Where to Stay: Texas Lakeside RV Resort,

Texas Lakeside is a 5-star RV resort with long concrete pads, multi-purpose clubhouse, fitness center, tropical pool, stocked fishing lake, and gated entrance. All utilities including 30/50-amp electric service, water, sewer, and cable TV (58 channels) are centrally located.

Texas Lakeside recently broke ground for 20 new pull-through and 21back-in sites. Located in Port Lavaca off Highway 35, 50 miles north of Rockport.


Buckhorn Lake RV Resort, Kerrville © Rex Vogel, all rights reserved.

Buckhorn Lake RV Resort, Kerrville © Rex Vogel, all rights reserved.

Nestled on the banks of the Guadalupe River, Kerrville is a vibrant community in the Texas Hill Country, an area of rolling hills and valleys with limestone canyons, clear-water rivers, and a few scattered small towns. Kerrville is surrounded by an array of natural beauty. Enjoy kayaking along the Guadalupe, hiking the scenic hills, strolling along walking paths at the Riverside Nature Center and Kerrville-Schreiner Park.

Where to Stay: Buckhorn Lake RV Resort

This upscale resort makes for a perfect home base to explore the Texas Hill Country. All sites are paved, have a paved patio and offer satellite TV, Wi-Fi, and instant-on phone. Relax around the two heated swimming pools/spas. Tennis courts. Adult fitness center overlooking the creek.


Bentson Palm Village, Mission © Rex Vogel, all rights reserved.

Bentson Palm Village, Mission © Rex Vogel, all rights reserved.

Mission has a little bit of everything for everyone. Close enough to the hustle and bustle of a larger city, but far enough from the harsh cold winters most are trying to escape. While Mission has over 80,000 permanent residents, the Sunbelt community caters to those looking for a sunny alternative to blizzards, snow shovels, and tire chains.

Where to Stay: Bentsen Palm Village RV Resort

Bentsen Palm Village RV Resort sits adjacent to, and within walking/biking distance of Bentsen Rio-Grande Valley State Park and World Birding Center Headquarters. The RV resort offers paved streets, sites, and patios with numerous sites in the 75-80 foot range. Other features include Wi-Fi, cable TV, fitness center, woodworking area, free bicycle and kayak rentals.

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Worth Pondering…

America is laced with nooks and crannies, good places that go undiscovered by many mainstream travelers.

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