Autumn…a time for flannel shirts, pumpkin spices, and outdoor camping. From national parks to sweeping coastlines, there’s no shortage of campgrounds in the Lone Star State. So, grab your marshmallows, learn a campfire song on the guitar, and check out our top 5 campgrounds in Texas:
5 – Starry nights. Set alongside the Frio River, Garner State Park covers 1,774 acres of gorgeous landscape. Campers can rough it in tents or opt for a cabin on-site. While camping at Garner State Park, travelers have the option to rent kayaks, paddle boats, or innertubes, and should also check out the jukebox dance event held each summer.
4 – No Wi-Fi, no problem. The eclectic and slightly strange vibe of El Cosmico attracts visitors from near and far. Who wouldn’t want to camp in a vintage trailer or safari tent with almost no internet connection? El Cosmico provides breathtaking views, hosts an annual music festival, and offers on-site workshops such as yoga and breadmaking.
3 – Camping meets the Gulf of Mexico. Padre Island National Seashore has more than just sand and sun. Boasting 70 miles of pristine coastline, outdoor enthusiasts will appreciate all that this campground has to offer. Lucky campers might get a glimpse of one of the many species of sea turtles that call Padre Island home. There are no reservations for this campsite, so be sure to arrive earlier in the day to claim a spot.
2 – Where the buffalo roam. Home to the Official Bison Herd of the State of Texas, Caprock Canyons State Park is known for diverse wildlife and red rock canyons. Active campers can also take advantage of Caprock Canyons’ 90 miles of hiking trails. This campground offers water, electric hookups, restrooms and fire pits to those who wish to spend the night under the stars.
And the No. 1 top campground in Texas is … Big Bend National Park! More than 150 miles of hiking trails, 4,000 species of wildlife, and outdoor activities such as kayaking and fishing are only a few reasons why Big Bend National Park is special. This campground doubles as one of the largest national parks in the country and is filled of fossils, pictographs, and mountains. The three major campsites in Big Bend National Park are normally first-come-first-serve, so campers should plan their trip accordingly.
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