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Graford, Texas 76449 Boat ramp, handicap accessible restroom, courtesy dock, vehicle and boat trailer parking, free. Open year-round. BRA Area #4 North – North. It's Fall and there doesn't get to be a better time to go camping in Texas! Cool mornings and comfortable afternoons lead into chilly. Nothing beats bonfires, beautiful views and secluded Texas scenes. Here are 25 our favorite spots to pitch a tent, get away from the city.

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About This Park

Operation Dates: Jan 01 to Dec 31

Office Hours: In Season: 8am-10pm Daily; Off Season: 8am-8pm Daily

Located 15 minutes south of downtown Fort Worth and 40 minutes southwest of Dallas. Cabin styles include Premium Cabins (some with jacuzzi-style tub & fireplace). Also 1 & 2 bedroom Family Cabins, which accommodate larger families. Family Cabins have a kitchen with full-size fridge, and either a stove or cook-top. There narrative fiction books for 1st grade 150+ RV sites with full hookups and large concrete pad. Primitive campsites are also available.


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Property Types Include:
1 & 2 Bedroom Family Cabins
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Standard pull through site
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Some lodging is pet friendly with a $25/day added fee
Call for pet policy and approval before booking
All campers are charged a resort fee of $12.00/night per person.
Children 2 and under are free.
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EXCELLENCE AWARD; Texas Campground Association 2009 "Award of Excellence for Best Accommodations"
Reader's Digest - Best Texas RV Campground 2018
Leisure Systems, Inc. (LSI) - Yogi Bear's Jellystone Park Camp-Resorts;
Camp-Resort of the Year 2016;
Facility of the Year 2013, 2011;
Operator of the Year 2013;
Entrepreneur of the Year 2012, 2011, 2016;
Jim Webb Spirit Award 2016;
Website of the Year 2017;
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Outstanding Customer Service 2011, 2016;

Pet Policy

Dogs of non-aggressive breeds camping north texas allowed at our resort and we request they be 25 lbs or less. Our guests with 4-legs must be accompanied by at least one 2-legged friend. Please keep your pets on a leash at all times. Contact the reservations office for pet policy specifics prior to booking.


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Age Restrictions

Must be 21 to make a reservation.

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Water Fun

  • Fishing
  • Outdoor Pool
  • Splash ground


  • Archery Tag
  • Fire Truck Rides
  • Gem Mining
  • Jump Pad
  • Laser Tag
  • Maze
  • Petting Zoo
  • Wagon Rides

Outdoor Game

  • Basketball Court
  • Gaga Ball
  • Horseshoes
  • Tetherball
  • Volleyball Court

Modern Convenience

  • Golf Cart Rentals
  • Party/Rental Room
  • Pavilion
  • Snack Shop
  • Theater
  • Wi-Fi


  • Dog Park
  • Game room/Arcade
  • Hiking/Walking Trails
  • Nature Trails


2301 S. Burleson Blvd. Burleson, TX 76028 US

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Located on the southern edge of Fort Worth. Take 1-35W to Exit 32 (Bethesda Road). Take the East side service road six-tenths of a mile North and turn in at the big Austin stone entrance.

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Once in a while we succumb to the urge to leave the busy city behind to spend a night beneath the wide open sky. Now’s the time to do it  before summer turns the heat up to triple digits. We Austinites are lucky: we don’t have to travel more than an hour or so in any direction to arrive at a beautiful spot for enjoying spring’s greenery. Choose from secluded fishing camps to well-appointed RV sites with both scenery and Starbucks near at hand. You’ll discover quiet river bends and Hill Country views that will claim their place in your heart. It’s time to fall in love with Texas all over again.

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Pedernales Falls State Park

42 miles west
The falls are spectacular, but there’s plenty more to explore in this vast swath of grassland, oak woods, and cedar-covered rocky hills in Blanco County between Round Mountain and Dripping Springs that was formerly the Circle Bar Ranch. At more than 5,200 acres, it’s one of the largest public areas of wilderness close to the capital city. There are nearly 5 miles of free-flowing Pedernales River and some 20 miles of hike, bike, and equestrian trails. (“Pedernales” is Spanish for flint—which constitutes many of the stones found in the river.) There are 69 multiuse spots, but try the primitive sites on the bluffs above Mescal Creek, some of the best untamed camping in the Hill Country. It’s a 2.5-mile hike from the Wolf Mountain Trail parking area, but once you’re there it’ll feel as though you must be way more than an hour’s drive from the big city. The park teems with deer and turkey and other animals, including raccoons and javelinas, which, by the way, will absolutely rummage through anything you leave outside. A dip in the river is obligatory, though Mama don’t allow no swimming in the area by the falls, due to the ever-present danger of flash flooding. Seek out the charming semi-secret swimming holes along Bee Creek. Mountain bikers should conquer Wolf Mountain Trail, and bird-watchers and nature lovers will want to ford Trammell’s Crossing and wander the tranquil 5.5-mile Loop Trail on the eastern side of the river. Multiuse sites, primitive camping

Pro tip: Learn from outdoorsy Oregonians—buy a trailer to cart your gear.

Park Info

2585 Park Road 6026, Johnson City;

Reservations or (512) 389-8900

Entrance fee
Adult, $6 daily; Child (12 and under), free

From $10 nightly


Lockhart State Park

37 miles south
Basically a public golf course (9-hole, par 35) set under a pretty wooded rise, Lockhart State Park was built in the 1930s around Clear Fork Creek by the Civilian Conservation Corps. It’s dotted with examples of the laborers’ stonework, notably the Recreation Hall hidden on a hilltop and the swimming pool. Golf is an enticement to some: The luxurious RVs camped on the Fairway View loop are surrounded by carts and clubs. But the real attraction is the park’s proximity to the best of Central Texas barbecue. Smitty’s Market and Kreuz Market are close by in Lockhart, and the great City Market is 15 miles away in Luling. Make sure to wander the downtown blocks there after you’ve eaten. Luling’s Davis Street is picturesque with its matching palm trees and live oaks, and you should check out the Oil Museum, one of several inviting storefronts. At HollyDee Quilts you actually can get all sorts of s**t, in the form of seasonings from the Special S**t company. Lockhart has the air of a place moving up: new around the square are Spellerberg Projects, hosting exhibitions and art projects, and the Caracara Brewing Company. Find excellent coffee and Wi-Fi at Chaparral Coffee. Multiuse sites

Pro tips: Ten multiuse sites in the narrow creek bottom offer shade and space and easy access to the thoughtfully laid-out hiking trails. Site 13 is roomy and sits next to a short trail to a small dam, which you can cross to get to the trails. Pool is open Memorial Day through Labor Day.

Park Info

2012 State Park Road, Lockhart;

Reservations or (512) 389-8900

Entrance fee
Adult, $3 daily; Child (12 and under), free

From $20 nightly

Photo by Charlie Llewellin

​Fox Bottom Primitive Camping Area, Granger Lake

45 miles northeast
The San Gabriel River breaks up the flat blackland prairie north of Taylor, and the view from FM 1331 north over the treetops in the valley is one of the loveliest vistas near Austin. The river stays hidden in the woods as it meanders east into Granger Lake. Intended mainly for fishermen, the camp is on the south bank, one lazy curve upstream from the western reaches of the reservoir. Tall trees shade a peaceful grassy grove. It’s at its most gorgeous in the spring, and that’s also when the crappie fishing is at its best. The fish spawn among the flooded willows that stick out of the shallow water at the upper end of the lake. But whether or not you fish, Fox Bottom makes a delightful base from which to poke around the sylvan river and the expansive lake in your kayak or canoe. Primitive camping

Pro tip: Access to the camp (from Taylor Park) is either by water or on foot via the Comanche Bluff Trail beginning at the Hoxie Bridge (pictured here) from the parking area at the end of CR 496 (a 3-mile hike).

Park Info

Taylor Park, 4801 FM 1331, Taylor

(512) 859-2668

$28 per night per site (includes entrance fee)

Blanco State Park

50 miles west
Halfway along RR 165, south of U.S. 290, the road dives down into the Blanco River Valley. There the view opens up over the oak forest all the way to the Twin Sisters (a pair of prominent hills) and into Kendall County. Blanco is hidden in this greenery, a worldview away from the mushrooming subdivisions of Dripping Springs. It’s Austin’s nearest slice of echt small-town Hill Country, and the city’s mix of attractions and lack of attitude add up to a nicely low-key weekend getaway. The state park is by the river in the center of town, and you could stay put there to fish or kayak the day away. But the elegant courthouse and the homegrown shops on the town square merit an afternoon of unhurried exploration. From the camping area, cross the river and walk under U.S. 281 to the eastern end of the park, where an almost-hidden gate lets you into Bindseil City Park and downtown Blanco beyond. Join the lunch crowd at the Redbud Cafe, and then browse the bric-a-brac in Cranberry’s antique store. Marvel at the quilts in the Uptown Blanco Textile Studio before a visit to the consistently very good Old 300 BBQ. There’s usually music at the Redbud on weekend nights, and sometimes at Twin Sisters Dance Hall, a short drive south on 281. The Real Ale Brewery, a few blocks north of the square, offers tours on weekend afternoons, and its taproom is open Wednesday through Sunday. Or ask a camping north texas driver to take you north toward Johnson City to visit the newly opened Andalusia Distillery, where you can enjoy whiskey tastings and cocktails. Multiuse sites

Pro tips: The sites in the western loop are a little quieter, being farther from the main road. Best are 20, 22, 24, and 28, set against a wooded slope. For breakfast visit Hacienda el Charro, close to the main park entrance, where the migas are perfection on a plate. Then hike the Pumphouse Trail to the limestone flats and dam at the park’s western end. Rent kayaks, canoes, and tubes at the main office.

Park Info

101 Park Road 23, Blanco;

Reservations or (512) 389-8900

Entrance fee
Adult, $5 daily; Children (12 and under), free

From $20 nightly

Cedar Breaks Park, Lake Georgetown

32 miles north
Lake Georgetown on the North San Gabriel River is almost camping north texas Georgetown’s version of Barton Creek. With so much development popping up along State Highway 29 and Ronald Reagan Boulevard, it’s become a place for city folk to experience the countryside without suffering withdrawal, since there are two Starbucks and an H-E-B just minutes away. The park is one of several campgrounds around this huge reservoir. On the opposite bank, Jim Hogg has more multiuse sites, while Tejas Camp, Russell Park, and Sawyer Park offer a few primitive tent sites. To wilson bank and trust mortgage, the area’s attraction is camping north texas superb hiking along the rugged shoreline, and of these local facilities we choose Cedar Breaks not only because the sites are mostly shaded, but also because of the trail that begins here, one of the best in the Austin area. Revel in far-reaching lake views as you make your way through the juniper woods to Crockett Garden Falls, where a pretty fern-covered grotto and old ranch buildings await. This trail is part of the 27-mile Good Water loop that circles the reservoir, passing tall bluffs, ancient middens, and natural springs. From Overlook Park by the dam you can walk down a steep path to Booty’s Road Park and on into downtown Georgetown, a route that is also perfect for an all-terrain bicycle. Multiuse sites (Photo by Charlie Llewellin)

Pro tips: Avoid the sites by the lake shore (15-33), as they are unshaded. The area just outside the park is blessed with several excellent mom-and-pop Mexican restaurants. Try the tacos al pastor at the Texaco at 1015 Leander Road.

Park Info

2100 Cedar Breaks Road, Georgetown

Reservations or (877) 444-6777

$26 per site nightly (includes entrance fee)

Government Canyon State Natural Area

94 miles southwest
The sites here have been set up to make tent camping super easy. Each consists of a raised, gravel-covered bed so neatly tucked away in the cedar that you might imagine yourself in Japan or Northern California. Yet you’re only a few steps from convenient parking. Each site has a fire pit, picnic bench, and javelina-proof food storage. There are water spigots and warm restrooms, and a shower building is under construction. The camping area is in the flat “Frontcountry,” as the park has named it, and there are trailheads at the site for both the level Frontcountry paths and the camping north texas Backcountry system, which loops around wild and rugged canyons to reveal stunning views of the park and, in the distance, the city of San Antonio. You can hike or bike or run for more than 40 miles within the park. There’s much to discover: tall bluffs and green springs, dinosaur tracks, and fascinating relics dating from both Native American and rancher occupations. Because this is a state-designated natural area, preservation of the ecosystem is paramount. The land was initially set aside to secure the water supply for San Antonio. The savannah at the foot of the limestone hills is important to the ecological well-being of the Hill Country, because it’s along this line that water seeps down to recharge the Edwards Aquifer. Play your part by keeping the area pristine while you enjoy this spectacular park. Tent camping only

Pro tips: Open Friday through Monday only. Camping sites book quickly, especially in spring and fall, when the park is popular with church and scout groups. Pets (on lease) are only allowed in the Frontcountry. Trails are often closed after wet weather.

Park Info

12861 Galm Road, San Antonio;

Reservations or (512) 389-8900

Entrance fee
Adult, $6 daily; Child (12 and under), free

From $18 nightly

Krause Springs

36 miles northwest
A trip to this beautiful, private 115-acre spot in Spicewood (less than an hour from downtown Austin) has been a Hill Country tradition for decades. There’s a smallish man-made pool and, below it, a delightful natural grotto with waterfalls and beaches. The grounds are always perfectly maintained. There’s a butterfly garden that resonates with peaceful sounds from huge wind chimes. The downside? The swimming area isn’t big and can fill up quickly, so having a campsite to retreat to is a smart way to enjoy the place without stressing. There are 24 RV sites and plenty of shaded (non-reservable) tent camping spots with the benefit of convenient parking. Opening time is 9 a.m., so before then campers get the pools to themselves. Bring tubes and a book, and don’t forget to get some barbecue from Opie’s in Spicewood on your way back home. Reservable RV sites with water and electricity, walk-in tent camping

Pro tips: No pets or credit card accepted. The annual Fourth of July fireworks show is a great alternative to the crowds at Auditorium Shores.

Park Info

404 Krause Spring Road, Spicewood;

(830) 693-4181

Entrance fee
Adult, $8 daily; Children 4-11 years, $5; Under 4, free

Adult, $15 nightly; Child, $10 nightly; RV sites, $15 nightly

Inks Lake State Park

67 miles northwest
Lovely little Inks Lake snuggles up to its big neighbor Lake Buchanan like a chihuahua nestling into the arms of a rancher driving his F-250, the dog’s pretty pink bow just-so. The rose-colored rock that rings the lake is gneiss, and it’s millions of years old. The exquisiteness of the park is best appreciated from the water, since the lake is the perfect size for family excursions in kayaks or canoes. The wooded shorelines and waterfowl-filled coves are easily reached from the put-in by the park store. Paddle across to Devil’s Waterhole, where Spring Creek flows into the lake. Low cliffs of veiny pink and gray line www bankofthewest com payment narrow inlet, and the slopes above are dark green with oak and cedar. To jump from the high ledges into the cold water is a Central Texas rite of passage. Enjoy the pools and little waterfalls along the creek. Then leave the canoes and hike the trail to the heights for views all the way to the dam. The green and orange lichen growing on the rocks add flourish to the color palette that distinguishes this part of Texas from the rest. Despite its fairly remote location, Inks Lake almost always hums with activity. Expect to be surrounded by children and dogs other than your own, as well as the sound of music and the smell of grilling. Escape to the trails on the eastern side of Park Road 4, or to burgers and beers at Reverend Jim’s Dam Pub on State Highway 29. Multiuse sites, cabins, and primitive camping

Pro tips: Inks Lake often fills up. Weekends and cabins should be reserved several months in advance. Try to bag site 251 or 253, which feature what is practically a private headland close to Devil’s Waterhole. Canoe, kayak, and paddleboat rentals are available at the park store.

Park Info

3630 Park Road 4 West, Burnet;

Reservations or (512) 389-8900

Entrance fee
Adults, $6 daily; Children (12 and under), free

From $11 nightly

Shaffer Bend Recreation Area

55 miles northwest
So you want wilderness? You want freedom? You want dominion? Try the Camping north texas Colorado River Authority parks, little lost kingdoms that exude mystery and promise, where gravel tracks disappear into forgotten acres. In the ’90s there were all-night raves at these places, and at one party where Gibby Haynes was the DJ, I swear I witnessed a couple, dressed as King Arthur and Lady Guinevere, materialize out of the early morning river mist in a canoe and drift silently downstream. Shaffer Bend is one of these strange fiefdoms, more than 500 acres of cedar, cactus, and clumpy grassland at camping north texas end of CR 343-A, a road that is itself a sort of end of dreams. The track into the park winds past yucca and prickly pear and scraggly hackberry on its descent from the limestone hills to the untidy flats, where there are some 20 bare-bones sites scattered along the steep bank that drops to the sandy shoreline. The Colorado River is a hop, skip, and a jump away. Sleeping slabs of gray rock lie in the green water. The park is a wildlife preserve, and birds are everywhere: Watch cardinals and cedar waxwings flit from branch to branch. There are larger animals, too, like whitetail deer and feral hogs. For the convenience of riders, the LCRA has placed four equine pens at the group campsites (25 and 26)—the 8 miles of trails that traverse the park are open to horses and hikers. Multiuse sites (but no electricity or water)

Pro tips: Sites 12, 13, and 14 are slightly separate from the rest, with nice views of the river. Bring a fishing pole and your canoe. Entrance fee is cash only if you don’t have a reservation.

Park Info

706 County Road 343A, Marble Falls;

Reservations or (855) 392-7638

Entrance fee
$5 daily

$10 nightly

Photo by Kenny Braun

Enchanted Rock State Natural Area

95 miles west
Do you want starry skies to fill your starry eyes? Do you yearn to leave the world behind, but don’t want to spend eight hours driving to Big Bend? Camp at Enchanted Rock. A couple of nights spent next to the famous granite dome can more than satisfy the need for space around and above you. The park is on the International Dark-Sky Association’s list of places to best experience the night sky, and when the sun goes down the Milky Way sets the surrounding Hill Country aglow. The best seats for the show are at the Moss Lake or Walnut Springs primitive campgrounds, so eschew the unprepossessing drive-up camping area upfront and cart your gear around the Loop Trail to the western side of the mountain. The show begins at dusk, when the air begins to throb with the sound of cicadas and frogs. Shortly after the coyote band will sing to the rising moon, and on summer nights the pink granite rumbles as changing temperatures slowly camping north texas off another layer. During the day, you should definitely trek to the dome’s top, but don’t miss out on the park’s other trails, especially Turkey Pass, which winds past skinny hoodoos (tent rocks) and huge chunks of granite. If you’re a climber, the primitive camps make a great base from which to explore the many routes up the western face of the rock. Tent camping, walk-in primitive sites

Pro tip: No open fires are allowed at the campsites, so remember to bring a portable stove.

Park Info

16710 Ranch Road camping north texas, Fredericksburg;

Reservations or (512) 389-8900

Entrance fee
Adult, $7 daily; Children (12 and under), free

From $14 nightly

Photo courtesy Texas Parks & Wildlife

Lake Bastrop South Shore Park

38 miles east
Goings-on in Austin (or Washington) don’t seem to matter much at Lake Bastrop, where it camping north texas like LBJ could still be president, as he was when the LCRA built a dam on Spicer Creek to create a cooling pond for a new power plant. Piney thickets (spared by the big fire at the neighboring state park) surround this placid lake. The views are of dense green thickets on reed-lined banks. A low hum from the power plant is the sonic backdrop to the chucking and squabbling of coots the reach key west spa ducks. The lake is popular with local fishermen, as the LCRA keeps it well stocked with Florida bass, catfish, crappie, and perch. Try your luck at a pier, or rent a canoe and drift around the numerous shallow inlets. Of the two parks on Lake Bastrop, South Shore is the larger and has better camping and amenities. There are lakeside cabins, a playground, and a swimming area. The short Heron Trail loop goes from the campground around Lewis Point, and a sandy 4.5-mile track, great for biking as well as hiking, leads through the woods to the North Shore Park. Multiuse sites, cabins

Pro tips: Get a campsite with waterfront access (sites 11-18 or 34-36). Some are very close together—good for multifamily camping—but for privacy, choose No. 12.

Park Info

375 South Shore Road, Bastrop;

Reservations or (855) 392-7638

Entrance fee
Adults, $5 daily; Children (12 and under), free

From $22 nightly


Ah, fall. It’s definitely prime camping weather. And whether your family prefers tenting, RV stops or cabins, there’s no shortage of campgrounds and state parks in and around the Metroplex. So get the family together (be aware that many sites aren’t allowing groups larger than 10 people) and gather your supplies (including masks—state parks are asking visitors to wear face coverings inside state buildings and restrooms). Then venture into Texas’ great outdoors.

Loyd Park // Grand Prairie
Where Joe Pool Lake, 3401 Ragland Road
What to know Covering some 791 acres of native Texas landscape, Loyd Park is centrally located in DFW. With 221 campsites, running water, concrete pads, picnic pavilions, charcoal grills and fire rings, your family will have the space and amenities for a great visit. If tents and RVs don’t light your (camp)fire, cabins are available for rental
Cost Vehicles on the premises cost $15 per day for up to six people; additional people are $2 each. Children 5 and under are free. Cabin prices vary.

Willow Grove Park // Lake Dallas
Where Lake Lewisville, 212 Main St.
What to know Make a quick and cozy getaway to the shores of Lake Lewisville at Willow Grove Park. Jp morgan chase car loan your stay, your family can enjoy fishing (although the fishing pier is currently closed), the multi-use trail, playground, volleyball court and fire rings. The 15 RV sites have hookups for water and electricity; primitive sites are first come, first served and do not include water and electric hookups. Restrooms are on-site.
Cost Parking passes are free for Lake Dallas residents; daily parking passes are $5 for nonresidents.

Murrell Park // Flower Mound
Where Lake Grapevine, 880 Simmons Road
What to know Camp out on the bluffs of Lake Grapevine’s north shore at Murrell Park. The picnic areas, boat ramp, hike-bike trails and fishing areas make this a great place for family time. There are plenty of campsites with covered picnic areas and fire pits; most sites are heavily shaded. All sites are non-electric. If campfire cooking isn’t your thing, make the short drive or walk to Twin Coves Marina and Little Pete’s Restaurant.
Cost $10 a night per campsite.

Cedar Hill State Park // Cedar Hill
Where Joe Pool Lake, 1570 W. FM 1382
What to know Bring your family to not just camp but also hike, bike, picnic, geocache and nature-watch on the shores of Joe Pool Lake. The DORBA (Dallas Off-Road Bicycle Association) Trail crosses 1,200 acres and is open to cyclists and hikers alike. If your family is hooked on fishing, the 7,500-acre lake is perfect for reeling in largemouth black bass, crappie and catfish. The park’s 350 developed campsites have water and electricity access, while 150 have sewer hookups too. Several sites are ADA-accessible. You can also pitch a tent at a primitive campsite if trails are open.
Cost $5 daily for age 13 and older for overnight usage; children age 12 and younger are free. Reserve passes online or by phone before you visit. Campsite prices vary.

Ray Roberts Lake State Park // Pilot Point
Where 100 PW 4137 (enter from FM 455)
What to know Looking to get out of the house and escape the bustle of the Metroplex? Your family will stay busy with all Ray Roberts Lake State Park has to offer—from geocaching, backpacking and hiking to fishing in the lake or kids fishing pond. If relaxation is on your want-to-do list, the park offers great spots to nature-watch and decompress. Set up at one of the campsites or book a stay at the Lone Star Lodge.
Cost $7 daily for age 13 and older; children 12 and younger are free. Reserve passes online or by phone prior to visiting. Campsite prices vary.

Dinosaur Valley State Park // Glen Rose
Where 1629 Park Road 59
What to know Take a trip about an hour southwest and 113 million years back in time at Dinosaur Valley State Park. The real dinosaur tracks are a huge draw, and the hilly, hardscrabble limestone terrain makes for an interesting mix of plant life and wildlife. With group camps, primitive campsites (walk-in and hike-in) and campsites with electricity, you have options for your Glen Rose adventure. Saddle up: There are also equestrian offerings, including assisted trail rides for children ages 3–14.
Cost $7 daily for age 13 and older; children 12 and younger are free. Reserve your passes online or by phone ahead of time. Campsite prices vary.

Cleburne State Park // Cleburne
Where Cedar Lake, 5800 Park Road 21
What to know Enjoy a peaceful getaway just 30 minutes southwest of Fort Worth at Cleburne State Park, where your family can explore nearly 13 miles of trails on foot, set up camp, look for geocaches and relax in nature. Cast a line at the (ADA-accessible) covered fishing pier—fishing gear is available for loan, and a license isn’t necessary there—or, when the weather is warmer, take a dip in the 116-acre clear blue lake. All campsites have water and electricity, while some also have sewer hookups. You can also reserve a screened shelter or cabin for the family. Something to remember next spring: This is a great spot for bluebonnets.
Cost $5 daily for age 13 and older; children under 12 are free. To guarantee entrance, reserve passes online or call ahead. Campsite prices vary.

Hickory Creek Campground // Hickory Creek
Where Lake Lewisville, 1801 N. Mill St.
What to know Interested in camping but can’t give up your hot shower? Hickory Creek could be the place for you. The showers are among the amenities at this large campground; you can also enjoy fishing, boating and other watercraft activities, golfing and horseback riding, There are 121 campsites with electric hookups. Primitive, walk-in sites aren’t available right now.
Cost $28–$30 a night for campsites with water and electrical hookups

Photo courtesy of Texas Parks & Wildlife.


Really nice place to stay.  Resort is clean and the staff is friendly!  Really enjoyed our time here and will be back.  Also the splash pad was a blast!!

– Brad V Google Reviews

Love North Texas Great Escapes. My daughter had their birthday party there. We rented a cabin and the kids had a blast. So many activities they never got bored.

– Melanie B.

This article about camping near the Texas-Oklahoma border is brought to you by Midland. Whether you are relaxing by a lake, or hiking through the plains, their two way radios will enhance your experience.

Along the Texas-Oklahoma border are many choice spots to explore caves and old train tunnels. If that’s not your speed, you can spend your afternoon drifting on Lake Texoma.

Each of these parks has a unique flavor, bringing together aspects of Texas and Oklahoma for an experience you’ll never forget.

1. Paradise on Lake Texoma

Glamping tiny house beside Lake Texoma.

Image from Texoma D.

Situated on the Big Mineral Arm of Lake Texoma, you have a wide variety of camping options at Paradise on Lake Texoma. Choose between a tent site, an RV site, or even a “Kabana” or “Kasita,” mini-houses for glamping.

The sites are spacious, and all of them have a water view, fire ring, and picnic table. If you feel like socializing, head to the hammock garden, community bar, or playground.

Only a 90-minute drive from Dallas, Lake Texoma is the 12th largest COE lake in the United States.

“Lake Texoma is home to great fishing for striper, catfish, black bass, and crappie. The area has cruise activities if you don’t have your boat. Believe it or not, Lake Texoma has sandy beaches!” – Deborah C.

Campground Details:

  • Price: $20-$40
  • Number of sites: 50
  • RV sites: Yes
  • Fires allowed: Yes
  • Pets allowed: Yes

2. Lake Arrowhead

With lake access, open vistas, and tons of grassy trails, Lake Arrowhead is the perfect spot to get away. A reservoir from Little Wichita River, this campsite is 15 miles southeast of Wichita Falls, TX, on the very edge of Clay County.

This park offers disc golf, and don’t be surprised to see some prairie dogs. The public areas on the shoreline have covered areas to grill.

“So hiking is probably not a real description of this. Walking on grass trails that are flat and mowed is more like it. They have a very nice disc golf course and the ‘trails’ are part of that system.” – Kerri S.

Campground Details:

  • Price: $21-$40
  • Number of sites: 67
  • RV sites: Yes
  • Fires allowed: Yes
  • Pets allowed: Yes

3. Kiowa Park Campground

RV parl and campsite inn green field with surrounding forest.

Image from The Dyrt camper Crystal C.

In the Great Plains region of Southern Oklahoma lies this campground on the shores of Lake Waurika. Large shade trees keep you cool as you enjoy the broad lake vistas from your campsite in Kiowa Park Campground.

This is a great place to cast for walleye, crappie, bass, catfish, and sunfish. If you’re a hunter, explore some of the 6,000 acres around Lake Waurika for deer, quail, rabbit, and wild turkey.

Kiowa Park offers boating, swimming, or water-skiing for those who’d like to hit the water.

“The site had improved flush sensor toilets and running water. Each of the sites was equipped with the standard grill and picnic table. The sites at this location had shade covers over the picnic tables.” – Crystal C.

Campground Details:

  • Price: $20-$100
  • Number of sites: 188
  • RV sites: Yes
  • Fires allowed: Unknown
  • Pets allowed: Unknown

4. Caprock Canyons State Park

Right in Texas’s panhandle, 100 miles southeast of Amarillo, you’ll find the place where the buffalo truly do roam – Caprock Canyons State Park.

There are 90 miles of hiking trails to explore that vary from difficult to beginner and 1-15 miles. Many trails are accessible by horse or bike, but only expert riders should attempt them.

The area contains badlands made up of cacti, mesquite, junipers amidst tall grasses and dotted with cottonwoods. Mule deer, golden eagles, and foxes accompany the Texas State Bison Herd, begun by legendary herdsman Charles Goodnight in 1878.

Choose between breathtaking views of black shaggy bison against the backdrop of red rock canyons or surreal sights into the Red River.

“There’s lots to do at this park from hiking, camping, backpacking, fishing, watching wildlife, and exploring old railroad tunnels. The highlight for me was spending an afternoon just watching the bison wander on the open plain. They are such peaceful creatures.” – Troy W.

Campground Details:

  • Price: $10-$22
  • Number of sites: 206
  • RV sites: Yes
  • Fires allowed: Yes
  • Pets allowed: Yes

5. Black Mesa

View of red rock of Black Mesa from the rim.

Image from The Dyrt camper Dusty G.

Located just 30 miles from the Texas-Oklahoma border, Black Mesa State Park offers austere desert views, real dinosaur tracks, and Oklahoma’s tallest plateau at almost 5,000 feet above sea level.

Only 15 miles from Black Mesa Nature Preserve is the Black Mesa State Park Campground, sitting adjacent to Lake Carl Etling. There’s trout fishing when the season’s right, boating, and hiking. Lots of tent and RV sites sit camping north texas to the creek or lake in this small campground, and the view of the stars is glorious.

“There is a place to see dinosaur tracks and also 3 corners (Kansas, Colorado, Oklahoma). Highest point in Oklahoma, but you wouldn’t know it. When you get on top of the flats you can see for a ways!”– Brian F.

Campground Details:

  • Price: $5-$20
  • Number of sites: 66
  • RV sites: Yes
  • Fires allowed: Yes
  • Pets allowed: Yes

6. Buzzards Roost – Lake Murray State Park

Around 40 miles from Gainesville, Texas, is this large, well-accommodated campground. Whether you’re a golfer, horseback rider, hiker, or swimmer, you’ll find an activity that suits you.

There’s a host of accommodations as tent and RV sites are scattered through the more than 12,000 miles of forests. There are stores and amenities at this campground, including boat rental, kayaks, a golf course, and stables. Tucker Tower is a must for any historian at Buzzards Roost – Lake Murray State Park.

“The water and surroundings were beautiful and even for a busy holiday weekend, it didn’t feel too busy or crowded. Lake Murray is definitely on our return list.”– Brian B.

Campground Details:

  • Price: $21-$40
  • Number of sites: 40
  • RV sites: Yes
  • Fires allowed: Yes
  • Pets allowed: Yes

7. Eisenhower State Park

Kayakers along Lake Texoma.

Image from The Dyrt camper Amy G.

Hike the high bluffs overlooking Lake Texoma or marvel at ancient creatures’ fossils embedded in the dirt at Eisenhower State Park. Located almost directly on top of the Texas-Oklahoma border, this campground has a ton of activities and amenities.

RV sites, cabins, and tent sites are available with water, basic hookups, and bathrooms. This is a large campsite, but the ample spacing between sites and the sturdy shade trees makes all sites comfortable.

“Hiking trails are challenging, they are also available to mountain bikes however the trail is challenging. You can also hike on the cliffs, which is the park’s unique feature.”- Vanessa M.

Campground Details:

  • Price: $12-$23
  • Number of sites: 186
  • RV sites: Yes
  • Fires allowed: Yes
  • Pets allowed: Yes

Camping near the Texas-Oklahoma border offers desert views, caves, ancient fossils, and gorgeous lakes. For more campgrounds, check out The Dyrt’s full list of the best camping near the Texas-Oklahoma border.

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