Top Ten Campgrounds in Texas?

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  1. Roy and Janet Bowman

    Roy and Janet Bowman Poppin' Up from Aggieland

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    What are your favorites?

    We like, in no particular order:
    • Inks Lake SP
    • Galveston Island SP
    • Fort Parker SP
    • Palo Duro Canyon SP
    • Bastrop SP (pre-fire)
    Hmmm. I think we need to go camping more!
     
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    I've only been to two campgrounds in Texas but I have to say we loved Palo Duro, more than Grand Canyon.
     
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    pupateer Native Texan

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    Garner State Park
    Davis Mountains State Park
     
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    apesydaisy New Member

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    We've been to only 3 so far...

    Jellystone, Waller, TX
    San Augustine
    Mill Creek

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    apesydaisy New Member

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    How was Galveston SP?

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    Yar Garland, TX

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    Favorite is Lake Bob Sandlin SP.
    Others would be Inks Lake SP, Garner SP and Davis Mountains SP.
     
  7. Roy and Janet Bowman

    Roy and Janet Bowman Poppin' Up from Aggieland

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    Re: Galveston -- Last time we camped there was before Ike. But we're camping on the bay side next month. I'll report back.
     
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    We stayed on the bay side a couple of months back. It has some great views of the bay and the sunsets are beautiful.

    There were a couple of things if we were being picky we didn't like about the bay side - the only shower was on the beach side. However, they were in the process of building new restrooms with showers like most state parks which is likely finished now. The spots are also pretty tight - the fire rings are actually in the center of the circle across the street from the campsites.

    That said, we'll stay there again because we love the water and it's about as close as you can get without being in mud and sand.
     
  9. Indy

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    It is hard to choose a top 10, but I'll give it a try.

    Big Bend National Park - Chisos Mts.
    Dinosaur Valley SP
    Davis Mountains SP
    McKinney Falls SP
    Franklin Mts SP
    Inks Lake SP
    Brazos Bend SP
    Colorado Bend SP
    Garner SP
    Lost Maples SP
    Mustang Island SP
    Martin Dies Jr SP

    Ok that was 12. I can't cut it down any more than that.... I love different parks for different reasons.
     
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    Have not tried enough yet. But favorites so far:

    Goose Island State Pk north of Rockport-good oak area and good on water area. Best for fisherman including lighted pier. Only bad can be mosquitos
    Lake Sommerville Birch Creek unit-Good bike or horse trails.
     
  11. br9

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    I like Tyler state park. And lake mineral wells state park. I think caprock canyon is nicer than Palo duro also.
     
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    Just spent four days in Tyler last week. Nice, but I think I like Huntsville better. Brazos Bend is decent...40 min. from the house too, lol. Bastrop and Pedernales Falls were good as well.
     
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    Good list. Chisos Basin is my #1 in TX too. But you left out 2 of my faves:
    The second largest canyon in the US, Palo Duro Canyon SP and Caprock Canyon SP.

    Chip
     
  14. Indy

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    Yes, Caprock Canyon is excellent too. Haven't made it to Palo Duro Canyon yet, but I will. Some of those parks are just so far from Houston!

    As I visit more parks, the list keeps growing! :)
     
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    srds Freeport,Texas

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    1= Garner
    2- Inks Lake
    3= South Llano
    4= Colorado Bend
    5=Riverside park= Guadalupe River
    6= Guadalupe River State Park
    7=Neals on the Frio
    8=Canyon Lake
    9=Lake Somerville
    10=Lake Medina
     
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    Parks we like are (no particular order):

    Jellystone Hill Country (near Canyon Lake)
    Lockhart State Park
    Mustang Island State Park
    Blanco State Park
    Lost Maples State Natural Area
    Lake Sommerville Birch Creek State Park
    Padre Island National Seashore
    Inks Lake State Park
     
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    Texas state parks are ok, but really the better recreation areas are managed by the Army Corps of Engineers.

    1. Granger Lake
    2. Lake Somerville (ant problem, be sure to take insecticide at Rocky Creek)
    3. Hords Creek
    4. Sam Rayburn
    5. O.C. Fisher
    6. Lake O' The Pines
    7. Lewisville Lake
    8. Canyon Lake

    Every ACoE lake has some of the best fishing in Texas and the campgrounds are great. They have upgraded almost all of their areas in the last three years upgrading the grills (some of the best at any park, private or public), and almost every table has a large cover over it, and almost all sites have at least 30 amp, water, and are fairly close to showers and restrooms.

    Of the National forest areas;

    1. Cagle on Lake Conroe
    2. Double Lake on lake Livingston
    3. Davy Crockett NF (dang ticks, be sure to wear deep woods Off!)
    4. Lake Stubblefield on Lake Conroe (primitive area, just water, restrooms and showers)

    National Park Service:

    1. Big Bend NP

    Being a disabled Vet I have an access pass and that gives you half price on camp sites, one reason I am more inclined to use the national recreational areas, but overall I have spent time in our state parks and they are really lacking in the comfort of their camp sites.
     
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    Lake Arrowhead state park
    Caprock Canyon/my favorite
    Palo Duro
    Lake Mineral Wells
    Tyler state park
    Fort Richardson
    Fort Griffin
    Lake Colorado city
    Ray Roberts
    Atlanta state park which is an underused jewel of a park
    All state parks and they all are nice!
     
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    The campground at OC Fisher is now leased by Texas Parks and Wildlife and is now called San Angelo State Park. Also OC Fisher is completely dry.
     
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    Has anyone camped at Matagorda bay rv park. We are going there in a few weeks. we have never camped there, but we have been to the area lots of times. [PU] [:D]
     

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