Texas is a beautiful state for RVers and van lifers. It has so many amazing views, things to do, and people to meet! There are tons of campgrounds across this expansive state and it can be tough to plan the right route with so many options. After looking at over 50 different campgrounds around the state, here are our picks for the best campgrounds in Texas.
Located in Texas hill country, Al's Hideaway features a variety of camping options including cabin rentals, tipi rentals, primitive camping, RV parking, and even a Bubble Hut (see website for details). The property also includes 16 acres that are available for hiking and exploring nature, with many other local attractions close by.
Happy Horse Camping
A self-titled "Horse Lover's Getaway," Happy Horse offers cabins, rig hookups, and camping spots with horse pens and stalls. The campground is located about 18 miles east of Austin, TX, close to McKinney Roughs Nature Park. Happy Horse will even ferry you back and forth to the equestrian trail head of the park, so you don't have to unhook your rig.
Terlingua Ranch offers several options to experience camping in the scenic environment of the West Texas Rio Grande Big Bend Region. There are 7 private tent campsites at Terlingua Ranch Lodge, 2 open campgrounds, and a horse camp including a horse corral, stable, and pens, all right at the base of Whitehorse Mountain. The Ranch also offers 8 pull-through RV sites and 12 back-in RV sites, as well as cabin guest rooms. Amenities like the swimming pool, horseshoe pit, and bathhouse are open to all paying guests.
The Goat Pens at Cigar Springs Ranch
The Goat Pens at Cigar Springs Ranch offers both primitive camping and dry RV sites, all conveniently close to major attractions in the Big Bend/Terlingua area. The campsite is located close to Terlingua Ghost Town as well as both Big Bend State and National Parks. The Goat Pens are scenic enough on their own to have been featured in several Western films in the past, and today include an event venue that hosts outdoor events ranging from drive-in movies to concerts and stargazing sessions.
Ardor Wood Farm
Ardor Wood provides the ideal rustic camping experience for anyone looking to immerse themselves in the flora and fauna of a Texas farm. Guests can observe local wildlife as well as the dwarf goats, Texas Longhorns, and sheep that are raised at the farm during their stay. The farm also features over three miles of hiking trails for guests to enjoy. The camping area is equipped with a composting toilet, fire pit, picnic table, running water, and an outdoor 'cool' shower, but visitors can also opt to stay in Tir Na Nog glamping tent, which includes a queen size bed.
Ancient Oaks RV Park
Situated in a convenient location to the Texas Coastal Bend area, Ancient Oaks offers both the potential for relaxation and for an array of activities. The fishing pond, heated pool and Jacuzzi, and gathering area are all open to use by guests at the Park, and there is even a new 7000 square foot Pet Park where your furry companions can let loose as well. Attractions in the surrounding Rockport-Fulton area include beaches, state parks, museums, and restaurants where you can sample the local seafood, all of which make Ancient Oaks the perfect home base for your visit.
Boulderdash Cabin and RV Park
Boulderdash is a smaller site featuring a rustic cabin and 3 full-hookup RV sites, all situated right along the Medina River in Texas hill country. The site provides the perfect antidote for those who are turned off by crowded larger RV parks with its calm, clean, and fresh atmosphere.
Dos Rios RV Park supplies the full Texas hill country experience, from its location at the junction of the Llano and James Rivers to its accommodations and kayak rentals. Potential stays include both traditional RV and tent camping sites as well as cabin, tiny house, and Airstream rentals. There is even a beautiful, 20-acre public island right where the rivers join in directly front of the campsite.
The Trails at Lavender Road
The Trails at Lavender Road is an RV park located just north of Tyler, TX. Surrounded by large trees including East Texas pines, The Trails provides a country getaway, with warm Southern hospitality as the main priority. A bathhouse, laundromat, and dog park are open to use by guests, and accomodation options include RV sites, cabins, and park-owned RVs.
Tin Valley provides a one-of-kind experience with its retro-style rental stays. These range from converted school buses, to boats, to a VW bug on a spinning platform, all framed against the dramatic landscape of the West Texas Mountains. For the more traditional camping crowd, Tin Valley has also recently added RV and tent camping sites, although the unique rentals are by far the biggest draw to this particular site.