Camping in Texas

What to bring?

  • tent (with a rain fly)
  • sleeping bag or other light blankets
  • a cot or air mattress (the ground is pretty hard)
  • blanket and pillow
  • flashlight and/or head lamp
  • an Igloo with food and bottled water
  • clothes for all the days/nights you will be camping
  • toiletries (soap, toothbrush, toothpaste, floss)
  • matches (you can get wood at the ranger station)
  • camp chairs
  • umbrella

Where to go? 

State parks have electricity, water, restrooms, and showers. Reserve your sites before you go to guarantee a campsite.  Here are a few scenic parts near the Austin area.

Best times of the year to go?

  • March – April
  • October – November

Camping in the summer can be sweltering and very uncomfortable.  Anything above 90 degrees is very hot. Camping in the winter can be very cold.  Temperatures regularly dip into the 30’s just above freezing.

How often does it rain?

  • about 1 out of 4 camping trips

How much does it cost?

  • about $7 per person per day and $20 per night for the campsite


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