When you think of Texas, camping probably isn’t the first thing that springs to mind. (For most people, hiking and pitching a tent seem more like Colorado things.) The Lone Star State has many claims to fame—including but certainly not limited to sprawling cities like Houston, San Antonio and Dallas, keeping it weird in Austin, cowboys, the Alamo and barbeque—but its diverse landscape doesn’t always register as a top highlight. Though it should!
Bordered by the Gulf of Mexico to the southeast, the Mexican states of Coahuila, Tamaulipas, Chihuahua and Nuevo Leon to the south and southwest, and Louisiana, Arkansas, Oklahoma and New Mexico on the other sides, Texas is massive. It's the second largest U.S. state by population and area. Not surprisingly, there are tons of incredible state parks, beautiful beaches and other protected areas where you can sleep outside. PSA: please remember that it’s everyone’s responsibility to keep the campsites, and outdoor spaces in general, pristine for generations to come! Don’t your great grandkids deserve to snooze near ancient caves and swim in spring-fed pools? We certainly think so.
To help you pick the perfect spot to snuggle up alongside Mother Nature, we’ve rounded up the best camping in Texas. (Just do yourself a favor and make a reservation well in advance. As they say, “the early bird catches the worm.” Or, in this case, gets a dope campsite.)