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Texas is not only well known for longhorns and Buc-ee’s, it is also well known for excellent camping destinations. If you are planning to do any RV camping in Texas, you’re going to need some time and a sense of adventure. Texas is the 2nd largest state in the United States, behind Alaska which is the largest. Because Texas is such a huge state, it has some of the best RV campgrounds and State Parks. Kellie and I hail from the great state of Texas so our opinion might be slightly biased. We have done our fair share of camping and we have met some pretty amazing people along the way. In this post we are going to cover some of our favorite RV campgrounds.
Driving Across Texas
As I mentioned above, Texas is a huge state. In fact, Texas covers roughly 268,500 square miles. If you wanted to drive across the state from east to west, it would take you between 11 and 12 hours. I would add a few extra hours to that if you are towing a travel trailer. The total distance comes in at 773 miles. If you want to cross the state from north to south, it will take you 13 hours, or 805 miles.
It would be safe to say that you will come across several amazing places to park your RV for a few days. Did you know that Texas is home to 80 state parks? If you are planning to visit these state parks, invest in a Texas State Parks Pass. It will save you a ton of money on your stay. I go into more detail as far as cost of the pass, savings on camp sites, and where to buy yours in my post Texas State Parks Pass: Why You Should Have One.
RV Camping In Texas
Barefoot RV Park And Campground
This is hands down our favorite place for RV camping in Texas. Barefoot RV Park is located in Bend, Texas, right in the middle of the Hill Country. The park has 37 pull-thru sites equipped with water and electric. There is a convenient dump station on the way out of the park and clean bathrooms in the park.
If you enjoy swimming or fishing, the Colorado River is just a few steps away from the RV sites with gorgeous views of the rock cliffs on the other side of the river. There are also walk-up campsites for tent campers.
If you are interested in camping here, be prepared for some of that southern hospitality you hear so much about. Every time we camp here, we leave with a few more friends. For more information on Barefoot, check out Barefoot RV Park And Campground.
Lake Somerville Marina And Campground
This is an older RV park located just north of Brenham, Texas on Hwy. 36. What makes this RV park unique is the location of the hookups. All sites are equipped with water and electric, however some of the sites have the hookups on the opposite side of the camper. Be prepared to run an extra drinking water hose and extra electrical cord. We found this out the hard way. We were lucky the on-site marina carries your basic RV essentials. They just happen to have a 25’ cord we could buy. The lady working the counter told us she sells a lot of them. Not only does the marina sell RV essentials, they also carry fishing gear.
If you enjoy swimming, fishing, or boating, this is a great park for you. We actually put our pop-up canopy and chairs waist deep in the water. You can read more about our trip as well as how to make reservations in my post Somerville Marina And Campground.
Oak Thicket Park
Oak Thicket Park is located on Lake Fayette in Fayetteville, Texas. Lake Fayette was voted one of the best bass fishing lakes in Texas. So, make sure you take your fishing gear with you. There are 20 RV sites with water, electric, picnic tables, and fire rings. In addition to a dump station, they also offer a pump out service. There is a swim beach and playground close to the RV sites making it easy to spend the day in the water.
We didn’t have a chance to do any RV camping when we visited, but we did stay in a cabin. The cabins are like rustic hotels rooms located under several large oak trees. This is a fantastic spot to camp if you plan to visit the semi-annual Round Top Antique Show. Check out Oak Thicket Park for more info on the park and a great story about our visit and the local town square.
Brazos Bend State Park
Brazos Bend State Park is located in Needville, Texas and is very well known for its alligators. We love to go down by the dock and look for “Brutus”. That’s what we call him. Brutus is an enormous alligator that likes to hang out under the dock at Hale Lake. There are warning signs all over the park reminding you of the presence of these ancient lizards. Swimming is prohibited in any of the lakes and waterways, for obvious reasons. Fishing is allowed and there are plenty of places to throw a line out.
There are two RV site loops in the park. One loop is strictly for 30 Amp hookups while the other loop has both 30 and 50 Amp. All sites have water hookups, picnic tables, and fire rings. There is also a section for tent camping and another section with screened-in shelters. Visit Texas Parks and Wildlife to make reservations.
Brazoria Lakes RV Resort
This resort is located in Brazoria, Texas, around 30 miles north of Freeport, Texas. If you are looking for some great Gulf Coast camping, you will love this resort. It is close enough to Surfside Beach that you can make the short drive and spend a day in the sun. Brazoria Lakes Resort offers full hook-ups and all the amenities you would expect from an RV resort. There is on-site laundry, propane refill, swimming pool with hot tub, and a small fitness center. For more info on this resort, check out Brazoria Lakes RV Resort, Exploring Our Own Backyard.
Conclusion On RV Camping In Texas
The RV parks and campgrounds listed in this article barely scrape the surface of all that is available when it comes to RV camping in Texas. I’m not sure there is enough time in a day to include everything in a single post. My best piece of advice for you is to take your time and enjoy all the state has to offer. Visit the small-town squares and enjoy the friendly conversation from the locals. They are always eager to tell you all about their great town. While you’re at it, ask a local shop owner where the best place to get a cheeseburger in town. I guarantee they can point you in the right direction.
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