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Old 07-28-2015, 08:14 AM   #1
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How Many Texas State Parks Have You Camped In?

Wife just found out yesterday that she has another massive tear in her rotator cuff and surgery coming up so I decided to make a quick trip to Brazos Bend State Park tomorrow for an over nighter. I need a break and the camper needs to be used. Can't talk the wife into going...way too hot for her.

I started thinking about all of the state parks in Texas and how I would love to camp at least once in each one of them one of these days. Never realized but as close as I can figure there are around 1185 state parks and state historical places in Texas.

So far I think I've camped in 4 Texas state parks...so I need to get busy.

How many state parks in Texas have you camped in and which were some of your favorites?

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Old 07-28-2015, 08:50 AM   #2
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I am also on a mission to visit all of the state parks in Texas. Here is my list so far:

Lake Livingston
Huntsville
Lake Somerville Birch Creek
Lake Somerville Nails Creek
Village Creek
Bastrop
Buescher
Texana
Galveston
Palmetto
McKinney Falls
Ink's Lake
Brazos Bend
Stephen F. Austin
Longhorn Cavern
Lyndon B. Johnson
Martin Dies
Battleship Texas
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Old 07-28-2015, 09:04 AM   #3
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Sorry to hear about your wife's injury.

I too would like to spend time at all of these parks and historic sites. And I don't think it will take as long as you think. By my count there are 102 parks and historic sites operated by TPWD All Parks — Texas Parks & Wildlife Department and 20 historic sites operated by THC THC State Historic Sites | Texas Historical Commission and keep in mind not all of them have camping.

We have camped at about 75 of them so far, and haven't found one yet that we didn't like, but some favorites include (in alphabetical order) Balmorhea, Brazos Bend, Caprock Canyons, Daingerfield, Davis Mountains, Enchanted Rock, Garner, Huntsville, Inks Lake, Lost Maples, Palo Duro Canyon, and Tyler.
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Wife just found out yesterday that she has another massive tear in her rotator cuff and surgery coming up so I decided to make a quick trip to Brazos Bend State Park tomorrow for an over nighter. I need a break and the camper needs to be used. Can't talk the wife into going...way too hot for her.

I started thinking about all of the state parks in Texas and how I would love to camp at least once in each one of them one of these days. Never realized but as close as I can figure there are around 1185 state parks and state historical places in Texas.

So far I think I've camped in 4 Texas state parks...so I need to get busy.

How many state parks in Texas have you camped in and which were some of your favorites?

David


Stupid calculator...how did it come up with 1185? I thought that was a lot but got busy and didn't double check. And I recounted how many I've camped at and it's 7 not 4. Not having a good day.

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Old 07-28-2015, 11:08 AM   #5
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Sorry to hear about wife's injury - hope all goes well. Have been to Blanco, Bastrop, Buescher, Goliad, Choke Canyon, McKinney Falls, Lockhart, Pedernales Falls, Davis Mountains, and Palmetto. Favorite is Blanco which was pretty much destroyed on Memorial Day. Good news though...it will reopen the campground on August 1st although the north side of the river will remain closed for who knows how long.
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Old 07-28-2015, 11:12 AM   #6
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Don't forget to get the annual Texas State Parks Pass. Will save money on entrance fees and give you four discounted nights of camping (one per trip). Also discounts on merchandise and rental fees.
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Old 07-28-2015, 11:45 AM   #7
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Have only just begun:

Lake Whitney State Park - really did like it there until flooding concerns caused us to leave (Memorial Day Weekend floods)
Bonham State Park - really small-only 13 rv spaces and some a bit tight but really did like it
Lake Tawakoni State Park - one of our favorites
Eisenhower State Park - we tent camped here a lot in the last few years
Camped at lots more in the Big Bend area as a kid
The Vineyards in Grapevine--a COE property and a bit pricey but really liked all the activities and being within walking distance of the Gaylord. Downtown Grapevine is close and is fun anytime and there's a lot of different things going on there.

Sad thing is, Lake Whitney State Park and Eisenhower State Park are still closed due to flooding and damage as is the Vineyards which is still about 15+ underwater.
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Old 07-28-2015, 12:28 PM   #8
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I live in Huntsville, so that one is very easy, as is Livingston. Here is my list so far:

Lake Livingston
Huntsville
Lake Somerville Birch Creek
Lake Somerville Nails Creek

Village Creek

Brazos Bend
Mother Neff (1st State Park)
Bastrop
Mission Tejas
Texas Railroad SP
Buescher
Palo Duro
Galveston
Palmetto
McKinney Falls
Ink's Lake
Brazos Bend
Stephen F. Austin
Ft. Parker
Ft. Richardson
Fairfield
Martin Dies
Sea Rim
McKinney Falls


The great thing about all of these parks is the diversity that exists. You can travel a few hours and experience a completely different environment. Obviously, some are more RV friendly than others, but each has their own charm.
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I liked The Vineyards near Grapevine, on the lake. As I understand it was a coe park and the city of grapevine bought it. Large spots and shady like a state park. Near bass pro, cabelas and great wolf lodge.
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Old 07-28-2015, 12:46 PM   #10
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Cedar Hill, Lake Brownwood, Lake Livingston, San Angelo, Balmorhea, and my favorite Davis Mountain. Davis Mountain has full hookups and cable TV. There is also a Lodge and restaurant with a Javelina parade every evening.
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