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Old 09-16-2016, 09:12 AM   #1
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My wife and I are starting to make plans for a Spring trip to Texas. I've seen numerous posts by folks who rave about various State parks and campgrounds in Texas. If you're willing to take the time, I would welcome suggestions of places that are a must-see in the Lone Star State. I will locate them on my map and work out an itinerary for a 4 to 6-week trip. Thanks in advance!

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Old 09-16-2016, 09:33 AM   #2
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Just got back from Garner State park. Nice place. If you don't like being in the crowd suggest you start in the Live Oak section. Water was cool but it was great. Have fun
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Old 09-16-2016, 10:27 AM   #3
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If you're in Texas mid-April, you can stay in/around Stonewall and drive the area to see abundant Texas wildflowers. Drive the Willow City Loop and take plenty of pictures. Drive to see Hamilton Pool. It is great although one must walk down the side of the hill to see the pool and hike back up to your ride. Go earlier in the day to ensure a parking spot.
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Old 09-16-2016, 12:54 PM   #4
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The good thing about Texas is that you can drive for five hours and it's like being in a different country. Everything from pine forest to canyons to hills to coastline.

We do almost exclusively state parks here and find them fairly nice and inexpensive compared to some private campgrounds...MUCH better than KOA and the like. What you get varies by size and location but a little research on google will usually get you a good idea of how it looks. Also, check out the park website for pricing and site specifics.

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Our favorites are Tyler, Pedernales, Martin Dies Jr., Huntsville, and Brazos Bend. We haven't really been very far west or north, so I can't say much about those areas. We like Garner, but hate people....went there for a few days this year because my dad was park hosting for a few months. Just too many people for me (around 400 RV sites + 175 car day use limit). Of course, that was the first of summer.

To keep in mind...reserve online. It'll guarantee you a spot, just not a particular spot. If you find an empty spot that you like better, just call the office and let them know and 95% of the time you can change right there. They'll tell you to stop back by the office after you set up. They'll say that check in/out is 2PM for most places, but I have yet to see them turn anyone away for coming early. You can generally get a spot if one is available any time during the day..I usually come in around 9AM. Also, depending on your needs, not all parks have 50A but most do.

If I were you, I'd also look into getting a State Park Pass since you're looking at several weeks. I can't remember off hand, but it's less than $90 for the year. It'll waive the daily entrance fee (anywhere from $2 - $7 per person depending on the park ) and give you half off the second night campsite four times...so if you visit four different parks on your trip, that's another $40-ish there).

Looks like the uploader might have turned the pics sideways, but the trailer pic is Palmetto over by San Antonio, the rocky/hilly one is Pedernales to the west of there by a few hours and the other is Martin Dies east of Houston nearly to Louisiana.
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Old 09-16-2016, 04:17 PM   #5
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Palo Duro State Park - 15 miles south of Amarillo - is amazing. Unless you are hiking the canyon rim, the sites furthest in are the nicest and are usually avoided by the big boys.

I hope to post pics tonight.

Bring in your food, or at least buy it outside the park before you go in. The store/restaurant inside the park had/has next to nothing in the way of groceries, and the burgers were pretty bad, too.

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If you are going to be here you may want to attend this technical rally. Also the campground at Lajitas is awesome if you want to see Big Bend National Park. The RV sites in the park are not near as nice. If you are a golfer be sure to play the golf course at Lajitas Resort. Info on the Technical Rally
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Old 09-17-2016, 07:28 AM   #7
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Here is a map of all the places I know of to camp. It includes a number of "hunter camp" type places that are rarely used, some places that require a Texas Public Land Use permit and excludes RV parks that do not accept tents. Do double check the location as conditions sometimes change.


https://www.google.com/maps/d/edit?m...iWxt2vrISUNGNU

Guadalupe Mountains NP is my favorite place. Dry camping only and the RV area is just a parking lot. But the scenery and hiking is spectacular. It's close to Carlsbad Caverns NP,, which you might as well visit if you are in the area.
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Palo Duro Canyon is Great. Also Caprock Canyon, where the State Bison herd live.


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My wife and I are starting to make plans for a Spring trip to Texas. I've seen numerous posts by folks who rave about various State parks and campgrounds in Texas. If you're willing to take the time, I would welcome suggestions of places that are a must-see in the Lone Star State. I will locate them on my map and work out an itinerary for a 4 to 6-week trip. Thanks in advance!

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What are you looking to do? We have lots of different activities but knowing what you are after will help narrow it down.

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Just remember that the eastern and costal parts of Texas are flat and forested or wooded. Much of the rest is flat agricultural land or prairie and desert.

The hill country (east of I-35) and the mountains in the west are the more visited camping tourist places. Texas state parks tend to book up early. Make sure to try the CoE and other federal campgrounds if you can't get a site in a state park you want to visit.

If you want to go to Enchanted Rock natural area, and I do recommend that, the campground there has walk in sites only. Stay at the Oxford Camp Ranch near Llano (RV sites or primitive camping all over the ranch). Get to E-Rock early on the weekends because it fill up. Lost Maples state natural area, another great place, has good camping but also fills up on the weekend.

Since you have some flexibility, do the opposite of what the locals do and hit the parks on the weekdays and the cities on the weekend.
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