Originally Posted by kskwash
Glad to hear it. We are from Texas also, so we have been trying different state parks and such, learning as we go. We are headed to Bastrop State Park in a few weeks. Any ones that you could recomend ?
Texas State Parks huh? 1st thing though you need to buy the State Park Pass. This costs around $75 and is good for a year. It waves the park fees for all occupants of your vehicle for any state park. It will pay for itself in just a few camping trips. Buy it on your 1st trip at the park you go to.
I can recommend a few Texas SPs and here they are in no particular order:
Lake Somerville SP - Nails Creek Unit (there are 2 parks on the lake, I prefer this one)
Huntsville SP (although with this one wait until you get very comfortable pulling your trailer, there are some real tight spots there, you may even want to scout it out first)
Guadalupe River SP near Spring Branch (we’ll be there 4-13 Aug)
Mustang Island SP in Corpus (we’ll be there 13-17 Aug, the sites aren’t the best but it is on the beach)
McKinney Falls SP in Austin
Lake Mineral Wells SP in Mineral Wells
Dinosaur Valley SP in Glen Rose (this one is cool because of the Dino tracks)
Cedar Hill SP South of Dallas (beautiful place but since it’s so close to DFW it’s busier than heck)
Lake Ray Roberts SP (there are 2 there, either one but I prefer the Northern one)
Rusk SP (another tight one but not as tight as Huntsville SP)
Kerville City Park (use to be a State Park)
Inks Lake SP near Burnet
Palo Duro Canyon SP near Amarillo and Canyon
Caprock Canyons SP near Silverton
Davis Mountains SP near Ft. Davis
Fort Richardson SP in Jacksboro
These are just the ones I can think of right now that I would recommend. I’ve been to others that I wouldn’t go to again. What I like to do when I’m staying at a park is scout out the parks that are nearby for future reference. I’ll get a map of the park and mark the sites that I like on a number scale of 1-3 with 1 being the best and 3 being acceptable (as in we can get the trailer in). Another thing to keep in mind about Texas State Parks is most of the sites are back-in and most are a blind-side back-in. Practice blind-side backing as that’s what you will be doing most in Texas. Also, most Texas SPs do not have sewer hookups. A wise investment is one of those towable grey water tanks; I carry a 35 gallon with me everywhere.