The State of Texas may not be the first place that comes to your mind when you hear the words “summer tent camping” but perhaps it should. The state has camping areas with superlative access to water activities and cool caverns. Here’s a synopsis on five of the best ones:
Kickapoo Cavern State Park
Kickapoo Cavern State Park is located outside of Brackettville. It features hike-in, rustic campsites with access to fire rings and picnic tables. If you love undeveloped caves as much as I do, this park is a must see. There are over 10 known caves onsite and each one has its own peculiarities. Access to the caves requires the use of a guide. Wild caving tours, flashlight tours and Mexican free-tailed bat observation opportunities are available onsite. The park also offers excellent opportunities for hiking and biking. Campsite fees vary.
Sea Rim State Park
Sea Rim State Park is located outside of Sabine Pass. It features primitive, hike-in campsites with beach access. In my opinion, it’s the unspoiled nature of the park that makes it a stand out for tent camping. The downside is that the area has a tendency to get hit hard during the hurricane season. As such, the condition of the beach varies. Sometimes the beach is free of man-made debris and other times it’s not. On a good day, shell collecting can prove to be productive. Campers may typically expect to pay at least $10 for a campsite.
Mustang Island State Park
Mustang Island State Park is located outside of Corpus Christi. It features both primitive and partially improved campsites in a beach setting. The swimming, boating and wildlife viewing opportunities are incredible depending on when you visit. Sometimes the seaweed and jellyfish activity can be heavy. Personally, I don’t mind the seaweed. It’s the jellyfish that I can do without. I would definitely suggest that campers check out the Shamrock Loop section of the paddling trail. The pristine sand bars and abundant water fowl along the route provide stunning views. Campsite fees start at $10 per night.
Enchanted Rock State Natural Area
Enchanted Rock State Natural Area is located outside of Fredericksburg. It features hike-in campsites and incredible hiking trails. The rock climbing, hiking and photography opportunities are top notch. How could they not be with so much pink granite and unique, vernal pools at a person’s disposal? There are well over 35 climbing areas to choose from. I also like the fact that the park has telescope areas where campers can get a better view of the serene, night-time skies. Campsite rates start at $12 per night.
Lake Mineral Wells State Park and Trailway
Lake Mineral Wells State Park and Trailway is located outside of Mineral Wells. It features hike-in, drive-in and equestrian campsites, some of which are partially improved. The park offers outstanding opportunities for rock climbing, swimming and other water related activities. It also features an onsite amphitheater where campers may catch a bit of entertainment. Bridle paths and walking trails are available too. Campsite rates start at $10 per night.
Killeen Gonzalez enjoys summer sports and recreation with her family. She has also traveled extensively.
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