Texas, the first thing that comes to mind to most people when someone says USA. Being the 2nd largest state in the United States of America it has plenty of places to go camping! You can enjoy camping in the mountains in west Texas, or if you want nothing to do with hilly, mountainous terrain, east Texas is the place for you.
Tyler State Park
Tyler State Park, located in east Texas just outside of Dallas is a beautiful forest filled to the brim with activities! Here in Tyler you can camp, hike or rent a boat from the park to relax and take in the views.
If you come to Tyler State Park to camp you can either camp in a tent, book a cabin for a weekend getaway, or stay in a screened shelter. During the day you can rent a boat and venture out onto the water, indulging yourself in the pinewood forest views, or cast out your fishing rod and catch a trophy bass to show off to family and friends.
Tyler also offers hiking, with 13 miles of trails, you can either do this on foot or grab your bike and get your adrenaline pumping! While you’re on the trails don’t forget to get out your smartphone and head over to their Geocache hunting website, or if you wish you can install their app.
Geocaches are little hidden canisters they camouflage for you to hunt for with your kids. Tyler state park is a great place to go for some local camping fun if it’s close by.
Davis Mountains State Park
If Tyler State Park is too far, or you’re looking to camp in the mountains, you can head on over to Davis Mountains State Park! While you’re here feel free to take part in many activities they host, such as camping, horseback riding, hiking or mountain biking.
Davis offers a variety of camping options, like equestrian camping, lodging or you can stay with your tent at a campsite of your choice. After you’ve set up camp, you can begin your stay here with some well-kept trails such as the Skyline Drive Trail, or if you brought your horse, get ready to enjoy over 11 miles of horseback riding trails for campers like you!
If you’re looking for something more tranquil you can head on over to one of their bird blinds. The bird blinds have water and feeding stations so you don’t have to wait too long to see a little action! As your day draws to an end, you can head back to your campsite and stargaze, as this park offers one of the best clear sky views in east Texas.
Lake Mineral Wells State Park and Trailway
For the people who live in north Texas, don’t fret! There is a beautiful connection of lakes called Lake Mineral Wells State Park and Trailway. Here you can camp, hike, boat, rock climb, or ride your horses along over 20 miles of trails.
If you came here on a weekend camping trip you can visit a campsite with your tent, or stay in one of their screened shelters. After you’ve chosen the best place for you to sleep, you can head over to Penitentiary Hollow, one of the only rock climbing places that are natural!
But if you’re looking to rock climb make sure the weather is dry, as rock climbing when it is wet is not allowed for your safety! Lake Minerals also offers hiking, they have 12.8 miles dedicated to tails for hiking without horses. If you’re here for fun or for a challenge they have it all.
After a day of hiking, climbing and boating you can always get out your binoculars and scour the landscape looking for the vast variety of wildlife before you hit the hay, ending a perfect day in the outdoors.