Any recommendations for campsites where dogs are allowed? Location doesn't really matter, but it would be nice to stay at a site where you don't turn around and stumble into someone else's tent. :)
So the boy and I were going to go to Sabine Mon-Weds, but there is a thunderstorm brewing those days. I realize it's spring break and most places will be packed to the brim, but what other camp grounds are there that don't take reservations ahead of time that we could try out?
Thanks so much.
I used to go camping with the fam when I was little, and a bit in high school, but haven't camped in a few years.
Anyway, not too long ago the boyfriend and I bought a tent, sleeping pads, and some other camping gear, and decided we want to go camping again sometime, perhaps this spring or summer.
So, what are suggestions of good parks for camping beginners that are relatively quiet and scenic. Waterscapes a plus.
We live in NW San Antonio.
How cold does it have to get before you'll call off a camping trip?
I don't call for rain unless it's in a flood-friendly (aka bad) zone and there aren't any higher areas as alternatives.
My husband and I have been camping in a lot of places in Texas. Let's see if I can remember them all.
1. Enchanted Rock- great climbing and hiking, good shelter from the rain, fairly well improved but you have to bring your own water.
2. Krause Springs- excellent in the summer when it's really hot. Great swimming hole and spring-fed swimming pool. Sites have fire pits. Great for group camping. Close to Austin.
3. Pace Bend- good swimming and climbing. Can be a party place. Not much improved camping but very cheap. The rangers are not helpful and the park can be confusing if you don't get a map.
4. Lost Maples- pretty good trails, decent camping. Not impressive one way or another, as we missed the leaves turning that year. Drive in is absolutely gorgeous if you come in from Kerrville.
5. Colorado Bend State Park- very close to Austin yet one feels out in the middle of nowhere. Their claims to fame are a waterfall and some caves. The waterfall is impressive for Texas standards. Haven't done the caves. You have to go on those tours with guides. The river is great for swimming although pretty fast in some sections. Toilets are environmentally-friendly outhouses. Hiking is nice, camp spaces are somewhat close together. Also supposedly good for fishing and canoeing.
Overall our favorites are Krause Springs and Enchanted Rock.
In Texas camping season is Sept-Nov and March-June.
We love camping and often take our church group. We also go on our own as a family.
Glad to join the group!
The hubby and I have been camping only a few times, and we've gone out to Inks Lake outside of Burnet every time. The lake is really nice, and they offer "rough" camping (hike to your tent areas, no showers/bathrooms, etc) and more "civilized" options with clean facilities and a not-terribly-overpriced camp store that has everything you could need if you forget something. They also have cabins available, lots of hiking trials with fantastic views, and water sport things like canoe, paddleboat, and kayak rentals. It's a state park, so if you have the annual membership, it's like $5 per person per night.