With all these considerably cold temperatures and feet of snow that are plaguing the nation right now, are you all ready for warmth and sunshine? Well if you plan on making a trip down to Texas this winter to warm up, you may be looking for a place to camp. We’ve got a list of the 7 best winter camping sites in Texas to make your search a little easier.
- Lake Bob Sandlin State Park-
Located in Northeastern Texas, Lake Bob Sandlin State Park is a wonderful place to camp in the winter. It is the perfect campground for Eagle spotting. Hundreds of Eagles fly south for the winter and they like to find home here, possibly because the fishing is so great. The lake is fully stocked with largemouth bass, spotted bass, and bluegill. Camping is available on a first come first served basis on their 16 primitive sites, but they also have 75 campsites with water and electric hookups for your RV. There are a handful of campsites right along the lake, and with temperatures in the high 60’s, its not a bad place to park.
- Palo Duro Canyon State Park-
Located in the Texas panhandle, this state park offers spectacular views of the Grand Canyon-like rock formations. Visitors can hike, bike and horseback ride through the many canyons. There are numerous caves to explore and “hoodoos” or rock towers that offer perfect climbing platforms. The campsites are located in designated areas but offer a one-of-a-kind camping experience in “The Grand Canyon of Texas”.
- Padre Island National Seashore-
Located along the Gulf Coast, Padre Island National Seashore is a highly visited area for tourists. Its spectacular views of the Gulf, ample water sport activities, and warm waters bring people in from all over, year round. Visitors can camp right next to the beach and not worry about cold winds since the Gulf is a wonderful 80 degrees in the winter. Activities include sea kayaking, fishing, parasailing, jet skiing and other fun water sports that you can rent from marine water sport companies close to camp. Padre Island National Seashore is also home to many nesting sea turtles and the winter is the time when you can witness many of the little darling hatch and make their way to the Gulf.
- Colorado Bend State Park-
Located about an hour and a half southwest of Austin, Colorado Bend State Park is for the adventurer. There are a multitude of activities for all within the park’s boundaries. When the weather cooperates in the winter there are numerous biking trails for mountain biking; the towering rock formations offer great opportunity for rappelling; and there are tours offered throughout the caves. One of the most spectacular places to visit within the park is the Gorman Falls. This is a 65 foot waterfall that flows year-round. Camping in the park is available in designated campgrounds.
- Big Bend National Park-
A well-known state park, it is one of the most visited. Located in the western part of Texas, Big Bend National Park runs 114 miles along the Rio Grande River, offering the best of both activities on the water and activities on land. Visitors to the park can kayak and canoe on the rivers and streams and take day hikes through the valleys and canyons. Many people enjoy the picturesque scenic drives and scoping out the sand dunes. You’ll also encounter many different species of animals, of which there are 4,000 that inhabit the park. The campsites at Big Bend range from primitive campsites located 8,000 feet up and are only accessible by hiking; to campsites with hookups closer to the park’s entrance.
- Raintree RV Park – Rockport, TX
Located in the popular destination of Rockport, the Raintree RV Park is a great place to park your RV and take in the sights and sounds of the region. Rockport has access to various activities such as boating, fishing, swimming, and birdwatching. With the Oyster Fest and a wine festival in town, planning your trip around Rockport’s many fairs and festivals is a seasonal must!
- Canyon Lake RV Park-
An excellent location with 80 miles of shoreline is located just upstream from the Guadalupe River. With plenty of nearby attraction, Canyon Lake RV Resort is a one stop destination for lots of south Texas coolest attractions! Explore South Padre Island, Texas Butterfly Festival, or The Gladys Porter Zoo. Plan your trip around these festivals to really maximize the activities from your winter RV trip!
Texas’s climate is definitely more inviting than the frigid temperatures of the northern states. Pack up your RV and head to one of these 5 great winter camping sites.
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