Camping and Lodging
Almost all Texas State Parks have camping and lodging options for you.
We encourage you to turn off your digital devices at our parks! However, that's not always possible. Many parks offer wireless internet access.
Learn to Camp
New to camping? Sign up for a Texas Outdoor Family workshop. You and your family will learn the basic outdoor skills needed to enjoy a great camping trip. No experience is necessary!
Camping Safety and Etiquette
Camping is a great way to enjoy the outdoors and make sure your trip is safe.
- Keep watch on children! You are responsible for the safety of your children. Make sure you know where your kids are and what they are doing.
- Be aware of the natural surroundings. There may be plants with thorns or stickers.
- You are a visitor in wildlife's home. Keep a safe distance from wild animals. Although they may look cute, they are wild and can carry diseases.
- Never feed the wildlife! Feeding wildlife can encourage bad behavior by animals and is against park regulations.
- Be careful with fire. Never leave a fire unattended and be sure your campfire is out when you break camp.
- Axes, knives and saws are useful tools, but be sure you know how to properly use them.
Courteous behavior makes camping more fun for everyone.
- Think about your fellow campers. Keep noise levels down, especially at night.
- Leave the area clean. Pick up your trash and make sure to check the area for items you may have forgotten.
- Keep food out of the reach of animals. Put food items away after use. Raccoons and other animals will take advantage of your carelessness.
- Dispose of wastewater properly. Dumping gray water can pollute waterways and attract unwanted pests.
- Camp in designated campsites. Use a tent pad if provided and keep vehicles on the pavement.
- Leave your campsite cleaner than you found it.
The Seven C's of Camping
- Care - We will care how we camp by being considerate of others.
- Caution - We will use caution in the use of camping equipment both on the road and at the campsite. We will handle fire and flammable fuels so as not to endanger others or ourselves. We will improve our camping skills, knowing the right way is the safest way.
- Courtesy - We will practice politeness because it enhances the camping experience. We will respect the privacy of others, control our children and leash our dogs.
- Cleanliness - We will be clean in our camping habits and teach our children the importance of cleanliness. We will pick up litter no matter who left it and be proud of the campsites we leave behind.
- Cooperation - We will observe the letter and spirit of camping regulations and rules established to protect our enjoyment of the outdoors. We will work cooperatively with others to make it better for everyone.
- Conservation - We will protect the environment in which we enjoy camping and help those whose job it is to guard and wisely manage our country's natural resources. We will endeavor to leave a better outdoors for those who follow us.
- Common Sense - We will apply common sense to every situation, knowing that reason, understanding and humor make camping better for ourselves and others.