camping near houston

Thinking about planning a camping trip? Give your kids the nostalgia of childhood and enjoy the great outdoors as a family. There’s no need to drive for hours and hours- Houston has plenty of nearby parks for you to set up camp.

Don’t wait to camp in a tent? Many of these campsites also have lodges or allow RV camping. RVShare is a great service that lets you rent an RV directly from owners so you can enjoy camping in comfort with your whole family without the expense of owning an RV.

Read more below for our list of Where to Go Camping in and near Houston:

 

Brazos Bend State Park

Enjoy hiking, biking, nature walks, and horseback riding at this state park and great place to go camping near Houston. They offer campsites, screened shelters, and cabins. Primitive campsites without electricity start at $12 and with electricity begins at $20 and up. The entrance fee is $7 per person and free for kids 12 and under.

Advanced reservations are required right now due to the pandemic. Additionally, face coverings are recommended but not required, and gathers of groups larger than 10 people are prohibited, except for families or groups living in the save household.

You can reserve a campsite online via their website.

 

Galveston Island State Park

Here, you can swim, bird watch, hike, mountain bike, and go paddling. Campsites start at $15 or you can rent a lodge starting at $200 a night. Entrance fees are $5 per person and free for kids under 12.

Advanced reservations are required right now due to the pandemic. Additionally, face coverings are recommended but not required, and gathers of groups larger than 10 people are prohibited, except for families or groups living in the save household.

You can reserve a campsite online via their website.

 

Lake Livingston State Park

Camp lakeside at Lake Livingston. You can swim, go boating, hike and bike, and more. Entrance fees are $5 for everyone over the age of 12. Camping options include tent sites, screened shelters, and more, starting at $10.

Advanced reservations are required right now due to the pandemic. Additionally, face coverings are recommended but not required, and gathers of groups larger than 10 people are prohibited, except for families or groups living in the save household.

You can reserve a campsite online via their website.

 

Lone Star JellyStone

Jellystone Park really puts all others to shame- this is a Houston-area campground and water park all in one. Rates aren’t cheap but you can play all day in their amazing pools, lazy rivers, water slides, and more. They also have a fishing lake, a golf course, sports arenas, and more. Campsites start at $42 per night and admission to the park is not included. It’s located just 35 miles outside of Houston.

Book your campsite online via their website.

 

Splashway Water Park & Campground

This water park has a variety of camping options from cabins to cottages to RV sites and more. Basic camp sites start at $40 per night. They also have hike and bike trails, catch and release fishing, sports, games, and more. Water park admission is a separate fee.

In response to the pandemic, they’ve taken a number of steps to disinfect all community areas and provide a safe environment for visitors.

Book your campsite online.

 

Stephen F Austin State Park

Stay on the banks of the Brazos River, see the wildlife, explore their trails, and check out the local history. Admission is $5 for people over age 12. The most primitive camp sites begin at $10.

Advanced reservations are required right now due to the pandemic. Additionally, face coverings are recommended but not required, and gathers of groups larger than 10 people are prohibited, except for families or groups living in the save household.

You can reserve a campsite online via their website.

 

Sea Rim State Park

If the beach is more your thing, the 5 miles of beach-side camping should do the trick. Enjoy fishing, birding, kayaking, and more. Admission is $3 for people 13 and older. Campsites are $10 a night and cabins are available.

Advanced reservations are required right now due to the pandemic. Additionally, face coverings are recommended but not required, and gathers of groups larger than 10 people are prohibited, except for families or groups living in the save household.

You can reserve a campsite online via their website.

 

Huntsville State Park

The East Texas Piney Woods are waiting for you. Admission for those 13 and older is $7 per day which gets you access to fishing, swimming, canoeing, and more. Campsites, screened in shelters, and cabins are available starting at $15.

Advanced reservations are required right now due to the pandemic. Additionally, face coverings are recommended but not required, and gathers of groups larger than 10 people are prohibited, except for families or groups living in the save household.

You can reserve a campsite online via their website.

 

Lake Houston Wilderness Park (Overnight camping is temporarily closed until further notice)

This is the only place inside the Houston Parks & Recreation Department where you can camp overnight! You can hike and bike for over 20 miles, kayak on the creek, or go horseback riding. Entrance is $3 for everyone over 12. Campsites for up to 8 people start at $7 per night.

 

Do you know of any other awesome camping spots in or around Houston? Tell us all the details in the comments below: