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.

Read more below for our list of Where to Go Camping in 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 camp sites, screened shelters, and cabins. Primitive camp sites without electricity start at $12 and with electricity begins at $20. The entrance fee is $7 per person and free for kids 12 and under.

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.

Lake Houston Wilderness Park

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.

Lake Livingston

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.


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