30 Texas Camping Spots for You to Explore This Year 

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Get out of the hustle and bustle of your daily life and go relax with the great outdoors. Whether you're looking for a quick weekend trip that's close by or an adventure that's far away, we've found a place that's calling your name. Start planning your camping getaway and check out some of the activities these great places have to offer.  
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Inks Lake State Park

3630 Park Rd 4 W, Burnet, TX 78611
Distance from San Antonio: 106 miles, 2 hours
Things to do: Swim, boat, water ski, scuba dive and fish. Rent paddle boats, canoes, kayaks or hike the 3.3-mile trails.

Photo via Instagram/burns24ricky

Mustang Island

P. O. Box 326, Port Aransas, TX 78373
Distance from San Antonio: 168 miles, 2.5 hours
Things to do: Hang out at the beach, picnic, fish, mountain bike, kayak, bird watch and geocache.

Photo via Instagram/laureninadventureland

Caprock Canyons State Park & Trailway

850 Caprock Canyon Park Road, Quitaque, TX 79255
Distance from San Antonio: 430 miles, 6.5 hours
Things to do: hiking, wildlife watching, horseback riding, mountain biking, fishing, swimming and guided tours.

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Pace Bend Park

2011 Pace Bend Rd N, Spicewood, TX 78669
Distance from San Antonio:105 miles, 2 hours
Things to do: hike, mountain bike, horseback riding, swim and rock climb.

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Big Thicket National Preserve

6044 FM 420, Kountze, TX 77625
Distance from San Antonio: 295 miles, 4-5 hours
Things to do: hike, birdwatch, canoe and kayak.

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Possum Kingdom State Park

3901 St Park Rd 33, Caddo, TX 76429
Distance from San Antonio: 286 miles, 5 hours
Things to do:Hike, bike, geocache, swim, boat, water ski, scuba dive, snorkel and fish.

Photo via Instagram/monkeymashbutton

Lockhart State Park

4179 State Park Rd, Lockhart, TX 78644
Distance from San Antonio: 70 miles, 1 hour
Things to do:swim, picknic, fish, hiking, nature study and play at the nine-hole golf course.

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Sam Houston National Forest

8096 FM 2782, Nacogdoches, TX 75964
Distance from San Antonio: 245 miles, 3.5 hours
Things to do: Fishing, hiking, bicycling and wildlife viewing.

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Angelina National Forest

Lufkin, Texas
Distance to San Antonio:330 miles, 5.5 hours
Things to do: Hike the 5.5 mile Sawmill Trail, fish, boat and water skiing.

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Bastrop State Park

100 Park Rd 1-A, Bastrop, TX 78602
Distance to San Antonio: 95 miles, 1.5-2 hours
Things to do:mountain bike, hike, fish, 12-mile scenic drive

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Palmetto State Park

78 Park Rd 11 S, Gonzales, TX 78629
Distance from San Antonio: 65 miles, 1 hour
Things to do: swim, tube, fish, canoe, pedal boat, bike, hike, bird watch and geocache.

Photo via Instagram/laurenbattershell

Colorado Bend State Park

Bend, TX 76824
Distance from San Antonio: 145 miles, 2.5 hours
Things to do: mountain bike, hike, caving, fish, swim, paddling, bird and wildlife watching and cave tours.

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Davis Mountain State Park

TX-118, Fort Davis, TX 79734
Distance from San Antonio: 400 miles, 5.5. hours
Things to do: Take a scenic drive through the mountains, hike, backpack, horseback riding and geocache.

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Cedar Hill State Park

1570 West FM 1382, Cedar Hill, TX 75104
Distance from San Antonio: 265 miles, 4 hours
Things to do:hike, bike, picnic, geocache, swim and nature watch. Off the marina you can fish and boat.

Photo via Instagram/ cedarhillstatepark

Hueco Tanks State Park & Historic Site

El Paso, Texas
Distance from San Antonio: 555 miles, 8 hours
Things to do: Great spot for rock climbing, self-guided tours, hike, bird watch, stargaze and view pictographs and petroglyphs.

Photo via Instagram/jmeyer422

Lake Colorado City State Park

4582 Farm to Market 2836, Colorado City, TX 79512
Distance from San Antonio: 295 miles, 4.5 hours
Things to do:fish, hike, geocache, bird watching, swim, kayak and canoe.

Photo via Instagram/Ridwell

Palo Duro Canyon State Park

11450 Park Road 5, Canyon, TX 79015
Distance from San Antonio: 500 miles, 7.5 hours
Things to do: There's over 30 miles to hike, mountain bike and go horseback riding. During the summer, catch "TEXAS" an outdoor musical drama, which runs at the Pioneer Amphitheater in the park.

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Port Aransas

Port Aransas, Texas
Distance from Texas: 160 miles, about 3 hours
Things to do:Chill super hard at the beach, hike along the shore and still be close to the town.

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Tyler State Park

789 Park Rd 16, Tyler, TX 75706
Distance from San Antonio: 360 miles, 5.5 hours
Things to do:boat, fish, swim in the lake, hike, mountain bike, picnic, geocahce and bird watch.

Photo via Instagram/laalmiux

McKinney Falls State Park

5808 McKinney Falls Parkway, Austin, TX 78744
Distance from San Antonio: 90 miles, 1.5 hours
Things to do: hike, mountain or road bike, geocahce, go bouldering, fish, swim and picnic.

Photo via Instagram/melissagarzaphotography
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Dinosaur Valley State Park

1629 Park Rd 59, Glen Rose, TX 76043
Distance from San Antonio:216 miles, about 4 hours
Things to do:find dinosaur tracks, hike, mountain bike, swim, fish, geocache, ride horses and visit the interpretive center.

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Enchanted Rock

16710 Ranch Rd. 965, Fredericksburg, TX 78624
Distance from San Antonio 87 miles, 1.5 hours
Things to do: Climb the massive pink granite dome, backpack, rock climb, picnic, bird watch geocache and stargaze.

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Government Canyon State Natural Area

12861 Galm Rd, San Antonio, TX 78254
Distance from San Antonio: 30 minutes from Downtown San Antonio.

Things to do: Hike and bike over 40 miles of trails, picnic, trail run and geocache. Take advantage of the monthly hiking programs.
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Big Bend National Park

Distance from San Antonio:410 miles, 5.5 hours
Things to do: Hike, backpack, rock climb, go for a scenic drive, take a river tripe. The list goes on and on.

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Garner State Park

234 RR 1050, Concan, TX 78838
Distance from San Antonio: 95 miles, about 2 hours
Things to do:geocache, hike, tube, swim, play mini-golf, canoe and fish.

Photo via Instagram/ericcortez23

Pedernales Falls State Park

2585 Park Road 6026, Johnson City, TX 78636
Distance from San Antonio: 75 miles, 1.5 hours
Things to do:swim, hike, mountain bike and go horseback riding.

Photo via Instagram/Brucebanner_thabully

Lost Maples State Natural Area

37221 F.M. 187, Vanderpool, TX 78885
Distance from San Antonio: 95 miles, 1.5 hours
Things to do:backpacking, hiking, swimming and bird-watching.

Photo vis Instagram/rachael_atx

Guadalupe State Park

3350 Park Rd 31, Spring Branch, TX 78070
Distance from San Antonio:37 miles, 45 minutes
Things to do: swim, hike and mountain bike 13 miles of trails, go horseback riding and more.

Photo via Instagram/saadventuresports

Kickapoo Cavern State Park

20939 RM 674, Brackettville, TX 78832
Distance from San Antonio:147 miles, 2.5 hours
Things to do: picnic, hike, mountain biking, bird-watching, cave tours and view evening bat flight.

Photo via Instagram/theriabelle

Lake Mineral Wells State Park

100 Park Rd 71, Mineral Wells, TX 76067
Distance from San Antonio:250 miles, 4.5 hours
Things to do:hike, mountain bike, ride horses, swim, kayak and rock climb.

Photo via Instagram/metalgearedcyclist
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Inks Lake State Park

3630 Park Rd 4 W, Burnet, TX 78611
Distance from San Antonio: 106 miles, 2 hours
Things to do: Swim, boat, water ski, scuba dive and fish. Rent paddle boats, canoes, kayaks or hike the 3.3-mile trails.

Photo via Instagram/burns24ricky