Must-See Texas State Parks
As you might have already read, our family decided to get a camper in the spring of 2018. Since then, we have traveled to quite a few Texas State Parks and plan to visit more in the future. We live in the Dallas-Forth Worth area and have three children so we don’t like to stray too far from home. It can be stressful taking long trips with kids, so the shorter the better! Luckily, Texas has some pretty nice places to explore that we didn’t know about before we got our travel trailer! Most of them aren’t too far from home which makes them great options for our family!
Our first trip in our camper was to Dinosaur Valley State Park located in Glen Rose, TX. It was a great first journey to get some experience towing and setting up our travel trailer. It took about 2 hours to get there from where we live and the drive wasn’t too bad with kids (one was 1.5 at the time). We went in March so it was still kind of chilly outside but was perfect hiking weather! Dinosaur Valley was a beautiful area and the RV park we stayed at had a playground and access to Paluxy River right across the street!
Our trip to Lake Bob Sandlin was the second journey we made in our camper. We stayed at an RV park RIGHT on the lake, and it was BEAUTIFUL. The water was pretty clear and was shallow enough for me and the kids to wade through. It was also a great spot for my son and husband to go fishing. The hikes we did here were nice and shady with great scenery and easy for young kids.
Our next journey was to Concan, TX to Garner State Park. We also were lucky enough to visit Lost Maples State Park too. Lost Maples was only about a 40 minute drive from the RV park we were staying at so we decided to visit it while we were there. The RV park, Garner and Lost Maples did not disapoint! They all had great scenery and hiking trails and we thoroughly enjoyed our time there.
Inks Lake State Park
Inks Lake State Park is located in Burnet, TX and was one of my favorite trips thus far. We stayed at an RV park that was right on Lake Buchanan and it had a private little swimming area great for the kids! The hiking areas at Inks Lake State Park were outstanding which made it worth the almost 4 hour drive to get there.
We recently visited Lake Whitney State Park. We actually stayed at the park for this trip and the campsite was great! It was very spacious and had a fire pit and covered picnic table. There was enough space for our camper, two tents and three vehicles. There was a little trail down to the lake right behind our site that the kids spent most of their time at. The fire pit was great and we had a fire going every night. We also enjoyed hiking, fishing and a little swimming (just the kids) on this trip!
Side note, if you aren’t staying at the actual state park that you’re planning to visit and you’re just planning to get a day pass, make sure to purchase the pass in advance. State parks have a visitor limit and during busy seasons fill up quickly! You wouldn’t want to get there and not be allowed in and you wouldn’t want to have to wait in long lines at the gates either.
Have you visited any of these parks? What were your experiences and which one was your favorite? I’d love to know in the comments below!