Who doesn’t love a good camping (or glamping) trip? There is so much to do like sleeping under the stars, roasting marshmallows and telling stories around the fire. Luckily, there are many campsites that are just a short drive from the city and with Houston’s mild weather, camping is almost a year-round event. We’ve gathered some of the best places for you to pitch your tent and set up camp.  

Brazos Bend State Park

Located just about 45 miles southwest of Houston, Brazos Bend State Park is a perfect option if you don’t mind sharing the campsite with alligators. This park also has 37 miles of hiking and biking trails, horseback riding and fishing piers. 


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Galveston Island State Park

If you are wanting to feel the sand between your toes, head down the shoreline to Galveston State Park. The park offers four miles of trails and lake-area campsites which means swimming, long walks on the beach and beautiful sunsets on the water. 

Lake Houston Park

Lake Houston Park encompasses 4,786 acres of wooded parkland, approximately 30 minutes north of downtown Houston near New Caney. Activities include hiking and biking on 20 miles of trails, kayaking on creeks and horseback riding on 13 miles of equestrian trails.


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Stephen F. Austin State Park

Just 50 minutes west of Houston, Stephen F. Austin State Park is located along the Brazos River with five miles of hiking and biking trails, a 12-mile nature hike and campsites for all group sizes. 

Huntsville State Park  

When you think of camping, the ambiance of Huntsville State Park is what comes to mind. Here, you can camp, hike, bike and study nature with 21 miles of trails, playgrounds, a bird blind and nature center. Or enjoy some time on Lake Raven with canoes, kayaks, paddle boats and fishing equipment available for rent.