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Unique Camping Destinations

Family Camping: Unique Camping Destinations. June is National Camping month and it’s almost summertime, that means it’s time to get out the camping gear, fishing poles, sunscreen and insect repellent! Check out our list of unique camping destinations for your next family trip.

There’s no better way to relax than to sit outside and hang out with Mother Nature. There was a time when camping trips took place away from home, providing a rare glimpse into a new destination. However, more campers are choosing to stay domestically and travel smaller distances, rather than traveling out of state, or even to a foreign country. The upside of this camping trend is that it gives people the opportunity to rediscover the beauty of their local communities. This includes national parks which always offer a rich camping experience amongst our country’s most beautiful scenery. Whether you’re getting ready for a day trip or a week in the great outdoors, camp in wineries, distilleries, and breweries or stay in pristine rustic campsites closer to home. Whatever you decide, we’ve got just what you need.

4R Ranch Vineyards & Winery
Muenster, TX
Want a weekend of camping, while still having access to award-winning wine? Book a stay at the 4R Campsite (limited RV hookup). The 4R campsite is located near the entrance to the ranch overlooking Camp Creek. The ranch is blessed with undulating topography and bluffs overlooking the Red River Valley.
www.4rwines.com/Visit/Accommodations/4R-Campsite#camp

Tara Winery
Athens, TX
Peaceful, quiet, luxurious, historic, wine country experience. Enjoy tent camping or RV while you wine taste and savor the local produce.
www.tarawinery.com/winery

Brazos Bend State Park
Needville, TX
This park has got plenty of options for activities during your stay. Lots of trails, some of which are even wheelchair friendly. Aside from walking or biking the trails, there’s also the option of horseback riding on one of the multiuse trails.
tpwd.texas.gov/state-parks/brazos-bend

Sea Rim State Park
Jefferson County
In a little under 2- hours you can camp in a little-known beach and marshland getaway. Visitors can prop-up a tent in the sand and kick back and relax near the Gulf. You have the option of campsites with utilities, cabins, and primitive beach camping.
tpwd.texas.gov/state-parks/sea-rim

Lake Somerville State Park & Trailway
Somerville, TX
Located between Austin and Houston, there are few outdoor activities that Lake Somerville State Park doesn’t offer, from hunting, horseback riding, to boating and fishing. There are several overnight options that include primitive, equestrian, regular and horse-friendly campsites
tpwd.texas.gov/state-parks/lake-somerville

Yogi Bear’s Jellystone Park
(various locations)
Probably one of the most renown network of campsites, Yogi Bear’s Jellystone Park™ Camps & Resorts are amazing for the whole family. You can choose from campsites or cabins and enjoy the water amenities and other activities that the location offers. If you have an RV this is a great option for you too.
jellystonehillcountry.com

Tipis on the Guadalupe
New Braunfels, TX
Why not try a tipi experience on a secluded and small New Braunfels property that boasts only 8 tipis of this kind. Each tipi can accommodate up to six guests and the biggest tipi even has a communal tree house game room for your family to enjoy.
www.rezontheguad.com

Galveston Island State Park
Galveston, TX
This park is an island, so as far as camping goes you really can’t go wrong with this option. There is hiking, biking, fishing, bird watching, and lots more. One of the many things that make this island campground unique are the paddle trails. You’ll need to bring your own canoe or kayak because they don’t rent them out.

tpwd.texas.gov/state-parks/galveston-island

 

Other Resources

RV travel and stay at local farms, wineries, and distilleries
You can be hosted on farms or wineries and support small business for a more fun and exclusive experience than simple camping. RVers can have unique overnight stays on family farms, wineries, distilleries, and attractions like museums, not only in Texas but across the country.
https://harvesthosts.com

Experience Exclusive campsites
Thanks to the Hipchamp platform small businesses, like wineries, farms, distilleries, and breweries can rent out their land to campers for a nightly rate or through an annual membership fee.
www.hipcamp.com/en-US

Camp at local Breweries
For breweries that offer onsite stays, take a look at AirbnBeers on www.craftbeer.com.

Camping Apps for Road Trips Across the Country
National Forest Map Locator
www.fs.fed.us/ivm/

Motor Vehicle Use Maps
Specific National Forest area you’re camping in.
www.fs.fed.us/recreation/programs/ohv/ohv_maps.shtml

Free Roam
This desktop and mobile app has some really helpful features.
https://freeroam.app/

Campendium
Awesome camping resource that allows you to search free camping by state.
www.campendium.com/free-camping

 

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