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25 Secluded Texas Camping Spots Worth a Weekend Trip 

Nothing beats bonfires, beautiful views and secluded Texas scenes. Here are 25 our favorite spots to pitch a tent, get away from the city and enjoy some seclusion within driving distance of San Antonio.
Guadalupe Mountains National Park
Salt Flat, 79847, nps.gov/gumo/index.htm
Hike or bike over 13 miles of trails. Swim or go horseback riding and enjoy your time camping to the fullest.
Photo via Instagram, joshst3wart
Eisenhower State Park
50 Park Road 20, Denison, tpwd.texas.gov/state-parks/eisenhower
Not to be confused with Eisenhower off 1604, Eisenhower State Park is located in Denison and offers a plethora of outdoor adventures. Photo via Instagram, rlmegan
Inks Lake State Park
3630 Park Road 4 W, Burnet, 78611, tpwd.texas.gov/state-parks/inks-lake
Only two hours away, Inks Lake provides a great space for folks to swim, water ski, scuba dive rent paddle boats and hike over three miles of trails.
Photo via Instagram, aintnofountainhigh
Davis Mountain State Park
TX-118, Fort Davis, tpwd.texas.gov/state-parks/davis-mountains
Five-and-a-half hours away, you’ll find both trails and tranquility at Davis Mountain State Park.
Photo via Instagram, _alexpelham
Ray Roberts Lake State Park
100 P W 4137, Pilot Point, tpwd.texas.gov/state-parks/ray-roberts-lake
Escape the business of San Antonio and spend some time out at Ray Roberts Lake State Park, just an hour north of the Dallas-Forth Worth metroplex.
Photo via Instagram, whyrdz
Cleburne State Park
5800 Park Rd 21, Cleburne, tpwd.texas.gov/state-parks/cleburne
The 528-acre state park offers a ton of room for campers looking for some peace and privacy. Photo via Instagram, drewshakalaka
Colorado Bend State Park
Located in Bend, tpwd.texas.gov/state-parks/colorado-bend
For folks who like fishing, caving, hiking, paddling, bird watching and cave tours — Colorado Bend State Park is the place for you.
Photo via Instagram, jay_brazo
Big Thicket National Preserve
6044 FM 420, Kountze, nps.gov/bith/index.htm
The five-hour drive to Big Thicket National Preserve may be long, but the seclusion, ideal bird-watching spots and the hiking paths make it totally worth it.
Photo via Instagram, doris_dee_exploris
Mustang Island State Park
17047 TX-361, Port Aransas, 78373, tpwd.texas.gov/state-parks/mustang-island
Who doesn’t love camping at the beach? Hang out in the sun, picnic, fish and or kayak for a great time.
Photo via Instagram, cateckert
Palo Duro Canyon State Park
11450 Park Road, Canyon, tpwd.texas.gov/state-parks/palo-duro-canyon
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.
Photo via Instagram, travel_mex
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Big Bend National Park
Big Bend National Park, 79384, nps.gov/bibe/index.htm
What can’t you do at Big Bend? Recognized as one of the best national parks in the country, backpack, hike or rock climb around Big Bend and find peace in the seclusion.
Photo via Instagram, asteger
Caprock Canyons State Park
850 Caprock Canyon Park Road, Quitaque
We promise that the six-hour drive will be totally worth it.Hike, go horseback riding or just enjoy being away from the city.
Photo via Instagram, im_collintheshots
Davy Crockett National Forest
18551 Texas 7, Kennard .facebook.com/Davy-Crockett-National-Forest/
Find yourself immersed in nature at Davy Crockett National Forest and enjoy the peace and quiet.
Photo via Instagram, inspire_texas_now
Dinosaur Valley State Park
1629 Park Road 59, Glen Rose, 76043, tpwd.texas.gov/state-parks/dinosaur-valley
What could be cooler than campring right where dinosaurs once roamed?
Photo via Instagram, lys.theadventurist
Possum Kingdom State Park
3901 St. Park Road 33, Caddo, tpwd.texas.gov/state-parks/possum-kingdom
Besides being the name of the classic Toadies song, Possum Kingdom is a scenic little spot that offers a plethora of adventurous outings.
Photo via Instagram, mrmarkz
Padre Island National Seashore
20420 Park Road, Corpus Christi, nps.gov/pais/index.htm Considered the “longest stretch of undeveloped barrier island in the world,” by the National park Service, Padre Island National Seashore separates the gulf of Mexico from the Laguna Madre is one of our favorite spots when we need to get away. https://www.instagram.com/p/BQvk_QGlhFp/?taken-at=235655476
Enchanted Rock State Natural Area
16710 Ranch Road, Fredericksburg, tpwd.texas.gov/state-parks/enchanted-rock
Enchanted rock: land of the magical, mystical and well, enchanted, as the Texas Parks and Wildlife puts it. Explore the 11 miles of hiking and be glad you’re not stuck inside the city.
Photo via Instagram, taaylurr2
Krause Springs
404 Krause Springs Road, Spicewood, (830) 693-4181, krausesprings.net
The camp site at Krause Springs Natural area allows RV hook-ups and tent camping on a first-come, first-site basis — get there early and enjoy splashing around in the cool springs.
Photo via Instagram, mellamokeanu
Garner State Park
234 RR 1050, Concan, 78838, tpwd.texas.gov/state-parks/garner
Ok, so Garner State Park might not be the most secluded camping place (it can get kind of packed in the summer) but head to the campsites during the off season and you’ll find the park all to yourself. Families looking to get away from the city don’t have to drive far to get out of town.
Photo via Instagram, alejandra_073
Hueco Tanks
El Paso, tpwd.texas.gov/state-parks/hueco-tanks
Hueco Tanks is a rock climber’s paradise. Sure, the drive might be 8 miles, but we guarantee you won’t be disappointed.
Photo via Instagram, wildmonkeyclimbing
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Lake Mineral Wells State Park & Trailway
100 Park Road 71, Mineral Wells, tpwd.texas.gov/state-parks/lake-mineral-wells
Set up camp at Lake Mineral Wells State Park and hike, mountain bike or rock climb your way through the park and trailway. Photo via Instagram, txstateparkambassadors
Lockhart State Park
2012 State Park Road, Lockhart, tpwd.texas.gov/state-parks/lockhart
When the work week’s got you begging for a quick escape, Lockhart park is only an hour’s drive from San Antonio and provides everything you need for a relaxing time.
Photo via Instagram, lexburnett
Lost Maples State Natural Area
37221 FM 187, Vanderpool, (830) 966-3413, tpwd.texas.gov/state-parks/lost-maplesIf you’re looking to escape the city without having to go too far, Lost Maples is a perfect camping spot less than two hours away. Photo via Instagram, coffeeintrees
McKinney Falls State Park
5808 McKinney Falls Parkway, tpwd.texas.gov/state-parks/mckinney-falls
Hike around Onion Creek, go mountain biking and swim in this little slice of secluded heaven only two hours away from San Antonio.
Photo via Instagram, annaleigh_11
Pedernales Falls State Park
2585 Park Road 6026 Johnson City, tpwd.texas.gov/state-parks/pedernales-falls
Pedernales Falls State Park is a great an secluded camping spot only 1.5 hours outside of town. Plus, furry friends are welcome.
Photo via Instagram, megfrankson
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Guadalupe Mountains National Park
Salt Flat, 79847, nps.gov/gumo/index.htm
Hike or bike over 13 miles of trails. Swim or go horseback riding and enjoy your time camping to the fullest.
Photo via Instagram, joshst3wart
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