The 4th of July is the best holiday to spend outdoors with friends and family. Fireworks are bursting overhead, the aroma of a grill-master at work is in the air, and kids of all ages are running about with bright, colorful sparklers in their hands. If you are looking to top last year’s fun, this is the year to plan that 4th of July camping trip with friends and family. After all, what’s more American than going camping for the holiday? Check out these scenic campsites Texas has to offer.
Big Bend Ranch State Park
1900 Sauceda Ranch Rd., Presidio, TX 79845
Big Bend is located in west Texas near the U.S. and Mexico border and offers a wide array of activities including hiking, mountain biking, horseback riding, paddling and more. The geographically diverse park boasts long stretches of the Rio Grande and the entire Chisos Mountain range is located within its boundaries. Park fees include $3 per day for persons 13 years and older while children 12 years and under are free. The park offers a variety of campsites to choose from and range from $5-$8, nightly. Make sure to get reservations, as they are required.
404 Krause Springs Rd., Spicewood, TX 78669
This family owned and operated Texas oasis in Spicewood boasts beautiful natural and man-made pools and butterfly gardens. With three levels of primitive campsites to choose from and over 32 natural springs throughout the area, Krause Springs is sure to be a favorite spot for anyone. Overnight fees are $14 for persons 12 years and older, $6 for children 4-11 years, and 4 years and younger are free.
Palo Duro Canyon State Park
11450 Park Rd. 5, Canyon, TX 79015
Located in the heart of the Texas Panhandle, Palo Duro Canyon stretches 120 miles long, spans 20 miles wide, and is the second largest canyon in the United States. The canyon park offers more than 30 miles of hiking trails, 1,500 acres of horseback riding trails, and cabin rentals. Make sure to check out the outdoor musical drama, TEXAS, which runs Tuesdays through Sundays. Entrance fees include $5 daily for persons 13 years or older and children 12 and younger are free.
Eisenhower State Park
50 Park Rd. 20, Denison, TX 75020
Eisenhower State Park is nestled around a southern edge of Lake Texoma and provides fun in the sun for all ages. A privately operated marina offers boat rentals and other marina services while hiking, biking and ATV trails provide scenic views. Persons 13 years and older must pay an entrance fee of $5 per day and children 12 years and younger are free.
Colorado Bend State Park
From Bend, follow the signs 4 miles to the park entrance. Main camping and headquarters are six miles past the entrance.
This riverside park is located near Kileen and offers visitors 32 miles of hiking and biking trails, caving, fishing, swimming, paddling and more. Along with kayak rentals, Colorado Bend State Park offers guided tours through wild caves and to Gorman Falls. Entrance fees for persons 13 years and older are $5 daily while children 12 years and younger are free. Various campsite options are available and ranges from $10-$75.