Texan history, golf, and woodland camping along the Brazos River.
Just an hour from downtown, the riverside suburb of San Felipe makes a strategic spot from which to explore the Houston region. Campers will find a choice of RV parks around town, but the most scenic spot to camp is the Stephen F. Austin State Park on the banks of the Brazos River. Dive into Texas history at the San Felipe de Austin State Historic Site, enjoy forest hikes and bike rides in the 437-acre park, and admire kites and warblers along the riverfront. There’s even an 18-hole golf course right next door.
Houston’s northern suburbs are hemmed in by a green belt of state parks, lakes, and national forests. Camp, hike, and fish at Lake Conroe or Huntsville State Park, explore the sprawling Sam Houston National Forest, or continue north into the adjoining Lake Livingston State Park. Closer to the city, Lake Houston is a popular recreation ground, and you can camp at the lakeside Wilderness Park
Along the Brazos River
South of San Felipe, country campgrounds and RV parks pepper the banks of the Brazos River. The Brazos Bend State Park should be top of the to-do list for fishing and birding enthusiasts, and camping options include primitive sites and an equestrian camp. Further south, the sandy beaches and coastal wetlands of the Gulf Coast are easily reached on a day trip.
West of San Felipe, the Colorado River winds its way to Austin, passing several state parks, lakes, and camping spots. Enjoy fishing, canoeing, and lakeside camping in Buescher State Park, or choose between walk-in campsites, full hookup sites, and cabins in Bastrop State Park. Just 20 minutes from downtown Austin, McKinney Falls State Park is ideal for urban campers looking to escape the crowds.
Camping is possible year-round in San Felipe, but spring and fall bring the most pleasant weather. Summers are scorching in Texas, with daily temperatures averaging 94°F and high humidity—you might want to rethink hiking and tent camping and take your RV to the riverside instead. Migrating birds pass through the Stephen F. Austin State Park in spring and fall, while forest hiking is most scenic against the colorful backdrop of autumn leaves.