The best camping near Galveston Island State Park

Discover the most magical spots to pitch your tent or park your rig on your next Galveston Island State Park adventure.

The best camping near Galveston Island State Park

Discover the most magical spots to pitch your tent or park your rig on your next Galveston Island State Park adventure.

Camping near Galveston Island State Park

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Discover the most magical spots to pitch your tent or park your rig on your next Galveston Island State Park adventure.

Enjoy both bay and beach at this oasis with plenty of outdoor recreation.  

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Top-rated campgrounds near Galveston Island State Park

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Magnolia Gardens Park

60 sites · RVs, Tents200 acres · Sheldon, TX
Located steps from the San Jacinto River Historic Magnolia Gardens Park. Have your coffee riverside as the steam rises off the warm water. Observing the abundant wildlife. If a secluded GREEN space is what you're looking for, you fond it!Learn more about this land:Located on the sandy beaches of the San Jacinto River, Magnolia Gardens park. We offer a family environment you can picnic, camp, swim, fish, kayak, and rent jet skis. Set up your tent on the beach, or in the wooded areas. You can drive around the property till you find the perfect spot. There are areas near electric plugs 🔌 not Available in all areas of the park. If u wish for secluded camp site. We have plenty of space away from The world. Disconnect to reconnect
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Private Gulf Front RV Site

2 sites · RVs1 acre · Sargent, TX
Private lot on the Gulf of Mexico in Sargent, Texas.  Just walk across the cleared foot path to the Gulf of Mexico.   Full RV Hookups - water, electrical (50A/30A/20A), and sewage.  70+ feet of concrete pad and driveway inside the fenced yard with plenty of space for all RVs.   The property is fully fenced. The entrance gate is 16' wide.  The yard is all St. Augustine grass.  Very clean and maintained.  Pets are welcome.  This property is tailored for RVs, 5th Wheels, Travel Trailers, and Motorhomes that have black and grey tanks and can hold their waste water (shower, toilet, and washing) for dumping into the on-site water treatment unit.  You must have your own shower, sinks, and toilet on your rig with holding tanks for black and grey water and the ability to dump into the dump location on the property.  The property is not designed for tent campers. The electrical and sewage hookups are on the left side of the property.  Motorhomes (Class A, Pushers, and Class C RVs can pull directly into the space with hookups in the usual location.  5th wheels, travel trailers, and campers that are pulled by a vehicle will need to back into the space as there is no room in the front of the property to drive in, unhook your vehicle, and drive the vehicle off the slab.  When you back in, the hookups will be on the the opposite side of your connections.  Depending upon your travel trailer and where you place your travel trailer on the slab, you may need electrical or sewage extensions to reach the connections. The vast majority of the renters who use the property used a 5th wheel, travel trailer or camper that is pulled by a vehicle. The pictures of the property show a line of granite blocks between the property and the beach.  The granite forms a seawall (called the revetment wall) that was installed by the Corp of Engineers and prevents beach erosion.  Depending on the tides, sometimes the Gulf waters hit the wall and there is very little beach area in front of the property.  Sometimes, there is a large beach area.  If the water is against the seawall and you’re looking for beach area, there are several beach entrances along Canal Drive within driving and walking distance.
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No Moss Island

3 sites · RVs1 acre · Jones Creek, TX
Welcome to your coastal paradise! Nestled between the soothing waves of Sargent beach and the tranquil waters of the Intracoastal Waterway, this RV spot offers an unrivaled getaway for nature enthusiasts and sunset lovers. Whether you're an avid angler, a passionate bird-watcher, or simply seeking relaxation, this spot is your dream destination. Morning and Evening skies here are a canvas of vivid colors. Enjoy breathtaking sunsets over the ICW or the showstopping sunrises over the Gulf, creating picture-perfect memories every day. Waterfront Access: Step or drive directly onto the sandy beach for swimming, sunbathing, or beachcombing. ICW - enjoy fishing, barge watching or get lost in a book! Full Hookups: Your RV spot comes equipped with water, electricity, and sewage hookups for a comfortable stay. Options for Singles or Groups: Whether you're a solo traveler, a couple, or a group of friends and family, we offer both single and multiple spot rentals to accommodate your needs. Nearby Attractions: Explore the charming coastal town, dine at local restaurants, or embark on adventures like kayaking, boating, or exploring nearby nature reserves
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Camp Nadur at Sargent Beach

1 site · RV1 acre · Sargent, TX
*** NEW LOW RATES FOR REMAINDER OF 2024 *** Nestled between the Gulf of Mexico and the Intercoastal Waterway, Sargent Island, with its unique, water-front home sites, was created in the 1950s. A quiet community, we feel Sargent is an oasis away from the crowds and congestion of other beach-side communities. We love taking a break from our busy lives to listen to the waves roaring down the shore. We think you'll love it, too! Learn more about this land: This is a 8000 sq ft privately owned, ocean-side lot. Located on a barrier island in Sargent, TX, the site offers a neighborhood atmosphere, with a secluded, unobstructed beach view. There is an approximately 30x30 gravel pad and long driveway. This is an RV lot only. This property suits smaller to midsize RVs and most wheeled campers (but no ground tents--there is too much ground wildlife for safety, though elevated, vehicle-mounted tents are fine).  The property is still in development. We currently have electricity (110v, 30, 50 amp), water, but NO SEWER OR SEPTIC. You must bring your own toilet facilities with you and take the waste away. NOTE: Public Toilet facilities and trash available 1.5 miles away. If you're an introvert, dislike traffic or just like breathing room, you'll love quiet, crowd-free, Sargent beach. It's such a peaceful getaway!  ISLAND LIFE NOTE: This is the Texas Gulf Coast--we have mosquitos, and it's the state bird for a reason! Please bring SPRAY. This gorgeous, island property is vulnerable to the extreme weather conditions on the Texas Gulf Coast. It's a dynamic property, shifting and changing, depending on the weather--we try our best to maintain this property in a timely manner, but we can't control this Mother Nature factor! There may be times we cannot put up the shade canopy due to high winds, other aspects of the property may have shifted, there may not be a beach due to high tides, etc. Please ask questions and we'll communicate what's available at your booking time. Our strict cancellation policy encourages good communication at time of booking. June 2024 update: The beach currently has quite a bit of debris due to recent storms.
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Waterside RV Resort

11 sites · RVs1 acre · Bay City, TX
Waterside RV Resort, located in Sargent, TX is a luxury RV destination on the Gulf Coast. Covering one acre, we offer 11 extra-large RV sites, each with a Texas-sized 18 x 50 concrete pad and 1,500 feet of personal space. We are big-rig, pet, and eco-friendly. Enjoy 350 feet of private waterfront, great for fishing, crabbing, or just plain or R&R. Dock your boat park-side and access great Sargent fishing or coastal exploration directly from the park. Waterside amenities include full hookups, high-speed internet, large, level concrete pads, and a wide concrete driveway for easy parking. Our guest-only dock is a great place to take in world-class sunsets, enjoy family time, or have a friendly game of cornhole or horseshoes at Waterside Park. Opened in June 2022, Waterside is a family-owned, small business. As long-time RV-ers, the resort includes our favorite camping elements...waterfront spaces, wide spots with extra-large, level concrete pads, nice grass, and plenty of green space. We are just 90 miles from Houston and a million miles from hustle and bustle. The best-kept secret on the Gulf Coast. For beach, fishing, sunsets, or just R&R, Waterside RV Resort is your destination!
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Highland Bayou Kayak and SUP Palapa

1 site · Lodging1 acre · Hitchcock, TX
Off grid Palapa kayak and stand up paddle board out to the lake. There's a private bath with a basic shower. No hot water. Child sup, single kayak and one tandem. Pet friendly. Telescope to view stars. Hammocks to used. Some small games for entertainment. Small Margaritaville BBQ need butane hasn't been used in 3 years so not sure if the works.
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USA RV Resorts

21 sites · RVs10 acres · Kemah, TX
Enjoy multiple locations with fishing, swimming pools, a dog walking area, and picnic areas at USA RV Resorts. Our family friendly RV resorts feature free cable & Wi-Fi, a community rooms/business centers, as well as new laundry facilities, showers, and a fitness centers. We are pet friendly and some have a dog washing stations, too! Our all concrete pads and wide driveways can accommodate pull-throughs and big rigs, and we have 30/50 hookups to power your stay. We have tables, lounge chairs, and umbrellas so you and your family can relax around the pool and some locations with lakes. Relax and take in the beautiful views of our private, quiet RV park properties. We have covered picnic tables, and barbeque grills throughout the park for you and your family. Shower, bathrooms and laundry facilities on site for your convenience. Our exercise room features a nice view overlooking the lake, and is fully equipped with free weights, a treadmill, elliptical and weight bench. Many of our locations have a full kitchen for you to use with brand new appliances: stove, refrigerator and microwave. Nature Lover’s Paradise near us! Only a 15 minute drive away, Seabrook is a bird sanctuary on one of the largest migratory paths in North America. With a diverse habitat of both fresh and salt marsh, bay shoreline, riparian and upland woodlands, 291 species of birds have been identified. Seabrook is on the Clear Lake Loop of the Great Texas Coastal Birding Trail and has four designated sites along Todville Road. Click here to see the Seabrook Tourism site. Armand Bayou Nature Center offers a variety of nature programs, from pontoon boat field trips to summer day camps for the kids. Click here to see the Armand Bayou Nature Center site. Spend the day at Moody Gardens. With attractions including an indoor rainforest, aquarium, ride-films, 3D Imax and more there is always something to do at Moody Gardens.
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Bolivar Suntastic

1 site · RV1 acre · Crystal Beach, TX
Welcome to a private and covered space to park your RV! Your kids and family dog can enjoy the freedom of a fully fenced yard while you're just a short 5-minute walk to Crystal Beach. Our site offers a 50-amp hook-up and sanitary sewer connection for your convenience. Additionally, you'll have access to a private outdoor shower to wash away the sand before heading back into your RV. Located on Kahla Dr in the heart of Crystal Beach, you'll be close to all restaurants, Crystal Beach waterpark, putt-putt golf, and The Big Store. Please note that our property is actually 8,000 sq ft, not 1 acre.
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Edge Of The Waters

2 sites · RVs1 acre · Port Bolivar, TX
NOTE for February through April / May: The canals are being dredged. This is much needed maintenance for the neighborhood but does present an inconvenience. You can still fish from our dock, but the fishing areas at the end of the street are closed for the duration of the construction work. They have finished work on the part of the canal behind our spot. If I learn anything else I will update this. Waterfront RV Port on Bolivar Peninsula. Water, sewer, and electric (20-30-50 amp panel) Covered RV spot with a screen porch. Property is fenced and dogs are welcome. The screened has a dining table with chairs, and also stores some patio chairs to use on the property. They are really great to sit on the dock! There is also a charcoal grill and a crab trap for you to use. (You need a fishing license and bait. Chicken bones works great!) Plenty of birding and fishing on the peninsula. Community fishing area is on the end of both Van Sant and Mabry, Mabry has a boat ramp. Beach Access via community gate at end of street. Combination for those will be shared in arrival instructions. Spot is a residential lot... It is 60 x 130. Canal City is a quiet residential area. The back side fronts on the water. You will probably see more seagulls and purple martins than people. We have weekly discounts. Message me and I can go over them because the Hipcamp platform makes them difficult. It works out to approximately 7 nights for the price of 5. Be prepared: Bolivar has mosquitoes. This is the coast. If it has rained they can be really bad. The county sprays on a regular rotation but it can be bad. They tend to swarm when you pull in. Spray helps. We also send recommendations for what sprays work best for us in the arrival instructions. We do not offer refunds for mosquitoes. We have never found them unmanageable, and the screen porch keeps them almost entirely away. We are east of Rollover Pass. Easiest to arrive through Winnie and south on 124. Unless you are coming from Galveston or southeast Houston it is probably shorter. The ferry is fun (dolphins and such) but the waits can be long. Also: Do not bring loose propane tanks or gasoline cans on the ferry, they will send you away. (Propane on RV is fine, but that is all they allow) https://www.txdot.gov/discover/ferry-boat-schedules/ferry-rules.html
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Stella Mare RV Resort

196 sites · RVs20 acres · Galveston, TX
Nestled among miles of sun-kissed beaches and thrilling attractions of Galveston Island, Stella Mare RV Resort is a coastal gem for Texans and out-of-state tourists alike. Stella Mare offers an assortment of accommodations, from pull-thru and back-in RV sites to beachfront vacation home rentals. Enjoy amenities like our heated outdoor pool, splash pad, multi-activity playground, and the soon-to-come tiki bar! Relax, unwind, and soak it all in! This is a place where memories are made that last a lifetime!
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Gulfview RV Port

1 site · RV, Tent1 acre · Bolivar Peninsula, TX
Newly built RV port with deck overlooking the Gulf of Mexico and Rollover Bay. Sand, surf and warm waters of the Gulf of Mexico await. Just 400 feet to sand and shells. Fully fenced 1/4 acre perfect to let your dogs run. Bring your own RV or motor home and lawn chairs. No trash pickup so please pack it out and pick up after your pets. Learn more about this land: Gilchrist Texas on Bolivar Peninsula, nice beach just across road. Beach and ocean view and breeze from newly built RV Port. Property is entirely fenced. 30 and 50 Amp service. Water and septic on site. Accessible from Interstate 10 via Winnie Texas or from Galveston via Ferry. Great seafood restaurants in Crystal Beach Texas down the road and Galveston across free ferry. Watch the dolphins and large ships from Fort Travis or the ferry. 1/4 acre fenced property. Please pack out your trash as there is no trash pickup.  NOTE: You must bring your own RV. RV in photos is not part of listing. This is an empty RV Port.
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The Tiny Turtle

4 sites · RVs1 acre · Crystal Beach, TX
We are a 5 minute walk to the beach on Bolivar Peninsula. Has water, sewer, and electric with new 50 amp panels. 3 Covered RV spots with access to the upper deck. There is a dining table with chairs on the deck, as well as two loungers and some addtional chairs to use. They are really great to sit on the deck and enjoy the ocen views for you to use.
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The best camping near Galveston Island State Park guide

Overview

About

Located between the Gulf of Mexico and Galveston Bay, this park is the last undeveloped area on Galveston Island and includes a top-rated gulf coast beach, dunes, wetlands, coastal prairie, lagoon, and salt marshes. Several miles of trails offer opportunities for hiking, biking, and paddling for all ability levels. Fishing is also popular, with anglers casting their line in the bay or surf. The park is also home to a wide range of wildlife, including more than 300 species of birds. Families will enjoy the excellent ranger-led programs, including star parties, paddling tours, and art programs, and can spend the night at one of several campgrounds that offer sites for tents, RVs, and lodges.

Notable campgrounds

  • Best for RVs: The Bay Side Campground offers 20 water and electric sites with a communal pavilion and shared fire rings.
  • Best for beach access: The Beach Side Campground has 36 sites right by the Gulf of Mexico.
  • Best for families and groups: Two ADA-accessible lodges offer kitchens, bathrooms, air conditioning, heat, washers, and dryers.

Tips for snagging a campsite

  1. Campsites can be reserved up to five months in advance. Make a reservation as soon as you know your dates, especially for weekends during the peak season of March to October.
  2. If your plans are flexible and you want to beat the crowds, try to visit during the week, during non-holiday periods, or during late fall or winter. The park is open year-round.
  3. If visiting as part of a group, consider booking the cabins, which can be reserved up to 12 months in advance.

When to go

Summer is the most popular season at Galveston Island State Park, even though it can get quite hot and crowded. Visit during the spring and fall migration seasons to see a wide variety of birds. Peak season rental rates apply from March to October. Be sure to check the weather before confirming plans during hurricane season, from June to November, as the park closes for tropical storms and hurricanes. The nature center is open on weekends only.

Know before you go

  • There’s very little shade in the park, so bring a hat, sunscreen, and plenty of water. Mosquito repellent and hiking boots are also a good idea.
  • Bring binoculars for spotting birds and wildlife, and make use of the bird blinds and two observation towers.
  • Fishing licenses are not required to fish from shore, and fishing equipment rentals are available.
  • Open containers and public consumption of alcohol are prohibited in the park.
  • The park has no lifeguards.
  • Bring your own kayak or canoe, as rentals are not available.

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