The best camping near Sheldon Lake 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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Buckhorn Ranch & Lake

10 sites · RVs, Tents100 acres · Sheldon, TX
Learn more about this land:Buckhorn Ranch is a large 100 acre property with a large natural swampy lake. The type of wildlife and animals that live on the property are horses, coyotes, deer, hawks, bald eagles, heron, cormorant, egret, anhinga, owls, crows, raccoons, possums, skunk, fox, alligators, snakes and much more.You can fish on the lake, hike around the lake, stargaze at night, and bird watch. small controlled campfires are permitted (not during the dry season).Property Zones:The Property has many areas which will give your camping experience the most authentic, nature-immersed with privacy with mother nature. There are 4 parts of the property in which are permitted for Camping.East Wing: Access to lake, car access, lake view ,some forest coverageWest Wing: Access to lake, car access, field view, minimal forest coverageCentral Ranch zone: Access to lake, less nature, access to pond, car accessBehind Lake: Most Private, Most Nature, Access to lake, car access (Medium cars X4 wheel drive), Lake view, forest coverage.Front Entrance Field: For RV Parking, Camping not permitted hereHistory About the Property:Property has been owned by the same family for over 40 years, has the oldest graveyard in Harris county and was known for the numerous Bucks that passed through the property.
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East Park Village RV Park

32 sites · RVs10 acres · Channelview, TX
Planning a trip to Channelview, TX is as easy as booking your site at East Park Village RV Park to set up a memorable experience. We are located just East of Downtown Houston. If you are looking for an inexpensive Houston RV Park, East Park Village RV Park is certainly a great choice! Close to the Houston Ship Channel, Pasadena, TX, and Baytown, TX, our RV Park in Channelview, TX provides a relaxing and scenic environment. San Jacinto Battleground is among the popular and accessible attractions for sightseers staying at Eastpark Village RV Park. After a long day of touring the sites, you can indulge in a delicious dining experience at The Monument Inn that is situated just a few minutes away. Along with the chance to interact and meet new people, we guarantee a great overall experience. Enjoying a rural lifestyle within an urban area is a unique aspect of East Park Village RV Park.
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Buck Acres near Lake Conroe, TX

20 sites · RVs, Tents6 acres · Montgomery, TX
The previous owner had plans to turn our property into a 42 site row by row RV Park. Once we saw the beauty of the property, we knew we had to keep it as wild and pristine as possible. On 6.5 acres the perfect number of sites was 18 keeping the large house for short-term rental (coming soon.) Sorry, we are still under construction but excited about our progress! See a short video at https://www.buckacresrv.com Buck Acres is technically not even an RV park, we just want to share our property with fellow travelers so we added some gravel roads. The only amenities are a Wi-Fi, 50/30/20A plug-ins, a porta-john and water. We use HipCamp and The Dyrt for bookings or just give us a call or text at (832) 303-9940 "Close to everything, away from it all" We're in the country but close to city amenities and beautiful Lake Conroe. It's only a few minutes from April Sound and the largest marina on Lake Conroe, 8 minutes to Wal-Mart and Kroger, yet it's peaceful and quiet on our forested property. As full-time RV nomads ourselves we know RV park rates are getting crazy, Buck Acres is our attempt to help the community. We've done everything we can to keep rates down. The only amenities we offer are shade, Wi-Fi, electricity, water, and an ADA porta john that is cleaned every week. Affordable RV parks shouldn't be sweltering parking lots where you're packed in like sardines! At Buck Acres we have 100' tall hardwoods and pines that have been trimmed up 60' for the safety of you and your rig! Buck Acres is still under construction and it is a labor of love. All proceeds go immediately back into the park. Bring your family, pets, and friends - tents and RVs welcome! Please Note: Quiet Hours are 10pm - 8am Please keep fires within designated fire rings Keep pets on leash - Clean up any pet waste Do not walk through other people’s campsites. Respect the boundaries and their privacy. Dispose of garbage in designated trash receptacles Guests are responsible for the behavior of their children and pets Guests are responsible for all damage or destruction of property and any injury to persons caused by the guest, or by their family, visitor(s), or pets. Management reserves the right to refuse service or terminate stay for violations.
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The Retreat RV Resort

176 sites · Lodging, RVs, Tents10 acres · Huffman, TX
Where luxury meets adventure, The Retreat RV & Camping Resort is a premier campground set upon the shores of Lake Houston. This luxury campground, ready for all campers, offers various exciting lodging options like extended stay RV sites, glamping wagons, safari tents, and luxury cottages. Amenities include a 320 ft. boardwalk with boat slips, a lit fishing pier, a state-of-the-art clubhouse, fitness center, and an outdoor pool and hot tub. Guests can also enjoy the wine and beer garden as well as plenty of outdoor recreation activities and games like kayaking, fishing, cornhole, ping pong, mini-golf, and gaga-ball. Book your getaway now and enjoy Lake Houston’s finest RV destination.
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Rancho de Gringo

1 site · Lodging4 acres · Crosby, TX
We have several fenced pastures for tent camping, off grid RV spots and parking area with 50 amp shore power and water Horses, goats, cows and chickens can be seen roaming the property. Supervised encounters are available. Plenty of trees for hammocks and shade. We have room for horse trailers as well.
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Lazy Frog Primitive Campsite

1 site · Tent1 acre · Cypress, TX
This PRIVATE primitive campsite is tucked away down a short walking path in the woods. A clearing in the woods offers a great space for multiple tents if desired and a beautiful and clear walking path towards the creek. Set up tents, have a cozy campfire and enjoy your private, secluded time away.
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711 N Hyannis Port St, Crosby, TX 7

1 site · Lodging1 acre · Crosby, TX
Designed with comfort in mind. The unit comes with free parking. This is within driving distance to several popular shops and outdoor activities. An ideal base to explore Crosby, Texas. Available Amenities: Essentials Air conditioning Cleaning products Cooking basics Dishes and silverware Dryer Kitchen TV Washer Wifi Bathtub Bed linens Extra pillows and blankets Hangers Children’s books and toys Crib High chair Pack ’n play/Travel crib Fire extinguisher Smoke alarm Blender Coffee maker Dining table Dishwasher Microwave Oven Refrigerator Stove Toaster Wine glasses Laundromat nearby Backyard Free parking on premises Free street parking Long term stays allowed
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Back Yard Vacation Oasis w/ Pool

1 site · Lodging42 acres · Crosby, TX
Perfect escape from city life & yet only 30 minutes away from Houston. Guests stay at the "Back House" which has 5 bedrooms, 3 Full Baths, huge game room, full kitchen, full gym, washer/dryer, a newly added outdoor kitchen w/ fridge, sink and island. Cable & Roku, Outdoor TVs by pool, personal sauna, foosball and ping pong! The house is 2-stories with extra-wide wooden stairs. There are two AC units & thermostats, one per floor. There is a whole-house filter for clean water and a reverse osmosis for the best drinking water. We also recently added a water softening system. We have a room with NO windows for those of you, like me, who like the room extra DARK. There are tons of amenities and many things to do: Arcade game, coin operated in FREE mode with 1663 games, the real size game (not the small 1 up version) including: Donkey Kong; Dig Dug; Pac Man; Ms Pac Man; Centipede; Millipede; Tetris; Asteroids, Asteroids Deluxe; Space Invaders; Mortal Combat; Galaga; Frogger; Pole Position; Bowling; Tennis; Super Casino; 1941; 1942; 1943 Battle of Midway; Strikers 1945 I, II & III; Ghosts and Goblins; Batman I & II; Aliens; Alien Vs Predator; Jackie Chan; Dungeons & Dragons; Michael Jackson’s Moonwalker; The Simpsons and Simpson’s Bowling and many others Adult games - Never Have I Ever and Slide in the DMs Air fryer Air Hockey Baby gate – to keep children out of the gym Badminton Barbecue grill – Charcoal Barbecue grill - Gas Basketball hoop for pool Bicycles (7 of them) Birds Cardinals, blue jays, bunnies, egrets, occasional deer Blue tooth speakers (for rent $5/day small, $10 medium, $20 large). No need to pack your bluetooth speaker Games – Chess, Checkers, Dominos, Monopoply, Pictionary, Puzzles, Rubik’s Race, Scrabble, Sorry!, Stratego, Tripoley, Trivial Pursuit, Trouble, Watch Ya Mouth Card table Cards for poker, chips Cable TV & Roku/Netflix Central AC systems – one upstairs, one down Checkers for outdoor play Chess for outdoors Coffee Maker AND Keurig machine Coffee & Keurig pods Connect Four - big outdoor version Cornhole & bean bags Crib - available upon request Dining Table that seats 10 Dishwasher DVD player New, smooth cement walkway (easy to roll suitcases) Darts with chalk scoreboard Double padded carpet Floaties for pool Foosball Frisbee Futons for extra sleeping capacity Gym - Full Gym High Chair Horseshoes Hot Tub Ice maker Lawn Darts Lights under palapa Life jackets for children (4 of them) Lounge Chairs New paved walkway Newly added outside TVs by the pool Outdoor kitchen Outdoor shower (just added July 2021) Palapa (aka tiki hut) to enjoy the outdoors, even in the rain Ping pong table Towels, plenty of them Patio Furniture Personal sauna Pool, hot tub, floats Pool Table, full size Reverse osmosis water Roku Salt water pool - 20,000 gallons, 3'6" shallow end to 6' deep end Scales to weigh yourself and/or your suitcases Skeeball (New) TVs in every bedroom, game room & outside Umbrellas Washer and dryer Water softener – to further clean water and make it softer Whole house filter – to clean water before it gets to house Gym - 2 treadmills, 2 stationary bicycle machines, Universal weight machine with overhead pulleys, pull downs, lateral machine, weight bench, leg presses, elliptical machine, inversion table, climber, weight bars, curl bars, individual curl bars, etc. NOTE: Extra charge of $75 to heat the hot tub for 3 hours or $480/day. Sorry, it's expensive but the gas is crazy high now and it uses propane. The jets are free. Also, payment needs to be in advance as we've had guests say they were going to pay, then didn't. We also need a minimum 48 hour notice to heat the pool as it literally takes 24 hours or more to heat it. - The property is two houses connected with a breeze way, you will rent the "back house" as we call it. It's 3,400 SQ FT with a breakfast area, kitchen with refrigerator, electric stove, dishwasher, microwave, coffee maker, toaster, plates, cups, etc. Also on the first floor there is a huge game room, a full bathroom and the gym. On the second floor are located all the bedrooms, two full bathrooms, an office and the laundry area with washer and dryer, also we provide towels. When we have guests you are the only one to use the backyard, pool, hot tub, ping pong table and grill.
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Carley's Camping Crosby

1 site · Tent1 acre · Houston, TX
Carley's Camping in Crosby offers a safe escape to get away and relax in nature on approximately 1/4 of an acre. Located 1000 ft from access to Lake Houston, the back yard space includes a private side entrance to set up your tent, a fire ring, access to water and electricity, and a small kiddie pool available on request. There is also a BBQ pit and outdoor patio area where you can easily prepare meals. The lake allows for boating and fishing access. Swimming is allowed in the lake, but not recommended. There is a Dollar General and Exxon conveniently located at the entrance of the neighborhood where you can stock up on food, ice, gas, etc.
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Big City Little Farm

64 sites · Lodging, RVs, Tents5 acres · Cleveland, TX
We have a 5 acre homestead/hobby farm that is nestled in the Sam Houston National Forest. We are off the beaten path with beautiful views, peace and quiet and farm animals! We have goats, donkeys, rabbits, a miniature cow, a miniature horse, ducks and chickens roaming our property. We just had a new addition Colt who was born on our property March 12th. He is our precious little donkey. We are a semi primitive camping spot. Come and enjoy getting away from the city without going too far. Enjoy the beautiful star filled sky. Feed the animals at 9am and love on them all day. Have your professional pictures taken with some of the animals(additional charge). Buy some farm fresh eggs. Coming soon t-shirts will be available for purchase. Our website is https://www.bigcity-littlefarm.com Youtube https://www.youtube.com/@bigcitylittlefarm2230/about. Keep coming back and Follow us on IG https://www.instagram.com/bigcity_littlefarm/ Whether you’re looking for breathtaking brushes with nature or good old-fashioned fun, Cleveland, Texas has you covered. This part of the Lone Star State boasts beautiful forests and placid lakes and ponds that provide much-needed refreshment during the summer months, as well as lovely escapes during spring and fall. In addition to its natural appeal, Cleveland offers a diverse culinary scene with plenty of cozy restaurants ideal for meeting old friends and making new ones. https://www.tourtexas.com/destinations/cleveland-things-to-do Cleveland is just miles from Conroe. Conroe is a city in and the county seat of Montgomery County, Texas, United States, about 40 miles north of Houston. Conroe is the perfect blend of starry nights and city lights. And being the fastest-growing city in Texas, Conroe has so much to offer. Conroe is bordered by 22,000-acre Lake Conroe, Sam Houston National Forest, and W. Goodrich Jones State Forest, making for a veritable utopia for the outdoor lover in us all. Aside from the outdoors, Conroe has a bustling downtown with breweries, theatres and plenty of shopping. There is also plenty of live music, which has earned Conroe the designation of Music Friendly Community by the state of Texas. Whether you are looking for an adventure or a little rest and relaxation, you will find it in Conroe. https://www.visitconroe.com/
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Hidden Hills of Lake Conroe

1 site · Lodging4 acres · Montgomery, TX
Our little slice of wooded privacy gives the feeling that you’re out in the country, while being a mile or two from all the best restaurants, stores, shopping centers and of course lovely lake Conroe. Waterpointe center is one mile from our driveway. There you’ll find CVS, Starbucks, boutiques, restaurants, salons and a beautiful river walk along the lakes shoreline. Once you settle in to your comfy glamping, home away from home, Feel free to use the poolside fire pit. Or if weather permits, the swimming pool is always a great place to relax and unwind. There’s a nearby pond that hosts home many types of wildlife. Don’t be surprised to see groups of deer wandering around the property. They’re harmless and timid. And they love fruit any veggie scraps you might want to toss in the woods for them. There’s a large walk-in port a poty just a few yards from the tent.
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The best camping near Sheldon Lake State Park guide

Overview

About

Located just 15 miles from downtown Houston, the 2,800-acre park is made up of Sheldon Lake and an environmental learning center. The lake is ideal for fishing, small boats, and wildlife viewing, while the learning center offers 28 naturalized ponds, nature trails, fishing decks, demonstration gardens, and a pond center showcasing alternative energy and green building techniques. A range of nature and ecology programs are available to students and groups, while an 82-foot tall observation tower offers panoramic views of the wetland, woodland, and restored prairie landscape of the park, along with views of downtown Houston and the San Jacinto Monument. There are no campgrounds at the park, though private camping options are available nearby.

When to go

The park is open year-round, except for Thanksgiving Day, Christmas Eve (from noon), and Christmas Day. Spring, summer, and fall are the busy seasons at the park. It’s best to make reservations ahead of time to guarantee entry. From April through September, the park offers extended hours on Saturdays and Sundays. Visit in the summer to see lotus flowers and water lilies in blossom. Winter is the best time to spot bald eagles and osprey, while heron and egret rookeries can be found from March through June.

Know before you go

  • It’s free to enter the park and all programs are free of charge.
  • All facilities and trails at the learning center are ADA-accessible. The observation tower has a solar-powered elevator.
  • Licenses are required to fish in Sheldon Lake. Two ponds offer free catch-and-release family fishing for kids with adults. Fishing poles and bait are available.
  • Boats can launch at the south boat ramp, but cannot exceed headway speed while on the lake.
  • Bring binoculars for birdwatching and wildlife spotting. There are alligators and snakes in the park

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