The best camping near Stephen F. Austin State Park

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History, camping, wildlife, and golf all intersect along the banks of the Brazos River.  

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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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5D RANCH

25 sites · RVs, Tents400 acres · Navasota, TX
Welcome to 5D Ranch in Navasota, TX. We’re located 60 miles North of Houston and just 2.5 hours from Austin. We have over 14 miles of trails, 2 fishing ponds, 4 boats that are free to use, and great views of the night sky. With 24 unique campsites, we’re sure to have one that fits your needs! We also can provide rentals of camping essentials, a S'mores package and we offer a meet the ponies session that can be scheduled upon your arrival. We can’t wait to host you! Don't forget to ask us about our farm fresh eggs!
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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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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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Turquoise Acres Ranch

2 sites · RVs, Tents25 acres · Katy, TX
Learn more about this land: Welcome to Turquoise Acres Ranch! Here’s a little bit about us. We are a family ran ranch located here in the heart of Katy, Texas. You may visit our location by appointment only. Our hours will vary depending on our availability. Our services are listed below: Hand feed farm animals Pack a picnic lunch Field trips Dry Camping (RV/Travel Trailer Only) Birthday Parties Photographer location rental Pool rental Stay up to do date with the latest farm news and events by following us on Facebook and Instagram! We look forward to seeing you on the farm soon!
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The Epic Creative Co-Op and Mancave

5 sites · Tents4 acres · Oak Ridge North, TX
Discover the Epic Creative Co-Op, a hidden gem just 28 miles north of Houston, Texas, conveniently located off Sawdust Road, a stone's throw west of I-45. Set on a sprawling 4-acre expanse, our vibrant Co-Op thrives with a dynamic mix of resident artists, bustling video production entities, and the esteemed Woodlands Art League. Step into the captivating realm of the Epic Mancave, a testament to creativity fashioned from recycled cargo containers and an eclectic assortment of repurposed materials. Immerse yourself in the distinctive charm of this space brimming with antiquities and artistic allure. While ensuring convenient accessibility, our sanctuary boasts an atmosphere of complete privacy, providing an exclusive haven for you to unwind and rejuvenate. Indulge in the tranquility of the surroundings, enveloped in a serene cocoon that shields you from the outside world. Upon arrival, the charm of the locale beckons you to explore. Stroll to nearby culinary delights with over 20 dining options, peruse unique offerings in local shops, and soak in the vibrant energy of nearby bars, all within easy walking distance. Whether seeking a tranquil escape or an inspiring retreat, the Epic Creative Co-Op invites you to experience a harmonious blend of artistic enchantment, natural serenity, and urban convenience, all within reach of your fingertips.
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The Navasota River Ranch

14 sites · RVs, Tents600 acres · Navasota, TX
The Navasota River Ranch is a 600 ac parcel of land bounded by more than a mile of the Navasota River on its west side and two tributary creeks on its north and southeast sides. The river bottom is wild and untamed, while the rest is rolling hills reminiscent of the prairie that once greeted settlers. Nearby is Bryan-College Station home of Texas A&M University To the west on Hwy 105 is Washington on the Brazos State Park. This is the location where delegates gathered to hastily draw up a declaration of independence before joining the Runaway Scrape to avoid capture and execution by the advancing Mexican Army. Farther down the road is the famous Blue Bell creamery in Brenham. The tour and ice cream are well worth the trip. On the property are miles of Jeep trails excellent for off road and 4WD vehicles. Guests might prefer hiking along these trails or strike out on foot trails and game trails. Thanks to the hunters who have come for the deer and feral hogs over the years there are numerous observation structures for viewing wildlife up close, or just enjoying the solitude of the deep woods. Three ponds offer bass and perch fishing from the bank or bring your own boat. And then there is the Navasota River...
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Firefly Ranch

5 sites · Lodging, RVs, Tents22 acres · Bleiblerville, TX
The property borders a small creek and has abundant trees, and wildlife. Beautiful views from every vantage with a high field on one half of the property and a low bottom land near the creek where there are many options for a relaxing, private stay. Chose big sky or a more secluded spot. Incredible wildflowers on display in the spring. The property is not bordered by close neighbors or dense housing, just more land so sunsets and rises are wonderful and open. Low ambient light pollution at night means the stars are very bright (and so are the fireflies)! If tent camping, please do not bring glass containers, also you must pack out all garbage and waste.
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Natura Wellness Retreat

6 sites · Lodging, Tents15 acres · Magnolia, TX
Our property Just 40 mins from downtown Houston and 20 mins from The Woodlands, Natura Wellness Retreat is a 25-acre wildlife preserve that offers three glamping tents. There is catch-and-release fishing at our stocked pond.(no license required). The retreat has trails for hiking and flat areas to enjoy outdoor yoga. The pergola on the pond offers a place for serene meditation or enjoying a cold beer. Far enough away from the hustle and bustle to feel totally secluded, but within a quick drive to supermarkets, restaurants, and movie theaters. Enjoy the peace of nature in the vicinity of the 4th largest city in America.
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The Hilltop at Brenham

119 sites · Lodging, RVs39 acres · Brenham, TX
The Hilltop at Brenham Love at First Sight: Experience Unforgettable Getaways at The Hill Top at Brenham! Discover the perfect blend of comfort, fun, and exceptional service in the RV Resort industry. Our family-owned retreat is dedicated to creating lasting memories year after year. Embrace the perfect balance of easy living and an active lifestyle. We look forward to ‘Seeing YOU on The Porch!’ Our fully furnished luxury cottages at The Hill Top at Brenham are designed to provide the utmost comfort and style for our guests. These spacious accommodations are perfect for groups of 4 to 6 people, ensuring everyone has ample space to relax and unwind. Each cottage is thoughtfully decorated with modern furnishings and tasteful decor, creating a warm and inviting atmosphere. Equipped with all the amenities you could possibly need, our luxury cottages are the perfect choice for a memorable stay at The Hill Top at Brenham. The Hill Top Hacienda is our welcome center and lounge, designed to be the heart of our community. As soon as you step foot into the Hacienda, you'll be greeted with a warm and inviting atmosphere. The shared kitchen and comfortable seating areas create the perfect space to relax and socialize with fellow guests. Whether you're seeking information about local attractions, looking to plan your itinerary, or simply want to unwind with a good book, the Hacienda is the ideal spot. At The Hill Top at Brenham, we offer spacious luxury RV sites with full hook-ups to cater to our guests' every need. Our RV sites are designed with comfort and convenience in mind. Each site is generously sized, providing ample space for your RV, as well as any additional vehicles or equipment you may have. With full hook-ups, you can easily connect to water, electricity, and sewer services, ensuring a hassle-free stay. The sites are thoughtfully landscaped, offering a picturesque backdrop for your outdoor adventures. Whether you're staying for a night or an extended period, our luxury RV sites at The Hill Top provide a truly exceptional experience for RV travelers. Whether you want to remain onsite or step out for an adventure, The Hill Top is just minutes from Downtown Brenham, Chappell Hill, Lake Somerville, and World Famous Round Top. Our resort serves as a sanctuary, from which to refresh and recharge after a day of adventure and touring. Enjoy a quiet stroll through the oak groves, or put the kiddos in the pool to burn off energy before bed. With so many options, you'll never be disappointed with a visit to The Hill Top!
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Bee Weaver Honey Farm

4 sites · Lodging10 acres · Navasota, TX
Escape from the city and try glamping near Houston, at an incredible honey farm in Navasota, Texas. For more than a century, honey has been running through 5 generations of the hosts' family veins. You will have the experience of a lifetime at this sweet honey bee farm. The property has lots of other accommodations onsite, allowing guests to explore the farm, learn about bees, beekeeping, mead, honey, tours, and more, and meet others from all walks of life. The luxury camping tents offer two twin beds for two glampers. The farm offers Wi-Fi, and heated and air-conditioned shared spaces. You are provided with linens, towels, and bathroom products for a luxurious stay. *For Tent 4 please note that the tent closes securely with velcro, as the zipper is currently out of service. *Tents 3 and 4 are pet-friendly. Pets are not allowed in tents 1 and 2. The farm also offers various shared spaces where the bathrooms and showers (both indoor and outdoor) are located. You will also have access to a shared picnic table, fire pit, grill, community garden, screened-in porches, outdoor rustic kitchen sink and coffee station, store and store porch, bee observation deck, the mead tasting room, and FlyBy Porch. Parking is located behind the tents. We request that you please pull off of the roadway and park close to the fence so other guests may pass by. You are permitted to explore the farm freely and enjoy the picnic area, fire pits, community garden, honey shop, meadery, bee deck and more. Biking and walking on the small county road is welcome, but we always recommend to do so with caution, especially with the 'blind butterfly hills." The farm offers tours, tastings, and classes that are available nearly year-round. Contact us for more information and to book. Whether you want to learn beekeeping, see how a beekeeper opens a hive of bees, taste Texas honey and WildFlyer Mead, the farm has it all! Most weekends and some weekdays the farm will have food trucks or food service out of the Fly By Sip-n-Snacks. The picnic area and porches are open every day for guests to enjoy. Each tent includes a welcome gift from the farm - 2 reusable custom Govino cups and tokens for 2 glasses of WildFlyer Mead or a Flight of WildFlyer Mead. We offer additional enhancements you can book during your stay. Details are located on our website under Visit Enhancements. After booking we will send you a welcome email with a link directly to these special packages. If you’re interested in booking more than 1 unit or booking the whole property, please inquire.
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Family Farms

5 sites · Lodging25 acres · Plantersville, TX
Nestled in the serene countryside, this sprawling 25-acre retreat offers a perfect blend of tranquility and rural charm. An expansive 8-acre lake awaits fishing enthusiasts for catch-and-release adventures. Charming country cabins provide a haven for family enjoyment, ensuring a quiet, peaceful, and relaxing experience all in one place. These cabins are equipped with heating and air conditioning, ensuring comfort throughout the changing seasons. Additionally, separate restrooms with showers, sinks, and toilets add convenience to your stay. In season, indulge in the delights of fresh strawberries, blackberries, and a variety of vegetables available for your picking pleasure.
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The best camping near Stephen F. Austin State Park guide

Overview

About

Named after the “Father of Texas,” this well-maintained park is set near the birthplace of the Anglo American settlement in Texas (learn about them at the San Felipe Historic Site next door). Several overnight facilities at Stephen F. Austin offer more than 100 campsites, including RV sites, tent sites, group sites, and lodging options. The park also features five miles of hiking and biking trails, playgrounds, ball courts, an 18-hole golf course, and an interpretive nature center. Visitors can fish from the banks of the Brazos River or try to spot the plentiful wildlife, including white-tailed deer and more than 100 species of birds.

Tips for snagging a campsite

  1. Plan to make a reservation as soon as you know your dates. Campsites and cabins can be reserved up to five months in advance, while the group hall and group camp can be reserved 12 months in advance.
  2. If your plans are flexible and you want to avoid the crowds, try to visit during the week or during non-holiday periods.
  3. If you don’t have a reservation, arrive at the park first thing in the morning to grab any unreserved sites that might be available for walk-ups.

When to go

The park is popular from spring to fall. Visit in spring for wildflowers—especially bluebonnets. You can also see fireflies light up the evening sky in May or June. Hiking and birdwatching are best in spring and fall, when the weather is the most pleasant.

Know before you go

  • Swimming in the Brazos River is not recommended due to swift currents and changing water levels. Trails may close due to weather or when muddy.
  • Bring bug repellent, as mosquitos can be an issue here.
  • Gathering of firewood is prohibited in the park. Firewood and ice are available for purchase.
  • Generators cannot be used inside the park.
  • Pets are not allowed inside buildings, and must be kept on a leash and attended at all times.

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