After suffering from some major cabin fever throughout the pandemic, you can get some fresh air at a spot not too far from home.

Big State, Big Possibilities

The great thing about Texas is that we have so much to offer due to our size. You can start a drive across Texas, and 12 hours later still be in the Lone Star State. Forget about taking a long expensive cross-country road trip to see the sights, because Texas has plenty to offer on it's own.

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What Type of Camping Is Right For You?

There are plenty of state campgrounds, perfect for a family vacation, or even just a solo getaway. Texas state parks and campgrounds offer a variety of amenities, so you can choose to rough it out in the wilderness or take advantage of modern conveniences. Either way, you can't go wrong when enjoying the beauty of Texas.

Wilderness areas offer trails and maps but no utilities—those operate on the “pack-it-in, pack-it-out” principle. Improved campsites have utilities, a tent pad or trailer parking pad, a picnic table and fire ring. Many also include a grill standing waist-high as well as a pole with a lantern hook.

Can I Reserve a Campsite?

Yes you can! For camping reservations, call (512) 389-8900 between the hours of 8 a.m.–6 p.m, Monday through Friday. For organization or group reservations, call (512) 389-8920. To make reservations online, visit

Consider Getting a Parks Pass

Texas State Parks Pass offers many special benefits, including unlimited visits for the pass holder and entire carload of guests to more than 90 state parks and historic sites, as well as camping discounts and more. Passes are available at park offices or by calling the State Parks Customer Service Center at (512)389-8900.

Texas State Parklands Passport offers free entrance to everyone who was born before September 1, 1930, and to veterans with a 60 percent or greater disability. Visitors Who are 65 years of age or older and are a Texas resident, or have a documented physical or mental impairment that substantially limits one or more major life activities, will receive a 50 percent off discount on entrance fees.

For a Texas Parklands Passport, apply in person, with proof of eligibility, at any Texas State Park.Texas State Parks are not part of the National Park Service. They do not accept passes/passports from the national parks. For more information about state parks, visit the Texas Parks and Wildlife Department website or call 800-792-1112.

So, Where Should I Camp?

Check out the list below to see the nearest public campgrounds in Central Texas.

Public Campgrounds In Central Texas

After suffering from some major cabin fever throughout the pandemic, you can get some fresh air at a spot not too far from home.

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