My favorite family tent camping in Texas, is the Big Thicket National Preserve. This is not recommended for the easy going, as this will be considered a primitive camping experience. The park is divided into different units and certain units in the Preserve Don't Allow Camping. A list of available camping units can be obtained from the Big Thicket National Preserve Visitor Center, which is open every day with the exception of national holidays.
Prior to camping, a Backcountry Camping permit is required and can be purchased from the same downtown, located eight miles north of Kountze, Texas on FM 420. There are regulations for camping in this preserve, which must be strictly adhered to. They can be obtained when applying for a backcountry permit.
As I said before, this is considered primitive camping and you cannot expect any of the usual amenities you will find at other campsites. A camp shovel is one of the necessities required for this family expedition. Open fire is allowed in areas open for camping, but the rules of open fire, which were submitted in a previous article, must be strictly followed.
It must also be remembered that no garbage or garbage can be left in the camp and must be unpacked.
Then let's go to one of my other favorite campsites. As you may know I'm from Louisiana, I love my seafood. So we check out the Gulf Coast at Galveston Island State Park. I love the sea, the sun, the seafood and the sand, so this is one of my favorites.
Love this park, as it has 36 locations facing the Gulf Beach which is suitable for tents and or motorhomes. Each area has amenities such as water, electricity, fire rings and a table. There are even toilets and showers available in assigned areas. This is an ideal family camping expedition for beginners or families who just want to get a weekend away from the hustle and bustle of the family home. There are also 10 tent sites on the Bay Side. They have water, tables and baking rings, but no electricity.
Fishing is ideal in the area and can be enjoyed by the whole family (Temporary fishing licenses can be purchased locally or online). I love this campsite because I can go out and catch a mess of fish and take them to the campsite, cook and feed the family.
There are two ways for me to get to Galveston State Park. My favorite is to travel on Hwy 82 after leaving home and following the Louisiana coast. I like this route, even with the ferry crossings, because you get to see the fauna and wildlife in southwest Louisiana. I can stay on the same freeway all the way to Winnie, TX. From there I head south to Galveston. After passing Winnie, TX and traveling about 25 miles, you will follow the Gulf Coast Line in Texas all the way to the Galveston Island Ferry.
The other way is to head west on Interstate 10 to Interstate 45 and head for Galveston. Needless to say, I prefer to see nature rather than struggle with cars on a congested highway.
That's all I can cover in this article. I will write the next one on camping in West Texas, South Texas and North Texas.