Enjoy outdoor family camping and hiking in Texas State Parks

The state of Texas is a great place with many options for great camping, hiking and outdoor adventures. Taking time to get your kids outdoors creates a lot of great memories for life, and the Texas Parks and Wildlife Department provides many opportunities through State Park Campgrounds where camping is definitely kid-friendly.

We were able to experience several camping trips in State Park when our kids were young, and we had some great experiences. We visited several parks on some of the best lakes, as well as some in the mountains of West Texas. We saw everything from hot, depressing hikes to giant walking sticks to unexpected blizzards. We were usually with a group, so there were always good meals around the fire, occasional injuries or accidents, high stories and lasting friendships. Some of our favorite parks were the Davis Mountains, Inks Lake and Garner State Parks.

The Davis Mountains State Park is located at the foot of the Davis Mountains (yes, there are mountains in Texas) and offers an abundance of campsites for tent or RV campers. Nearby Fort Davis attracts many types of tourists, including motorcycle enthusiasts, stargazers, history buffs and outdoor activities. The ancient fort is a national historical site that captures the history of the Indian wars of the late 19th century. You can also walk a few miles up the road and attend a Star Party at the McDonald Observatory. While waiting for the night sky, there are many hiking trails to experience with stunning views. There are so many outdoor experiences for kids, you have to come back several times to experience it all.

Inks Lake State Park is located in downtown Texas amid a chain of lakes along the Colorado River. The lake boasts some clear blue water, beautiful mountain springs and shady oak forests that provide a great setting for camping this weekend. There are several hiking and backpacking trails, and the lake provides a wonderful place to canoe, boat, water ski, kayak and swim. You can find some of the best sunsets, and many great memories can be made here. This is another campsite that requires more than one visit.

Garner State Park is located in South-Central Texas along the Frio River. When you drive north from the north you would think that you are heading to a desert campground, but not far south of Interstate 10 you are in a magical, mountainous wonderland with some of the best views in the state. The park provides an abundance of campsites, as well as some cottages for rent. The kids will enjoy Frio for swimming, swinging the rope or just lounging in a tube. There are also a few places for daring in the group to do rock diving. For kid-friendly camping and great family experiences, Garner State Park will not disappoint.

These are just a few highlights from the many state parks in Texas. The state park campgrounds are well maintained, family friendly and will provide some great experiences that your kids will remember for a lifetime.