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Camping in Houston

There's lots of places to camp in and around Houston and all over Texas! BCO loves to camp and has visited just about all of them!

We follow the Leave No Trace Rules. Make sure that you know and follow the rules when you go outdoors to play!

If you're still looking for things to do in and around Houston, check out our Get Into the Outdoor Life Series for our Guide to Houston's Hot Spots!

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We have travelled all over this great state and you can see some of what we've found:

Private Campground Locator

Texas State Park Camping Locator

KOA's around Texas

 Travis County Parks

Texas Lake Parks

Places to Camp in and around Houston:

Lake Livingston State Park - Lake Livingston State Park is off Hwy 59 North. There's water sports like kayaking, hiking & biking trails, cabins, campsites and primitive pack-in campsites. Click Here for Details

Huntsville State Park - Off I-45 North in the piney woods of East Texas, Lake Raven is a great place for paddle boats, kayaks, and canoes. There are miles of hiking, biking and horse trails. Large group camping sites are available. Click Here for Details

Stephen F. Austin State Park - Off I-10 West and just an hour from Houston and on the Brazos River, this historical state park has plenty of wildlife, hiking and biking trails and unique flora and fauna. Click Here for Details

Brazos Bend State Park - Off Hwy 59 South and known for its alligators, oaks and observatory, this large state park has miles and miles of trails and astronomy programs. Click Here for Details

Enchanted Rock - Book early if you want to go to Enchanted Rock State Park (affectionately known as E-Rock). Enchanted Rock is the largest exposed granite dome in the U.S. You can hike the dome, or for the more adventurous, you can rock climb up. There's a 4-mile hiking loop and some primitive camping. Click Here for Details

Garner State Park - On the banks of the Rio Frio, one of Texas' most beautiful rivers, is the very large Garner State Park. With rolling and rocky hills, there are both easy and difficult hiking trails. When the water's up there is tubing; when the water's down, there is kayaking - if you dare! Frio is COLD in Spanish. And enjoy the historical dances on the cliff at certain times of the year.  Click Here for Details

Palo Duro Canyon - Known as the "Grand Canyon of Texas", this historical park is off the beaten path, but is worth the trip! It offers incredible rock scenery, hiking, and canoeing & kayaking. You can also reserve historic CCC vintage cabins on the rim of the canyon. Click Here for Details

Camping Checklist!

If you're wondering what you should bring on a camping trip, well, we've done the research for you! The following checklist from REI will help!

For a printer-friendly version, click Here Print Checklist (PDF)

In and around camp

  • Tent (with stakes and guylines)
  • Tent footprint
  • Tent-pole repair sleeve
  • Sun shade, tarp or screen house
  • Sleeping bags (with optional liners)
  • Sleeping pads/air mattresses
  • Pad/mattress repair kit
  • Pump for air mattresses
  • Pillows
  • Multi-tool or knife
  • Daypacks (see our Day Hiking checklist)
  • Trekking poles
  • Child carrier
  • Rolling jogger
  • ______________________
  • Folding chairs
  • Folding table
  • Cots
  • Other furniture __________________
  • Headlamps (with extra batteries)
  • Flashlights (with extra batteries, bulbs)
  • Lanterns (with mantles, if needed)
  • Lantern fuel or batteries
  • Water filter or treatment tablets
  • Bikes
  • Bike trailers
  • Inflatable boat with paddles
  • Fishing gear (and license)
  • Canoeing/kayaking gear
  • ______________________

Clothing and footwear

(if chilly nights are possible, come prepared)

  • Moisture-wicking T-shirts
  • Moisture-wicking underwear
  • Quick-drying pants/shorts
  • Long-sleeve shirts (for sun, bugs)
  • Sun-shielding hats
  • Swimsuits
  • Bandanas or buffs
  • Boots or shoes suited to terrain
  • Socks (synthetic or wool)
  • ______________________
  • Long underwear
  • Sleepwear
  • Insulating jacket or vest
  • Insulated pants
  • Gloves or mittens
  • Rainwear (jacket and pants)
  • Clothesline with clips
  • Water sandals
  • In-camp sandals or booties
  • _______________________

Kitchen

(select according to personal tastes and needs)

  • Stove
  • Windscreen
  • Fuel
  • Fuel bottle(s) with fuel funnel
  • Matches/lighter
  • Charcoal (with fire starter)
  • Firewood (plus saw or ax)
  • Grill rack
  • Frying pan
  • Cook pots
  • Pot grabber
  • Dutch oven
  • Portable coffee/espresso maker
  • Hot-cold vacuum bottle
  • Hand-crank blender
  • Bottle opener/corkscrew
  • Tablecloth and clips (or tape)
  • Recipes
  • Marshmallow/wiener roasting sticks
  • Food-storage containers
  • Resealable storage bags
  • Trash bags
  • ________________________
  • Coolers
  • Ice
  • Water bottles
  • Plates, bowls, mixing bowls
  • Mugs/cups
  • Measuring cups
  • Measuring spoons
  • Utensils
  • Paring knife
  • Spatula
  • Whisk
  • Kitchen organizer
  • Cutting board or cutting surface
  • Funnel
  • Foil
  • Egg holder(s)
  • Biodegradable soap
  • Pot scrubber/sponge(s)
  • Collapsible water container(s)
  • Portable or standing camp sink
  • Drying rack
  • Quick-dry towels
  • _______________________

Food

(for more options, see our Outdoor kitchen checklist)

  • Coffee
  • Cereal/granola/oatmeal
  • Eggs (freeze-dried or fresh)
  • Breakfast bars
  • Batter mix
  • Syrup
  • Butter/margarine
  • Jelly/jam
  • Bread/bagels
  • Meat (fresh and jerky)
  • Soup mixes/bouillon cubes
  • Prepared or freeze-dried meals
  • Cooking oil/spray
  • Salt/pepper
  • _______________________
  • ______________________
  • ______________________
  • Tea
  • Milk (powdered or fresh)
  • Cocoa
  • Drink mixes
  • Bottled/canned beverages
  • Energy food (bars, gels, trail mix)
  • Fruit (dried and fresh)
  • Vegetables
  • Cheese
  • Crackers/chips
  • Chocolate/sweets
  • Marshmallows
  • Spice kit
  • Herbs
  • ______________________
  • ______________________
  • ______________________

Personal items

(tip: To more easily locate gear, keep similar items in a single duffel)

  • Toilet paper
  • Sunscreen
  • Lip balm
  • Insect repellent
  • Hand sanitizer
  • Alcohol or antiseptic wipes
  • Spare eyeglasses/contact lenses
  • Mirror
  • ______________________
  • First-aid kit (see First-Aid checklist)
  • Prescription medications
  • Toothbrush, toiletry kit
  • Cosmetics
  • Brush/comb
  • Eyeshades; earplugs
  • Biodegradable soap
  • Shower water bag
  • _______________________

Other items

  • Camera
  • Camcorder
  • Memory cards/film
  • Binoculars
  • Campsite reservation confirmation
  • Maps
  • Guidebook
  • Interpretive field guides (flowers, insects)
  • Star chart/night-sky identifier
  • Pet tent
  • Pet bed
  • _______________________
  • Paperbacks/DVDs
  • Notebook and pen/pencil
  • Sketchpad with art supplies
  • Radio or music player with headphones
  • Two-way radios
  • GPS receiver
  • Cell phone
  • Travel alarm clock
  • Umbrella
  • Pet food (with favorite bowl)
  • Pet toys (such as Chuckit!)
  • ______________________

Fun stuff

(search "toys" at REI.com for more ideas)

  • Playing cards
  • Rolling ice cream maker
  • Kick-around foot bag
  • Kites
  • Geocaching materials (with GPS receivers)
  • Paddle ball set
  • Glow sticks
  • _______________________
  • Flying discs
  • Puzzles (crosswords, etc.)
  • Board games
  • Water toys
  • Electronic toys
  • Boomerang
  • _______________________ for kids
  • _______________________
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Events To Watch!
ROW - Sit & Sip Whiskey Tour to Garrison Brothers Distillery
04/25/2014
ROW - Enchanted Rock Hike
04/25/2014
Trail Running @ Memorial Park!
04/25/2014
ROW Geocaching hike through Pedernales Falls SP
04/25/2014
ROW Fredericksburg Herb Farm
04/25/2014
ROW Killer Bunnies and more...
04/25/2014
ROW Killer Bunnies and more...
04/26/2014
ROW In the works - Wine Tasting & Music
04/26/2014
ROW Hike Pedernales State Park
04/26/2014
First Annual ROW Wine Tasting Competition
04/26/2014
ROW Rock Climbing at Reimer's Ranch Deadline has passed!
04/26/2014
ROW Bike Ride @--Luckenbach Loop
04/26/2014
Rock Out Weekend - Swimming Hole Chill Out
04/27/2014
ROW Mountain bike ride on the ranch trails
04/27/2014
Biking Dixie Farm Road Park
04/27/2014
Evening Fitness @ the Memorial Park 3 mile loop!
04/28/2014
Central Market Wine Workshop: Discovery Wines
04/28/2014
Post-walk dinner @ Ruggles Cafe
04/28/2014
Trail Running @ Memorial Park!
04/28/2014
Monday Walk Houston's Hermann Park
04/28/2014
Downtown Houston Photo Shoot and Photoshop Combo - Part II
04/29/2014
West Houston - Terry Hershey - Bike Ride
04/30/2014
Rice University Evening Walk
04/30/2014
Post-Walk Pizza & BYOB at Luigi''s
04/30/2014
BCO Meet & Greet
OPEN TO PUBLIC!

04/30/2014
Summerfest - free Concert Series
05/02/2014
BCO Dragon Boat Team
05/03/2014
The 2014 Houston Walk to Cure Arthritis
05/03/2014
Big Bend Adventure - Post-Trip Party
05/03/2014
Dragon Boat - Spectators, Cheerleaders!
05/03/2014
Bike for Mike
05/03/2014
Fine Wine and Sunshine!
OPEN TO PUBLIC!

05/03/2014
Hiking Mission Tejas State Park
05/03/2014
Chili & Fajita Cook Off
05/03/2014
Dinner at Maine-ly Sandwiches
05/04/2014
Aspen, Colorado Pre-Trip Meeting
05/04/2014
Mountain Biking at Timberlane Trails
05/04/2014
Hike Brazos Bend State Park 2014
05/04/2014
Post-walk dinner @ Ruggles Cafe
05/05/2014
Monday Walk Houston''s Hermann Park
05/05/2014
YOGA at Discovery Green- FREE!!
05/06/2014
Rice University Evening Walk
05/07/2014
West Houston - Terry Hershey - Bike Ride
05/07/2014
7th Annual Chelsey's 5K WalkRun for Kids
05/07/2014
Post-Walk Pizza & BYOB at Luigi''s
05/07/2014
Lake Ouachita Getaway! May 8-12
05/08/2014
Annual ''Art Car Sneak Peek''
05/08/2014
UHD Thursday Concerts - Bill Kirchen
05/08/2014
Summerfest - free Concert Series
05/09/2014
Whitewater Kayaking 101 Weekend - READ FIRST*
05/09/2014
Colombian night: Happy Hour, Dinner & Live Music
05/09/2014
NWCC Zube Park Ride
05/10/2014
Bayou City Outdoors Whitewater Kayaking Instruction 101
05/10/2014
Annual Art Car Parade
05/10/2014
Tour de Cure - San Antonio
05/10/2014
Arches, Canyonlands, Goblin Valley & The San Rafeal Swell, TRIP IS FULL
05/10/2014
Watershed Market’s second weekend market
05/10/2014
22nd Annual ROLLING HILLS CHALLENGE 2014
05/10/2014
Highlights of Houston Ballet at MOT
05/10/2014
Kayaking and free Lady Antebellum concert!
05/10/2014
Bayou City Outdoors Whitewater Kayaking 101
05/11/2014
Monday Walk Houston''s Hermann Park
05/12/2014
Monday Post Walk Dinner
05/12/2014
YOGA at Discovery Green- FREE!!
05/13/2014
Post-Walk Pizza & BYOB at Luigi''s
05/14/2014
Bike to Work Day
OPEN TO PUBLIC!

05/15/2014
Summerfest - free Concert Series
05/16/2014
Bayou City Outdoors Kayak Polo & Rolling Practice - in one!
OPEN TO PUBLIC!

05/16/2014
Port Aransas or Bust! - Mayan Princess with ACSA
05/16/2014
Empty Bowls - Houston Food Bank
05/17/2014
Whitewater weekend with Arkansas Canoe Club
05/17/2014
Bayou City Outdoors Farmer’s Market Bike Ride
OPEN TO PUBLIC!

05/17/2014
Crawfish Boil and Catfish Fry at David''s
05/17/2014
Kayaking at David''s before Crawfish Boil
05/17/2014
BCO - A Walk in the Woods
OPEN TO PUBLIC!

05/18/2014
BCO Member Dinner
05/21/2014
West Houston - Terry Hershey - Bike Ride
05/21/2014
Rice University Evening Walk
05/21/2014
UHD Thursday Concerts - Quiet Company
05/22/2014
Davis Mountains hiking
05/23/2014
Summerfest - free Concert Series
05/23/2014
Italy & Hike the Amalfi Coast - The Wrapper
05/24/2014
Exploring Galveston Island State Park
05/25/2014
Cool time on the water/BBQ
05/25/2014
Rice University Evening Walk
05/28/2014
Post-Walk Pizza & BYOB at Luigi''s
05/28/2014
Bayou City Outdoors Meet & Greet
OPEN TO PUBLIC!

05/30/2014
Summerfest - free Concert Series
05/30/2014
Best Hikes & Cities of Switzerland Tour! Enjoy 9 days of hiking and sightseeing in majestic Switzerland
05/30/2014
Hike Italy's Amalfi Coast - the Main Event!
05/31/2014
Fayetteville Good Old Summertime Classic Bike Ride - HOLD THE DATE!
06/01/2014
Post-Walk Pizza & BYOB at Luigi''s
06/04/2014
Bayou City Outdoors Event Leader Dinner
06/05/2014
Summerfest - free Concert Series
06/06/2014
BCO & REI Present: Summertime Dogs 101 – Hikes, Health & Happy Paws
OPEN TO PUBLIC!

06/09/2014
Bayou City Outdoors Progressive Member Dinner
06/12/2014
Summerfest - free Concert Series
06/13/2014
Whitewater Kayaking 101 Weekend - READ FIRST*
06/13/2014
Bayou City Outdoors Whitewater Kayaking Instruction 101
06/14/2014
Big, The Musical at MOT
06/14/2014
Bayou City Outdoors Farmer’s Market Bike Ride
OPEN TO PUBLIC!

06/14/2014
Kayaking and free James Taylor concert!
06/14/2014
NWCC Zube Park Ride
06/14/2014
Bayou City Outdoors Whitewater Kayaking 101
06/15/2014
Wine Country Tour of Sonoma & Napa!
06/19/2014
Summerfest - free Concert Series
06/20/2014
Vallejo (Rock Band)
06/20/2014
Bayou City Outdoors Kayak Polo & Rolling Practice - in one!
OPEN TO PUBLIC!

06/20/2014
Colorado_Aspen
06/21/2014
BCO BIRTHDAY BASH
06/21/2014
NWCC Zube Park Ride
06/21/2014
Summerfest - free Concert Series
06/27/2014
Summer Symphony Nights at MOT
06/28/2014
NWCC Zube Park Ride
06/28/2014
Frozen Sing-Along at MOT
07/05/2014
Bikes, Bats, Brews, B-Cycles on Buffalo Bayou!
OPEN TO PUBLIC!

07/12/2014
BCO - A Walk in the Woods
OPEN TO PUBLIC!

07/12/2014
Kayaking and free Lionel Richie concert!
07/12/2014
Bayou City Outdoors & REI Present: SUP 101 – Stand Up & Paddle!
OPEN TO PUBLIC!

07/14/2014
Tour of Iceland - RSVP here for more INFO
07/15/2014
Bayou City Outdoors Kayak Polo & Rolling Practice - in one!
OPEN TO PUBLIC!

07/18/2014
The Best Little Whorehouse in Texas at MOT
07/19/2014
Bayou City Outdoors Summer Meet & Greet
OPEN TO PUBLIC!

07/31/2014
Two Gentlement of Verona at MOT
08/01/2014
West Texas Fitness, Multi Sport and Fun Week 2014
08/03/2014
Lunch in Alpine TX Before Fitness Week
08/03/2014
Henry IV Part 1 at MOT
08/08/2014
Kayaking and/or Hiking in Scotland
08/09/2014
Machu Picchu (Peru) hiking
08/18/2014
VBT Ireland Bicycle Tour
08/25/2014
River trip on the Rio Chama over labor day weekend
08/29/2014
Maryland Bicycle trip to Chesapeake Bay area
09/07/2014
Wine Tasting on the River Adventures - Snake River rafting through Hells Canyon
09/14/2014
Tour de Pink Bike Ride 2014
09/14/2014
Dinner Before Pineywoods Ride
10/03/2014
Bike East Texas--Pineywoods Purgatory
10/04/2014
Backpacking The Ozark Highlands Trail
10/09/2014
Nepal Trek
10/10/2014
Thanksgiving in Sante Fe, New Mexico
11/27/2014
Climb Kilimanjaro - RSVP for more INFO
07/06/2015


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