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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!
Monday Walk Houston''s Hermann Park
07/28/2014
Trail Running @ Memorial Park!
07/28/2014
Post-Walk Dinner & Margaritas at Bodegas
07/28/2014
Hike Memorial Park!
07/29/2014
West Houston - Terry Hershey - Bike Ride
07/30/2014
Rice University Evening Walk
07/30/2014
Post-Walk Pizza & BYOB at Luigi''s
07/30/2014
BCO Presents Karbach Fun Run
07/31/2014
Kemah Ghost Tour
07/31/2014
White Linen Night in the Heights
08/02/2014
NWCC Zube Park Ride
08/02/2014
Henry IV Part 1 at MOT
08/02/2014
West Texas Fitness, Multi Sport and Fun Week 2014
08/03/2014
Lunch in Alpine TX Before Fitness Week
08/03/2014
Dance Lessons - Western Swing/ Polka Level II
08/03/2014
Monday Walk Houston''s Hermann Park
08/04/2014
Get Down With The Guzzlers!
08/05/2014
Rice University Evening Walk
08/06/2014
Post-Walk Pizza & BYOB at Luigi''s
08/06/2014
Full Gallop at Stages Theater
08/07/2014
Dinner at Salata before Theater
08/07/2014
Rock The Dock with Rat Ranch
08/07/2014
Sugar Land- Music in the Plaza Live Music featuring Grupo Bachata
08/08/2014
Kayaking and/or Hiking in Scotland
08/09/2014
Two Gentlement of Verona at MOT
08/09/2014
Kayaking and a (free) Tim McGraw concert
08/09/2014
CrossFit with Julie!
08/09/2014
Lunch after CrossFit
08/09/2014
Mountain Biking - Cypress Creek and 100 Acre Wood Trails
08/10/2014
Monday Walk Houston''s Hermann Park
08/11/2014
Grill dinner, live music and sailboat races on Clear Lake!
08/13/2014
Rice University Evening Walk
08/13/2014
Pay for dragon boat Regatta here
08/14/2014
BCO Monthly Members & Guests dinner
08/14/2014
Ski Beaver Creek January 2015-registration opens
08/15/2014
Monday Walk Houston''s Hermann Park
08/18/2014
Machu Picchu (Peru) hiking
08/18/2014
Rice University Evening Walk
08/20/2014
Bayou City Outdoors Kayak Polo & Rolling Practice - in one!
OPEN TO PUBLIC!

08/22/2014
Kayak Sea Wolf Park
08/23/2014
A Malbec Wine Tasting
08/23/2014
VBT Ireland Bicycle Tour
08/25/2014
Monday Walk Houston''s Hermann Park
08/25/2014
Rice University Evening Walk
08/27/2014
BCO Summer Party and M&G
OPEN TO PUBLIC!

08/28/2014
River trip on the Rio Chama over labor day weekend
08/29/2014
Concert in the park - Chicago and REO Speedwagon
08/29/2014
Kayaking and free Brad Paisley concert!
09/06/2014
Hiking Yosemite National Park
09/06/2014
Maryland Bicycle trip to Chesapeake Bay area
09/07/2014
Bayou City Outdoors & REI Present: Hiking 101
OPEN TO PUBLIC!

09/08/2014
BCO Kayak Polo & Rolling Practice
OPEN TO PUBLIC!

09/12/2014
Concert in the park - ZZ Top
09/12/2014
Bayou City Outdoors Farmer’s Market Bike Ride
OPEN TO PUBLIC!

09/13/2014
After-Ride Lunch at Onion Creek
OPEN TO PUBLIC!

09/13/2014
Wine Tasting on the River Adventures - Snake River rafting through Hells Canyon
09/14/2014
Tour de Pink Bike Ride 2014
09/14/2014
Ski Beaver Creek January 2015 - registration deadline to be eligible for $100 raffle
09/15/2014
BCO Special Member Dinner with Grown Up Story Time
09/17/2014
Canoeing/Camping Trip on the Wild & Scenic Neches River
09/19/2014
Magical Museum Mystery Tour
09/21/2014
BCO - A Walk in the Woods & Picnic
OPEN TO PUBLIC!

09/21/2014
Bayou City Outdoors Meet & Greet
OPEN TO PUBLIC!

09/25/2014
BCO Presents: Picassos by Paws Painting Party & Fundraiser
OPEN TO PUBLIC!

09/28/2014
Dinner Before Pineywoods Ride
10/03/2014
Camping at Pedernales Falls SP
10/03/2014
Bike East Texas--Pineywoods Purgatory
10/04/2014
Backpacking The Ozark Highlands Trail
10/09/2014
Nepal Trek
10/10/2014
Ski Beaver Creek January 2015- final date for changes without penalty
10/10/2014
After-Ride Lunch at Onion Creek
OPEN TO PUBLIC!

10/11/2014
BCO Farmer’s Market Bike Ride
OPEN TO PUBLIC!

10/11/2014
BCO & REI Present: Camping 101!*
OPEN TO PUBLIC!

10/13/2014
Bayou City Outdoors Kayak Polo & Rolling Practice - in one! 2014
OPEN TO PUBLIC!

10/17/2014
Bike Around the Bay 2014
10/18/2014
11th Annual Gulf Coast International Dragon Boat Regatta - SIGN UP HERE
10/19/2014
Ski Beaver Creek January 2015- final payment due
10/19/2014
BCO Roof Top Party Meet & Greet
OPEN TO PUBLIC!

10/25/2014
8th Annual BCO Haunted Hike & Pizza Party
OPEN TO PUBLIC!

10/31/2014
The Addams Family at MOT
11/01/2014
BCO Weekend in the Woods - camping!
11/07/2014
Frogz at MOT
11/08/2014
Monument Hill & Kreische Brewery State Historic Site
11/08/2014
Thanksgiving in Sante Fe, New Mexico
11/26/2014
Christmas Hiking Tucson Area
12/25/2014
Ski Beaver Creek
01/10/2015
Ski Whistler, BC Canada with HCO
01/25/2015
HOLD THE DATE -Rock Out Weekend 2015!
04/30/2015
California Wine Country & Pacific Coast
05/13/2015
Climb Kilimanjaro - RSVP for more INFO
07/06/2015


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