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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!
The International Gem & Jewelry Show
04/19/2015
King's Biergarten 4th Anniversary Party
04/19/2015
Japan Festival Houston
04/19/2015
Flooding cancellation- Morning Ride!
04/19/2015
Hermann Park Evening Walk
04/20/2015
Monday Post Walk Dinner-La Fendee
04/20/2015
Evening Fitness @ the Memorial Park 3 mile loop!
04/20/2015
Arthur Storey Park Power Walk
04/20/2015
Trail Running @ Memorial Park!
04/20/2015
Hike Memorial Park!
04/21/2015
West Houston -Tuesday AM Terry Hershey - Bike Ride
04/21/2015
Costa Rica! Come find out more about this trip!!
04/22/2015
Wheels Up Wednesday!
04/22/2015
Post-Walk Pizza & BYOB at Luigi''s
04/22/2015
Rice University Evening Walk
04/22/2015
BCO Free:Pain & Injury Relief Workshop
OPEN TO PUBLIC!

04/23/2015
Biking White Oak Bayou Trail -Leisure Ride
04/23/2015
Iceland Informational Meeting
04/24/2015
Rich Hopkins and Lisa Novak
04/24/2015
Trail Running @ Memorial Park!
04/24/2015
Camping at Galveston Island State Park
04/24/2015
Everyday Jewels and Junk Going out of Business Auction
04/25/2015
Shiner GASP Bike Ride
04/25/2015
NWCC Zube Park Ride
04/25/2015
Chili & Fajita Cook Off
04/25/2015
Hike Houston Arboretum
04/25/2015
Brunch at Canyon Creek Cafe'' (After the Arboretum Hike)
04/25/2015
Kayaking and free The Doobie Brothers Concert!
04/26/2015
Blue Heron Farm Visit
04/26/2015
Kayak Swimmer Support for IRONMAN 70.3 Galveston
04/26/2015
Trail Running @ Memorial Park!
04/27/2015
Evening Fitness @ the Memorial Park 3 mile loop!
04/27/2015
Hermann Park Evening Walk
04/27/2015
Post walk dinner @ Little Bigs
04/27/2015
West Houston -Tuesday AM Terry Hershey - Bike Ride
04/28/2015
Skate, Bike, Rattle and Roll
04/28/2015
Rice University Evening Walk
04/29/2015
Post-Walk Pizza & BYOB at Luigi''s
04/29/2015
ROW Massage
04/30/2015
Camping and dining for ROW - PAY HERE
04/30/2015
2015 ROW accommodations and dining
04/30/2015
ROW - LBJ State Park Walking Tour
05/01/2015
A Daisy for ROW-ers
05/01/2015
ROW - Mountain bike ride on the ranch trails
05/01/2015
2nd Annual ROW Wine Tasting Competition
05/01/2015
ROW Massage
05/01/2015
SummerFest in Pearland
05/01/2015
ROW - Bell Springs Winery and Live Music
05/02/2015
Cinco de Mayo 5K
05/02/2015
ROW Massage
05/02/2015
ROW - Bats & Burgers
05/02/2015
ROW - Rock Climbing at Reimer's Ranch
05/02/2015
ROW - CD Release Party for Bad Marmot
05/02/2015
Haynie Spirit Bone Cancer Foundation 6th Annual BBQ fundraiser
05/02/2015
Petal for a Purpose
05/02/2015
ROW - Mountain Bike Demo at the Ranch
05/03/2015
Blankets and Blues Open Air Music Festival 2015
05/03/2015
Kayak The San Bernard River, Bates M. Allen Park
05/03/2015
Santo de Mayo 5K
05/03/2015
Kayaking and free Lady Antebellum Concert!
05/03/2015
Hermann Park Evening Walk
05/04/2015
Post-Walk Pizza & BYOB at Luigi''s
05/06/2015
Irreverent Yoga in the Park
05/07/2015
Nepal Trek Info Meeting
05/07/2015
Whitewater Kayaking 101 Weekends 2015 - READ FIRST
05/08/2015
SummerFest in Pearland
05/08/2015
Kayak_ Lake Somerville
05/09/2015
Crawfish Boil and Catfish Fry at David's
05/09/2015
Kayaking at David's before Crawfish Boil
05/09/2015
Whitewater Kayaking Instruction 101
05/09/2015
Handlebar Cyclery Bike Ride
05/09/2015
Whitewater Kayaking Instruction - Day 2
05/10/2015
Colonial Virginia VBT Bike Tour
05/10/2015
Whitewater Guide School - Green River
05/11/2015
Monday Walk Houston''s Hermann Park
05/11/2015
Skate, Bike, Rattle and Roll
05/12/2015
BCO Member & Guests Dinner
05/12/2015
Post-Walk Pizza & BYOB at Luigi''s
05/13/2015
BCO Kayak Polo & Kayak Rolling Practice
05/15/2015
SummerFest in Pearland
05/15/2015
Giselle at MOT
05/16/2015
The Music Man at Hobby Center
05/16/2015
Peruvian cuisine
05/16/2015
CC Rider Band at Wild Alaska Tavern!
05/16/2015
Empty Bowls - Houston Food Bank
05/16/2015
NWCC Zube Park Ride
05/16/2015
For a ride on the southwest side: Handlebar Cyclery Bike Ride
05/17/2015
Monday Walk Houston''s Hermann Park
05/18/2015
Post-Walk Pizza & BYOB at Luigi''s
05/20/2015
BCO Meet & Greet
OPEN TO PUBLIC!

05/21/2015
SummerFest in Pearland
05/22/2015
Memorial Weekend at Caddo Lake State Park
05/22/2015
Dinner at Auntie Skinners Riverboat Club
05/23/2015
The Magic Flute at MOT
05/23/2015
Texas Hoedown Car Show
05/23/2015
NWCC Zube Park Ride + Car show!
05/23/2015
Kayaking at Caddo Lake State Park
05/24/2015
Hermann Park Evening Walk
05/25/2015
Skate, Bike, Rattle and Roll
05/26/2015
Post-Walk Pizza & BYOB at Luigi''s
05/27/2015
Kayaking and free Jimmy Buffett & The Coral Reefer Band Concert!
05/28/2015
SummerFest in Pearland
05/29/2015
Best Hikes & Cities of Switzerland Tour with HCO
05/29/2015
Historic Galveston Cemetery Tour
05/30/2015
Lunch After Historic Galveston Cemetery Tour
05/30/2015
BCO Farmer’s Market Bike Ride
OPEN TO PUBLIC!

05/30/2015
NWCC Zube Park Ride
05/30/2015
BCO - A Walk in the Woods
OPEN TO PUBLIC!

05/31/2015
Post-Walk Pizza & BYOB at Luigi''s
06/03/2015
Event Leader Dinner
06/04/2015
SummerFest in Pearland
06/05/2015
Accordian Kings and Queens at MOT
06/06/2015
Dinner: Local Foods
06/06/2015
National Trails Day
06/06/2015
NWCC Zube Park Ride
06/06/2015
Fayetteville Good Old Summertime Classic Bike Ride
06/07/2015
BCO & REI Present: Summertime Dogs 101 – Hikes, Health & Happy Paws
OPEN TO PUBLIC!

06/08/2015
BCO Members & Guests Dinner
06/11/2015
SummerFest in Pearland
06/12/2015
BCO Kayak Polo & Kayak Rolling Practice
06/12/2015
Vancouver Vacation 2015 - Hold the date!
06/13/2015
BCO Farmer’s Market Bike Ride
OPEN TO PUBLIC!

06/13/2015
Skate, Bike, Rattle and Roll
06/16/2015
Whitewater Kayaking 101 Weekends 2015 - READ FIRST
06/19/2015
SummerFest in Pearland
06/19/2015
Twilight Tunes On The Bayou
06/19/2015
Whitewater Kayaking Instruction 101
06/20/2015
Handlebar Cyclery Bike Ride
06/20/2015
Oregon Hiking and Wine Tasting Pre Trip Meeting
06/21/2015
Whitewater Kayaking Instruction - Day 2
06/21/2015
SummerFest in Pearland
06/26/2015
BCO's 14th B-day Bash
OPEN TO PUBLIC!

06/26/2015
Lunch after Kayaking the Colorado River
06/27/2015
Houston Symphony at MOT
06/27/2015
Kayaking on the Colorado River (14.3 miles)
06/27/2015
NWCC Zube Park Ride
06/27/2015
Smoky Mountains for 4th of July
07/01/2015
The Wizard of Oz at MOT
07/03/2015
NWCC Zube Park Ride
07/11/2015
BCO & REI Present: SUP 101 – Stand Up & Paddle!
OPEN TO PUBLIC!

07/13/2015
BCO Member & Guests Dinner
07/14/2015
Exploring the San Juan Islands by Kayak
07/14/2015
BCO Kayak Polo & Kayak Rolling Practice
07/17/2015
Dinner: Grafiti Kitchen
07/17/2015
BCO - A Walk in the Woods
OPEN TO PUBLIC!

07/18/2015
Smokey Joe's Cafe at MOT
07/18/2015
Austin Zipline/Jacob's Well Weekend Trip
07/18/2015
NWCC Zube Park Ride
07/18/2015
BCO Stand Up Paddleboard Lessons - on the water!
OPEN TO PUBLIC!

07/19/2015
Whitewater Kayaking 101 Weekends 2015 - READ FIRST
07/24/2015
Whitewater Kayaking Instruction 101
07/25/2015
NWCC Zube Park Ride
07/25/2015
Whitewater Kayaking Instruction - Day 2
07/26/2015
BCO Meet & Greet
OPEN TO PUBLIC!

07/30/2015
Bikes, Bats, Brews & Bcycles - all on Buffalo Bayou!
OPEN TO PUBLIC!

07/31/2015
The Merchant of Venice at MOT
08/01/2015
NWCC Zube Park Ride
08/01/2015
West Texas Fitness, Multi Sport and Fun Week 2015
08/02/2015
Macbeth at MOT
08/08/2015
NWCC Zube Park Ride
08/08/2015
BCO Member & Guests Dinner
08/11/2015
BCO Kayak Polo & Kayak Rolling Practice
08/14/2015
NWCC Zube Park Ride
08/15/2015
Whitewater Kayaking 101 Weekends 2015 - READ FIRST
08/21/2015
Whitewater Kayaking Instruction 101
08/22/2015
Bicycling Upper Michigan
08/22/2015
Aspen Colorado Adventures
08/22/2015
NWCC Zube Park Ride
08/22/2015
Whitewater Kayaking Instruction - Day 2
08/23/2015
Labor Day weekend _ BCO Weekend Bash - Save the date
09/04/2015
Goose Island State Park Camping and Rockport Hummingbird Festival
09/18/2015
Whitewater Kayaking 101 Weekends 2015 - READ FIRST
09/25/2015
Whitewater Kayaking Instruction 101
09/26/2015
Kayak_ Lake Somerville
09/26/2015
Whitewater Kayaking Instruction - Day 2
09/27/2015
Iceland trip
10/03/2015
Nepal Trek 2015
10/09/2015
Guadalupe River State Park Camping
10/16/2015
BCO Weekend in the Woods! - HOLD THE DATE!
11/05/2015
HOLD THE DATE – Costa Rica Beach & Adventure Tour
12/20/2015
New Year's Eve in Grand Lake Colorado
12/29/2015
Ecuador Adventure & Tour
02/10/2016
Climb Kilimanjaro - RSVP for more INFO
09/16/2016


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