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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!
Post walk dinner @ Barnaby''s in the Musuem District
08/31/2015
Monday Walk Houston''s Herman Park
08/31/2015
Trail Running in Memorial Park - Summer 2015
08/31/2015
REI, To The Top OF Africa, Mt. Kilimanjaro
08/31/2015
Grand Canyon - pre-trip meeting
09/01/2015
PRE-TRIP/INFO MEETING For Canoeing/Camping the Wild & Scenic Neches River
09/01/2015
Trail Running @ Memorial Park!
09/02/2015
Post-Walk Pizza & BYOB at Luigi''s
09/02/2015
Rice University Evening Walk
09/02/2015
Labor Day Weekend @ THE BEACH
09/03/2015
Happy Hour at Chuy's before Armando's Dance Night
09/03/2015
80's Dance Night at Armando's
09/03/2015
NWCC Zube Park Ride & Classic Car Show
09/05/2015
Weekend @ THE BEACH - Dinner at Nate’s West End
09/06/2015
Towne Lake Triathlon Volunteers needed!
09/06/2015
Monday Walk Houston's Herman Park
09/07/2015
Labor Day at Huntsville Plus ride the new trails
09/07/2015
Monday Post Walk Dinner-La Fendee
09/07/2015
Rice University Evening Walk
09/09/2015
City Hall Farmer''s Market & Lunch
09/09/2015
Trail Running @ Memorial Park!
09/09/2015
Post-Walk Pizza & BYOB at Luigi''s
09/09/2015
Elton John Tribute at MOT
09/11/2015
NWCC Zube Park Ride
09/12/2015
BCO Farmer’s Market Bike Ride
OPEN TO PUBLIC!

09/12/2015
Iceland Pre-trip Planning Meeting
09/12/2015
Trot For Good Training Program
09/12/2015
Monday Walk Houston''s Herman Park
09/14/2015
Bayou City Outdoors & REI Present: Hiking 101
OPEN TO PUBLIC!

09/14/2015
Coming to Your Senses - Blind Wine Tasting
09/14/2015
Trail Running @ Memorial Park!
09/14/2015
BCO Member & Guests Dinner
09/15/2015
Post-Walk Pizza & BYOB at Luigi''s
09/16/2015
Trail Running @ Memorial Park!
09/16/2015
Rice University Evening Walk
09/16/2015
Biking White Oak Bayou Trail -Leisure Ride
09/17/2015
Happy Hour at Phoenicia MKT Bar
09/18/2015
Chipolte Green Film / Music Event at Discovery Green
09/18/2015
BCO Kayak Polo & Kayak Rolling Practice
09/18/2015
Goose Island State Park Camping and Rockport Hummingbird Festival
09/18/2015
F3 Cross Training's Caveman Challenge
09/19/2015
BCO Pub Roll & Stroll Scavenger Hunt
09/19/2015
ACK Kayak Demo Days
09/19/2015
Tour de Pink
09/20/2015
Kayaking at Lighthouse Lakes Paddling Trail
09/20/2015
Trail Running @ Memorial Park!
09/21/2015
Monday Post Walk Dinner-La Fendee
09/21/2015
Monday Walk Houston''s Herman Park
09/21/2015
West Houston -Tuesday AM Terry Hershey - Bike Ride
09/22/2015
Astros vs the LA Angels
09/22/2015
Chili 2016 Wine and Biking VBT Info. Meeting
09/22/2015
Grand Canyon North & South Rims
09/23/2015
Rice University Evening Walk
09/23/2015
Post-Walk Pizza & BYOB at Luigi''s
09/23/2015
Trail Running @ Memorial Park!
09/23/2015
Thursday Concerts at Discovery Green - featuring Dale Watson and the Lonestars
09/24/2015
Biking White Oak Bayou Trail -Leisure Ride
09/24/2015
BCO Meet & Greet
OPEN TO PUBLIC!

09/24/2015
Whitewater Kayaking 101 Weekends 2015 - READ FIRST
09/25/2015
Whitewater Kayaking Instruction 101
09/26/2015
Mucky Duck_California Guitar Trio
09/26/2015
Tastings - Popcorn
09/26/2015
NWCC Zube Park Ride
09/26/2015
Kayaking and free Hall & Oates Concert!
09/26/2015
End of Season Pool Party and BBQ
09/26/2015
Great night playing lots of games
09/26/2015
BCO Presents: Picasso’s by Paws Painting Party & Fundraiser
OPEN TO PUBLIC!

09/27/2015
Hike Brazos Bend State Park
09/27/2015
Whitewater Kayaking Instruction - Day 2
09/27/2015
Trail Running @ Memorial Park!
09/28/2015
Monday Walk Houston''s Herman Park
09/28/2015
West Houston -Tuesday AM Terry Hershey - Bike Ride
09/29/2015
Rice University Evening Walk
09/30/2015
Post-Walk Pizza & BYOB at Luigi''s
09/30/2015
Trail Running @ Memorial Park!
09/30/2015
Iceland trip
10/03/2015
Daisy "DoBeDo" O'Connor and John Craigie @ Mucky Duck
10/04/2015
Vino Bingo
10/08/2015
Nepal Trek 2015
10/09/2015
Gritty Goddess
10/10/2015
Festa Italiana 2015
10/10/2015
BCO and REI present Backpacking 101
OPEN TO PUBLIC!

10/12/2015
BCO Member & Guests Dinner
10/15/2015
The Elaborate Entrance of Chad Deity at Stages Theatre
10/15/2015
Dinner at Bamboo House before the Theater
10/15/2015
Guadalupe River State Park Camping
10/16/2015
BCO Kayak Polo & Kayak Rolling Practice
10/16/2015
BCO Farmer’s Market Bike Ride
OPEN TO PUBLIC!

10/17/2015
BCO MS150 Kick-Off Dinner and Q&A
OPEN TO PUBLIC!

10/19/2015
Dracula at Studio 101
10/22/2015
Canoeing/Camping Trip on the Wild & Scenic Neches River
10/23/2015
BCO Meet & Greet
OPEN TO PUBLIC!

10/23/2015
West TX Weekend--ARE YOU INTERESTED--Based in Apline TX
10/23/2015
Kiwanis Sealy Fall Classic- "Ride for Pie!"
10/24/2015
Game Night
10/24/2015
BCO Orientation Dinner
OPEN TO PUBLIC!

10/29/2015
Scotland Pre-Trip Meeting
10/30/2015
Golf at Pine Crest Golf Club
10/31/2015
9th Annual BCO Haunted Hike
OPEN TO PUBLIC!

10/31/2015
BCO Weekend in the Woods! - HOLD THE DATE!
11/05/2015
Kate's Escape - Accomodations relating to Tour de Gruene
11/06/2015
Tour de Gruene
11/07/2015
2015 Houston Walk to End Alzheimer's
11/07/2015
DIY Bookbinding
11/08/2015
BCO Member & Guests Dinner
11/11/2015
Camping at Inks Lake
11/13/2015
BCO Kayak Polo & Kayak Rolling Practice
11/13/2015
BCO - A Walk in the Woods
OPEN TO PUBLIC!

11/14/2015
BCO Graffiti Art & Bike Ride
OPEN TO PUBLIC!

11/15/2015
BCO Meet & Greet
OPEN TO PUBLIC!

11/19/2015
Sister’s Christmas Catechism at Stages Theatre
11/19/2015
Dinner at Luby's Cafeteria before the Theater
11/19/2015
A Holiday Gathering and House Concert
11/21/2015
Thanksgiving Hiking Tucson Area
11/22/2015
Dinner at Teala's before the Theater
12/03/2015
Panto Snow Queen: Unfrozen at Stages Theatre
12/03/2015
BCO Event Leader Holiday Party
12/08/2015
FULL - HOLD THE DATE – Costa Rica Beach & Adventure Tour
12/12/2015
BCO Post Holiday Party (Grinches Unite!)
OPEN TO PUBLIC!

12/26/2015
Ecuador & Galapagos Adventure & Tour IN JUNE 2016
02/09/2016
Tramping and Touring in New Zealand!
02/12/2016
ROW 2016 - SAVE THE DATE!
04/28/2016
Ecuador & Galapagos Adventure & Tour
06/25/2016
West Texas Fitness, Multi Sport and Fun Week 2016
08/07/2016
Scotland - Hike The West Highland Way
08/23/2016
Climb Kilimanjaro - RSVP for more INFO
09/16/2016
Chili Biking Vineyards & Costal Vistas
11/02/2016


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