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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 Wizard of Oz at MOT
07/03/2015
Burn Your Buns
07/04/2015
**TIME CHANGE** 2015 4th of July Spectacular Pool Party and BBQ
07/04/2015
BETA Theater’s Stand-Up Showcase at MKT Bar
07/05/2015
Monday Walk Houston''s Hermann Park
07/06/2015
Trail Running @ Memorial Park!
07/06/2015
Evening Fitness @ the Memorial Park 3 mile loop!
07/06/2015
West Houston -Tuesday AM Terry Hershey - Bike Ride
07/07/2015
Post-Walk Pizza & BYOB at Luigi''s
07/08/2015
Water Exercise and Conditioning
07/08/2015
Rice University Evening Walk
07/08/2015
Irreverent Yoga in the Park
OPEN TO PUBLIC!

07/09/2015
Sand Volleyball
07/10/2015
Trail Running @ Memorial Park!
07/10/2015
Bike by the Beach Ride!*
07/11/2015
Dinner: Local Foods
07/11/2015
NWCC Zube Park Ride
07/11/2015
Art Project; Paste Papers - Part 1 to Book Creation!
07/12/2015
Monday Post Walk Dinner-La Fendee
07/13/2015
Monday Walk Houston's Hermann Park
07/13/2015
Trail Running @ Memorial Park!
07/13/2015
Evening Fitness @ the Memorial Park 3 mile loop!
07/13/2015
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
West Houston -Tuesday AM Terry Hershey - Bike Ride
07/14/2015
Post-Walk Pizza & BYOB at Luigi''s
07/15/2015
Water Exercise and Conditioning
07/15/2015
Rice University Evening Walk
07/15/2015
The Honky Tonk Angels at Stages Theatre
07/16/2015
Dinner at Teala's before the Theater
07/16/2015
BCO Kayak Polo & Kayak Rolling Practice
07/17/2015
Dinner: Gratifi Kitchen
07/17/2015
Labor Day Weekend @ the BEACH - DEPOSIT
07/17/2015
Trail Running @ Memorial Park!
07/17/2015
Joe's Water Fountain Bike Ride
07/18/2015
NWCC Zube Park Ride
07/18/2015
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
Discovery Green - Two Fer - Flea Market & Julydoscope
07/18/2015
BCO Stand Up Paddleboard Lessons - on the water!
OPEN TO PUBLIC!

07/19/2015
Katy Flatland Century
07/19/2015
Trail Running @ Memorial Park!
07/20/2015
Evening Fitness @ the Memorial Park 3 mile loop!
07/20/2015
Monday Walk Houston''s Hermann Park
07/20/2015
Costa Rica Pre-Trip meeting
07/21/2015
Post-Walk Pizza & BYOB at Luigi''s
07/22/2015
Water Exercise and Conditioning
07/22/2015
Rice University Evening Walk
07/22/2015
BCO Orientation Dinner
OPEN TO PUBLIC!

07/23/2015
Biking White Oak Bayou Trail -Leisure Ride
07/23/2015
Irreverent Yoga in the Park
07/23/2015
Summer Nights & City Lights!
07/23/2015
Dinner & Live Music @ Cottonwood
07/24/2015
Trail Running @ Memorial Park!
07/24/2015
Whitewater Kayaking 101 Weekends 2015 - READ FIRST
OPEN TO PUBLIC!

07/24/2015
Whitewater Kayaking Instruction 101
OPEN TO PUBLIC!

07/25/2015
Estate auction
07/25/2015
NWCC Zube Park Ride
07/25/2015
Whitewater Kayaking Instruction - Day 2
OPEN TO PUBLIC!

07/26/2015
Trail Running @ Memorial Park!
07/27/2015
Evening Fitness @ the Memorial Park 3 mile loop!
07/27/2015
Monday Walk Houston''s Hermann Park
07/27/2015
Monday Post Walk Dinner-La Fendee
07/27/2015
West Houston -Tuesday AM Terry Hershey - Bike Ride
07/28/2015
Post-Walk Pizza & BYOB at Luigi''s
07/29/2015
Water Exercise and Conditioning
07/29/2015
Rice University Evening Walk
07/29/2015
BCO Meet & Greet
OPEN TO PUBLIC!

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

07/31/2015
Trail Running @ Memorial Park!
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
NWCC Zube Park Ride
08/08/2015
Macbeth at MOT
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
Classic Albums Live - The Rolling Stones' Sticky Fingers at MOT
08/15/2015
Labor Day Weekend @ the BEACH - FINAL PAYMENT
08/19/2015
Whitewater Kayaking 101 Weekends 2015 - READ FIRST
08/21/2015
Whitewater Kayaking Instruction 101
08/22/2015
NWCC Zube Park Ride
08/22/2015
Aspen Colorado Adventures
08/22/2015
Whitewater Kayaking Instruction - Day 2
08/23/2015
BCO Meet & Greet
OPEN TO PUBLIC!

08/28/2015
BOATS Bats and Brew
OPEN TO PUBLIC!

08/29/2015
Labor Day Weekend @ THE BEACH
09/04/2015
Weekend @ THE BEACH - Dinner at Nate’s West End
09/06/2015
Goose Island State Park Camping and Rockport Hummingbird Festival
09/18/2015
F3 Cross Training's Caveman Challenge
09/19/2015
Kayaking at Lighthouse Lakes Paddling Trail
09/20/2015
Whitewater Kayaking 101 Weekends 2015 - READ FIRST
09/25/2015
Whitewater Kayaking Instruction 101
09/26/2015
Kayak_ Lake Somerville
09/26/2015
Mucky Duck_California Guitar Trio
09/26/2015
Whitewater Kayaking Instruction - Day 2
09/27/2015
Canoeing/Camping Trip on the Wild & Scenic Neches River
10/02/2015
Iceland trip
10/03/2015
Daisy "DoBeDo" O'Connor and John Craigie @ Murky Duck
10/04/2015
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
Save the Date: Just Ride for a Just Cause
11/14/2015
Thanksgiving Hiking Tucson Area
11/22/2015
FULL - HOLD THE DATE – Costa Rica Beach & Adventure Tour
12/12/2015
Ecuador Adventure & Tour
02/10/2016
Scotland - Hike The West Highland Way
08/23/2016
Climb Kilimanjaro - RSVP for more INFO
09/16/2016


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