A spot by a crackling fire. A stick. A bag of marshmallows, a box of graham crackers, a few bars of Hershey’s chocolate. Nothing ever tasted as good as a s’more consumed the right way, with friends or family and a ghost story or two, the air filled with the half-comforting, half-scary sounds of frogs, cicadas, and mysterious snapping branches, reminding campers that they’re on an adventure. And as the fire dies down and bodies tired after a day of hiking, swimming, canoeing, or horseback riding—depending—settle into their sleeping bags and tents for the night, a familiar kind of peace descends. Trips like these are, after all, a Texan rite of passage, thanks to the Lone Star State’s 95 state parks and countless other options for communing with the great outdoors. Whatever your experience level—whether you’re just getting your feet wet with this camping thing, you don’t mind hiking up the side of a mountain with your gear, or you’re more of a glamper—there’s a trip for you. And maybe one for your dog, too.

In This Feature:

Inks Lake State Park Is So Beautiful, Even Newbies Will Come Around

New to camping? Inks Lake will ease you into the experience.

05/29/2018 By Laura Furr Mericas

Sleep On the Beach at Sea Rim State Park

The peaceful park in the marsh is chock-full of wildlife, too.

05/29/2018 By Roxanna Asgarian

Embrace the Surprises at Palmetto State Park

The swampy state park is a birder's paradise, for one.

05/29/2018 By Gwendolyn Knapp

Glamp to Your Heart's Content at Lake Houston Wilderness Park

Camp in style and comfort, only minutes from home.

05/29/2018 By Morgan Kinney

Caprock Canyons State Park Is Where the Hardcore Hikers Go

It's a trip both challenging and rewarding.

05/29/2018 By Brittanie Shey

10 Must-Haves For Your Next Camping Trip

Because you need fancy marshmallows.

05/29/2018 By Abby Ledoux