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Best North Texas Cold Weather Campsites

By Lauren Actkinson-Carlton
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(credit: Gordon Reid/Wikimedia Commons)

(credit: Gordon Reid/Wikimedia Commons)

While the most favorable time for camping around the country is during the summer months, anyone who has slept in a tent in August in Texas knows better! North Texans know that the best time for getting your nature fix is during the chilly winter months. Winter weather in DFW ranges from cold and sunny to gray and slushy but that shouldn’t put a damper on your outdoor adventure. Pack up the car and hit the road to these remote yet accessible destinations for the best winter camping in DFW.

Cedar Hill State Park
1570 FM 1382
Cedar Hill, TX 75104
Hours: Open 7 Days a Week, Year-Round – 6 a.m.-10 p.m.
972-291-3900
Reviews, Directions, & More Info: http://www.tpwd.state.tx.us/spdest/findadest/parks/cedar_hill/

Cedar Hill State Park is located 10 miles southwest of Dallas. It backs up to Joe Pool Lake — a popular daytime destination during the summer months. In the chilly winter months it is best to stay out of the water but there are plenty of sights and sounds to enjoy at this park. It is home to grasses and animals that can only be found in this region of Texas and are therefore protected by the park. Cedar Hill has 355 improved campsites that feature water, electricity, and a close proximity to restroom facilities. Each site has a designated fire ring where one can build the perfect fire for roasting marshmallows and other fireside favorites. Each site also has a concrete picnic table. Admission to the state park is $5 per day per person over the age of 12. Campsites are $20 per day or $120 per week. Horses are prohibited at Cedar Hill State Park but domestic pets (dogs and cats) are permissible.

Cleburne State Park
5800 Park Road 21
Cleburne, TX 76033
Hours: Open 7 Days a Week, Year-Round – 7 a.m.-10 p.m.
817-645-4215
Reviews, Directions, & More Info: http://www.tpwd.state.tx.us/spdest/findadest/parks/cleburne/

Cleburne State Park is located southwest of Fort Worth. The park encompasses a serene spring-fed lake. The major attraction in this state park is the scenery. Hiking and walking trails are made through luscious forests that overlook the lake. Cleburne offers over 5 miles of mountain bike trails that feature nearly every type of terrain. If the conditions are icy or too wet the trails’ accessibility may be compromised but there will be signs indicating as such if you decide to hop your bike for a ride through the park. Cleburne has 50 improved campsites with water and electricity. In addition to the $5 per day per person fee for campers over 12, each site is $20-32 per day depending on location and amenities.

Dinosaur Valley State Park
P.O. Box 396
Glen Rose, TX 76043
Hours: Open 7 Days a Week, Year-Round – 8 a.m.-10 p.m.
254-897-4588
http://www.tpwd.state.tx.us/spdest/findadest/parks/dinosaur_valley/

Dinosaur Valley State Park is a Texas treasure. People come from all over the country to dig in the dirt in the hopes of finding a dinosaur fossil. This fun activity is why people come to Dinosaur Valley and it’s a perfect way to enjoy your days at this Glen Rose Park. There are 46 improved campsites with water and electricity. Each site is perfect for a family-size tent and is $25 per day plus $5 per day admission per person over the age of 12.

Lake Mineral Wells State Park
100 Park Road 71
Mineral Wells, TX 76067
Hours: Open 7 Days a Week, Year-Round – 6 a.m.-10 p.m.
940-328-1171
http://www.tpwd.state.tx.us/spdest/findadest/parks/lake_mineral_wells/

Lake Mineral Wells State Park is 14 miles west of Weatherford. This state park is located in the Cross Timbers of Texas meaning that it is home to many species of plants and animals native to Texas. One popular activity at Mineral Wells is animal observation. One can see deer, racoons, songbirds, and even turkeys roaming about the park. There are over 100 improved campsites ranging in price from $12-30 per day plus $5 per day per person admission. Mineral Wells offers screened shelter campsites that are perfect for protection from chilly winter winds and frosty conditions.

Lauren Actkinson-Carlton is a writer living with her husband and toddler in Little Elm, TX. Her creative writing and daily thoughts can be found at laurenacarlton.com. She is also on Twitter: @laurenacarlton.

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