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Best Campgrounds Around Dallas / Fort Worth

October 18, 2010 7:10 PM

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Camping is a fun way to reconnect with family and nature. In North Texas, the best seasons for camping are early spring and late fall, before and after (respectively) the oppressive triple-digit summer heat bears down. Here are some of the best campgrounds around. - Daniel J. Gansle

Dinosaur Valley State Park

P.O. Box 396
Glen Rose, TX 76043
(254) 897-4588
www.tpwd.state.tx.us

Located just outside of Glen Rose, Dinosaur Valley State Park encourages visitors to walk where the dinosaurs walked 113 million years ago in an ancient seabed and explore fossils, dinosaur tracks and other evidence left behind from these ancient animals. Entrance fee: $5 per person, 13 and over (under 12 admitted free). Forty-six campsites with electric and water at $25 per night; backpack campsites available at $15 per night.

Hours: 8 a.m. to 10 p.m. daily.

Texas State Railroad

P.O. Box 166
Rusk, TX 75785
(903) 683-2561
www.texasstaterr.com

Deep in the piney woods southeast of Dallas lies the Texas State Railroad, the original Texas railway where you can hop on and enjoy a vintage steam or diesel train ride through dense East Texas pine forests. The Rusk Depot Campground features 71 camping sites with water and electricity, restrooms, showers, picnic tables, fire rings, camp store and numerous activities. Fees: $25 full hookup site with electric, sewer and water; $18 tent site with electric and water.

Hours: 8 a.m. until sundown daily.

Cedar Hill State Park

1570 F.M. 1382
Cedar Hill, TX 75104
(972) 291-3900
www.tpwd.state.tx.us

Situated in beautiful natural surroundings southwest of downtown Dallas and adjacent to scenic Joe Pool Lake, Cedar Hill State Park offers mountain biking, boating, bird watching, camping, fishing and hiking trails. Camping facilities include water, electricity, restrooms, showers, picnic tables, fire rings and a grocery store. Wi-Fi is also available. Entrance fee: $5 per person per day, 13 and over (under 12 admitted free). Stay at one of 355 campsites with electric and water at $20 per night; backpack campsites available at $7 per eight people per night.

Hours: 8 a.m. to 10 p.m. daily.

Eisenhower State Park

50 Park Road 20
Denison, TX 75020-4878
(903) 465-1956
www.tpwd.state.tx.us

Located on the scenic southern shores of Lake Texoma on the border of Texas and Oklahoma is Eisenhower State Park, named after America’s 34th president, Dwight D. Eisenhower, who was born nearby. The 423-acre park offers camping, biking, boating, swimming, fishing, water skiing and mini-bike use. Entrance fee: $5 per person per day, 13 and over (under 12 admitted free). Forty-five campsites with electric and water at $18 per night; 50 campsites with electric, water and sewer at $20 per night. Primitive campsites with water between sites available at reduced rates.

Hours: 8 a.m. to 10 p.m. daily.

Ray Roberts Lake State Park

100 PW 4153
Valley View, TX 76272-7411
(940) 637-2294
www.tpwd.state.tx.us

Scenic Ray Roberts Lake is a favorite recreational area for both Dallas and Fort Worth residents. Located just north of Denton, the park offers camping, equestrian trails, biking, swimming, roller blading, fishing and boating. Entrance fee: $5 per person per day, 13 and over (under 12 admitted free). Stay on one of 104 campsites with electric, water, picnic table and fire ring at $25 per night; primitive campsites available for $12 per night.

Hours: 8 a.m. to 10 p.m. daily.

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