Most every state park in Texas allows for camping. However, not everyone wishing to overnight in a state park has camping in mind. For those who prefer to stay in a cabin or lodge, there are a number of state parks which feature such accommodations.
Bastrop State Park offers visitors a wide variety of outdoor activities. Fishing, hiking, camping, canoeing, swimming, wildlife viewing -- the list goes on and on. Needless to say, there are plenty of ways to spend day after day in Bastrop State Park. The scenic location in the "Lost Pines" area is complemented by Bastrop State Park Lake. The park is also one of the best for overnighting in cabins. Bastrop State Park features 12 cabins (which were built as a CCC project in the 1930s) as well as Lost Pines Lodge.
Big Bend Ranch State Park
Big Bend Ranch State Park is the largest state park in Texas, covering 311,000 acres. Big Bend Ranch State Park is situated along the Rio Grande River and encompasses two mountain ranges containing ancient extinct volcanoes, precipitous canyons, and waterfalls. Hiking, backpacking, rafting, and camping are popular activities (although no RV hookups are available, tent camping is allowed). Horseback riding and 4x4 touring are also popular activities within Big Bend Ranch State Park. The Historic Sauceda Ranch House, built in 1908, is a 3 bedroom, 3 bath lodge house which can accommodate 8 people.
Garner State Park
Encompassing just over 1,400 acres - including 10 acres of river frontage along the Frio River, Garner State Park is one of the most popular summer destinations for Texans and visitors to Texas alike. Hands down, the river is the draw. The park is a great spot for swimming, fishing, canoeing, kayaking, tubing, snorkeling or just cooling off. Aside from the river, Garner State Park offers hiking, birding and nature watching. The majority of visitors to Garner State Park stay overnight, either in rental cabins or in tent camping sites. Garner State Park features 17 cabins, each of which accommodates 6 people.
Hill Country State Natural Area
Located just outside the scenic Hill Country town of Bandera, Hill Country State Natural Area is very secluded and remains undeveloped -- a great location for exploring on foot or by bike. Hill Country SNA boasts 40 miles of multi-use trails that traverse grassy valleys and across stream-fed creeks. Much of the trail loop is bordered by the Hill Country's signature limestone cliffs. Mountain bikers can find easy stretches of trail, with very little grade, as well as steep grade, technical sections of trail. Other popular activities within Hill Country SNA are camping, backpacking, fishing, hiking, horseback riding, equestrian camping, and nature viewing. Hill Country SNA features a group lodge which is a 1930s ranch house with 4 bedrooms and 1 bath, as well as stalls/corrals for equestrian use.
Indian Lodge and Davis Mountains State Park
Indian Lodge is a full-service hotel located within Davis Mountains State Park. Guests staying at Indian Lodge have full access to Davis Mountains State Park. Popular recreational activities within the park include mountain biking, hiking, and stargazing.
Texas is a state full of amazing natural attractions. However, one of the most amazing - as well as historically important - natural attractions in the Lone Star State is Palo Duro Canyon. Also known as the "Grand Canyon of Texas," Palo Duro Canyon is 120 miles long, 20 miles wide and 800 feet deep. Palo Duro Canyon stretches from the town of Canyon to the town of Silverton and today is part of the 20,000-acre Palo Duro Canyon State Park, one of the unique state parks in Texas. Palo Duro Canyon was originally formed by a fork of the Red River. The oldest rock layer in the canyon dates back 250 million years. However, this rock layer, known as Cloud Chief Gypsum, can only be seen in a few locations throughout the canyon. The most prominent rock layer in the canyon is the Quartermaster Formation, which is comprised of red claystone, sandstone, and white gypsum. The Quartermaster Formation, along with the Tecovas Formation, form a feature known as the "Spanish Skirts." Palo Duro Canyon State Park features 2 cabins.