LBJ National Grasslands Camping Map, Decatur, TX


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Where to Find Free Camping at LBJ National Grassland


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Located near Decatur, TX, the US Forest Service-managed LBJ National Grassland is a popular area for free camping. This camping map was compiled based on our visit to the Grassland in November of 2023. We scoped out every boondocking site as well as noted the locations of paid campgrounds. We also noted which gates were kept locked and which dispersed camping areas were blocked off.

LBJ National Grasslands Camping Map

Boondocking Paid Campground Recommended Access Route

LBJ National Grasslands Camping Rules

The LBJ National Grasslands is managed by the U.S. Forest Service. Rules for camping at the grasslands is not much different than most other grasslands and forests administered by the USFS…

  • There is a maximum 14-day stay within any 30-day period.
  • Camping is not allowed within 300 feet of a boat ramp or parking lot.
  • Gasoline powered generators may not be operated between 10:00pm and 6:00am.

The full set of camping rules (click here to view) are published at the LBJ Grasslands Website.

What’s it Like to Boondock at LBJ National Grasslands

During the colder part of the year, there are very few people who visit the grasslands. Most all of the boondocking sites and campground sites are open. But during the summer and fall, the grasslands is a popular recreation area primarily for horseback riders and hunters.

Access Road – make sure to enter LBJ National Grasslands from the yellow map marker depicted in the map above, and follow the yellow route line. This route is mostly paved until you reach the Grassland’s boundaries. After that it becomes hard pack dirt and gravel, suitable for any vehicle.

Wildlife – the grasslands has a large population of white-tailed deer. You may also find bobcat and raccoons.

Trails – There are nearly 75 miles of multipurpose trails which run in the Cottonwood Lake vicinity. These trails are used by hikers, mountain bikers, and horseback riders. TADRA Point is a designated trailhead camping facility that is a primary access point for the 75 mile LBJ Multiuse Trail system. Restrooms and parking facilities are provided.

Associated Documents

LBJ National Grassland Camping Map, Depicts locations of fee campgrounds and where hunting is not allowed, (eff: November 1, 2020)

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