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Learn about camping and boondocking in Texas

Boondocking in Texas!

Boondocking in Texas is found mostly at the state’s five national forests and five national grasslands. There is also free camping along South Padre Island, and at two National Wildlife Refuges. The Army Corps of Engineers offers free camping at several of its reservoirs. You can find free camping in the state’s wildlife management areas.

Texas Boondocking Map

This Texas Boondocking Map contains locations of free boondocking and free campgrounds where bloggers and YouTubers have produced detailed reviews. Click on a map marker to access their reviews…

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Texas Boondocking Maps

LBJ National Grasslands Camping Map

Updated: April 3, 2024

This LBJ National Grasslands camping map was compiled based on our visit to the grasslands in November of 2023. We...

Camping at Buffalo Lake National Wildlife Refuge

Updated: March 27, 2024

Camping at Buffalo Lake National Wildlife Refuge is allowed at the refuge's only campground. It's not free, however, but it's...

Map of Roadside Campsites at Big Bend National Park

Updated: March 27, 2024

This map of backcountry roadside campsites at Big Bend National Park is based on information published by the National Park...

Texas Rest Area Map

Updated: April 1, 2024

Locations pinned in the Texas rest area map below were collected from data published by the Texas Department of Transportation....

Places to Camp for Free in Texas

Pleasure Point Park, Winnsboro, TX

Updated: April 16, 2024

Pleasure Point Park lies at the end of a peninsula at the south-west portion of the lake. It's owned by...

Lake Winnsboro Park, Winnsboro, TX

Updated: April 15, 2024

This tiny park is administered by Wood County intended as a day-use area, but has long been used by fisherman...

Fort Sherman Dam Recreational Area

Updated: April 15, 2024

Fort Sherman Dam Road runs through a small peninsula at the north-east side of Lake Bob Sandlin. The road provides...

Thomas Lake Park, Naples, TX

Updated: April 15, 2024

Thomas Lake Park is operated by the Army Corps of Engineers as a free campground and boat ramp along Thomas...

Jackson Creek Park, Douglassville, TX

Updated: April 15, 2024

This Army Corps of Engineers campground is heavily wooded, but comes with the usual amenities the ACOE is known known...

Joe Benton Park, Nocona, TX

Updated: April 15, 2024

Joe Benton Park is owned and operated by the City of Nocona. It's one of two free campgrounds the city...

Lake Daniel Campground, Breckenridge, TX

Updated: April 14, 2024

About seven miles south Breckenridge, TX is Lake Daniel. The city-owned campground is located along the northern shore, on the...

Game Warden Slough, Breckenridge, TX

Updated: April 14, 2024

Operated by West Central Texas Municipal Water District, this campground doubles as a public park area on the north end...

Peeler Park, Breckenridge, TX

Updated: April 14, 2024

Peeler Park is effectively a boat ramp and parking lot operated by West Central Texas Municipal Water District. According to...

Millers Creek Reservoir

Updated: April 13, 2024

Millers Creek Reservoir lies about 50 miles southwest of Wichita Falls, and is located in the middle of ranches, farms,...

Knox City RV Park, Knox City, TX

Updated: April 13, 2024

Just a small grassy lot with four (4) back-in sites with 50-30-12 amp electrical hookups, potable water hookup, and sewer...

Haskell RV Park, Haskell, TX

Updated: April 13, 2024

This city-owned RV park has 36 spaces, most of which are pull through, and outfitted with 50-30-15 amp electrical hookups,...

Johnson Park, Abilene, TX

Updated: April 13, 2024

Located at the north end of Lake Fort Phantom Hill, next to the dam, Johnson Park is largely a day-use...

Seabee Park, Abilene, TX

Updated: April 13, 2024

Seabee Park is owned and operated by the City of Abilene. It's one of two city parks located at Lake...

Hamlin RV Park, Hamlin, TX

Updated: April 13, 2024

This small RV park located in the heart of the city, offers only six (6) sites, with 30 amp electrical...

Hamlin City Park Campground, Hamlin, TX

Updated: April 13, 2024

Operated by the City of Hamlin, this small RV Park offers a free one night stay with 30 amp and...

Lake Trammell Park, Sweetwater, TX

Updated: April 13, 2024

Much of the free camping is found on the east side of the lake, though there are some places on...

Slaton City Park Campground

Updated: April 12, 2024

This RV park is located in the middle of a city park, along side a chain link fence. There are...

Crosbyton City RV Park

Updated: April 12, 2024

Free two (2) night stay at a little RV park in the edge of town. Operated by the City of...

Wayne Russell RV Park

Updated: April 12, 2024

This small RV park is offered by the City of Floydada for free to tourists passing through or to visit...

Hobart RV Park

Updated: April 12, 2024

This small RV park is owned and operated by the City of Pampa for visitors passing through the city. There...

Borger RV Park

Updated: April 12, 2024

The City of Borger RV Park is an 8-space facility located at South Main St within Huber Park. Each space...

Stinnett City RV Park

Updated: April 12, 2024

This small RV park is owned and operated by the City of Stinnett for use by visitors. With only four...

Texhoma Park Campground, Dumas TX

Updated: April 10, 2024

This free RV park was created by the City of Dumas for travelers as a single-night stop over free of...

Thompson Grove Picnic Area

Updated: April 9, 2024

This is officially a picnic area though the information kiosk says that camping is allowed with a 14-day maximum stay....

City of Hereford RV Park

Updated: April 9, 2024

This is city-owned RV Park is part of the larger Hereford Aquatic Park. Camping here is free, and comes with...

Waylon Jennings RV Park

Updated: April 9, 2024

This small city-owned RV park was named after country-singer Waylon Jennings because the famed musician was born in Littlefield. The...

Morton City Park Campground

Updated: April 9, 2024

Free RV camping, year round access, with four (4) pull-through sites, 20/30/50 amp electrical hookups, potable water hookup, and trash...

Levelland RV Park, Levelland, TX

Updated: April 9, 2024

One of Levelland's special use parks, this park is reserved for recreational vehicles. This RV Park is located south of...

Coleman RV Park, Brownfield, TX

Updated: April 9, 2024

Coleman RV Park is owned and managed by the City of Brownfield. It's a free facility for visitors to Brownfield....

City RV Parking Area, La Mesa, TX

Updated: April 9, 2024

This small RV Park is located inside Forrest Park, in the City of La Mesa, TX. It has eight (8)...

Yoakum County Park, Denver City, Texas

Updated: April 9, 2024

This county park boasts free RV camping with free electrical hookups and potable water, as well as a dump station....

Andrews County Chamber of Commerce RV Park

Updated: April 9, 2024

This is a small RV park with five sites, completely free to use, with no reservations, including electrical and water...

Buffalo Creek Reservoir, Iowa Park, Texas

Updated: April 9, 2024

There is free camping allowed at the boat ramp area of Buffalo Creek Reservoir, about a mile west of Iowa...

Red Bluff Dam Park, Orla, Texas

Updated: April 9, 2024

Red Bluff Dam and Reservoir is located on the Pecos River in Loving and Reeves counties. Red Bluff Reservoir is...

Soldiers Bluff Park, Lake Whitney, Texas

Updated: April 9, 2024

Soldiers Bluff Park is located on the west end of the Whitney Dam on State Highway 22. There are 14...

Walling Bend Park, Lake Whitney, Texas

Updated: April 9, 2024

Walling Bend Park is located on the west side of Whitney Lake off of FM 2841. The campground has 10...

Steele Creek Park, Lake Whitney, Texas

Updated: April 9, 2024

Steele Creek Park is located on the west side of the lake off of FM 56 near Lakeside Village, Texas....

Forest Road 904, Decatur, TX

Updated: February 17, 2024

Forest Road 904, LBJ National Grasslands, TX Nestled within the heart of North Texas, the Lyndon B. Johnson (LBJ) National...

Cedar Creek Campground, Lake Whitney, TX

Updated: February 17, 2024

Cedar Creek Campground, Lake Whitney, TX Cedar Creek Campground stands as a natural haven for outdoor enthusiasts. Surrounded by rocky...

Texas State Camping Laws and Regulations

Can You Sell Products at a Texas Rest Area?

Updated: March 27, 2024

Existing state regulations seem unclear on whether or not you can sell products at a Texas rest area. This is...

Can You Park Overnight On the On-Ramp or Off-Ramp to a Rest Area in Texas?

Updated: March 27, 2024

Yes, you can park overnight on the on-ramp and off-ramp to a rest area in Texas. The Texas Transportation Code...

Texas Rest Area Rules

Updated: April 5, 2024

Does Texas allow you to park overnight at their rest areas? Is sleeping in your car permitted at Texas Rest...

Federal Lands in Texas

Is Boondocking Allowed in Big Bend National Park?

Updated: March 27, 2024

Yes and no. Boondocking and dispersed camping is not technically allowed in Big Bend National Park. However, the park does...