Great Family Camping Within a Two Hour Drive

Great Family Camping Within a Two Hour Drive

by Susan Neuhalfen

Now that the weather is going to cool down and the kids are back in school, it’s time to start thinking about the three-day weekends and taking the family camping. We polled readers and found a few real gems within a two-hour drive that are perfect when the cooler weather starts to kick in.

Vineyard Campground and Cabins at Lake Grapevine

Argyle readers Jeff and Judy recommended it. You can’t get much closer than this. The campgrounds are beautiful and have great amenities like a fishing pier, kayak rentals, bike rental, nature trails and a swim beach. This is strictly a self-contained RV Park and full-service cabin rental area, but a guest may put up 1 tent with a cabin rental or with a RV Site rental. Visit www.vineyardscampground.com for a virtual tour.
817.329.8993
888.329.8993
1501 N. Dooley St.
Grapevine, Texas 76051
thevineyards@grapevinetexas.gov

Ray Roberts State Park on Lake Lewisville
It’s also very close, Ray Roberts is recommended by readers Gary and Kristy. There are two locations to camp: Johnson Branch and Isle du Bois. Three unique eco-regions are found in the park: Eastern Cross Timbers, Blackland Prairie and Grand Prairie. If you’re into nature and animals, this is your kind of place. There are plenty of hiking trails, equestrian trails and beach areas with paddleboats and canoes to rent. It even has a marina that sells and rents boats. There is lots of great fishing and there are plenty of boat slips to bring your own. There are also equestrian campsites, campsites with water and electricity.
Isle du Bois Unit
100 PW 4137
Pilot Point, TX 76258-8944
Johnson Branch Unit
940.637.2294
100 PW 4153
Valley View, TX 76272-7411
http://tpwd.texas.gov/state-parks/ray-roberts-lake

Lake Mineral Wells State Park

Hike, bike, or ride your own horse down to the beautiful lake where you can swim in what was once considered healing waters. There are sheer rock cliffs for experienced climbers as well as six fishing piers and lots of fish to catch with no license required. They rent flat-bottom boats with trolling motors, canoes, kayaks, paddleboards, and rowboats No skiing, tubing, or jet skiing allowed. Regular and equestrian campsites are available. The views are spectacular.
940.328.1171
100 Park Road 71
Mineral Wells, TX 76067
http://tpwd.texas.gov/state-parks/lake-mineral-wells

Dinosaur Valley State Park: Glen Rose, TX
Dinosaur tracks are in the riverbed at the Paluxy River so you can walk where the dinosaurs once did. Reader Monica says there is a lot for the whole family to do while visiting including hiking, mountain biking, swimming fishing, riding your own horse and more. There are backpack campsites as well as campsites with electric and water.
254.897.4588
1629 Park Rd 59
Glen Rose, TX 76043
http://tpwd.texas.gov/state-parks/

Daingerfield State Park southwest of Texarkana
Daingerfield State Park southwest of Texarkana is deemed one of the cleanest parks in the country. Reader Alicia recommended it for its beauty. You can fish, swim, boat hike. There are paddleboats, paddleboards, kayaks and flat bottom boats to rent.
903.645.2921
455 Park Road 17
Daingerfield, TX 75638
http://tpwd.texas.gov/state-parks/daingerfield

Eisenhower State Park
Eisenhower State Park is on Lake Texoma in the northern part of the state. Explore hiking trails along high bluffs, climb boulders, swim or fish without a license. Bring your ATV or dirt bike along the
OHV trail. You can view the rocky bluffs from the water on a guided kayaking tour. They have full hookup campsites as well as campsites with water and electricity.
903.465.1956
50 Park Road 20
Denison, TX 75020-4878
http://tpwd.texas.gov/state-parks/eisenhower

There are several great spots in Texas and Oklahoma that are a little longer drive but worth it.  We will highlight those for you in an upcoming issue. In the meantime, leave us feedback on social media about places that are great for camping.


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