Family Reunion Campgrounds in Texas

By Allyson Ash
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Reconnecting with family is almost always fun—and rarely more fun than during a camping trip. Whether your bag is fishing, hiking, bird watching or just visiting, campgrounds in Texas offer something for nearly everyone—including the opportunity to create new memories.

Bastrop State Park

Located about 30 miles southeast of Austin, Bastrop State Park is a popular family reunion destination. Accommodations include campsites with water and electricity, as well as cabins and group barracks. The park has a dining hall with a kitchen area and tables and chairs for as many as 90 people. It also has air-conditioned cabins, a swimming pool, an outdoor sports area, backpacking and hiking trails and a swimming pool.

Bastrop State Park

3005 Hwy. 21 East

Bastrop, TX 78602


Bethy Creek Resort

Bethy Creek Resort, located on Lake Livingston—north of Houston, near the Sam Houston National Forest—is family-owned and -operated. The campground has areas for tents and RVs and also has waterfront lodging. The resort offers wireless Internet access as well as boat docks, fishing piers and a fish-cleaning station.

Bethy Creek Resort

136 Shorewood Drive

P.O. Box 137

Riverside, TX 77367


Crockett Family Resort

This resort, located between Dallas and Houston near the Piney Woods of Texas, boasts cabins and RV and tent camping sites. Activities include boating, volleyball, horseshoes, shuffleboard and miniature golf, as well as fishing and both lake and pool swimming.

Crockett Family Resort

75 Dogwood Lane West

Crockett, TX 75835


Lake Palestine Resort

Located about 15 miles south of Tyler, this resort offers full-service RV hookups, as well as cabins, lodge rooms and halls. There are several open-air pavilions for family gatherings and a general store with Wi-Fi Internet access. A banquet hall seats up to 130 people.

Lake Palestine Resort

8900 Ruby Lane

P.O. Box 1074

Frankston, TX 75763

903- 876-2253

Lake Tawakoni

Located about 50 miles east of Dallas, Lake Tawakoni is near several campgrounds, including facilities at Purtis Creek, Tyler, Cooper Lake and Cedar Hill State Parks.

Purtis Creek has primitive campsites (as well as some with water), a covered pavilion and fishing and boating areas. Largemouth bass can be caught and released; other fish can be kept.

Tyler State Park offers group picnic areas and a pavilion, as well as campsites with water and electricity, a group camp and dining hall, an amphitheater and nature trails.

At Cooper Lake, two separate areas are available. Doctors Creek features full-service hookups, limited-use cabins and screened shelters, as well as a nature trail, playgrounds, a boat ramp and an amphitheater. The South Sulphur location has lakeside cabins, screened shelters, full-service sites, equestrian sites, tent camping, boat ramps, a group pavilion for up to 100 people, a playground and trails for hiking, biking and horseback riding.

Cedar Hill is located on the Joe Pool Reservoir, which offers a variety of opportunities for all family members. The park is good for bird watching and mountain biking, has a perch pond for the kids, and offers primitive and full-service campsites and more than 200 picnic tables with waist-high grills.

Purtis Creek State Park

14225 FM 316

Eustace, TX 75124


Tyler State Park

789 Park Road 16

Tyler, TX 75706-9141


Cooper Lake State Park

Doctors Creek Unit

1664 FR 1529 South

Cooper, TX 75432


South Sulphur Unit

1690 FM 3505

Sulphur Springs, TX 75482


Cedar Hill State Park

1570 F.M. 1382

Cedar Hill, TX 75104


About the Author

Allyson Ash has worked in journalism for more than 20 years, covering topics from food to health care to entertainment. She has been published in a variety of newspapers, including the "Dallas Morning News," and on various websites.