East Texas is a good place to camp year round. Mild winters make hiking to a campsite pleasurable, while hot summers are the ideal time to enjoy a campsite by the water and participate in water sports and the excellent fishing for which East Texas is known. East Texas offers a number of campgrounds ranging from resort quality to undeveloped. You can find a campsite that offers the type of camping you prefer as well as plenty of additional activities to keep you entertained.
If you stop by the Nacogdoches Visitor Center, you can find a photo of hundreds of people enjoying a picnic at Camp Tonkawa, circa 1900. Today, if you are looking for an RV site in East Texas that is not featured on any billboards, you can park at Camp Tonkawa and enjoy the serene beauty that surrounds you as you take a dip in the spring-fed pool. The pool is chilly, but refreshing. Mission Tejas State Park is another East Texas gem that has historic roots. Tent and RC campers can visit the Rice Family Log Home which was built in 1828. History buffs who camp at the Mission Tejas State Park can take a short drive to visit the Caddoan Mounds Historic Site, if so inclined.
Camping on the Water
East Texas has many lakes and rivers from which you can choose, almost all of which offer the opportunity to catch catfish, crappie or bass and take a canoe, kayak or motorboat out for a spin. Lake Livingston, a huge 84,800 acre reservoir, is one of the most well-known camping and fishing spots in the area. Camp at Lake Livingston State Park and enjoy mountain biking or horseback riding. Investigate the private campgrounds in this area as well, as many of them have beautiful views and can offer a greater degree of privacy. Lake Livingston isn't the only lakeside camping spot in East Texas. Lake Sam Rayburn and Toledo Bend both offer tent and RV camping and excellent fishing. Boat ramps are plentiful at all of these lakes.
The Trail Between the Lakes is a 28-mile trail that extends from the easternmost point of Lake Sam Rayburn to the westernmost point of Toledo Bend. The designated campsites are at both ends of the trail. However, camping is allowed anywhere on the trail, simply choose a stopping point and pitch your tent. Water is not available on the trail, but there are many forestry roads that cross the trail so that you can set up resupply points. Be aware that for East Texas, the terrain is surprisingly hilly, making this trail an intermediate level trail. If you fancy camping and hiking in the Davy Crockett National Forest, you'll enjoy the 4C Trail, a 19.7 mile long trail which has a primitive shelter and primitive camping site along the way. You can also car camp at the beginning of the trail if you want to lighten your load.
Perhaps you enjoy playing hard during the day, but when it's time to relax, you want to take a hot shower, watch some cable television and perhaps surf the internet. Northshore RV Resort, located on Lake Livingston, is one place in East Texas where campers can retreat to their RVs at the end of the day and relax in the air conditioning. Bethy Creek Resort, also on Lake Livingston, is another such RV campsite. It offers wakeboard boat rentals for campers who don't want to haul their boat long distances as well as paddleboats for a casually fun day on the lake.