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Texan RV Ranch in Mansfield, Texas

Parks in Texas, like the Texan RV Ranch in Mansfield, are expecting a busy fall season. Credit: Jeff Crider

The fall shoulder season used to be a slow time of year in Texas, but with the increasing popularity of camping, RV enthusiasts are using campgrounds as the season’s base camps for everything from food and music festivals to sightseeing and simply escaping into the wilderness, according to a press release.

“Camping has never been more popular, and our campgrounds, RV parks and resorts expect to be busier than ever this fall,” said Brian Schaeffer, executive director and CEO of the Texas Association of Campground Owners (TACO), which hosts travel planning websites at TexasCampgrounds.com and TexasCabinRentals.net.

Fall activities across the Lone Star State range from food and music festivals, like the annual Day of the Dead Festival, Oct. 27-29, in San Antonio, the annual Fall Fest in Abilene, Oct. 28, and the Bavarian-themed Wurstfest, Nov. 3-12 in New Braunfels.

Given the heightened interest in camping and RV travel, Schaeffer recommends that consumers book their reservations in advance to ensure they secure the campsites or cabins in the parks of interest to them. Here is a sampling of campgrounds across Texas that can be used as base camps for fall activities or simply serve as a destination for peace and relaxation as summer transitions into fall.

Alamo Fiesta RV Resort in Bourne: Located in the German heritage town of Boerne, this 220-site, pet-friendly park includes mostly pull-through RV sites and rental cabins. The park can be used as a convenient base camp for trips into San Antonio as well as the Texas Hill Country. Amenities include a playground, exercise equipment and a park store.

Aviator RV Park in Abilene: Abilene’s newest RV park was designed to provide a clean, comfortable and safe place for short and long-term guests, including military personnel at neighboring Dyess Air Force Base. Dyess houses the B1 Bomber and the C-130 cargo plane and is the future home of the new B-21 Raider Bomber. Park amenities include large, full-hookup, pull-through RV sites, a covered pavilion with picnic tables, as well as a dog park and playground.

Fort Amarillo RV Park in Amarillo: This park is often used as a base camp for excursions to Palo Duro Canyon State Park, which features a rugged 800-foot deep, 110-mile long chasm that is the largest canyon in the U.S. after the Grand Canyon. Fort Amarillo RV Park also accommodates travelers bound for the annual Albuquerque International Balloon Fiesta, which takes place during the first week of October, as well as people interested in seeing Amarillo-area rodeos. Fort Amarillo RV Park has many amenities, including a 4,500-square-foot dog park, tennis courts, an indoor heated swimming pool, and a unique gift store called Lizzie Mae’s Mercantile, which features everything from Texas-themed souvenirs to Christmas ornaments, unique baking mixes and condiments, and home decor items.

Loyd Park in Grand Prairie: Loyd Park is a 791-acre recreation area located in the middle of the Dallas/Fort Worth metroplex on the west shore of Joe Pool Lake, featuring 221 campsites, several lakefront cabins, multiple yurts, and an 18-room lodge. Built on a site with large, majestic oak trees just a few steps from Joe Pool Lake, Loyd Park Lodge features a fully-furnished kitchen, a covered porch with rocking chairs, a barbecue grill, a fire pit, big screen TVs and Wi-Fi.

Pecan Park Riverside RV Park in San Marcos: Located on a scenic bluff overlooking the San Marcos River, this park is a popular location for river tubing enthusiasts. The campground, which has access to nature trails, has 116 spacious RV sites, many of which are shaded by mature pecan trees. Premium sites feature gas barbecue grills. Amenities include an indoor swimming pool and hot tub, Jacuzzi tubs, two off-leash dog parks, a children’s playground and a children’s library area.

San Jacinto Riverfront RV Resort in Highlands: This park features over 300 concrete RV sites with full hookups, including several river-view RV sites with private spas. The park also has luxury rental accommodations, a riverfront clubhouse, parking for boats and trailers, and climate-controlled storage facilities.

Sea Breeze RV Community Resort in Portland: This park features bay view RV sites, a private lighted fishing pier, and a heated pool with a waterfall and a beautiful view of the Corpus Christi skyline. Other amenities include exercise equipment, a TV lounge, and a large fully-equipped clubhouse. Wi-Fi is also available.

Pecan Park Riverside RV Park in San Marcos

Texas parks offer a wide range of amenities to attract fall campers. Credit Jeff Crider

Shady Creek RV Park in Aubrey: This park features large RV sites with full hookups. Most sites have parking for two vehicles on site. Amenities include a banquet/party room with a full kitchen, a swimming pool, a fitness center, a fire pit, a fenced dog run, an LP gas station and wide paved roads.

Summer Breeze USA RV Resort in Brookshire: Located just outside Houston, this 33-acre resort with 99 full-hookup RV sites is just 10 minutes west of Katy Mills Mall and the new Katy Convention Center. Amenities include a 50,000-gallon swimming pool and a tropical village-themed water park with a waterslide and dumping bucket, a fitness center, a country store and a state-of-the-art high-speed, fiber optic Wi-Fi system with towers throughout the park. The park’s new amenities include pickleball courts.

Texan RV Ranch in Mansfield: This 145-site park is less than 20 minutes from major Dallas/Fort Worth metroplex attractions, including AT&T Stadium, and Hurricane Harbor and Hawaiian Falls water parks. The park features big-rig-friendly pull-through RV sites as well as one-bedroom and two-bedroom rental accommodations. Amenities include a swimming pool, a pavilion and free Wi-Fi and cable TV.

Whitesboro RV Resort in Whitesboro: This park complements its RV sites with a private pond, a clubhouse with flat-screen TVs, a playground, and a boat and RV storage facility.

West Bay Marina RV Park in Azle: This 185-site park offers daily, weekly and monthly rates. Amenities include a sandy swim beach, a playground, and a marina with boat slips, as well as boat and cabin rentals. Land storage units are also available.

Schaeffer noted that companies like Malakoff-based Platinum Cottages are also supplying Texas campgrounds with fully furnished park-model-style cabins and cottages with separate bedrooms, kitchens and bathrooms. You’ll find these rental accommodations at numerous campgrounds, including Sun Retreats Texas Hill Country RV Resort in New Braunfels; Sun Outdoors Lake Travis in Austin; and Yogi Bear’s Jellystone Park Camp-Resort in Kerrville, which has Halloween-themed activities throughout late September and October.

Based in Crowley, the Texas Association of Campground Owners is the trade association that represents campgrounds, RV parks and resorts across the Lone Star State. TexasCampgrounds.com also provides links to RV dealers, repair centers and RV aftermarket suppliers, other travel and tourism resources in Texas, as well as the annual RV Travel & Camping Guide to Texas, which is available for free in both digital and print formats. For more info about camping in Texas, visit TexasCampgrounds.com and TexasCabinRentals.net.