Checkout
Cart: $0.00 - (0 items )

6 Parks to Camp this 4th of July weekend in Texas 2017

Camping Fireworks

The 4th is a special holiday to many for various reasons, for some its patriotic, others just the extra days off work, but one thing that many agree on is it’s the prime holiday for camping! So we have compiled a short pick list of 6 Texas State Parks and special events happening this Fourth of July Weekend!

Topping our list is Dangerfield State Park.

This Beautiful Park offers picnicking, camping, boating, fishing, swimming, hiking and nature study. The trails and landscapes are beautiful. Also tours may be arranged by special request. In addition to campsites for tents and RVs, the park also has cabins and group facilities. Talk about having an awesome time! The park features more than $5 million in recent renovations and upgrades. In addition to campsites for tents and RVs, the park also has cabins and group facilities. Talk about having an awesome time!

Here is what they plan on doing 4th of July weekend:

July 1st
Red, White, & Blue 5K

Join us for our first annual Red, White, & Blue 5K Run at Daingerfield State Park! This will be the opening event for our first Freedom Fest.

July 1st
Big Fish Contest

Celebrate your Fourth of July weekend at Daingerfield State Park’s first Freedom Fest!

July 1st
Trail Picture Scavenger Hunt

Come celebrate your 4th of July weekend at Daingerfield State Park’s Freedom Fest!

July 1st
Dutch Oven Cooking

Come join the Dutch Oven D.O.G.s for great food and fellowship the first Saturday of the month. Cooking begins at 9 a.m. and food tasting begins at 11:45. Special competition on Saturday, July 1st.

July 1st
Paws for a Cause Hike

Daingerfield State Park is teaming together with our local animal shelter to bring shelter dogs to the park to be walked and hopefully be adopted. Bring the family and hike with a dog that needs love.

July 1st
Kids Games

Join us for our first annual Freedom Fest at Daingerfield State Park!

July 1st
Saturday Night Dances

Come join us this Saturday for music, dancing, and fun for the whole family!
Dangerfield State Park Website

Entrance Fees: 13 years and older: $4
Child 12 Years and Under: Free
Campsites with Water: $10
Campsites with Water, Electricity and Sewer: $20
Campsites with Water, Electricity and Sewer (Pull-through): $25


Next is Inks Lake State Park

Inks Lake State Park located in San Antonio, offers family fun on water and land. With its sparkling blue water, colorful rock outcrops, and striking sunsets, this gem of the Hill Country is just an hour northwest of Austin.

Things to Do
Inks Lake State Park is great for a day trip or a weekend getaway. Because the lake’s level usually stays constant, you can play here year-round. On land, you can camp, hike, geocache, play volleyball, picnic, and observe nature. Across the rocky hills and through the beautiful forest, there are over 9 miles of hiking trails. Hike Pecan Flats, a self-guided 3.3-mile trail that is perfect for the whole family, or stop by the bird blind. On the water, you can swim, boat, water ski, scuba dive and fish. With rentable paddle boats, canoes, one- to two-person kayaks, life vests and paddles at the park store, you’re talking about a serious sweet day on the water. With over 200 campsites and 22 cabins, there’s no doubt you and the family are going to have an awesome time! Many sites are lakeside or have easy access to the lake. Several camping loops have playgrounds. Fish for sunfish, catfish and several species of bass. There are two fishing piers, a fish cleaning stations, and a boat ramp. You do not need a fishing license to fish from a pier or the shore in a state park. Borrow rods, reels and tackle boxes with hooks, sinkers and bobbers.

Devil’s Waterhole
Hike the small canyon or swim at Devil’s Waterhole. When Valley Spring Creek is running, you can explore scenic waterfalls upstream of the lake.

Here is what they plan on doing 4th of July weekend:

July 1st
Independence Day Bike Parade

Join us in celebration of our nation’s birthday as we go through the park as patriotic as we can!

July 1st
Underwater Discovery!

Use a seining net to discover what is living in the shallow waters of the lake.

July 1st
Twilight Paddle

Experience the lake from on the water once the sun goes down and the stars come out.

July 4th
Twilight Paddle

Experience the lake from on the water once the sun goes down and the stars come out.

Inks Lake State Park Website

Entrance Fees: 13 years and older: $6
Child 12 Years and Under: Free
Backpack Primitive Campsites: $11
Campsites with Water: $16
Walk-in Campsites with Electricity: $21
Campsites with Electricity (50-amp): $23


Next is Martin Dies, Jr. State Park

Deep in the heart of the East Texas Pineywoods!

Located on the northern edge of the Big Thicket, and at the forks of the Angelina and Neches rivers, lies an extraordinary ecosystem with extreme biodiversity. Martin Dies, Jr. State Park is comprised of approximately 730 acres and three state park units: the Cherokee Unit in Tyler County and the Henhouse Ridge and Walnut Ridge Units in Jasper County. The park is situated alongside the 10,687-acre B.A. Steinhagen Reservoir and offers many campsites adjacent to the lake or one of several sloughs that meander through the park. The northern half of the lake and surrounding lands near the forks of the two rivers make up the Angelina-Neches/Dam B Wildlife Management Area. Between the WMA, the lake, the rivers and the state park, there are endless opportunities to explore this one-of-a-kind East Texas treasure.

Things to Do
If you’re looking to experience the forest country of East Texas, Martin Dies, Jr. State Park is the place. The park offers a wide variety of camping and recreational opportunities. Activities include camping, hiking and biking, fishing, boating, paddling, stargazing, swimming, wildlife viewing and birding, nature study and just plain ole relaxing.

Paddling
Martin Dies, Jr. State Park is one of the best paddling destinations in Texas. The scenic sloughs that meander through the park, the lake, and the Angelina and Neches rivers provide great places to kayak and canoe. Whether you are a beginner or an expert paddler looking for an extreme backcountry experience, you’ll find adventure.
Guided trips: For the paddler who isn’t quite ready to go it alone, we offer guided paddling trips throughout the year. Check the park’s calendar of events to find the next trip. The park’s interpretive specialist and trained volunteers lead these trips. You will explore the rivers, sloughs, creeks and lake, and will take away a new perspective on this diverse ecosystem. Space for these trips is limited and reservations are required. To get more details and sign up, call park headquarters.

Camping
There are over 200 campsites to choose from with a variety of different options, including mini-cabins, screened shelters, waterfront, 50 amp and 30 amp. Pets are not allowed in the cabin/shelter loops.

Stargazing
The stars at night, are big and bright, in the heart of deep East Texas. Our distance from big cities makes for some great night skies on clear nights. Come see it for yourself. Check our Calendar of Events for scheduled Star Party programs.

Boating
The park has seven ramps to launch your boat, canoe or kayak. Many visitors camping overnight bring their boats and trailer with them to their campsites. Visit our Water Safety page before you come.

Fishing
The park offers several small lighted fishing piers and many of the campsites offer bankside fishing. Catfish, bass, perch and crappie are the common catch. Remember, you don’t need a fishing license to fish from the shore in a Texas state park with a daily entry permit.

Hunters
During hunting season, the state park is a great place to set up camp. The North and South Cherokee Unit boat ramps as well as the Tidelands boat ramp are available for duck hunters looking to get out on the water early. These three boat ramps are separate from our camping areas and are available by paying entry fees only. Deer, hog and squirrel hunting are also popular in the 12,636-acre WMA.

Swimming
Swimming is available in the lake at the designated swim area at the Henhouse Ridge Unit. Swimming is permitted from sunrise to sunset. Read our Swimming Safety Tips before you get in the water.

Hiking/Biking
The park features approximately eight scenic miles of hiking and biking trails that meander through the forest. Take a virtual tour with our Interactive Trails Map.

Wildlife Viewing and Birding
The extreme biodiversity of the park and the surrounding area makes for an abundant amount of wildlife. The footbridge on the Walnut Ridge Unit is a popular location for spotting wildlife – birds, mammals and reptiles.

Exercise and Fitness
State parks make great venues to improve or maintain your health and level of fitness. Our winding park roads and wooded trails offer many miles for running and biking.

Nature Study
The park offers and incredible mixed pine/hardwood forest for studying the wide variety of trees, plants, birds, mammals, reptiles and all kinds of insects.

Here is what they plan on doing 4th of July weekend:

July 1st
Pollinator Gardens

Come see our native wildflower gardens and discover the benefits of native plants.

July 1st
Scat and Tracks

Come check out the poo poo platter at the nature center and make an animal track booklet!

July 4th
4th of July Scavenger Hunt

Can you find a hidden star?

July 4th
Fishing on the Fourth

Come fish with us this 4th of July! All ages and abilities are welcome! Drop in anytime between 9-11am.
Martin Dies, Jr. State Park Website

Entrance Fees: 13 years and older: $4
Child 12 Years and Under: Free
Campsites with Water: $14
Campsites with Water and Electric (30-amp): $16
Campsites with Water and Electric (50-amp): $20


Our 4th choice is Galveston Island State Park


Come to the island to stroll the beach or splash in the waves. Or come to the island to go fishing or look for coastal birds. No matter what brings you here, you’ll find a refuge at Galveston Island State Park. Just an hour from Houston, but an island apart! Many Things to do with both beach and bay sides, Galveston Island State Park offers activities for every coast lover. You can swim, fish, picnic, bird watch, hike, mountain bike, paddle, camp, geocache, study nature or just relax! Or stay at one of the beach or bay campsites or rent one of the beautiful cabins. Fish in the bay area or beach-side. There are canoe/kayak launches and a fish cleaning station. Remember, you do not need a fishing license to fish from shore in a state park. Hike or bike four miles of trails through the park’s varied habitats. Stop at the observation platform or photo blinds, and stroll boardwalks over dunes and marshes. Paddle one or all of the paddling trails! They do not rent canoes or kayaks; you must bring your own.

Here is what they plan on doing 4th of July weekend:

July 1st
Red, White, & Blue Ocean Cleanup

Help our beaches and oceans stay clean!

July 1st
Beach Exploration

Discover the life that lives at the edge of the sea…

July 1st
Star Party (Sun Fun!)

Are you ready for the Great American Solar Eclipse? (Aug.21st)

July 1st
Sunset Paddle

Adult paddling program, limited spaces available.

July 2nd
Bay Explorations

Pull a net and learn where your shrimp, fish, and crabs live!

July 4th
Beachcombing 101

Treasures await you at the water’s edge!
Galveston Island State Park Website

Entrance Fees: 13 years and older: $5
Child 12 Years and Under: Free
Campsites (Tent – Bay Side): $15
Campsites with Water and Electricity (Bay Side): $20
Campsites with Water and Electricity (Premium – Beach Side): $25


Eisenhower State Park is an amazing weekend get away!

Park visitors can hike and bike on scenic trails that border the lake shore. An ATV trail offers enthusiasts a place to ride along the wooded hills of the park’s backcountry, Shaded campsites accommodate RVs and tents as well as screened shelters, group facilities, and a limited service cabin. Off Lake Texoma Eisenhower is a beautiful getaway with many activates. From hiking, camping, swimming and geocaching. And if you want to make a quick dip into Oklahoma just take a boat to the middle of the lake and you are there!!!
Eisenhower is a prime location for family’s that love hiking. With some amazing trails and fun geo caching it just can’t be beat.

Here is what they plan on doing 4th of July weekend:


July 1st
Rise and Shine Hike

Awaken mind and body with a morning hike at the park!

July 1st
Fossils! Hike to the Past

Uncover ancient mysteries! Join a ranger as we search for fossils along the trail.

July 1st
Animal Signs Hike

There are signs all over the park. Can you read the signs that the wildlife has left behind?
Eisenhower State Website

Entrance Fees: 13 years and older: $5
Child 12 Years and Under: Free
Overflow Campsites: $12
Basic Campsites (Water Only): $15
Basic Campsites (Premium – Water Only): $17
Standard Campsites (Water and Electricity): $20
Full Hookup Campsites: $23


Dinosaurs left marks here at this state park!


Long ago, dinosaurs left footprints in the mud at the edge of an ancient ocean. Today, you can walk in their tracks in the bed of the Paluxy River. This long trip to the past is just a short drive from Fort Worth area.
Things to Do at Dinosaur Valley State Park
Find dinosaur tracks, camp, picnic, hike, mountain bike, swim and fish in the river, watch for wildlife, look for a geocache, ride your horse, or visit our interpretive center. Stay at one of our regular or backpack campsites. Explore 20 miles of trails. Shop our park store for souvenirs, camping and fishing supplies, books and much more. Discover dinosaur tracks: It’s easy to find dinosaur tracks in the park – just head to the river! Most kids are amused with dinosaurs so if your kid is one of those bring them for the time of their life!

July 1st
Geocaching 101

High-tech treasure hunt!

July 1st
River Expedition

Explore the river while hunting for dinosaur tracks!

July 1st
Painting with a Ranger

Capture the beauty of Dinosaur Valley State Park with watercolors!

July 1st
Dinosaur Track Talk

Step back in time with the dinosaurs!

July 2nd
Group Mountain Bike Ride

Join a ranger for a trail ride

July 2nd
Archery 101

Learn the basics of archery with a ranger

July 2nd
Dinosaur Track Talk

Step back in time with the dinosaurs!
Dinosaur Valley State Park Website

Entrance Fees: 13 years and older: $7
Child 12 Years and Under: Free
Backpack Campsites: $15
Walk-in Primitive Campsites: $15
Campsites with Electric & Water: $15


These were just a few camping spots for this weekend to celebrate Independence Day. Enjoy this fun, extraordinary weekend with your family.

Don’t forget why we celebrate the fourth of July. It is the day we represent the Declaration of Independence and the birth of the United States of America as an independent nation.

Ideal Camping Gear has all the camping gear you need. And don’t forget the Bug Repellent!!

Happy 4th of July
Written by Kolby Priebe

Ideal Camping Gear

Back to top
shares

Copyright © 2017 Ideal Camping Gear.