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It’s summer in Texas and that means it is a great time to pack up the car and take a camping trip to see some of the most gorgeous areas that the Lone Star State has to offer!

One great thing about San Antonio is that we are surrounded by tons of places to set up a tent or park the RV for a nice, outdoorsy getaway. And you don’t have to travel far, plenty of campsites are within a two-hour drive from San Antonio so you get the feel of getting out of town with the convenience of an easy trip.

If you go, make sure to bring your swim gear because most campsites are set up on or near water with plenty of fishing, tubing and kayaking options available to make the most of your trip, take a dip! 

So if you need a weekend getaway with the kids before school starts or just want to go unplug somewhere for a bit, check out one of these top-rated spots:

  1. Blanco State Park:  Take a trip to the Blanco River where guests can enjoy the benefits of camping on the water. Located about an hour outside of San Antonio, you can do it all here: camping, fishing, hiking, boating, kayaking, tubing and swimming. The park store also offers tube or kayak rentals or, bring your own. If you are more into glamping than camping, there are 17 full hook-up sites with 12 of these having water and electricity and a screened shelter overlooking the river that even offer ceiling fans inside. 
  2. Government Canyon State Natural Area: This is a great camping option for those hikers who want an overnight adventure. With 40 miles of trails and 23 campsites, it is perfect for those who don’t want to venture far for a beautiful camping site. This is one of the closest camping spots around, sitting just outside of Loop 1604. Bonus: each campsite includes a picnic table, fire ring and tent pad so make sure you pack your marshmallows to roast s’mores over the fire. 
  3. Garner State Park: Garner is great for every kind of camper from a novice to the experienced camper. There are sites for rent to set up a tent, there are also screened shelters and cabins with fireplaces for rent if you prefer more of a glamping situation. Garner also offers 16 miles of hiking and swimming in the Frio River, so there is plenty to do during the day. This one is a little bit of a drive, about an hour and a half from San Antonio. 
  4. Guadalupe River State Park: This is one of the most popular state parks to camp in the area and is less than an hour from San Antonio. Campsites can come with or without electricity and it is one of the few places you can rent camping equipment from Texas Park Outfitters. While you’re there, you can camp, hike, ride mountain bikes or horses, swim, tube and fish. 
  5. Hill Country State Natural Area: Just a warning, this spot isn’t for the faint of heart, but the views here are worth it! There are 40 miles of trails, from wooded creeks to rocky peaks to explore, so expect plenty of wildlife and vegetation. The park does offer two hike-in campgrounds that do not have water or toilets and each site is 3.5 miles from the parking lot. The park’s unofficial motto is “We don’t have it, you’ll need to bring it!” But it is only about an hour drive from San Antonio so you don’t have to go far for an adventure.

Happy Trails! Reach out to Kelley Martin of Ascend Elite Realty, a Top Producing agent in San Antonio, for more details on any of these great camping options or to sell your home, and find your dream home in the San Antonio area. Call Kelley Martin at 210-887-9392

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