My favorite Family Tent Camping in Texas, is the Big Thicket National Preserve. This, would not be recommended for the light-hearted, as this would be considered a primitive camping experience. The Park is broken down into different units and certain units in the Preserve Do Not Allow camping. A list of the available camping units can be obtained from the Big Thicket National Preserve Visitor Center, which is open daily except for national holidays.
Prior to camping, a Backcountry Camping Permit, is required and can be acquired from the same center, which is located eight miles north of Kountze, Texas on FM 420. There are regulations for camping in this preserve, that must be adhered to completely. They may be acquired, when applying for the Backcountry Permit.
As I said before, this is considered Primitive Camping and you can expect none of the usual amenities found at other campgrounds. A camp shovel is one of the necessities required for this family expedition. Open fires are allowed in areas that are open to camping, but the rules for open fire, that were submitted in an earlier article, must be stringently followed.
It should also be remembered that no trash or litter, can be left in the camp and must be packed out.
Next, let’s go to one of my other favorite campgrounds. As you may know being from Louisiana, I love my seafood. So we’ll check out the Gulf Coast at the Galveston Island State Park. I love the sea, sun, seafood and the sand, so this is one of my favorites.
Love this park as it has 36 sites that face the Gulf beach that are suitable for tents and or RV’s. Each site has amenities such as water, electricity, ground fire rings and a table. There are even restrooms and showers available in allocating areas. This is an ideal Family Camping Expedition for beginners or families that just want to get a weekend away from the hustle and bustle of the family home. There are also 10 sites only for tent camping on the Bay Side. They have water, table and ground rings, but no electricity.
Fishing is ideal in the area and can be enjoyed by the entire family (Temporary Fishing Licenses can be bought locally or online). I love this campground because I can go out and catch a mess of fish and bring them to the campsite,cook and feed the family.
There are two ways for me to get to the Galveston State Park. My favorite is to travel on Hwy 82 after leaving home and follow the Louisiana Coast. I like this route, even with the ferry crossings, because you get to see the fauna and wildlife in southwest Louisiana.I can stay on the same highway all the way to Winnie, TX. From there I head south to Galveston. After you pass Winnie, TX and travel approximately 25 miles, you get to follow the Texas Gulf Coast Line all the way to the Galveston Island Ferry.
The other way is to drive west on Interstate 10 to Interstate 45 and head to Galveston. Needless to say I prefer seeing nature than fighting with automobiles on a congested Highway.