Why would you sweat it out in Dallas this summer when you could be camping by a lake? If you’re an RV owner, the warmer months make for the perfect time to take your vehicle out of storage and hit the road. But wait—does hitting the road for outdoor adventure mean driving 300 miles to the Gulf Coast or 500 miles to Big Bend National Park?
Nope; it definitely doesn’t. There are plenty of places to park your rig and start roasting s’mores within an hour of the Dallas Fort Worth Metroplex. While actual driving time on these may vary depending on where you live in the Metroplex—and your level of confidence driving an RV through traffic—each spot on this list makes for an easy one-night or full weekend getaway.
Cedar Hill State Park
Located in Cedar Hill, Texas, Cedar Hill State Park offers hiking, biking and geocaching, plus swimming and fishing at Joe Pool Lake. This 7,500-acre lake is a haven for black bass, catfish and crappie. There’s also an agricultural center where you can learn about farming. The campground here has 350 sites, including 30 and 50 amp hookups, sewer hookups, fire rings, picnic tables and on-site restrooms.
Dinosaur Valley State Park
Dinosaur Valley State Park gets its name from the dinosaur tracks that are still visible along the river here. Take a gentle stroll along the river and you just might spot them, or opt for a guided horseback tour of the area through Eagle Eye Ranch Carriage Company. There are just 44 RV sites here (30 amp hookup with water), so we recommend reserving online before you go.
Cleburne State Park
Peaceful waterfront views at Cleburne State Park set the stage for a day of birdwatching, bike riding, kayaking, hiking or fishing at Cedar Lake. Why not spend the night at one of 15 RV sites here? You’ll find full hookups with 20/30/50 amp spots, plus fire rings, picnic tables and lantern posts so you can stay up late telling stories around the campfire.
Lake Mineral Wells State Park
Like rock climbing? Lake Mineral Wells State Park offers some of the best rock climbing around at Penitentiary Hollow. If you prefer to stay on the ground, you can enjoy 12 miles of hiking trails or fishing for sunfish, catfish, crappie and bass in Lake Mineral Wells. Boat rentals are available. The park has 16 sites with full electric and water hookups including 50 amp and 30 amp spots.
Purtis Creek State Park
Eustace, Texas is where you’ll find Purtis Creek State Park. This lakeside gem offers swimming, paddleboarding, hiking, biking and fishing. Rent a kayak and take to the lake, or idle by the shore and fish for bass. Camping options include your choice of 59 campsites with water and electricity. Weekly rates are available during the winter if you’re ever interested in a longer stay.
Oak Meadow Ranch RV Park
If you’ve ever dreamed of camping alongside kangaroos and zebras, Oak Meadow Ranch RV Park in Mountain Springs Texas will fit the bill just fine. This 50-acre park near Lake Ray Roberts features the aforementioned animals, plus seven RV sites with full hookups, picnic tables and an on-site restaurant.
Hidden Cove RV Park
Folks in the Dallas Fort Worth Metroplex love Lewisville Lake for its 233 miles of shoreline, famous Party Cove, marinas and ample opportunities to catch largemouth bass, white bass, spotted bass and catfish. One option to consider when planning a trip to the area is Hidden Cove RV Park. This RV park features a marina, boat and jet ski rentals, swimming, a bar and grill and a camp store. There are 40 RV sites with electricity and water.
The Vineyards Campground and Cabins
Head to The Vineyards Campground and Cabins for a relaxing waterfront getaway on Grapevine Lake. Here, you can park your RV right along the lake in a picturesque, grassy setting. All sites are paved and offer 30/50 amp electric, plus water, sewer and cable. While you’re here, you can fish, swim or just chill out and enjoy the view.