About 30 miles west of Houston a little north of I-10 lies Stephen F Austin State Park. I camped there for three days in mid-September to utilize the park's electrical hookups to run the Tank's AC and avoid the high-90's temperatures.
The park is bordered on the east by the Stephen F Austin (discerning a pattern yet?) golf course and along it's northern border by the Brazos River.
|View of the Brazos from a bike path within the park.|
|The outdoor stage at the park.|
Hookups: 15, 30, amp, water
Fire ring: yes
Water Access: yes (river)
Fresh Water: yes
Trash Service: yes
Dump station: yes
Level sites: yes
Verizon reception: 4G, 2 out of 4 bars
Millenicom reception: 3 out of 4 bars
Cost: $22 / night
I was camping in the middle of the week so the park was mostly empty except for the hundreds of deer throughout the park.
|Deer frequently came right up to my campsite.|
Along with the bike trails there is an interpretive Nature Trail with lots of fauna labels describing what plants you're looking at.
|The entrance to the Nature Trail.|
One of the hiking/bike paths, The Brazos Bottom Trail, leads to the Brazos River providing the park's water access.
|The park trail along the Brazos.|
All of the park's trails are marked as "Easy" difficulty level. The ones I rode Wally the mountain bike along were level and hard-packed or lightly graveled.
|A bike path through the woods.|
The park has basketball and volley ball courts and a playground for the kids. There are separate RV camping, tent camping and primitive camping areas within the park. Stephen F. Austin State Park is really a first class camping experience just outside of Houston. I was there during the "off-season" and enjoyed the solitude. The rangers said the park gets full on the weekends and you'll need to reserve a space well ahead of time. I would recommend you try camping the park, you'll really enjoy it!
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