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Old 08-15-2007, 06:39 PM
 
Location: San Antonio, TX
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We love going to Inks Lake State Park up in Burnet. We "discovered" it years ago when Enchanted Rock was closed (too many people in the park).

Has anyone been to Medina River Park down on hwy 16? I heard that they were supposed to have campsites available, but I've never seen anything about it...
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Old 08-16-2007, 08:37 AM
 
Location: Smalltown, USA
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We love going to Inks Lake State Park up in Burnet. We "discovered" it years ago when Enchanted Rock was closed (too many people in the park).

Has anyone been to Medina River Park down on hwy 16? I heard that they were supposed to have campsites available, but I've never seen anything about it...
I have never heard of Medina River Park. Is it north or south of the town of Bandera?
There is also Lake Medina RV Resort (in Pipe Creek) I don't think they allow tents but they do have cabins you can rent. It is right on the river. you can google it.
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Old 08-16-2007, 08:42 AM
 
Location: Austin, TX
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If you want to head the other way, Palmetto State Park and Lost Pines are really nice and don't usually have the crowds of the lake parks. A little more toward the humid areas of TX, so bring the bug spray.

I have never camped in Lost Maples, but have been there many times during day-trips and it is really pretty.

Pedernales has both 'car' camping and primitive camping. The primitive is above the river plain (for safety), but it is an easy 5 minutes hike and is usually VERY quite (no power/no water/bathrooms are quite a hike).
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Old 08-16-2007, 09:25 AM
 
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Default A little further down the road...

...we like to beach camp. So far we've really enjoyed Malaquite Beach at Padre Island, near Corpus. It has both primitive camping (on the beach, no hook-ups, restrooms/showers are quite a trek) and campsites with nearby restrooms and cold showers. Primitive areas are free (but require a permit - also free) and campsites are $8/night. Since it's a National Park, park entrance is $10 for a 7 day pass, or $20 for an annual pass. In case you're interested; http://www.nps.gov/pais/ and http://wildtexas.com/parks/padre.php
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Old 08-16-2007, 09:52 AM
 
Location: Stone Oak
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My parents used to take us to Medina Lake of course this was in the late 80's. I've heard Garner State Park is alright.
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Old 08-16-2007, 10:15 AM
 
Location: San Antonio
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Lake Medina RV resort is where we go. We have been going there ever since they opened and we love it. It's clean and quiet after 10 and no,they do not allow tents but I think It's the best place at the lake.
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Old 08-16-2007, 12:08 PM
 
Location: San Antonio
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I will have to "second" Inks Lake SP. That is one of my favorites and it is always clean. It is not uncommon to have a few dear walking through your campsite and other wildlife. You can't feed them, though so they are not agressive towards food, unless you leave them out over night. ;O) There is a nice park store and you can also rent a canoe or paddle boat. If you like to fish you can rent the canoe or fish off of one of 2 lighted piers. There is also a few play grounds and on weekends there is a trailer there that sells breakfast tacos and bbq.
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Old 08-16-2007, 03:22 PM
 
Location: San Antonio, TX
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I have never heard of Medina River Park. Is it north or south of the town of Bandera?
It's actually on the south side of San Antonio, out by the Toyota plant.

http://www.sanantonio.gov/sapar/medinariveropen.asp

I forgot about Garner State Park...we really enjoyed it the one time we went. There are a lot of deer out there, and great vertical hiking!
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Old 08-30-2007, 10:10 PM
 
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Take a short drive to Corpus - check out Mustang Island or the National Seashore. You can drive out on the beach, pick a spot, and camp. Small campfires are permitted, no fees in some places, etc.

Padre Island National Seashore (U.S. National Park Service)
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Old 03-05-2008, 11:20 AM
 
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To add, I think Texas does a great job taking care of the State Parks here. We recently went to Goose Island SP in rockport and had an awesome time. The restrooms were clean, hot showers, very peaceful. As a matter of fact, we're going back this weekend..
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