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Topic: LA or TX Camping?, Where are/is the best place(s) to camp?< Next Oldest | Next Newest >
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I live in Houston & work all week in Baton Rouge.  I visited Lake Conroe last weekend & wasn't impressed, as least as far as wanting to camp there.  Tunica Hills is more appealing, but I've been there so many times.  I'd like to see mountains, or hills at least...I'd like to have decent water sources & am trying to avoid heat & humidity.  So I'm looking for suggestions.  I'm taking a week long camping trip in 3 weeks, but I want to spend this weekend testing some of the new gear I bought before I trek out for 4-5 days.  Suggestions?  Thanks in advance!
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A bit of a drive from Houston - about 9 hours. But Big Bend is my fav.
The drive is worth it. You'd still need a long weekend.

I think that Texas State Parks are nice, but still expensive and really more directed to the retirees and the RV crowd. Louisiana State Parks aren't much better.

Another direction is north to Arkansas. Petit Jean State Park is one of my fav. But all of the Arkansas State Parks are nice and have more hiking opportunities.
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Arkansas has lots of hiking, especially in fall through spring (summer is too hot for me).  My web site has maps and trail descriptions of most of the trails, plus some other trails in TX, OK, MO and a few wildernesses out west.  Maybe you can find something there.

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Several nice state parks in the Hill Country of Texas for your weekend getaway

Colorado Bend is one of my favorites:

http://www.tpwd.state.tx.us/state-parks/colorado-bend


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No way to avoid heat & humidity in Houston and Baton Rouge this time of year.  ;)  Soon, it'll be much better!

Within three hours of Baton Rouge is the Kisatchie National Forest in central - north La. with some backpacking trails and the Homochitto National Forest in Mississippi with some overnight trails.  Both may be closed with the shutdown -- you may want to check before heading out.

Also, Chicot State Park near Ville Platte LA has a 20-mile (or so) backpacking loop.  It won't be affected by the shutdown, isn't too far away, and is fairly hilly.


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@ Bass : Big Bend would be a drive...and if I am going to spend that much time driving, I'd probably prefer to drive away from the heat.  Ha!  Arkansas is not that far from Baton Rouge & I've spent some time googling their parks, but good info is scarce :-/  So thanks, I'll check out Petit Jean!

@ Charlie : (great name you have there, by the way) I bookmarked your maps page.  That's impressive!

@ ChuckD : Colorodo Bend is probably as far from me as Big Bend, but it looks promising.  I'm checking out your link right now.  Thank you!

@ CajunKiller : I was googling Homochitto last night.  Also, checking out Desoto.  Homochitto is 2 hours away & is a strong possibility for a weekend trip.  And actually, I am not all that worried about the shut down...I figured I could find a parking lot somewhere to leave my car, as opposed to getting towed from a state park trailhead because the park is closed...lol

Thanks you guys!
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If you're in Houston and want to test your gear, head to the Lone Star Trail.  Check the website, lonestartrail.org.
Are you car camping or backpacking?  I'm in Houston too and for my backpacking trips, I drive to AR's Ouachita Mountains.  Caney Creek Wilderness, Eagle Rock Loop and the Ouachita Trail.  Charlie has all of the info on his site.   It's about 7 1/2 hours to the Ouachitas from Houston but probably shorter from Red Stick.
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Lost Maples is nice. I like Colorado Bend too. We just had a wonderful time at Garner St Park. Week days - not busy at all.

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Take a look at Toledo Bend on the LA side - Toledo Bend Lake Country. (But I'm partial to the east Texas Piney Woods.)
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I've camped at the Isle du Bois unit of the Lake Ray Roberts SP north of Dallas. It has campsites in the Hawthorne campground which are located away from a central parking lot. It's a wooded area where the trees afford a bit of privacy. The campsites in the park that I like best are on the lakeside of the Quail Run campground with nice views of the lake and access to a small beach. They are the traditional vehicle pull-in type which I like for convenience of unloading/loading. Here's the link to a map of the park.
http://www.tpwd.state.tx.us/publica....37n.pdf
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How did I become "CajunKiller"?  ???  Grrr.

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How did I become "CajunKiller"?  ???  Grrr.

Must have been talking to Eyebp. ;)
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