Campgrounds on the Brazos River, Texas

by Jennifer Sobek

The Brazos River in Texas is 840 miles long and begins where Double Mountain and Salt Forks intersect in Stonewall County. Double Mountain begins near Tahoka in Lynn County and flows east until it meets up with Salt Fork, which begins in southeastern Crosby County. Only about 25 miles of the Brazos are suitable for recreational purposes, including camping. This section is located in the Clear Fork branch in Young County. There are a plethora of campgrounds along this section.

Brazos Bend State Park

The 5,000-acre Brazos Bend State Park (tpwd.state.tx.us), located about 28 miles southwest of Houston, has a 3.2-mile section along the eastern edge of the Brazos River. The park's campgrounds are located along Big Creek, a long tributary of the Brazos River. There are 20 primitive equestrian campsites; 73 sites with electricity and water; and four sites with electricity, water and sewer hookups. Additional facilities include 35 miles of hiking/biking trails, a half-mile interpretive trail, two picnic areas with a group pavilion, a barbecue pit and picnic tables. At the time of publication, the campsites with electricity and water have a fee of $20 per night, and the sites with electricity, water and sewer have a fee of $25 per night.

Stephen F. Austin State Park

Stephen F. Austin State Park (tpwd.state.tx.us), in San Felipe, is situated alongside the banks of the Brazos River and provides ample opportunity to become better acquainted with nature. The park has a total of 100 campsites: 40 full-hookup campsites with water, electricity and sewer; 20 screened shelters with both electricity and water; and 40 water-only campsites. Other facilities include a group dining hall, a recreation hall and a spacious picnic area. Those enjoying the great outdoors through camping will enjoy several habitats, including wetland, aquatic and hardwood forest and might catch glimpses of local wildlife, including woodpeckers, deer, armadillos and flora including wildflowers.

Fort Griffin

Fort Griffin (visitfortgriffin.com), in Albany, has 28 campsites and primitive camping spread out over five acres along the Brazos River. The 28 sites have a fire ring, an outdoor grill and a picnic table. Eight of the sites have full RV hookups. Though there are no beds, the shelter is completely enclosed and includes both air-conditioning and heat, as well as electricity, a concrete floor and an outside water faucet. The campgrounds also include both men's and women's restrooms.

Camp Paradise

Camp Paradise (no website; 2935 Camp Paradise Court, Granbury; 817-578-3389) is a secluded 44-acre campground on the banks of Lake Granbury along the Brazos River. Reservations are required to secure one of the 20 secluded campsites. All 20 sites have electric hookups, but only nine have full hookups. The sites have a dump station, fishing, boat ramp, canoe rental and lakeside tent sites.

Lake Whitney State Park

Lake Whitney State Park (tpwd.state.tx.us), on the shores of the Brazos River in Whitney, is home to 158 total campsites. Of those, 66 have both electric and water hookups. Other campsite facilities include picnic sites, pull-through campsites with shade shelters, a dump station, a group recreational hall and a large fire ring. Other activities at the park include fishing, hiking, mountain biking, boating, fishing, waterskiing and birdwatching.

About the Author

Jennifer Sobek has been a writer since 1993, working on collegiate and professional newspapers. Her writing has appeared in the "Copperas Cove Leader Press," "Fort Lewis Ranger," "Suburban Trends" and "The Shopper News," among others. Sobek has a Bachelor of Arts in journalism from Rowan University.