7 Great Places to Go Camping in San Antonio

Whether your dream camping picnic includes largemouth and Guadalupe bass fishing (hello, Blanco State Park) or exploring prehistoric dinosaur trails (Canyon State Natural Area, here we go), we’ve got something for you.

Read on to discover seven great places to camp in San Antonio. But just remember, overnight advance reservations are recommended for each state park at all times.

Canyon State Natural Area (San Antonio)

Located a 30-minute drive from downtown San Antonio, 12,000 acres of wilderness are yours to take with about 40 miles of walking and biking trails, all for a $6 entry fee per person. (The park protects the drinking water of the Alamo City.)

Discovery Trail in San Antonio’s Government Canyon State Natural Area.

Texas Parks and Wildlife Department

One highlight not to be missed is along Johnston Road to the 19th century Zieselman House, where you’ll see traces of 110 million-year-old dinosaurs, believed to have belonged to the Acrocanthosaurus and Sauroposidon dinosaurs. When you’re ready to rest your tired self, choose from two camping options, campgrounds with water ($18 per night plus entrance fee) for a total of eight people per site and group campgrounds ($40 per night plus admission) for a total of 16 people per site .

look for it: 12861 Galm Rd., San Antonio, Texas 78254

River City Natural District (San Antonio)

Another short trip from downtown, if you’re looking to camp in San Antonio, head 20 minutes south of downtown for this entry-free gem. The diverse terrain and a large number of different wildlife make these lands a popular hub for locals looking to hike and cycle.

City River Natural District
City River Natural District

San Antonio Parks and Gardens

When you’re done tackling the seven-mile trails with interpretive features to mark the El Camino Real camper trail, set up a campground shop tent for up to 25 people ($20 per night). You can make reservations up to a year in advance by calling 7275-207-210 or online here. Besides six tent pads, the campground also has a pavilion with two picnic tables, basement toilets, a spacious barbecue pit, and potable water.

look for it: 5800 Old Highway 90, San Antonio, Texas 78227

Guadalupe River State Park (Spring Branch)

Located 45 minutes north of downtown San Antonio, many flock to picturesque Guadalupe River State Park for a swim, but the park itself also boasts plenty of stunning scenery and colorful history to boot.

Guadalupe River State Park is a popular spot for swimming and fishing.
Guadalupe River State Park is a popular spot for swimming and fishing.

Texas Parks and Wildlife Department

Perched on four miles of riverfront, you can take a fishing, tubing, and paddleboarding tour if you’re all swimming, or hit the grounds for hiking, birdwatching, biking, or horseback riding. A picnic is always an excellent idea too. Entry fees are $7 per person, and camping options include a camping site with electricity for a total of eight people per site ranging from $15 to $24 per night or $90 to $144 per week plus daily admission fees (more details here). Book your reservation in advance.

look for it: 3350 Park Road 31, Spring Branch, TX 78070


Hill Country Natural Area (Bandera)

This peaceful nature reserve is located 1 hour and 15 minutes northwest of downtown San Antonio and costs $6 per person to enter. Backpackers can enjoy 5,000 acres of canyons, plateaus, and creek bottoms before setting up shop in primitive campsites from $5 to $12 per night plus daily admission fees. Or you can stay at the Group Lodge, a 1930s farmhouse that sleeps up to $12 for $300 a night per group plus a single entry fee.

It’s worth noting that the sprawling grounds are the site of a former farm, and there are plenty of hiking, biking, and horseback riding trails. If you fancy a very steep climb, venture onto the West Peak Overlook Trail, which offers sweeping views of the Hill Country.

look for it: 10600 Bandera Creek Rd, Bandera, TX 78003

John William Hilton – San Antonio River Nature Park (Floresville)

Meander among giant pecan trees, a meandering river, and three miles of walking (or biking) trails at this entry-free park 30 minutes south of downtown San Antonio.

John William Hilton - San Antonio River Nature Park
John William Hilton – San Antonio River Nature Park

John William Hilton Nature Park

For large gatherings and celebrations, the park has a 5,000-square-foot pavilion for rent. Choose from a river path and kayaking trail if you want to take your adventures out onto the water or three miles of well-kept trails for hiking or mountain biking on this 98-acre city escape. Like archery rings? There is also a basketball court. The park has campgrounds for a maximum of eight people for a nightly fee of $10.

look for it: 15662 FM 775, Floresville, TX 78114

Blanco State Park (Blanco)

An hour north of downtown San Antonio, a $5 entrance fee lets you hit the banks of the spring-fed Blanco River, perfect for a picnic, snorkeling, and fishing trip. Although it extends only a mile from the river, the park has plenty of water activities, from fishing to kayaking or canoeing. You can also participate in ranger programs that focus on history and nature.

A young girl and her father fish in the river at Blanco State Park.
A young girl and her father fish in the river at Blanco State Park.

Texas Parks and Wildlife Department

Bring those wins while stargazing campers with electricity for a total of eight people ($20 per night plus daily admission fee), full camp sites (30 amps) for a total of eight people ($23 per night plus daily admission fee) and campsites Full Premium (30/50A) for a total of eight people ($25 per night plus daily admission fee). There are also shelters reserved for a total of eight people per location ($30 per night plus daily admission fee) available.

look for it: 101 Park Road 23, Blanco, TX 78606

San Antonio / Alamo Qua Holiday (San Antonio)

For camping fans of the Kampgrounds of America (KOA) in Texas, you’ll be pleased to know that the privately owned company has a location 10 minutes from downtown San Antonio. An on-site swimming pool, playground, fishing pond stocked for catch-and-release fun, and the Howard W. Peak Greenway Trail system are available for guest use along with cart and bike rentals.

The stadium at San Antonio / Alamo KOA Holiday campground.
The stadium at San Antonio / Alamo KOA Holiday campground.

Vacation San Antonio / Alamo KOA

Camping options run the gamut from RV sites and tent sites to one-room cabins, two-room cabins and luxury cabins. Prices vary based on travel dates, equipment type and size.

look for it: 602 Gimbler Rd., San Antonio, Texas 78219

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