April 14, 2024

Overnight camping at State Parks now can be made

For those seeking to get away for some rest and relaxation at a state park, good news is that they’re taking reservations now.

The Texas Parks and Wildlife Department has announced visitors can now make new reservations for arrivals between June 1st and September 7th.

All of the state parks were closed early April as part of Texas’ closure plan to help slow the spread of COVID-19. Parks reopened for day use only on April 20 and resumed overnight camping for those who had already made pre-existing reservations.

Those who want to make reservations can do so online at TexasStateParks.org or call 512-389-8900.

Visitors, including those who have annual passes will need to pre-purchase day passes and overnight passes in advance. There is limited space at local state parks to promote social distancing from one another.

“No one is more pleased than us to welcome more outdoor enthusiasts back into state parks as part of the continued reopening of Texas,” Carter Smith, executive director of TPWD, said in a news release. “Our careful and deliberate approach to phasing in the reopening has served our visitors, volunteers, and staff well as we have continued our emphasis on the safety of everyone in the parks.”

“Even in this limited capacity, we are glad that we can get more Texans and their families safely back on the trails and in the campsites to enjoy all the many unique spaces and places that make Texas State Parks so special.”

TPWD recommends visitors to wear face coverings and bring hand sanitizer. Six-foot social distancing is required. No groups larger than 5 people are allowed with the exception of people living in the same household.

Check their website for more information before your visit.