Fifteen state parks allow tent camping, according to the Texas Parks and Wildlife Department. These include the Bentsen-Rio Grande Valley, Guadaloupe River and San Angelo State Parks and the Government Canyon and Hill County State Natural Areas.
Big Bend Ranch, Franklin Mountains, Matagorda Island and Tyler are among the 34 Texas parks that permit hike-and-backpack camps. Fourteen parks, including Brazos Bend, Davis Mountains and Lake Arrowhead, allow horseback riding. Only one park, the Devils River State Natural Area, is available for canoeing and kayaking.
Twenty-one parks have sewer, water and electrical hookups. This group includes the Abilene, Eisenhower, Lake Corpus Christi and Stephen F. Austin State Parks. Electrical and water connections are available at 66 parks, including Balmorhea, Cedar Hill, Dinosaur Valley and McKinney Falls State Parks. Balmorhea also provides cable television connections.
Fifty-two sites offer water-only connections. These include the Cooper Lake, Fairfield Lake, Lake Texana and Seminole Canyon State Parks. Six parks have drive-in campsites without outside hookups: Big Bend, Colorado Bend, Devils River, Franklin Mountains, Hill County and Meridian.
Texas also has 22 Wildlife Management Areas that permit camping. These include the Black Gap, Granger, Matador and Chapparal Wildlife Management Areas. The Texas Parks and Wildlife Department operates 95 parks in the state.