Texas has nearly 100 state parks, historical sites or natural areas in seven regions, which are named according to the varying landforms and geographical features in that part of the state. If you'd like to spend a few days enjoying some of the Longhorn State's most scenic natural resources, more than 20 of the parks have cabins available for overnight rental. Among the options: Historic ranch houses that sleep up to 12, modern structures with a host of amenities or smaller, limited-use cabins with only basic features.
Panhandle Plains Region
Lake Brownwood State Park lies along the namesake reservoir and has one of the state's largest selections of cabins, including 16 one-bedroom or two-bedroom cabins with full kitchens and fireplaces. The park also has several larger lodges, including the Fisherman's Lodge, a five-bedroom cabin that sleeps 10. Other amenities include hiking and biking trails, a fishing pier and swimming area. Possum Kingdom State Park, set on the shores of 20,000-acre Possum Kingdom Lake, has six cabins that each sleep four and have kitchens. Also available is the Longhorn Lodge, a two-bedroom cabin that sleeps eight and sits on a scenic cove near the park's fishing pier and marina, where guests can rent canoes, rowboats and personal watercraft. Other activities include swimming, snorkeling and scuba diving in the lake's clear blue waters.
Home to several historic cabins built by the Civilian Conservation Corps in the 1930s, Caddo Lake State Park in Karnack sits among cypress swamps and bayous several miles west of the Louisiana border. Overnight options include cozy one-bedroom cabins that sleep two and have front porches but no kitchens, and two-bedroom cabins that sleep four to six and have kitchens and gas fireplaces. During your stay, rent a canoe, hike a scenic trail or drop a line in search of more than 70 fish species. Daingerfield State Park has three cabins that sleep four to six amid rolling hills and pine forests near Lake Daingerfield's shoreline. The Bass Lodge, a large five-bedroom cabin with a kitchen, sleeps 13. A hiking trail, swimming area and fishing pier are within a short walk of the cabins.
Prairies and Lakes Region
Constructed out of native sandstone, the circa-1930s cabins at Bastrop State Park were designed by the Civilian Conservation Corps to blend in with the natural landscape of rolling hills and forests of oak and loblolly pines. Bastrop's 13 cabins range from one to four bedrooms and include kitchens, fireplaces and linens. Activities and attractions include the 18-hole Lost Pines Golf Club, fishing and canoeing on the park's lake, a swimming pool and hiking trails. Cooper Lake State Park has 15 one-bedroom cabins that sleep four to six people and include kitchens, decks and all linens. Some cabins have lake views. The park also has about 20 premium air-conditioned shelters that sleep five and have lockable doors, electricity, microwaves and refrigerators. Amenities include hiking and equestrian trails, a swimming beach and fishing pier.
Hill Country and Big Bend Regions
Garner State Park in Concan lies along the Frio River amid limestone cliffs and mesas that provide majestic Hill Country views. The park's 17 cabins sleep four and have kitchens; most include fireplaces. The Frio provides an abundance of recreation, including swimming, fishing, tubing, paddle boating and canoeing. Other attractions include trails, miniature golf and a nightly summer dance that has been a tradition since the 1940s. Big Bend Ranch State Park's historic Sauceda Ranch House, built in 1908, has three bedrooms that can be rented separately or together. The vaulted ceilings, antique furniture, sun room and full kitchen provide an inviting base from which to explore the state's largest park, set on more than 300,000 acres in the northern Chihuahuan Desert near the Mexico border. Activities range from hiking, mountain biking and horseback riding to canoeing, floating and fishing on the Rio Grande River.
- Office of the Texas Comptroller: Window on State Government -- Texas State Parks
- Texas Parks and Wildlife Department: Lodging & Other Indoor Overnight Facilities
- Texas Parks and Wildlife Department: Lake Brownwood State Park -- Cabins & Lodges
- Texas Parks and Wildlife Department: Possum Kingdom State Park -- Cabins
- Texas Parks and Wildlife Department: Caddo Lake State Park -- Cabins
- Texas Parks and Wildlife Department: Daingerfield State Park -- Cabins & Group Lodges
- Texas Parks and Wildlife Department: Bastrop State Park -- Cabins
- Texas Parks and Wildlife Department: Cooper Lake State Park -- Cabins & Shelters with Air Conditioning
- Texas Parks and Wildlife Department: Garner State Park -- Cabins
- Texas Parks and Wildlife Department: Big Bend Ranch State Park -- Lodging
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