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6 incredible Texas campgrounds worth the drive

Fort Griffin is one of the amazing Texas campgrounds worth visiting. Fort Griffin Historic Site/Facebook

Traveling in Texas by RV? Don’t make the mistake of thinking campgrounds in the Lone Star State are all alike. From underground caverns to wandering reptiles, RV campgrounds in Texas have plenty to entice jaded travelers. Here’s a half-dozen campgrounds you won’t want to miss. Visit these six choice to discover unusual, luxurious, and unforgettable attractions.

On the beach

The Texas Coastal Bend is a region all beach-loving RVers should visit. On the Beach RV Park on Mustang Island offers easy access to the pleasures of beachside living. Each of the campground’s full-service RV sites are within a stone’s throw of the water. You’ll also find it easy to enjoy Port Aransas attractions, with a trolley stop adjacent to the park.

Outdoor recreation opportunities abound here. Kayakers will find rewarding water trails nearby, including three loops that make up Mustang Island Paddling Trail, and a scenic quartet of waterways at nearby Lighthouse Lakes Park. From this beachside park, you’re also minutes from numerous deep-sea fishing charters (and local fishing piers) for redfish and speckled trout. Beach combing, sunbathing, and surfing will keep the whole crew happy as you camp within earshot of Gulf Coast waves.

Among the gators

Brazos Bend State Park, southwest of Houston on a bend in the Brazos River, will thrill Texas RV travelers who want to get back to the wild. Alligators rule the roost at this park, so be prepared to share the trails and waterways with those irascible reptiles.

Nearly 40 miles of trails within the park are also home to coastal prairie and wetlands creatures such as river otters, foxes, and dozens of bird species, so don’t leave the camera behind. Standard water and electric campsites makes it easy and affordable to spend some time getting back to nature just a short drive from Houston.

Near underground caverns

Do you enjoy going below the surface while camping? Kickapoo Cavern State Park campground in South Texas is the place for you. The guided, quarter-mile cave tour near the campground holds plenty of visual interest.

You’ll also have the chance to watch clouds of Mexican freetail bats emerge from Stuart Bat Cave each evening from April to October. The marked trails throughout the park protect fragile species while allowing visitors to enjoy wildlife. Full hook-up and water-only campsites welcome visitors to stay and get to know this park’s natural wonders.

Under dark skies

Several remote Texas campgrounds are known for their "dark skies," or minimal light pollution, which allows for maximum stargazing. One of our favorites is at Fort Griffin State Historic Site near Abilene. A range of campsites, from full hook-ups to primitive, lets you match your style of camping with night-sky viewing.

Amateur astronomers will enjoy monthly ranger-led night-sky events. No matter what else you have planned, save time to search the heavens for sights you may have missed at brighter locations. You’ll also want to explore the park itself, home to the official Texas state Longhorn herd and once the location of an 1860s fort.

In luxury

RV camping in a forest is one way to spend your vacation, but what if you’d like a little luxury near the campground? Lajitas Golf Resort in Big Bend Country hosts campers at onsite Maverick Ranch RV Park and offers plenty of ways to relax in style.

From the 18-hole, Lanny Wadkins-designed course voted Best Resort Course in Texas, to the services of Agave Spa, RV park guests have access to all the resort has to offer. There’s also skeet and trap shooting, ziplining, hiking and mountain biking at Big Bend State Park, and trail rides that originate at the resort. If your RV camping dreams include luxurious surroundings, you’ll want to book a campsite at Lajitas.

For family fun

Having kid-friendly fun built in at the campground can make the difference between fond vacation memories and a family vacation disaster. The Texas State Railroad Campground in the East Texas Piney Woods is ready to help.

Not only will families find comfortable RV campsites waiting right next to vintage Rusk depot, they’ll also find plenty of ways for youngsters to burn off energy. A splash pad playground, fishing lake, tennis courts, and shuffleboard are just a few ways for the kids to play as you camp. You can also book seats on themed train rides powered by antique steam or diesel engines.

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After dropping the middle game to the Rangers to split the first two games, the Astros looked for an improved offensive showing in the finale on Thursday night to take the series. Here is a rundown of the rubber game:

Final Score: Astros 2, Rangers 1.

Record: 25-25, second in the AL West.

Winning pitcher: Framber Valdez (4-3, 3.82 ERA).

Losing pitcher: Jordan Lyles (1-5, 7.07 ERA).

Valdez another Houston pitcher to thrive against Rangers

Much like Jose Urquidy on Tuesday and Lance McCullers JR. on Wednesday, Framber Valdez put up an excellent pitching line on Thursday against the Rangers. After allowing two singles in the first and a single in the second, he would settle in and hold the Rangers to just one baserunner, which came via a walk through six frames.

He would try to get through the seventh, but after a long at-bat and one-out double, Dusty Baker would stop his night and go to the bullpen. Unfortunately, that double would end up scoring as Josh James would allow an RBI-single, charged to Valdez, before finishing the inning. Along the way, Valdez was able to ring up eleven Rangers. His final line: 6.1 IP, 4 H, 1 R, 1 ER, 1 BB, 11 K, 0 HR, 100 P.

Kyle Tucker gets the big hit of the night

Luckily, Houston was still in the lead after the Rangers' run, thanks to a big hit by Kyle Tucker back in the second inning. After Alex Bregman reached base on a walk to become the first runner for the Astros, Kyle Tucker would break out of his recent slump with a two-run home run, putting Houston ahead 2-0 at the time.

Jordan Lyles was otherwise handling the Astros just like Kyle Gibson the night prior, who threw a complete-game shutout. Other than the Tucker homer, Lyles allowed another hit in the second and one in the third before retiring the next 12 Astros in order before an error in the seventh broke that streak, giving Houston their first baserunner since two outs in the third.

Houston takes the series and moves back up to .500

Josh James returned to the mound to start the eighth, and he would get a 1-2-3 inning against the top of Texas' lineup, including back-to-back strikeouts to end it. After another scoreless inning by Houston at the plate, that would set up a save opportunity in the top of the ninth. The opportunity would go to Brooks Raley, and he would notch the save with a scoreless inning, giving Houston the series and moving them back up to .500 at 25-25.

Up Next: The Astros' final three regular-season games played at Minute Maid Park in 2020 are this weekend in a series against the Diamondbacks. In Friday's 7:10 PM opener, Zack Greinke (3-2, 3.77 ERA) will be on the mound for Houston while Zac Gallen (1-2, 3.15 ERA) will be the starter for Arizona.

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