Explore America's Campgrounds
Camping in and around Dallas is easy to find thanks to the selection of lakes located around the Dallas-Fort Worth Metroplex. Constructed as reservoirs, each of these lakes doubles as a recreational area for visitors and residents who enjoy the great outdoors. Regardless of where you're traveling from in the Dallas area, the campground facilities at these four Metroplex lakes offer a quick overnight escape.
Joe Pool Lake
Joe Pool Lake, a 6,500-acre reservoir 20 miles from downtown Dallas, serves as one of the top Metroplex outdoor destinations. Tent and RV campers can enjoy the facilities at two parks located on Joe Pool Lake's east shore. Cedar Hill State Park has hundreds of wooded campsites outfitted with water and electricity. For tent campers who like to rough it, Cedar Hill also has a selection of primitive sites. On the west side of the lake, Loyd Park has a large selection of campsites with water and electricity. Campers can choose from a variety of scenic areas, including lakefront and shaded woodland sites.
Lake Grapevine, located 28 miles northwest of Dallas, has an extensive system of hiking trails, several boat ramps and three campgrounds spread around its 8,000-acre expanse. Meadowmere Park caters to tent campers with a selection of sites close to the lake. Vineyards Campgrounds serves both RV and tent campers with dozens of large campsites, and also has lakefront cabins. Murrell Park offers tent campers a range of sites in a picturesque wooded area. Each site comes with a picnic table and fire pit, and campers with fishing poles can follow several trails to choice fishing spots along the nearby bluffs.
Benbrook Lake, about 50 miles from downtown Dallas, has several campgrounds located along its shores. Mustang Park, at the lake's southern end, contains two campgrounds: Bear Creek and Mustang Point. Bear Creek caters to RV campers with full hookups, and also has a group facility with six campsites and a pavilion. Tent campers flock to Mustang Point, which has unmarked primitive sites and a swimming beach. Holiday Park, located on the lake's western shore, has dozens of RV sites, a selection of tent sites and one site reserved for campers with horses. On the other side of the lake, Rocky Creek Park provides an additional option for tent campers, with sites around the Rocky Creek channel.
Eagle Mountain Lake
Campers can make a 45-mile drive from central Dallas to reach Fort Worth's Eagle Mountain Lake. Sportsman's Park welcomes RV campers with full hookups and extensive facilities, including a private dock and boat ramp. Creek Harbor Campground caters to fishermen with an on-site store that sells live bait. Campers there can choose from RV and tent sites or air-conditioned cabins with separate restroom facilities. West Bay Marina also has campground facilities with tent sites and full hookup RV sites. Campers at West Bay can also enjoy the convenience of an on-site restaurant and bar.
- Joe Pool Lake
- Texas Parks & Wildlife Department: Fishing Joe Pool Lake
- Texas Parks & Wildlife Department: Cedar Hill State Park
- Joe Pool Lake: Loyd Park Camping
- Lake Grapevine: Meadowmere Park Campgrounds
- Lake Grapevine: Vineyards Campgrounds
- Lake Grapevine: Murrell Park Campgrounds
- Sportsman's Park RV
- Creek Harbor Campground
Douglas Matus is the travel writer for "West Fort Worth Lifestyle" magazine, and spent four years as the Director of Humanities for a college-prep school in Austin. Since 2005, he has published articles on education, travel and culture in such publications as "Nexus," "People's World" and "USA Today." Matus received an Education Pioneers fellowship in 2010 and an MFA from CalArts in 2011.