Numerous campgrounds can be found around the Dallas/Fort Worth metro area, with tent camping available at many of them. Most of the campgrounds are located on lakes, offering you the chance for swimming, water skiing and fishing. The campsites range from those with amenities to primitive sites.
The Dallas Metro KOA Campground is technically located within the suburb of Arlington. The campground is tucked away along Cooper Street about two miles south of downtown and includes a swimming pool, kitchen and wireless Internet besides its grass tent sites. Another KOA campground is located at Caddo Mills to the northeast of Dallas, which offers fishing on the lake and a game room.
Joe Pool Lake
Two parks with campgrounds can be found at Joe Pool Lake, located near Mansfield and Grand Prairie. Loyd Park is run by the city of Grand Prairie and offers campsites that can accommodate up to two tents per site and picnic tables are provided. Amenities include a boat ramp and dock as well as volleyball and softball fields. You can swim, or take a hike or bike one of the trails. Cedar Hill State Park has more than 350 campsites available, including 30 primitive sites that can accommodate tents. There are 4.5 miles of hiking and backpacking trails as well as 10.3 miles for mountain biking. Containing some of the last remaining natural prairie in Texas, it's also an excellent area for bird-watching.
Eagle Mountain Lake
Eagle Mountain Lake, one of the largest lakes in the area, is west of Fort Worth. The Creek Harbor Fish Camp is situated on the northeast end of the lake. There are waterfront tent sites as well as a boat ramp, and you can rent a canoe to get out on the lake. The campground also includes a covered pavilion, restroom facilities, horseshoes and a volleyball court.
The Bear Creek Campground is located in Mustang Park along Benbrook Lake, to the south of Fort Worth. There are more than 40 campsites available, plus numerous primitive sites at the nearby Mustang Point Campground. At Mustang Point Campground, you can set up at one of the nine covered table sites or at any spot you choose along the shoreline. There is a restroom, but no showers; you can use a shower at Bear Creek for a fee. There are boat ramps for access to the lake as well as the channel of Mustang Creek.
Lake Lewisville is located to the northwest of Dallas, southeast of Denton. The City of Lewisville operates a campground at Lake Park that offers tent sites. Lake Park also includes several athletic fields as well as an 18-hole golf course and one for disc golf. Hickory Creek Park offers 126 campsites, including 10 primitive tent sites, and the park also includes a swimming beach, amphitheater, playground and hot shower facilities.
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