This Texas State Park Is A Nature Lovers Dream Camping Destination

With its hot summers and mild winters, there's never a bad time to embark on a camping trip or take a dip in a lake in the Lone Star state. An hour northwest of Austin, Texas, nestled along the Colorado River, you'll find Inks Lake State Park — a great place to get away from all the hustle and bustle of the city.

Whether you're in the mood for a day trip or a week-long vacation, nature lovers will find plenty of ways to stay busy and connect with the environment, from exploring numerous hiking trails to engaging in water activities. The best part is that the lake's water level tends to stay constant no matter the time of year, so it's always well-suited for visitors, says Texas State Parks. In fact, it's known as one of the best spots in the state for water sports. It's no wonder Inks Lake State Park has a 4.7-star rating on Google and more than 3,000 reviews!

Things to do at Inks Lake State Park

With its crystal clear waters set against pink boulders and mesquite trees, the lake is a refreshing place for visitors to partake in any number of water activities. People come here to swim, boat, fish, water ski, and even scuba dive. There's even a designated no-wake zone for stand-up paddleboarders to enjoy calm waters. Fishing is also a popular draw, as you do not need a fishing license and there are plenty of sunfish, catfish, and bass to catch. There are two fishing piers, fish cleaning stations, a boat ramp, and the option to borrow fishing gear, like a rod and a tackle box. Boat rentals cost $20 for the first hour, then $10 an hour after that.

On land, there's more family-friendly fun to be had in this beautiful Texas state park. Visitors can camp, go geocaching, play volleyball, have a picnic, or take a scenic hike. There are nearly 9 miles of hiking trails ranging from easy to moderate, taking you through the forest, over the hills, and around the lake for a magnificent view. The park store has everything you need to round out your visit like snacks, camping supplies, and souvenirs.

Campsites and cabin accommodation

Before you go, check the park's availability and book your accommodation online. Whether you're staying overnight or just visiting for the day, adult visitors will have to pay a $7 day fee, though children under the age of 12 can get in for free.

Inks Lake State Park has more than 200 sites to pitch a tent for a camping adventure. The hike-in campsites are the most economical option, starting at just $11 per night. Drive-up campsites with no amenities start at $21, while those with water cost $16 (though prices are subject to change). If you're looking for more amenities — like electricity, a picnic table, a water hook-up, a grill, and restrooms nearby — you're looking at $23 per night. Many campsites are on the waterfront or within close proximity to the lake for easy access to water activities.

If a cabin is more your style, there are 22 sites available. Cabins cost $55 per night and can sleep four people with two sets of bunk beds, an AC unit, a ceiling fan, and a fire ring. While there is no kitchen inside, there is a picnic table and grill outside so you can still cook your campground favorites. The bathrooms are off-site, too, located just a short walk away. From a rustic campsite to a more decked-out cabin, it's really up to you how primitive or fancy you want to get during your stay.