Planning a fun summer trip in the Lone Star State, but don’t know where to stay? Staying in a cabin may not be the first thing that you think about, but there are many beautiful places where you can rent cabins in Texas. Whether you’d like to stay by a lake or in nature, there are many different options. We narrowed down all the possibilities to our list of the seven best cabins in Texas so that you can stop searching, and start planning.
1. Inks Lake State Park
This beautiful lake is a perfect place to go for a fun camping weekend by the lake. On land you can hike up Pecan Flats and observe nature, or plan a fun family volleyball match. On the water you can try your hand at water skiing and scuba diving, or relax in a boat, canoe or kayak. When it’s time to eat, the park provides place to buy food and drinks, or stop for a snack at Sweet Marley’s trailer. Geology fans can even go geocaching! Inks Lake has 22 cabin sites in the park, with two that are ADA-accessible.
2. Palo Duro Canyon State Park
Palo Duro is known as the Grand Canyon of Texas, and it’s just outside of Amarillo. It’s a great place not just for exploring, but because of the colorful scenic view it offers at sunset. During the day you can hike by foot, bike or horse, or study nature while you bird watch. In the summer, the park puts on an annual production or the outdoor musical drama TEXAS. Palo Duro has three cabins available on the canyon’s rim, and four limited service cabins available on the canyon floor. When you’re done with your stay, be sure to stop by the park store at the Visitor Center and pick up a book, or some pottery or jewelry.
3. Big Thicket National Preserve
While there are no cabins inside the national preserve itself, Cabins in the Thicket is nearby and provides a variety of different places for you to stay. These cabins are located on private McNeely Lake, where you can go canoeing or fishing on days away from the actual preserve. All cabins come furnished and include heat/air conditioning, as well as Dish TV service. Every fourth weekend of the month, Cabins in the Thicket hosts Big Thicket Trade Days where you can shop from local produce and little antiques. Be sure to book your reservation in advance!
4. Ray Roberts Lake State Park
Right across from this beautiful state park is Lone Star Lodge, a great destination for a weekend getaway or big family event. Here, you can relax out on the terrace that has a great view of the park, or spend some family bonding time in the gazebo that overlooks the lake. Inside the lodge you can enjoy some peace and quiet in your room, which comes with bathrooms, telephones, a television and a great view of native trees. If you’re planning on hosting an event, the lodge features two dining halls that are made to accommodate groups, and if you’re bringing your horse along for a trail ride in the park, the lodge has stalls available for your horses overnight.
5. Big Bend National Park
Near this national park in the Chisos Mountains is The Chisos Mountains Lodge and Cabins. This lodge features a restaurant, convenience store and gift shop for you to check out, and is perched in a great location for any hiking adventures. If you plan on choosing a cabin rental here, be sure to make your reservation in advance as they often fill up for the season rather quickly! In the summer, the reservations can be a little more relaxed with cooler mountain temperatures.
6. Colorado Bend State Park
Next door to this beautiful nature preserve is Sulphur Springs Camp, a nice place to fish, hunt or go for a swim. Spend the day exploring the Bend then come back and enjoy a nice family picnic with a beautiful view. There’s also a golf course within the camp, so golfers can relax on the green with a wonderful view of the beautiful mountains. There’s a grocery store in the camp as well, so you won’t need to travel far to stock up.
7. Caprock Canyons State Park
Silver Wind RV Park and Cabins is the place to go for rentals around this area. The cabins are close to Lake Mackenzie as well, which is a great place to plan a nice hiking or bike trip with the family. Adventurers will love the park for its ATV and motorcycle trails, and the kids will love the WiFi access and cable television that comes inside each cabin. When you do head over to the park, observe the bison herds while you go on a scenic horseback ride, or enjoy the scenery on foot and listen for the different types of bird calls in the trees.