Are you looking to Rent a Cabin nearby or want to find a Campsite?
This is a great option for a break and to soak up the nature we have around us, swim in lakes, go fishing and hiking and soak up some fresh air on vacation. Renting a cabin or taking your RV or camping equipment and finding a campsite is easy – many are nearby in Texas, Oklahoma and Arkansas.
Many of these locations are within 2-3 hours away and the furthest are 6 hours drive from Plano, Frisco, McKinney and the edge of Dallas Fort Worth.
We researched and found some fun beautiful cabins for rent and some great campsites. Some cabins are near the lake, some are for small and bigger families. There are many options, but we encourage you to book early as it has become a more and more popular way to vacation.
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Head to Oklahoma
Broken Bow and Beavers Bend State Park
We would be remiss if we skipped over the most popular and widely mentioned spot to rent a Cabin in the Woods – Broken Bow, OK (Beavers Bend State Park)
Just 3 hours away from North Dallas in Eufalia, Oklahoma and you’ll find a variety of Cabins and Cottages to rent for weekends and weeks.
This Master planned community on Lake Eufalia has a fully functioning Boat Club, Parks and Pools and a Working Farm. It’s more upscale than some places, but you can find a variety of different types of rentals that fit your family and your needs.
Hot Springs, Lake Hamilton and Lake Ouachita
Head North to Arkansas and due East and you’ll reach the super quaint Hot Springs, with it’s old-world architecture and of course – Hot Springs in their famous bathhouses.
Nestled in a valley and close to Lake Hamilton and local river areas, the hiking is great as well as the amount of outdoor activities available. Lake Ouachita is also a popular destination to stay at – the water is clear at both lakes and they have a variety of Marinas where you can rent boats and lake toys for the day!
Lake Ouachita is beautiful and the edge is in Hot Springs, but going West out of Hot Springs towards Mt. Ida has better camping and parts of the lake (Mountain Harbor or Crystal Springs).
Floating the rivers are also fun (Ouachita and Buffalo are favorites).
Lake Hamilton is in Hot Springs but much busier and not as beautiful as Lake Ouachita which is in a national forest.
Check out these Cabins and Places to Stay around Hot Springs (affiliate link) (affiliate link) with Air BnB
It’s worth checking out the Lake DeGray area in Caddo Valley, which is smaller than Lake Ouachita but very popular. It’s off of I-30 on the way to Hot Springs. There are plenty of options for accommodations – tent pads, RV hookups, cabins, and hotel-style. Also, points because it’s always less busy than the other places mentioned.
You’ll find Lake DeGray at 104 Lakefront Drive, Bismarck, AR 71929
Want ideas for places to stop on your Road Trip? We recently found the Roadtrippers App (affiliate link) (affiliate link) and love it! It shows you all the cool stops between Point A and B.
Eureka Springs, Beaver Lake and North West Arkansas
Beaver Lake is in NW Arkansas is closer to Fayetteville and about 3 hours from Little Rock.
Most Arkansas lakes have rock bottoms so the water is pretty clear! If you are more into canoeing definitely check out the Buffalo River.
Eureka Springs is a great place to stay with lots of hiking, water canoes, caverns, fishing and a ton of great cabins!!
Here are our favorites (affiliate link) (affiliate link)!
Heading along White River where you can check out White River Cabins, Can-U-Canoe Riverview Cabins, Ozark Spring Cabins as you follow the route of the River.
Cabins in Texas
Head to the Hill Country
Hill Country is awesome because there are so many state parks within 30 mins of Dripping Springs or Wimberly.
Our favorites are Lucky Arrow Retreat and D6 retreat. There are a ton of similar places on AirBnB (affiliate link) (affiliate link).
If you prefer a Glamping experience, we love Collective Hill Country which is located just 45 minutes from Austin and 1 hour from San Antonio, outside the charming town of Wimberley, Texas.
On your visit we recommend you visit Blanco State Park, Krause Springs and Pedernales State Park. Marble Falls is also a beautiful area.
Perfect for Couples Retreats, Getaway (affiliate link) (affiliate link) gives people time, space, and permission to be off. These are tiny cabins in nature provide a break from the city, technology, and work, so that you can recharge and reconnect to who and what matters most.
Another great option is Wildcatter Ranch – an upscale resort ranch on the Texas range – only a 2 and a half drive from Dallas or Horseshoe Bay, which is another more upmarket place to stay among nature. There are all types of rooms in this resort. For Families, this makes a great place to stay and learn about colorful wildlife at our Birds of the Bay Show and meet exotic reptiles at the Tortoise Connection.
You can rent a bike and explore or spend time learning to golf. Go boating on the lake, take a tennis lesson or just relax by the pool. From playing lawn games to the simple act of sharing sweet treats around the campfire, our family friendly resort connects you to the moments that matter.
You may have heard about the Yogi Bear Jellystone park in Tyler TX. They have them all over Texas and the one in the Hill Country is also an awesome place to go with Kids.
Lake Bob Sandlin, Pittsburg TX is located at 341 State Park Road 2117, Pittsburg, TX 75686
It’s really fantastic with huge pine trees and small town vibe. Go check out the State Park or Camp Shiloh has kayaks you can rent and a swimming area off of Bob Sandlin Lake. It is only about 2 hours away (maybe hour and a half depending on your route)
Our Favorite Camping Spots (with or without an RV)Check out this great tool from Expedia to find your next RV spot (affiliate link) (affiliate link)
In addition to Tyler State Park, we also recommend Daingerfield State Park which is located at 455 Park Road 17, Daingerfield, TX 75638
Head to North East Texas Tall trees reach for the sky in the northeast corner of Texas. Explore life in the forest at Daingerfield State Park as you wander the trails, paddle Little Pine Lake, or relax at your campsite.
A 3 hour drive from Beavers Bend State Park in Broken Bow, Oklahoma. There are some great RV spots and Campsites available just across the border over the Red River.
Bee Mountain Ranch is situated on the Brazos River, Texas and is located at 13499 County Road 1241, Cleburne, Texas 76033
Other great Camping Spots close to DFW
- Lake Ray Roberts
- Hidden Cove Marina in Frisco/Lewisville
- Lake Texoma (various)
- Arbuckle Mountains Oklahoma
- Turner Falls
Across the State Link in Arkansas, if you are headed out towards Hot Springs, another great spot to Camp is Daisy State Park (103 E Park Rd, Kirby, AR 71950). It’s a huge State Park in Pike County amongst the beautiful Ouachita Mountains, Lake Greeson and the Little Missouri River.
You can also camp at Crater of Diamonds State Park and dig for diamonds too while you are there. We stopped on our way to Hot Springs last fall and had a blast!
If you venture North of Little Rock, you’ll find Greers Ferry Lake which also offers great fishing, water sports, boating and camping. It is known for the cleanest, clearest lakes in the nation