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Texas Reader: The Best in Tent Camping

Pitch your weekend getaway home in remote splendor.

By Kathryn Hunter

In all the busyness and noise of modern society, finding a place of solitude, even in the parks and recreational areas at the farthest reaches of the state, can be a difficult feat.  Fortunately, the car camper looking for a special campground or camping experience will no doubt find it in The Best in Tent Camping: Texas, a guide to 50 campgrounds in the seven regions of Texas.   

“It may be a spectacular vista, a fiery sunset, a single flower bloom, or even the intoxicating smell of a campfire, but we all sense it as soon as we arrive,” author Wendel Withrow writes.

The type of camper who prefers pup tents to RVs and bird song to portable stereos will appreciate Withrow’s up-to-date and comprehensive reviews of Texas campgrounds. In addition to ­reservation and facilities information, Withrow includes details such as area hiking or biking trails, scenic drives, commonly seen wildlife, related ­reading and recommendations such as when you should stake your tent down or secure your foodstuff from animal residents. Also included are driving directions and GPS coordinates for park or campground entrances, as well as ratings for beauty, privacy, spaciousness, quiet, security and cleanliness.   

Withrow, a native Texan, has spent many years exploring the natural beauty of the Lone Star State and is currently the chair of the Dallas group of the Sierra Club. 

“The good news is that Texas is so big that we can all find our own haven in the hills or valleys,” he writes. “Whether you love the deepest woods, the driest desert, the tallest mountain, or the unlimited seashore, this book will help you find a place to claim as your own.”

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