Where to practice bushcraft in Texas? (Answered!)

So you’re living in Texas and pretty new to the world of bushcraft, looking for anywhere to get out and practice your skills.

One of the hardest things to do when getting started in bushcraft is finding local areas you are actually allowed to practice things that are a part of practicing bushcraft like shelter building, wood harvesting etc.

Well, don’t worry, I have you covered.

Where can you practice bushcraft in Texas?

Texas is one of the harder states in the country to find spots to practice bushcraft, this is because the majority of Texas is privately owned land. However, there are still some options available to you.

Let’s take a look.

1) Private land

Private land is probably your best option for practicing Bushcraft in Texas.

Private land is private property and not open to public access. You’ll need permission from the owner before going on their land.

You would be surprised how many landowners are totally cool with you camping out and practicing your skills on their property, so long as you follow the rules they lay out for you.

The worst thing that can happen is them saying no, so give it a shot!

If you attempt to practice bushcraft on private land without the landowners’ permission, you’re trespassing. So make sure you know what the rules are first!

2) National forests / grasslands

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Another great place for practicing Bushcraft in Texas would be on national forest lands.

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These areas have been set aside by government as places where we can go and enjoy nature without having to worry about trespassing or being fined.

The only problem with these locations is that they tend to be very crowded during peak times like summer.

LBJ National Grasslands

One of the best spots to practice bushcraft in Texas is the LBJ National Grasslands.

Keep in mind, if you plan to hunt or fish, you will obviously need a Texas hunting/fishing license.

Here you are allowed to build fires, provided they are made on the bare ground and are kept an eye on at all times. You are even allowed to use downed wood, without a permit. For more information, check out their website.

Piney woods of East Texas

In the piney woods of east Texas, you are pretty much free to practice all the skills involved in bushcraft, with some restrictions.

  • No permanent shelters
  • Can’t stay in same place for more than 14 days

Other than, it’s a great area filled with dense trees and natural resources.

3) State parks

There are several state park sites that offer camping and hiking opportunities for those interested in practicing Bushcraft.

The best known site would be Big Bend National Park, which has many trails with great views of the surrounding area.

Another good option would be Guadalupe Mountains National Park, where there are also plenty of places to camp out.

However, state parks come with lots of restrictions. You can read up on their rules here.

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If you want to go somewhere where you can set up temporary tarp shelters, fish provided you have a license and do some plant identification, state parks are a great and easy option for you.

If you still have some unanswered questions or are looking for something a little more close to home, check out this texas bushcraft forum, it’s a great community.

Final thoughts

Bushcraft is a great way to spend time outdoors and learn about yourself. It’s also a great way to meet new friends and make lasting memories.

Private land is probably your easiest option for practicing all facets of bushcraft in Texas, provided you have the landowner’s permission. National forests / grasslands are another great option.

State parks are another option for practicing bushcraft, but they come with lots of restrictions, so make sure you research the rules before you head out.

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