Camping options in the upper Highland Lakes  region are plentiful, but a few parks stand out among the rest. Lake Buchanan’s  immense size and absence of development make it a good place to enjoy remote, natural conditions (or a comfortable lodge, if you choose).
One of the best places to pitch a tent is Black Rock Park (on Route 261 north of Route 29, 512/793-3138, $3 entry fee, call for current campsite and cabin fees). The 10-acre park offers 25 tent sites, 15 RV sites, and six cabins with heat and A/C. One of the park’s biggest draws is its sandy beach, and the ample shoreline is also popular with bank fishers.
Less rustic is the nearby Canyon of the Eagles (16942 Ranch Road 2341, 800/977-0081, www.canyonoftheeagles.com , average cottage/room $129, average campsite $12), a 940-acre resort containing a cozy lodge and campsites. Canyon of the Eagles offers 64 cottage and lodge rooms designed to blend in with the natural beauty of the surrounding Hill Country . Each cabin features wooden rocking chairs on the front porch, some with spectacular views of Lake Buchanan.
Camping is also available, with 25 spacious, shaded sites including a paved pad and picnic table. Some of the sites have a limited view of the lake, and all have access to the property’s amenities. Those seeking primitive camping have two options—Chimney Slough, located in a peaceful cove on the lake with 23 tent sites and potable water, and Tanner Point, containing 10 sites with no water. Canyon of the Eagles also features a restaurant, swimming pool, and recreation room.
Another popular option is Inks Lake State Park (3630 Park Road 4 West, 512/793-2223, www.tpwd.state.tx.us , $5 per day). Camping, backpacking, hiking, swimming, and fishing are popular activities, along with the park’s guided nature walks and canoe tours. Small cabins and primitive campsites are available, and the park even includes a nine-hole golf course, store (offering boats and bikes for rent), and Wi-Fi access.