Dallas-Fort Worth (DFW) is located in North Texas, where everything is big, vibrant, and bustling. But this area is surrounded by lakes, parks and miles of scenic country roads, making participation in outdoor activities, including glamping, favorable year round. The glamping sites I have encountered near DFW are all unique and include air conditioning and heating, as Texas summers are hot and winters can be unpredictable. And, of course, they include luxury amenities that you wouldn’t normally get in a regular cabin in the woods. Glamping has become my favorite way to camp!
Whether it’s a safari tent, yurt, treehouse, Conestoga wagon, or a luxury single cabin, you’ll find multiple glamping spots in Dallas-Fort Worth. to choose from completely away from the city in serene areas with endless adventures to explore. I have traveled the region for the best, and I think I have come across some pretty cool places to spend some time relaxing and enjoying nature. I’ve been staying for a night or two at a few of these sites over the years, and the others are places I can’t wait to check out. All opinions here are my own.
1. Silver Spur Resort, Canton
For a fun experience, go glamping in a Conestoga wagon, where you can be a trailblazer for the weekend. Silver Spur Resort is a luxury RV, camper, and glamper resort located an hour east of Dallas and minutes from Canton’s First Mondays of Commerce, a monthly flea market. Conestoga wagons are air-conditioned and include a deluxe king-size bed, bunk beds and a small table. It’s the perfect size for a family of four to sleep comfortably at night. There are stairs to climb to enter the wagons, and toilets and showers are a short walk away and are only available to Conestoga customers. Each site has an outdoor barbecue and a common area for roasting hot dogs and s’mores. For those nights when you don’t feel like grilling, there’s a smokehouse-style restaurant on-site.
A Conestoga Wagon experience isn’t for everyone, but if you’re up for it, it’s a fun experience for the whole family. Once you are at the resort, you and your family have access to plenty of outdoor activities, such as swimming, pond fishing, pedal boats, human foosball, a playground and much more. ‘other fun things to do. It is a real outdoor experience. My grandson and his friend had a great time here, and they were delighted when they each grabbed a perch by the tail!
Pro tips: Bring a flashlight for night trips to the bathroom. Animals are not allowed in the wagons.
2. Fuller’s Folly River Ranch, Weatherford
Nature is calling you, and you must go! And believe me, you’re going to want to book an extended weekend. Fuller’s Folly River Ranch is located 40 miles from downtown Fort Worth on the Brazos River just outside of charming Weatherford, Texas. You’ll enjoy countless hours of floating, kayaking, swimming, fishing, grilling, wildlife viewing, stargazing and more. There are two types of glamping sites on their property: a luxury safari tent with all the amenities or a unique and magical treehouse equipped with everything imaginable. Either way, you are glamping in one of the prettiest areas near the DFW area.
Sundancer on the brazos
The sound of the waterfall trickling right outside your tent and the voices of creatures will ensure a good night’s rest at Sundancer on the Brazos. Being nestled in the woods with a wraparound porch will make you dream. Be sure to bring a book for those quiet moments on the porch and plenty of supplies to make s’mores for the kids. My family stayed here a few years ago in the winter. We enjoyed cooking s’mores on the fire pit, bundled up with blankets and hot chocolate in hand. No need to bring your own kayaks and tubes, they are included with your stay! You will like it anytime of the year.
When you thought glamping was only in a tent, go! The Hobbit Tree House is a unique two bedroom luxury loft in the trees. It is a treehouse that is not in a tree, so there are no stairs to climb to enter; however, there are stairs inside. The Hobbit House comes with a full kitchen and bathroom, and the luxury continues on the gorgeous outdoor patio with a Jacuzzi tub and private waterfall.
3. Paradise Cove, Grapevine
Experience lakefront glamping, kayaking, fishing and picnicking on Grapevine Lake in a yurt at Paradise Cove. It is equipped with air conditioning and heating, a mini fridge, a microwave and a private bathroom with a shower a few steps from the yurt. A quiet location on a private peninsula of Grapevine Lake is all you need for a quiet glamping experience. If you need an early morning wake-up call, don’t bother using your phone’s alarm; roosters nearby will do it for you!
For an added bonus, you’re not far from the quaint town of Grapevine if you want or need to go into town for shopping or a bite to eat. If winter glamping is what you’re looking for, you might want to read these fabulous reasons to visit Grapevine, Texas while on vacation.
4. Best Day Ever Ranch, Whitewright
What do you think of the idea of glamping in a cozy treehouse? If you like it, you’ll want to check out Best Day Ever Ranch (BDER). Tucked away in Whitewright, Texas, about an hour’s drive north of Dallas, you’ll find this treehouse filled with luxury amenities with a romantic twist. The tub alone is worth the trip!
When BDER opened for camping in 2016, they invited my family and others to come and experience cabin life and the beautiful ranch grounds. Anyone staying here is welcome to all of the ranch’s activities, including the clubhouse, a golf cart, spending time with the llamas, hiking acres, fishing in the nearby pond, and more. We had a blast going around the ranch and going to the pond on this golf cart. We stayed in a cabin but were able to visit the treehouse. Her place on the ranch is in a perfect hidden spot in the woods. But as you can imagine there are some steep stairs that lead up to the treehouse.
5. Country Woods Inn, Glen Rose
About an hour’s drive southwest of Fort Worth, this is a unique and unusual way to spend a family getaway in the woods. Whether you call it camping or glamping, I call it unusual. Country Woods Inn calls it “adventure camping” and offers a few ways to enjoy the sounds of nature. Choose to stay in a renovated Santa Fe covered wagon tucked away in the woods with a log cabin look that includes a full kitchen, sitting area, old clawfoot tub, and a unique play area for the kids. Or rent the vintage Airstream which will get you and your family outside. If you prefer, spend some family time indoors in the semi-circular seating area with air conditioning and heating and more amenities to suit your fancy.
Either way, you’ll be surrounded by forty acres of great outdoors in the woods on the Paluxy River with places to swim. You also won’t be far from historic downtown Glen Rose plaza and minutes from the awe-inspiring Dinosaur Valley State Park.
6. SkyBox cabins, Glen Rose
Another great way to glamp Glen Rose is at SkyBox Cabins – an adults-only getaway and the ultimate way to experience the great outdoors. There are unique cabins for hire, and then there is The Glamp. This is a two tent site fully furnished with air conditioning, heating and a comfortable outdoor dining area. The bathroom and the small kitchenette are located in a building a few steps away. There is no TV, so bringing a book and games is a good idea.
Pro tip: It’s a short walk from the parking lot to the tent entrance.
7. The Farm Retreat, Chandler
The Farm House Retreat is a once in a lifetime experience in the woods. Located about an hour east of Dallas in Chandler, TX, the retreat is a venue for weddings and parties, but allows anyone to rent its glamping cabins. You will think that you are in Beverly Hillbillies with the distinctive character of the chalets and the wooded environment. My favorite is the Across the Pond Cabin, where I would love to read a book on the porch and watch the lake.
8. Savannah Prairie, Farmersville
A dream treehouse getaway for you and your loved one located about an hour’s drive east of Dallas, Savannah’s Meadow will make your heart melt. If you’re like me, you’ll never want to leave. While you enjoy nature, take a bike or hop in a canoe and explore from April to November. Based on their schedule, you might want to plan your stay for a romantic weekend well in advance.
Pro tip: If you’re new to glamping, go ahead and dive into this luxurious way of camping, and I bet you’ll be hooked like me. It’s definitely a different way to enjoy camping and the great outdoors. Don’t expect it to be cheap. It doesn’t, but it’s well worth your time away from the hustle and bustle of city life.