Dallas–Fort Worth (DFW) is located in North Texas, where everything is big, vibrant, and busy. But this area is surrounded by lakes, parks, and miles of scenic country roads, which makes participating in outdoor activities, including glamping, favorable all year long. The glamping sites I came across near DFW are all unique and include air conditioning and heat because Texas’s summers are hot and winters can be unpredictable. And, of course, they include luxury amenities you wouldn’t normally get in a plain 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 unique cabin, you’ll find several glamping spots in Dallas-Fort Worth to choose from completely away from the city in serene areas with endless adventures to explore. I scoured the area for the best, and I believe I stumbled upon some pretty neat places to spend some relaxing time and enjoy nature. I was hosted for a night or two at a few of these sites over the years, and the others are places I can’t wait to experience. All opinions here are my own.
1. Silver Spur Resort, Canton
For a fun experience, opt to glamp in a Conestoga Wagon, where you can be a pioneer for the weekend. Silver Spur Resort is a luxury resort for RVers, campers, and glampers located an hour east of Dallas and minutes away from Canton’s First Monday Trade Days, a monthly flea market. The Conestoga wagons are climate-controlled and include a luxury 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 get inside the wagons, and the restrooms and showers are a few steps away and are only available to Conestoga guests. Each site has an outdoor grill, and there’s a common area to roast hot dogs and s’mores. For those nights you don’t feel like grilling, there is a smokehouse-style restaurant onsite.
A Conestoga Wagon experience is not for everyone, but if you’re up for it, it’s a fun experience for the whole family. Once you’re at the resort, you and your family have access to many outdoor activities, such as swimming, fishing in the pond, paddle boats, playing human foosball, a playground, and many more fun things to do. It’s a true outdoor experience. My grandson and his friend had a blast here, and they were thrilled when they each caught a perch by its tail!
Pro Tips: Bring a flashlight for those late-night trips to the restroom. No pets are allowed in the wagons.
2. Fuller’s Folly River Ranch, Weatherford
Nature’s calling, and you must go! And trust 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 charming Weatherford, Texas. You’ll enjoy endless hours of floating, kayaking, swimming, fishing, grilling, watching wildlife, star gazing, and more. There are two types of glamping sites on their property to choose from — a luxury glamping safari tent with full amenities or a unique and magical treehouse equipped with everything imaginable. Either way, you’re glamping at one of the finest areas near the DFW area.
Sundancer On The Brazos
The trickling noise of the waterfall right outside your tent and the voices of critters will assure a good night’s rest at Sundancer on the Brazos. Being nestled in the woods with a wrap-around porch will keep you daydreaming. 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 was hosted here a couple of years ago in the wintertime. We enjoyed cooking s’mores over the fire pit while bundled up with blankets and hot cocoa in hand. No need to bring your own kayaks and tubes — they are included with your stay! You’ll love it any time of the year.
Hobbit Tree House
When you thought glamping was only in a tent — here you go! The Hobbit Tree House is a unique two-bedroom luxury treehouse loft. It’s a treehouse that isn’t in a tree, so there are no stairs to climb to get inside; however, there are stairs inside. The Hobbit House comes with a full kitchen and bath, and the luxury continues on the gorgeous deck outdoors with a jacuzzi and a private waterfall.
3. Paradise Cove, Grapevine
Experience lakeside glamping, kayaking, fishing, picnicking on Lake Grapevine in a yurt at Paradise Cove. It comes complete with air conditioning and heat, a mini-fridge, microwave, and a private bathroom with a shower steps away from the yurt. A quiet spot on a private peninsula on Lake Grapevine 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; the nearby roosters will do that for you!
For a bonus stay, you’re not far from the quaint town of Grapevine should you want or need to go to town to shop or grab a bite to eat. If glamping in the wintertime is what you’re looking for, you may want to read these fabulous reasons to visit Grapevine, Texas, during the holidays.
4. Best Day Ever Ranch, Whitewright
How does the idea of glamping in a cozy cabin up in a tree sound to you? If you love it, you’ll want to check out Best Day Ever Ranch (BDER). Hidden away in Whitewright, Texas, about an hour’s drive north of Dallas, you’ll find this treehouse filled with luxury amenities with a romantic flair. The bathtub alone is worth a stay!
When BDER opened for camping in 2016, they invited my family and others to come and out and experience cabin life and the gorgeous grounds of the ranch. Anyone who stays here is welcome to all ranch activities, including the clubhouse, a golf cart, hanging out with the llamas, acres of hiking, fishing in the nearby pond, and more. We had a blast tooling around the ranch and going to the pond on that golf cart. We stayed in a cabin but got to tour the treehouse. Its place on the ranch is in a perfect hidden spot in the woods. But as you can imagine, there are steep stairs that lead up to the treehouse.
5. Country Woods Inn, Glen Rose
About an hour’s drive southwest of Fort Worth 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 boxcar nestled in the woods with a log cabin look that includes a full kitchen, sitting area, an old clawfoot tub, and a unique playground for the kids. Or rent the vintage Airstream that will allow you and your family to hang out outdoors. If you prefer, enjoy family time inside at the half-circle sitting area with air conditioning and heat and more amenities that will suit your fancy.
Either way, you’ll be surrounded by forty acres of wide-open spaces in the woods on the Paluxy River with places to swim available. You also won’t be far from the historic downtown square of Glen Rose and will be minutes away from the awesome Dinosaur Valley State Park.
6. SkyBox Cabins, Glen Rose
Another fine way to glamp Glen Rose is at SkyBox Cabins — an adult-only getaway and the ultimate way to experience the great outdoors. There are unique cabins to rent, and then there is The Glamp. It’s a fully furnished two-tent site with air conditioning, heat, and a cozy outdoor dining area. The bathroom and small kitchenette are located in a building steps away. There’s no TV, so bringing a book and games is a wise idea.
Pro Tip: It’s a short walking distance from the parking area to the tent entrance.
7. The Farm House Retreat, Chandler
The Farm House Retreat is a one-of-a-kind experience in the woods. Located about an hour east of Dallas in Chandler, Texas, the retreat is a wedding and party venue but allows anyone to rent their glamping cabins. You will think you’re in The Beverly Hillbillies with the distinctiveness of the cabins and the wooded surroundings. My favorite is the Across the Pond Cabin, where I would be delighted reading a book on the porch and looking out at the lake.
8. Savannah’s Meadow, Farmersville
A dream treehouse getaway for you and your loved one located about an hour’s drive east of Dallas, Savannah’s Meadow will melt your heart. If you’re like me, you’ll never want to leave. While you’re out enjoying nature, grab a bike or jump in a canoe and take off to explore from April to November. From the looks of their schedule, you may want to plan to book 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 as I am. It’s definitely a different way to enjoy camping and the great outdoors. Don’t expect it to be cheap. It’s not, but is well worth your time away from the hustle and bustle of city life.