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Amid the piney woods of East Texas, the Rainbow’s End RV Park lies just a stone’s throw from the heart of Livingston. It’s a popular base for exploring the Sam Houston National Forest and the Big Thicket National Preserve, as well as the waterfront trails of Lake Livingston State Park.
RV camping at Rainbow’s End RV Park includes access to 130 sites, with full hookups (30 or 50-amp electrics) and pull-throughs available. Pets are welcome to stay with you at the RV park, and Wi-Fi is provided for an additional charge. Campers can take advantage of the clean restrooms and showers or catch up on their washing at the laundromat. Recreational facilities at Rainbow’s End RV park include a swimming pool and clubhouse where you can mingle with the other guests.
Directly west of the Rainbow’s End RV Park is Lake Livingston State Park, which sprawls across 635 acres along the shores of Lake Livingston. Aside from hiking on the surrounding trails and swimming in the refreshing waters, you can also rent canoes, kayaks, and paddleboards from the boat shed. If you’re an angler, you can cast a line to lure white bass, catfish, crappie, and perch, with three boat ramps, two fish cleaning stations, and a fishing pier among the facilities. Free ranger programs are held throughout the year and geared towards kids, with the opportunity for them to learn kayaking, geocaching, and a variety of crafts.
Lake Livingston lies adjacent to the Sam Houston National Forest, a 160,000-acre recreational area that’s crisscrossed by hiking trails and dotted with lakes. It’s home to the longest continuously marked footpath in Texas, the Lone Star Hiking Trail, which extends for 96 miles and offers sightings of endangered red-cockaded woodpeckers and several birds of prey. If you prefer to get out on the water, head to Double Lake, where canoes and paddleboats are available for rent or cast a line to see what’s biting from the shores of Lake Conroe.
Camping at Rainbow’s End RV Park can also be used as a base for visiting the Big Thicket National Preserve, which has been recognized as a UNESCO Biosphere Reserve. It comprises a mosaic of ecosystems that range from longleaf pine forests to swampy bogs and provides habitat for more than 500 vertebrates and around 340 types of grasses. A 40-mile network of hiking trails winds through the preserve while kayakers can launch their vessels to explore the 21-mile Village Creek Paddling Trail. Hunting is also permitted in designated areas of the preserve during particular seasons, with white-tailed deer, waterfowl, and feral hogs all for the taking.
The campsites at Rainbow’s End RV Park are less than ten minutes' drive from Livingston, which is home to several supermarkets where you can stock up on groceries. There are also numerous gas stations here if you need to fill up your RV rental and a great choice of eateries that range from fast-food restaurants to an Italian-style grill.
Don’t leave Livingston without visiting the Polk County Memorial Museum, which details the people and events that have shaped the region. Get up close to mammoth fossils and mastodon teeth as you follow the chronological evolution of Polk County and see pottery and handicrafts created by the area’s Native American people. Also within the museum are exhibits dedicated to the Civil War years in Polk County that feature period clothing, weaponry, and historical documents.
Livingston campers are just over an hour’s drive from the heart of Houston, a vibrant city that’s renowned for its cultural museums and as home to the Lyndon B. Johnson Space Center. See the Mission Control Room where NASA led the Gemini and Apollo space missions, then learn about influential astronauts and NASA employees at the Memorial Grove. You can delve into the natural history of the region at the impressive Houston Museum of Natural Science, which is one of the most visited museums in the United States, or inspire your artistic side while browsing the more than 6,000 years of art history on display at the Museum of Fine Arts.
Traveling with kids? Don’t miss a visit to the Children’s Museum of Houston, which is packed with hands-on and interactive exhibits, or come face-to-face with more than 6,000 animals from across the globe at the 55-acre Houston Zoo. Other family-friendly destinations in and around the city include the Downtown Aquarium and the Kemah Boardwalk, a theme park along the Texas Gulf Coast where you’ll find rides, arcade games, and a variety of restaurants.
Whether you want to get active along the shores of Lake Livingston or explore the cultural and historical attractions of Houston, book an RV rental in Polk County and start planning your visit.