If you only experience Texas by driving your RV on the interstate, you’re missing out. Texas has some of the quirkiest, most friendly places in the U.S. but you’ll need to slow down to experience them.
You won’t see this anywhere but the Panhandle.
Get off the interstate and onto Texas’ wide country roads for the best scenery and places to camp. Look hard enough and you can spend weeks visting oddball attractions in the Panhandle, like Jesus in a Box and Cadillac Ranch – all while enjoying free camping in the Texas Panhandle and the many city parks along the way.
Free Camping in the Texas Panhandle
The Panhandle is the reason why Texas gets a bad rap for having flat, boring scenery. Yes, there are prettier places in Texas than the tip top region of the state. But what those places lack is plenty of free camping. From Midland on the bottom to the Oklahoma state line up top, you’ll find great places to stay for a few days.
Panhandle city parks; brought to you by the petroleum industry.
Many of these campgrounds have water and electric hookups and dump stations too. There are so many free places to camp in the Texas Panhandle you can’t possibly stay at all of them in one trip. When you’re traveling in the Panhandle, there’s one very special campground in the tiny town of Littlefield that every country music fan must put on their bucket list.
Camp Free at Waylon Jennings City Park in Littlefield
Famous Outlaw Country musician Waylon Jennings was born and raised in Littlefield. It used to be a cotton-growing town but today Littlefield is doing a valiant job of hanging on as a suburb of Lubbock.
Littlefield loves its favorite outlaw.
Waylon used to say he was from Lubbock because nobody had ever heard of this town. However Littlefield is still very proud of its most famous son. So proud that it named Waylon Jennings City Park after him, and even painted Waylon Jennings’ name on the city water tower.
Waylon’s Park has free RV hookups.
Waylon Jennings City Park and RV Campground is a cozy little spot with shady trees, water and electric hookups. There’s a small dump station too. Campsites are a tight fit for rigs larger than 30′ but it’s worth trying if you’re in the area.
There’s lots to do in Littlefield.
After you settle in, you can play horseshoes at the adjacent officially sanctioned horseshoe courts. Waylon tossed the first horseshoe there in 1991.
Next stop: the Waylon Jennings Museum and drive-thru liquor store.
Later, walk a few blocks down the main drag to Waymore’s Drive-Thru Package Liquor Store and Waylon Jennings Museum. Not only is it an oasis in the middle of two dry counties, but it’s also where you’ll see the only museum dedicated to the country legend.
Tour the Waylon Jennings Museum, meet his brother and pick up a six pack too!
Waymore’s is owned by Waylon’s younger brother, James. There’s a museum with memorabilia and a small cadre of Waylon’s friends and relatives who are happy to share memories with tourists.
Like the campground, the museum is free but it’s a nice gesture to purchase some tasty beverages and celebrate in honor of Waylon, the original country music outlaw.