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Pedernales Falls State Park: Johnson City, TX 

Pedernales Falls State Park offers a diverse amount of stuff to do, no matter what you’re into. The river rats in your group will enjoy tubing and kayaking on the Pedernales River. This limestone in the river is 300 million years old. It is in the Marble Falls formation, and part of the southwestern flank of the Llano uplift. Hike up to the Pedernales Falls from the scenic overlook at the north end of the park. Here, the river drops about 50 feet in elevation over a distance of 3,000 feet. Enjoy views of cascading water over tilted, layered stair steps of limestone. Other campers may get into hiking, mountain biking, picnicking, geocaching, bird watching, or riding horses. White-tailed deer, coyotes, rabbits, armadillos, skunks, opossums and, raccoons can be spotted throughout the park. Campsites with electricity hookups, as well as primitive sites, are available.


Pedernales Falls State Park

2585 Park Rd 6026, Johnson City, TX 78636

Campsites: $10-20

Learn more about Pedernales Falls State Park here.

Taylor Park Campground: Taylor, TX

Situated on the calm banks of Granger Lake, Taylor Campground is a quiet and relaxing oasis for some fun, family camping. Only a quick 40 minutes from Austin, this it is located in the hills of the Texas Blackland Prairie. Fans of nature tend to enjoy the hiking trails available, while those with boats are welcome to set sail for a fun day on the lake. Taylor Campground is one of the top five destinations in central Texas for catching white bass and crappie. The campground features 48 camping sites, each with electricity and water hookups.


Taylor Campground

4801 FM1331, Taylor, TX 76574

Campsites: $22-26

Learn more about Taylor Campground here.

Lockhart State Park: Lockhart, TX

From golfing to geocaching, there are tons of opportunities for fun at Lockhart State Park, a quick 43-minute trip from Austin. The land was originally Native American territory with a rich history. In 1840 the Comanche tribe raided home­steads in the Guadalupe River valley and south to Mata­gor­da Bay before retreating. Pioneers eventually settled in the area, and during the Great Depression, the land was made into a state park in cooperation with the New Deal programs of the time. Today visitors enjoy camping under the stars with sites featuring electricity and full hookup options available, biking, fishing, hiking, and even checking out excellent local attractions like the famous barbecue Central Texas has to offer.


Lockhart State Park

2012 State Park Rd, Lockhart, TX 78644

Campsites: $20-24

Learn more about Lockhart State Park here.

Blanco State Park: Blanco, TX

The Civilian Conservation Corps built this quiet and relaxing getaway in 1934, and it’s been a local favorite ever since. Fishing enthusiasts come the for largemouth and Guadalupe bass, channel catfish, sunfish, and rainbow trout. The river is stocked with trout in the winter. No license is needed to fish from shore within the park. A big draw to the park is Falls Dam. Tubes for chilling on the water are available for rental from the store every day. Full hookup camping sites are available for rental, as well as cozy, screened-in shelters that offer a gorgeous view of the river.


Blanco State Park

101 Park Rd 23, Blanco, TX 78606

Campsites: $20-25

Learn more about Blanco State Park here.

Cedar Breaks Park: Georgetown, TX

The perfect place to get away without feeling too far away, Cedar Breaks Park is the ultimate destination for city folks looking to feel at one with nature (but stay within 30 minutes of home). Popular Lake Georgetown is a reservoir on the north fork of the San Gabriel River in central Texas. Boating is a fun option if it’s available, and fishing in the area is said to be excellent. Hikers will enjoy the San Gabriel River trail, which winds its way around Lake Georgetown dense juniper forest, hardwood bottomlands and prairie grasslands. Hunting for small game is permitted, but hunters must have a permit.


Cedar Breaks Park

2100 Cedar Breaks Rd, Georgetown, TX 78633

Campsites: $26

Learn more about Cedar Breaks Park here.

Government Canyon State Natural Area: San Antonio, TX

In the vast urban jungle that is San Antonio, an oasis into nature exists at Government Canyon State Natural Area. In fact, this 12,000-acre spot of wilderness even protects the city’s drinking water. Tons of activities are available for the entire family, including a massive playground and discovery trail for the kids. Tours of the historic Zizelmann house, which was built in the 1880s, are available, and make sure to check out 110-million-year-old dinosaur tracks along the Joe Johnston Route, a hiking trail in the camp. Campsites are only available on Fridays and Saturdays. They generally fill up fast, so make sure to book well ahead of time.


Government Canyon State Natural Area

12861 Galm Rd, San Antonio, TX 78254

Campsites: $18-40

Learn more about Government Canyon State Natural Area here.

Krause Springs: Spicewood, TX

Founded in 1955, Krause Springs draws plenty of visitors every year to swim in its natural pool that flows into Lake Travis. It’s located a quick 30 miles from Austin and features primitive camping, as well as 24 RV sites with full hookups. The park is privately owned, so you must be a camper to swim. Make sure to get our early for swimming, as the natural pool tends to fill up quickly. A manmade pool is also available to guests on the property. An annual Fourth of July celebration takes place every year, and make sure to check out the butterfly garden on the premises.


Krause Springs

424 Co Rd 404, Spicewood, TX 78669

Campsites: $10-15

Learn more about Krause Springs here.

Inks Lake State Park: Burnet, TX

Just an hour west of Austin lies Inks Lake State Park, a perfect destination for a day trip or weekend getaway. As the lake’s water level stay the same year-round, any time is a great time to check out some great fishing, canoeing, and kayaking. Hikers will enjoy the park’s nine miles of trails across rocky hills and shady forests. Enjoy a gorgeous sunset in any of the park’s 200 campsites. Twenty cabins are also available for rental. During the swimming season, take a dip at Devil’s Waterhole. Explore scenic waterfalls Valley Spring Creek is running. A special youth group camping area is available for chaperoned groups of young people.


Inks Lake State Park

3630 Park Rd 4 W, Burnet, TX 78611

Campsites: $6-23

Learn more about Inks Lake State Park here.

Shaffer Bend Recreation Area: Marble Falls, TX

Wilderness and the great outdoors converge with rugged backroads to create a rejuvenating weekend retreat at Shaffer Bend Recreation Area. The 508-acre park is the perfect destination for the avid hiker or horseback rider in your life. Enjoy gorgeous scenic views across the park around the lake. Summer visits mean plenty of swimming and fishing opportunities are available. The Colorado River is also close by. Wildlife watching opportunities are abundant, as the park is a preserve for cardinals, cedar waxwings, and some larger species of animals like whitetail deer and feral hogs. Camping sites are available but expect to rough it here, as they are primitive in nature.


Shaffer Bend Recreation Area

706 Co Rd 343A, Marble Falls, TX 78654

Campsites: $12-22

Learn more about Shaffer Recreation Area here.

Enchanted Rock State Natural Area: Fredericksburg, TX

 The ancient, mystical-feeling, pink, granite dome that rises above Central Texas in Enchanted Rock State Natural Area has been greeting generations of visitors for thousands of years. Explore the 11 miles of hiking trail around the park during the day, and stare up at the dreamy night sky in primitive camping conditions. Rock climbing and geocaching are also popular activities in the park. Rock climbers must check in at park headquarters. Your fur babies are welcome to come camping with you, but they are not allowed on many of the trails and must be kept on a leash.


Enchanted Rock State Natural Area

16710 Ranch Rd. 965, Fredericksburg, TX 78624

Campsites: $14-100

Learn more about Enchanted Rock State Natural Area here.

Lake Bastrop South Shore Park: Bastrop, TX

Lake Bastrop South Shore Park is the perfect spot to bring a large group for a relaxing weekend full of canoeing, fishing, and swimming. The 176-acre park also offers mountain biking, mini golfing, fantastic bird watching, and watercraft rentals. The Osprey Point Hall on the property fits up to 120 people and includes air conditioning, heat, catering kitchen, fireplace, and a large smoker grill. Multiple camping options are available, including sites with full hookups, primitive sites, and cabins to bunk in. Try to snag a camping spot on the water for beautiful views and a little more privacy than other campsites in the park.


Lake Bastrop South Shore Park

375 South Shore Road, Bastrop, TX 78602

Campsites: $22-27

Learn more about Lake Bastrop South Shore Park here. [/two_third_last]

McKinney Falls State Park: Austin, TX

Maybe you want to get away, but just can’t go far? If you live in Austin, McKinney Falls State Park is practically in your backyard. Check out the park for some rugged beauty and the chance to get away while still easily getting back to your home if you forget your toothbrush. The swimming and fishing at Onion Creek is excellent. Get your bike out or hike the nine miles of trails throughout the park. Onion Creek Hike and Bike Trail is excellent for strollers and road bikes, as its surface is paved. Get comfy for the night at 81 campsites and six newly-remodeled cabins.


McKinney Falls State Park

5808 McKinney Falls Parkway, Austin, TX 78744

Campsites: $20-24

Learn more about McKinney Falls State Park here.

Lake Somerville State Park & Trailway: Somerville, TX

  Smack dab between Austin and Houston lies Lake Somerville State Park, an oasis for fishing, boating, hiking, and connecting with your friends and family in nature. The park is made up of four units. Birch Creek Unit is on the north side of the lake, while Nails Creek Unit lies on the southwest side. The 13-mile Lake Somerville Trail connects these two pieces of land, and on both sides, swimming, hiking, fishing, and swimming are available, with plenty of room in-between to explore. Both units offer watercraft rentals, and the lake can be explored by kayak, canoe, and motorized boat. Both electric and primitive camping options are available throughout the park.  


Lake Somerville State Park & Trailway

14222 Park Rd 57, Somerville, TX 77879

Campsites: $10-20

Learn more about Lake Somerville State Park & Trailway here.

Lost Maples State Park: Vanderpool, TX

Lost Maples State Park is known for the color of the leaves on its trees every fall, but year-round, the park is absolutely stunning. Visit any time of the year to see beautiful wildflowers, deep canyons, and scenic views of the Sabinal River. If you do happen to catch the park during the fall season, look for a special stand of Uvalde Big Tooth maple trees, a specialty of the area. Make sure to explore over 10 miles of hiking trails around the park. One path even takes hikers along the top of a 2,200-foot cliff. Both full-hookup and primitive campsites are available throughout the property.


Lost Maples State Park

37221 FM 187, Vanderpool, TX 78885

Campsites: $10-20

Learn more about Lost Maples State Park here.

Pace Bend Park: Spicewood, TX

Explore miles of equestrian, hiking, and biking trails on the vast grounds of Pace Park while you camp on the cliffs of beautiful Lake Travis. Both swimming and boating are allowed on the vast waters, and staff is available to answer questions and point the way to the best fishing locations. The area is home to a variety of interesting wildlife, including a number of whitetail deer, raccoon, foxes, ringtail cats, and dozens of bird species. Both primitive and full-hookup camping sites are available. Reservations are highly recommended for both kinds of camping.


Pace Bend Park

2011 Pace Bend Rd N, Spicewood, TX 78669

Campsites: $5-20

Learn more about Pace Bend Park here.












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