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25 Best Campgrounds Near Austin, TX

We like our Austin as weird as it gets, but sometimes it can get a little weirder and wilder where the blacktop ends near this slice of Texas heaven. From boating, fishing and hiking to taking steps through Texan history, there’s sure to be something for everyone on your upcoming camping trip. Get out, get weird, and enjoy some excellent campsites within two hours of Austin.

Hill Country

Pedernales Falls State Park: Johnson City, TX 

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Pedernales Falls State Park offers a diverse amount of stuff to do, no matter what you’re into. The river rats will enjoy tubing and kayaking on the Pedernales River. The limestone in the river is 300 million years old, and a part of the Marble Falls formation and the southwestern flank of the Llano uplift. Hike up to the Pedernales Falls from the scenic overlook at the north end of the park, where 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.

Recent campers say: “Perfect for the family.” “So pretty and serene.” “Park administration could do better.” 

Pedernales Falls State Park

2585 Park Rd. 6026

Johnson City, TX 78636

$10 to $20 per night

Taylor Park Campground: Taylor, TX

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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, it’s located in the hills of the Texas Blackland Prairie. Fans of nature tend to enjoy the hiking trails, 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.

Recent campers say: “Very quiet park and low traffic.” “Loved this park, not a lot of people.” “Nice and clean campgrounds.”

Taylor Campground

4801 FM1331

Taylor, TX 76574

$22+ per night

Lockhart State Park: Lockhart, TX

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From golfing to geocaching, there are tons of opportunities for fun at Lockhart State Park, a 43-minute drive from Austin. The land was originally Native American territory and has 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, as well as biking, fishing, hiking and checking out excellent local attractions like the famous barbecue Central Texas has to offer.

Recent campers say: “Had a great time with the family.” “Well kept little RV Campground.” “Great state park and very helpful staff and park hosts.”

Lockhart State Park

2012 State Park Rd.

Lockhart, TX 78644

$20 to $24 per night

Blanco State Park: Blanco, TX

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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 year-round and 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 as well as cozy, screened-in shelters offer a gorgeous view of the river.

Recent campers say: “Great little state park.” “We had a great time here.” “You’ll get some road noise.”

Blanco State Park

101 Park Rd. 23

Blanco, TX 78606

$10 to $25 per night

Cedar Breaks Park: Georgetown, TX

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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, 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.

Recent campers say: “Absolutely beautiful area.” “Nice camp spots with distance from your neighbor.” “Nice restrooms that include free showers.” 

Cedar Breaks Park

2100 Cedar Breaks Rd.

Georgetown, TX 78633

$26+ per night

Government Canyon State Natural Area: San Antonio, TX

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An hour and a half from Austin in the vast urban jungle that is San Antonio, an oasis of 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. Vistors may enjoy tours of the historic Zizelmann house, which was built in the 1880s, or check out 110-million-year-old dinosaur tracks along the Joe Johnston Route, a hiking trail in the camp. Just note: Campsites are only available on Fridays and Saturdays and they generally fill up fast, so make sure to book well ahead of time.

Recent campers say: “Views are great. I recommend the overlook.” “Very nice hiking and biking.” “Fantastic park with great campsites.”

Government Canyon State Natural Area

12861 Galm Rd.

San Antonio, TX 78254

$18 to $40 per night

Krause Springs: Spicewood, TX

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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 paying camper to swim. Make sure to show up 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 is a popular attraction, as is the butterfly garden on the premises.

Recent campers say: “Everything looked lush and vibrant.” “Camped for two nights and loved it all!” “Nice place but a ton of people.” 

Krause Springs

424 Co Rd. 404

Spicewood, TX 78669

$10 to $15 per night

Inks Lake State Park: Burnet, TX

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Just an hour west of Austin lies Inks Lake State Park. As the lake’s water levels 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 9 miles of trails across rocky hills and shady forests. Everyone will appreciate a gorgeous sunset in any of the park’s 200 campsites or the 20 cabins available for rent. During the swimming season, a dip at Devil’s Waterhole is a can’t-miss. The scenic waterfalls are also worth a view when Valley Spring Creek is running. A special youth group camping area is available for chaperoned groups of young people.

Recent campers say“Plenty of room.” “Our favorite state park.” “Well maintained and very clean bathrooms.” 

Inks Lake State Park

3630 Park Rd. 4W

Burnet, TX 78611

$11+ per night

Shaffer Bend Recreation Area: Marble Falls, TX

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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 a great destination for avid hikers or horseback riders. Visitors enjoy gorgeous scenic views across the park and around the lake, and the Colorado River is also close by. Summer getaways mean plenty of swimming and fishing opportunities. Wildlife watching opportunities are abundant, as the park is a preserve for cardinals and cedar waxwings, and some larger species of animals like whitetail deer and feral hogs. Camping sites are primitive in nature, so expect to rough it here.

Recent campers say: “Highly recommend this park/campground.” “Great place to day trip or weekend camp.”  “Great place to tent camp.” 

Shaffer Bend Recreation Area

706 Co Rd. 343A

Marble Falls, TX 78654

For reservations, please visit the website

Enchanted Rock State Natural Area: Fredericksburg, TX

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The ancient, pink granite dome that rises above Central Texas in Enchanted Rock State Natural Area has been greeting generations of visitors. The area features 11 miles of hiking trail around the park and primitive camping conditions for sleeping under the stars. Rock climbing and geocaching are also popular activities in the park. Dogs are welcome to come camping, but they aren’t allowed on many of the trails and must be kept on a leash.

Recent campers say: “A spectacular place to visit.” “One of the best state park experiences I have had.” Dog-friendly loop trail.”

Enchanted Rock State Natural Area

16710 Ranch Rd. 965

Fredericksburg, TX 78624

$14 to $100 per night

Lake Bastrop South Shore Park: Bastrop, TX

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Lake Bastrop South Shore Park can accommodate large groups for a relaxing weekend full of canoeing, fishing and swimming. The 176-acre park also offers mountain biking, birdwatching, mini-golfing 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. A camping spot on the water offers beautiful views and a little more privacy than other campsites in the park.

Recent campers say: “The campsites are nice and big.” “Beautiful, clean campgrounds, highly recommend staying here.” “Had a great time.”

Lake Bastrop South Shore Park

375 South Shore Rd.

Bastrop, TX 78602

For reservations, please visit the website

McKinney Falls State Park: Austin, TX

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For those who want to get away, but just can’t go far, there’s McKinney Falls State Park. The park offers some rugged beauty and the chance to get away from the city without a long drive. Visitors enjoy biking or hiking the 9 miles of trails throughout the park. Onion Creek Hike and Bike Trail is excellent for strollers and road bikes, as its surface is paved. The swimming and fishing at Onion Creek is excellent, too. For overnights, the park features 81 campsites and six newly remodeled cabins.

Recent campers say: “Super fun place to spend the day.” “Sites are different sizes bust most can accommodate a 40-foot vehicle.” “We love it here.”

McKinney Falls State Park

5808 McKinney Falls Parkway

Austin, TX 78744

$20 to $24 per night

Lake Somerville State Park & Trailway: Somerville, TX

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Smack dab between Austin and Houston lies Lake Somerville State Park, an oasis for fishing, boating, hiking and connecting with 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.

Recent campers say: “Great weekend park for RV and boat owners.” “Friendly staff.” “Stunning sunrise views.”

Lake Somerville State Park & Trailway

14222 Park Rd. 57

Somerville, TX 77879

$10 to $20 per night

Lost Maples State Park: Vanderpool, TX

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Lost Maples State Park is known for the color of the leaves on the Uvalde Big Tooth maple trees every fall, but year-round, the park is absolutely stunning. Visitors at any time of the year may see beautiful wildflowers, deep canyons and scenic views of the Sabinal River. Hikers may explore over 10 miles of hiking trails around the park, with one path bordering the edge of a 2,200-foot cliff. Both full-hookup and primitive campsites are available throughout the property.

Recent campers say: “Nice primitive camping sites.” “Amazing views.” “This place is stunning.” 

Lost Maples State Park

37221 FM 187

Vanderpool, TX 78885

$10 to $20 per night

Pace Bend Park: Spicewood, TX

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Vistors come to explore miles of equestrian, hiking and biking trails on the vast grounds of Pace Park while camping on the cliffs overlooking 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 and reservations are highly recommended for both kinds of camping.

Recent campers say: “Beautiful park with lots of room.” “Small but beautiful place.” “Family and I loved it.” 

Pace Bend Park

2011 Pace Bend Rd. N

Spicewood, TX 78669

$20+ per night

Ardor Wood Farm: Red Rock, TX

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The founders of Ardor Farm purchased the land in 2015 as an oasis for wildlife and a place to raise Nigerian dwarf goats. Their aim is to sustainably farm the land while imparting wisdom upon others about the importance of good land stewardship. Visitors may enjoy more than three miles of hiking trails around the property.  Camping areas come complete with a composting toilet, picnic table, fire pit, running water and cool showers outside. Glamping sites are also available with a queen-size bed.

Recent campers say: “Great for camping and seeing cute farm animals.” “Lots of trails and wildlife.” “A slice of heaven.” 

Ardor Wood Farm

300 Lockwood Rd.

Red Rock, TX 78662

For reservations, please visit the website

Meridian State Park: Meridian, TX

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Located in the limestone bluffs of Texas Hill Country, Meridian State Park offers a tranquil space to unwind with family and friends. There’s much to do within the park, including hiking, fishing, wildlife watching and exploring historic structures that were built by the Civilian Conservation Corps over 80 years ago. It’s notable that a portion of one trail within the park is wheelchair-accessible. A variety of campsites are available throughout the park, including primitive camping, bringing group campsites and RV hookups.

Recent campers say: “Great park for camping, hiking and swimming.” “Very quaint and beautiful.” “Quiet campground. Ranger patrolled routinely.” 

Meridian State Park

173 Park Rd. #7

Meridian, TX 76665

$15 to $56 per night

Lake Whitney State Park: Whitney, TX

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Fishing, camping and family fun awaits visitors on the shores of Lake Whitney State Park. A wide array of wildlife resides in the park, such as deer, raccoons, snakes, armadillos and opossums. Wild turkeys and bald eagles have also been sighted on the grounds. The lake offers largemouth, striped, and white bass, as well as prized blue catfish, and a fishing license is not required. Just a short drive from Whitney are the three major cities of Dallas, Fort Worth, and Waco, in case the need for civilization strikes.

Recent campers say: “Had such an amazing time camping with the family.” “Quiet and clean park.” “Campsite had plenty of shade.”

Lake Whitney State Park

433 FM1244

Whitney, TX 76692

$10 to $24 per night

Mother Neff State Park: McGregor, TX

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Isabella Neff, fondly known by many as Mother Neff, donated the original six acres of Mother Neff State Park in 1921. Many years later, new generations are still discovering why this spot was so very dear to her heart. Camping, hiking and geocaching are popular activities throughout the park. At the visitor’s center, guests are greeted with interactive exhibits about this beloved destination, as well as plenty of Texas history. Nearly 3.5 miles of trails are available for both beginner and seasoned hikers. Multiple campsites are available throughout the park, as well as a cabin that sleeps up to eight campers.

Recent campers say: “The restrooms and showers are very clean and nice.” “Very nice small park.” “One of our favorite parks to camp.” 

Mother Neff State Park

1921 Park Rd. 14

McGregor, TX 76657

$12 to $25 per night

Colorado Bend State Park: Bend, TX

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Just two hours northwest lies the unspoiled wildness of Colorado Bend State Park. Visitors find plenty to catch their attention out here, including marveling at the beauty of Gorman Falls, cooling off in Spicewood Springs, fishing or boating along the river and exploring the 35 miles of hike and bike trails. A more unique attraction is the wild cave tour, where participants get down and dirty. Young campers may complete activities from the visitor’s center to become a Junior Ranger. Primitive and group sites are available for campers of all expertise.

Recent campers say: “Park is beautiful. Staff is very helpful.” “The park is well maintained.” “Camped here two nights and had lots of fun.” 

Colorado Bend State Park

2236 Park Hill Dr.

Bend, TX 76824

$10-75 per night

Eden East Farm: Austin, TX

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East Eden Farm, a working, sustainable farm in the heart of East Austin, features all the attractions a green foodie could dream of, including a fresh farm stand with local produce, eggs, jam, dried and canned goods, local meats, and medicinal and culinary herbs, as well as an award-winning farm-to-table restaurant on site. Campers may enjoy the natural springs on the property, a quick walk to a state-of-the-art rock climbing facility nearby and a plethora of cool bars and restaurants nearby that serve a true Austin flavor.
 
 
Recent campers say: “Friendly atmosphere.” “Owners are welcoming and very friendly.” 
 
 
755 Springdale Rd.
Austin, TX 78702
 
For reservations, please visit the wesbite
 

Guadalupe River State Park: Spring Branch, TX

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The Guadalupe River is the main attraction at this Hill Country state park. Swimming is the main event on the river but fishing is also popular, and equipment for rent is available in the park. The 3 miles of hike and bike trails offer a low-effort way to get some exercise and enjoy some great views. In the Discovery Center, visitors get a closer look at nature using magnifying glasses, microscopes and binoculars and exploring hands-on discovery boxes and exhibits.

Recent campers say: “Awesome park with great trails and views.” “This campground is pretty awesome.” “One of Texas’s best.” 

Guadalupe River State Park

3350 Park Rd. 31

Spring Branch, TX 78070

$15 to $24 per night

Prairies and Lakes

Stephen F. Austin State Park: San Felipe, TX

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Stephen F. Austin, known as the American founder of Texas and the “Father of Texas” by many, chose this area as a base for establishing Anglo-American colonies in the state. Today, visitors are welcomed to explore the history of the state and famous landmarks close to the park. Activities available in the park include geocaching, biking and hiking. A 12-mile nature trail guides hikers while educating them about local plant species of the area. Group camping is available. For interested golfers, a public course is right next door.

Recent campers say: “Great place to go camping.” “I love this state park.” “Quiet state park that’s good for easy biking.” 

Stephen F. Austin State Park

Park Rd. 38

San Felipe, TX 77473

$15 to $100 per night

South Texas Plains

Goliad State Park & Historic Site: Goliad, TX

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Visitors get a peek into Texas history at Goliad State Park & Historic Site while walking in the footsteps of Native Americans, Spanish explorers, missionaries and early settlers who inhabited the land. There are many historic sites to view both in the park and close by, such as Mission Espíritu Santo, a colorful chapel with educational exhibits. In addition, visitors to the park also enjoy hiking, biking and exploring the San Antonio River, which offers excellent fishing.

Recent campers say: “Access was relatively easy.” “Very nice little state park.” “This park has a lot of history.” 

Goliad State Park & Historic Site

 108 Park Rd. 6

Goliad, TX 77963

$10 to $25 per night

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