MAP: Here's a guide to regional campsites near South Austin

A wealth of campsites can be found within an hour and a half drive from South Austin.

A wealth of campsites can be found within an hour and a half drive from South Austin.

As summer temperatures begin to slowly cool down and make way for the fall season, South Austin residents can enjoy many of the regional campsites located within an hour and a half of their homes.



0 to 30 MINUTES

1. Emma Long Metropolitan Park
1600 City Park Road, Austin
512-974-1831
http://www.austintexas.gov/department/emma-long-metropolitan-park
Fees: entrance, $5-$10 per vehicle; camping, $10-$25 per night • Reservations required
Amenities: pet friendly, picnic tables, restrooms, swimming, sand volleyball, basketball court
Travel time: 28 minutes, 15.2 miles

2. McKinney Falls State Park
5808 McKinney Falls Parkway, Austin
512-243-1643
https://tpwd.texas.gov/state-parks/mckinney-falls
Fees: entrance $6, children age 12 and younger free; camping $20-$25 per night; cabins $99 per night; • Reservations strongly encouraged
Amenities: barbecue grills, fishing, hiking, pet friendly, picnic tables, swimming
Travel time: 15 minutes, 10.4 miles

30 to 45 MINUTES

3. Bastrop State Park
100 Park Road 1A, Bastrop
512-321-2101
https://tpwd.texas.gov/state-parks/bastrop
Fees: entrance $5, children age 12 and younger free; camping $12-$25 • Reservations required
Amenities: fishing, hiking, picnic tables, swimming
Travel time: 39 minutes, 35.3 miles

4. Grelle Recreation Area
640 CR 412, Spicewood
512-473-3366
https://www.lcra.org/parks/Pages/grelle.aspx
Fees: entrance $2-$5, children age 12 and younger free; camping $12 per night
Amenities: canoeing/kayaking, fishing, hiking, horseback riding, picnic tables, restrooms, swimming
Travel time: 43 minutes, 31.6 miles

5. Krause Springs
424 CR 404, Spicewood
830-693-4181
http://krausesprings.net/
Fees: camping $10-$15 (cash only), children age 4 and younger free • First come, first served basis
Amenities: hiking, picnic tables, restrooms, swimming, butterfly garden
Travel time: 44 minutes, 31.3 miles

6. Lockhart State Park
2012 State Park Road, Lockhart
512-398-3479
https://tpwd.texas.gov/state-parks/lockhart
Fees: entrance $3 for adults, children age 12 and younger free; camping $20-$24 per night • Reservation encouraged
Amenities: barbecue grills, fishing, hiking, pet friendly, picnic tables, restrooms, showers, swimming, golf course
Travel time: 43 minutes, 39.6 miles

7. Windy Point Park
6506 Bob Wentz Park Road, Austin
512-266-3337
http://windypointpark.com
Fees: entrance $8-$15 a day, camping $10 per night • First come, first served basis
Amenities: barbecue grills, picnic tables, showers, boat ramp, free Wi-Fi
Travel time: 35 minutes, 20 miles

45 MINUTES to 1 HOUR

8. Muleshoe Bend Recreation Area
2820 CR 414, Spicewood
512-473-3366
https://www.lcra.org/parks/Pages/muleshoe-bend.aspx
Fees: Entrance fees $2-$5, children age 12 and younger free; camping $12
Amenities: canoeing/kayaking, fishing, hiking, pet friendly, picnic tables, restrooms, showers, swimming, bike trails, boat ramp
Travel time: 48 minutes, 32 miles

9. Pace Bend Park
2805 N. Pace Bend Road, Spicewood
512-264-1482
https://parks.traviscountytx.gov/find-a-park/pace-bend
Fees: camping $15-$20 per vehicle per night • Reservations required
Amenities: barbecue grills, hiking, pet friendly, picnic tables, restrooms, swimming
Travel time: 45 minutes, 29.9 miles

10. Pedernales Falls State Park
2585 Park Road 6026, Johnson City
830-868-7304
https://tpwd.texas.gov/state-parks/pedernales-falls
Fee: entrance $6, children age 12 and younger free; camping $10-$20 per night •Reservations required on the weekend
Amenities: canoeing/kayaking, fishing, hiking, horseback riding, picnic tables, restrooms, showers, swimming, biking, geocaching, birdwatching
Travel time: 49 minutes, 37.6 miles

11. Sandy Creek Park
9500 Lime Creek Road, Leander
512-854-7275
https://parks.traviscountytx.gov/find-a-park/sandy-creek
Fees: camping $15-$20 per vehicle per night • First come, first served basis
Amenities: barbecue grills, fishing, hiking, pet friendly, picnic tables, restrooms, swimming, birdwatching, boat ramp
Travel time: 45 minutes, 30.9 miles

12. Vernon Richards Riverbend Park
107 Hwy. 71, Smithville
512-237-3282
https://www.ci.smithville.tx.us/city-departments/parks-and-rec/camping-at-riverbend/
Fees: camping $20 per night • Reservations required
Amenities: barbecue grills, pet friendly, picnic tables, showers, restrooms, playground, sand volleyball
Travel time: 46 minutes, 45.6 miles

1 HOUR to 1.15 HOUR

13. Blanco State Park
29 Main St., Blanco
830-833-4333
https://tpwd.texas.gov/state-parks/blanco
Fees: entrance $5, children age 12 and younger free; camping $20-$25 per night • Reservations required
Amenities: fishing, hiking, pet friendly, picnic tables, restrooms, swimming, paddle boarding, geocaching
Travel time: 59 minutes, 46.2 miles

14. Camp Creek Recreation Area
1221 CR 343, Marble Falls
512-473-3366
https://www.lcra.org/parks/Pages/camp-creek.aspx
Fees: free
Amenities: canoeing/kayaking, fishing, pet friendly, picnic tables, restrooms, swimming, boat ramp
Travel time: 1 hour and 6 minutes, 52.8 miles

15. Palmetto State Park
78 Park Road 11 S., Gonzales
830-672-3266
https://tpwd.texas.gov/state-parks/palmetto
Fees: entrance $3, children age 12 and younger free; camping $12-$20 per night • Reservations required
Amenities: canoeing/kayaking, fishing, hiking, pet friendly, restrooms, showers, swimming, paddle boarding, boating, biking, birdwatching, geocaching
Travel time: 1 hour and 5 minutes, 59.2 miles

16. Plum Park on the Colorado
1517 Prairie Valley Road, Westpoint
512-473-3366
https://www.lcra.org/parks/Pages/plum-park-on-the-colorado.aspx
Fees: entrance fees $2-$5, children age 12 and younger free; camping $12 per night
Amenities: canoeing/kayaking, fishing, pet friendly, picnic tables, restrooms, swimming
Travel time: 59 minutes, 58.9 miles

17. Shaffer Bend Recreation Area
706 CR 343A, Marble Falls
512-473-3366
https://www.lcra.org/parks/Pages/shaffer-bend.aspx
Fees: entrance fees $2-$5, children under 12 are free; camping $12-$22 per night
Amenities: canoeing/kayaking, fishing, hiking, horseback riding, picnic tables, restrooms
Travel time: 1 hour and 7 minutes, 59 miles

18. Turkey Bend Recreation Area
4000 Shaw Drive, Marble Falls
512-473-3366
https://www.lcra.org/parks/Pages/turkey-bend.aspx
Fees: entrance $2-$5, children younger than age 12 are free; camping $12 per night
Amenities: canoeing/kayaking, fishing, picnic tables, restrooms, swimming
Travel time: 1 hour and 3 minutes, 48.8 miles

1.15 HOUR to 1.30 HOUR

19. Black Rock Park
3400 Hwy. 261, Buchanan Dam
512-473-3366
https://www.lcra.org/parks/Pages/black-rock-park.aspx
Fees: entrance $2-$5, children 12 and younger free; camping $12-$57 per night
Amenities: canoeing/kayaking, fishing, pet friendly, picnic tables, restrooms, showers, swimming, cabins, horseshoes and washers, sand volleyball court, playground, kayak rentals, boat ramp
Travel time: 1 hour and 23 minutes, 67.6 miles

20. Guadalupe River State Park
3350 Park Road 31, Spring Branch
830-438-2656
https://tpwd.texas.gov/state-parks/guadalupe-river
Fees: entrance $7, children 12 and younger free; camping $15-$25 per night • Reservations required
Amenities: canoeing/kayaking, fishing, hiking, horseback riding, pet friendly, picnic tables, restrooms, swimming, tubing, biking, geocaching, birdwatching
Travel time: 1 hour and 28 minutes, 74 miles

21. Inks Lake State Park
3630 Park Road 4 W., Burnet
512-793-2223
https://tpwd.texas.gov/state-parks/inks-lake
Fees: entrance $6, children age12 and younger free; camping $11-$23 per night • Reservations encouraged, but not required
Amenities: canoeing/kayaking, fishing, hiking, picnic tables, restrooms, swimming, volleyball courts, boating
Travel time: 1 hour and 21 minutes, 70.9 miles

22. Oak Thicket Park- Lake Fayette
4819 W. Hwy. 159, Fayetteville
979-249-3504
https://www.lcra.org/parks/Pages/oak-thicket-park.aspx
Fees: entrance $2-$5, children 12 and younger free; camping $22-$169 per night
Amenities: canoeing/kayaking, fishing, hiking, picnic tables, restrooms, showers, swimming, bird viewing, mountain biking
Travel time: 1 hour and 17 minutes, 76.6 miles

Southwest Austin Regional Camping Guide 2017

 

 

CORRECTION:The listed Packit Gourmet address does not allow for pick-ups. The manufacturing address is actually listed at 14466 Fitzhugh Road, Austin
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By Olivia Lueckemeyer

Olivia Lueckemeyer graduated in 2013 from Loyola University New Orleans with a degree in journalism. She joined Community Impact Newspaper in October 2016 as reporter for the Southwest Austin edition before her promotion to editor in March 2017. In July 2018 she returned home to the Dallas area and became editor of the Richardson edition.


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