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

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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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Olivia Lueckemeyer
Olivia Lueckemeyer joined Community Impact Newspaper in October 2016 and is the editor of the Richardson edition.
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