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500 Waves on the Llano River

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76 reviews
· Llano, Texas
2 acres
1 site
1 Caravan/Tent
The best beaches in Texas are not on the coast. Secluded beaches. Clear, spring-fed water on the Llano River. 500 Waves is more than a camp site.  500 Waves is the river. Close to Austin and Fredericksburg. North of Enchanted Rock and on the way to Big Bend. Private camp site with shade and electricity right on the river. No need to drive to the river, you are at the river. Perfect for families and couples seeking a fun, easy, socially distant retreat on a quiet country road. Adventure awaits.Terrific birding and wildlife viewing all year with an ever-changing array of critters. When it is warm, your children will see tadpoles during the day and go to sleep to the sound of hundreds of frogs.  In fall and winter the riverbed is a superhighway for deer, foxes, and flocks of migratory geese and other birds. "A slice of beachy heaven on the Llano River." Austin American-Statesman Austin360, June 2020. Check us out @500Waves on Instagram.
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Llano, Texas, United StatesTo respect the Host's privacy, the precise address of this land will be provided after booking
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Hosted by Jason S.Joined in November 2019
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Michele H.recommends
November 23, 2022
500 Waves Beach Camp on Llano River
Peaceful camping under the stars!
If you are looking for a peaceful night under the stars, this is the place! There's a nice deck to for meal prepping, then a short walk to the fire pit and camping spot. From there it's only a short distance further to the beach and river! Clean, quiet and relaxing!
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Jon T.recommends
June 21, 2022
500 Waves Beach Camp on Llano River
Great spot! Loved sitting out on the deck at sunrise and set. Rugged, fun adventure down to the llano river, with is pretty shallow and warm this time of year. Still beautiful and refreshing enough in 100+. Granite boulders and sight seeing galore. We will be back in cooler temps!
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Patrick S.recommends
June 8, 2022
500 Waves Beach Camp on Llano River
Getting More Than You Pay For
We went for solitude and found it. Despite being in a small, spread out neighborhood, most of the properties seemed vacant and left us with the quiet and space to explore that we set out to find in one of the Texas Hill country’s most pristine and unique areas. Be ready to river-walk, stargaze, search the riverbed for beautiful rocks, throw a line out for the fish and grill on the vast wooden deck. The town of Llano is fifteen minuet down the road if you need ice or smoked brisket from a local Texas bbq pit or just come up one six pack short for tubing the mild, clear rapids a half mile stroll from the campsite. A seamless and simple check in process, a host who will answer your concerns quickly and very fair pricing for the exceptional space make this an incredible experience for those seeking the splendor of central Texas’ river camping experience. The one critique- J, pay the cost of having the independent trash collector haul off the trash at the end of each guests’ stay and tack on a ten dollar fee for not having to pack it out. Thanks for sharing your property with us!
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Karly L.
June 7, 2022
500 Waves Beach Camp on Llano River
Not enough room for more than 1 small tent. And it’s not as close to the river as they make it seem AT ALL. Several scorpions made their way into the bathroom, and the bathroom trash was tiny. They said there was a trash can and I assume that’s what they were talking about. Didn’t see another can anywhere. The covered deck was nice and was as the photos shows. The biggest let down was how far away the river was and how low it was. They sent me an email saying the river was flowing heavily “raging” even and it was definitely not. They talked about a tube shoot and rapids which there was not due to the low water level. Pictures and descriptions are misleading.
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Michael M.recommends
June 6, 2022
500 Waves Beach Camp on Llano River
Such an awesome place to stay!
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Hunter C.recommends
May 31, 2022
500 Waves Beach Camp on Llano River
Excellent site, best camping around Austin. Watch out for the snakes!
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Cindy P.recommends
May 18, 2022
500 Waves Beach Camp on Llano River
Backroad Gravel Cycling
Super location by the Llano River slabs which had water despite the drought! Had to walk or ride bikes over to them but we went for water and gravel road cycling and the location was what we wanted
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Dave B.recommends
May 2, 2022
500 Waves Beach Camp on Llano River
Great for young kids!
We absolutely loved 500 waves! It's a great place to take young kids. The campsite itself is great. There is access to a bathroom, a BBQ grill and even tetherball. And, the best part is the incredible access to the Llano River. You have tons of riverfront access along multiple channels of the Llano river, which allows for great opportunities for tubing, playing on the sandy beaches, swimming and just hanging out. Definitely highly recommend!
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William S.recommends
May 1, 2022
500 Waves Beach Camp on Llano River
I wish I owned this property!
Well, this is my 5th or 6th time camping here. Is it a bit pricey? Yes. Is it worth it? Definitely. You get access to a flush toilet, huge shaded deck, new weber gas grill, sturdy chairs, yard games and a table. That's not to mention the river access! Even if the Llano isn't flowing well, you can always walk across the sandy beach to get to the main channel (where there is always flowing water). If the water is flowing well, you can sit in the river as you get down to the riverbank. This past trip, the host had birdseed to fill the feeders (and encouraged me to bring some sugar water for the hummingbird feeder) and what a show!
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Sarah W.recommends
April 25, 2022
500 Waves Beach Camp on Llano River
Beautiful swimming & surroundings!
My husband, six year old son, and I loved camping at 500 Waves. We brought our Westfalia for a quick weekend away. The Llano River was beautiful and was the perfect temperature for swimming. We spent the whole day on the shore, under the shade of a mesquite tree - brought a picnic, a mat and a book and really enjoyed ourselves. We parked the van right next to the super clean bathroom. The electricity hookup was easy and convenient. We played cornhole (provided) on the deck. We brought our camping stove, but also used their great Webber propane grill for cooking meals. We were surrounded by Texas wildflowers, Cardinals, Painted Bunting (I think), and Purlple Martins, vibrant caterpillars, butterflies, and soaring vultures while sipping our morning coffee. I would recommend 500 Waves for tent camping or van camping! It was a super-fun weekend
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Lloyd G.recommends
April 18, 2022
500 Waves Beach Camp on Llano River
Awesome place! Very clean and well kept. Jason checked in with us upon arrival to make sure everything was in order and to share tips and suggestions with us to make our stay more enjoyable. Looking forward to returning soon!
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Jonathan H.recommends
April 12, 2022
500 Waves Beach Camp on Llano River
Peace and quiet
This place is awesome! Super quiet and peaceful! Jason has the place set up very well. Everything was clean and ready for us. Short walk to the tent site and the river is literally steps away! You can spend days exploring the river bed and swimming. It’s a great location for back country road site seeing. Wildlife is abundant. There are tons of deer ( be careful driving at night around here!) and birds. Just an awesome place! Thank you Jason for sharing your property with us. Will definitely be coming back.
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Megan H.recommends
March 28, 2022
500 Waves Beach Camp on Llano River
A 5-Star Camping Escape
This was my family's fourth time camping at 500 Waves and each time has been better than the last. Jason has created a truly special space along the Llano River. From the spotless, spacious and well-stocked bathroom to the delightful wood deck complete with shade, cornhole and a fabulous grill station. Not to mention the well-maintained tent camping space, picnic table and fire pit. His property has everything you need to make a for a relaxing weekend. And Jason has always been a gracious and communicative host. Looking forward to our fifth visit!
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Adam G.recommends
November 28, 2021
500 Waves Beach Camp on Llano River
Sweet little slice
This was our first time to visit the (North) Llano, and it didn't disappoint. We may have timed the fishing wrong, but we didn't find much to catch. The Llano is quite large, and the storage container is set back further than it might have seemed from the pics. Not "far" by any means, but not like "ON" the river. Maybe a 5-10 min walk to the main channel from the storage container (not the camp site), since you are crossing over different parts of the river, and finding cut throughs past some vegetation. It was really pretty to walk! I loved having cover and power and a grill. Took the stress of the "remote" camping set up away. If I had an RV it would have been super. We car-camped, so if the owner RV had been there it might have not been a good set up. Fortunately we had the space under the roof to use. Other houses are near, but not uncomfortable. It's a small community of several houses that live along the banks. Friendly waves as the other owners drove along the road here and there. Thanks Jason!
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Chase S.recommends
November 14, 2021
500 Waves Beach Camp on Llano River
Secluded, beautiful, thoughtful
The place is great. Feels safe and secluded. A lot of thought went into this place. My wife and I were trying to find peace and this was it. Breakfast and dinner on the deck is something you won't be able to find easily. Book it.
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Michael P.recommends
October 15, 2021
500 Waves Beach Camp on Llano River
Pristine and perfect.
Thank you Jason for making this little slice of heaven available to us. The camp setup with bathroom, deck, awning, games, etc in itself was a treat. The river access though, and the vast amount of river bed and beach to explore is the highlight of this gem of a property. We felt like we were the only two people in the world down by the riverside. Can't wait to visit again.
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Richard B.recommends
September 6, 2021
500 Waves Beach Camp on Llano River
Float the Llano and relax!
We had a blast at 500 waves Beach Camp! Very communicative host. Property was clean and well taken care of. Would recommend for a nice peaceful river weekend!
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Traci B.recommends
August 15, 2021
500 Waves Beach Camp on Llano River
We took our 30 ft camper and had a great time getting away for a few days. We fished and floated the river. There is a nice bathroom at the campsite and beautiful deck. We didn’t see anyone on the river so it was nice to have it all to ourselves! This was an anniversary trip for my husband and I and it was great to not see anyone, a private get away!
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Chris W.recommends
July 12, 2021
500 Waves Beach Camp on Llano River
An incredible gift.
I've now stayed twice at Jason's hip camp by the Llano River and it's been magnificent both stays. Super communicative throughout, Jason himself is gracious and accommodating with detailed instructions and generous use of his land. The river itself is varied and there's always something new to discover. Be an explorer and respect the land; this site is a gift and it's on all of us to care for it the exact same way Jason obviously does. We'll be back, again and again.
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Sandra C.recommends
June 20, 2021
500 Waves Beach Camp on Llano River
Great spot near the river and close to the town of Llano. Super clean and well-maintained. It was very hot during our stay, making the river that much nicer. And it wasn't too hot for wildflowers, tons of butterflies and hummingbirds. Communication with the host was excellent. We would love to see it in the spring!
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Becky F.recommends
June 10, 2021
500 Waves Beach Camp on Llano River
Mini rapids and sandy shores
The perfect get away! Close enough to Llano to not have to worry about loading up the car before getting on the road and if you are coming from East Texas you can make a real road trip of it my stopping in Austin on the way. The property itself is everything you would want: open space in nature with easy access to water and dark sky for fireside star gazing. The area isn’t remote but it is private so you can enjoy some solitude where the only company is the birds, butterflies and wild flowers. There was a lot of rain prior to the trip and scattered thunder storms while I was there so the water level was high and made for great floating. Sturdy river ready tubes are a must because even when you have a full river there are low water areas. The chairs, grill and fire pit made it so the basics are covered and all you need to do is relax.
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Elizabeth H.recommends
June 8, 2021
500 Waves Beach Camp on Llano River
So much fun staying here. Perfect place to relax and watch the sunset, and wade, splash and float in the river. I feel so refreshed after staying.
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Elizabeth B.recommends
June 2, 2021
500 Waves Beach Camp on Llano River
Magical Hipcamp. Beautiful views, excellent host and great amenities. Everything you could ever ask for in a great Hipcamp experience!
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Holden B.recommends
May 28, 2021
500 Waves Beach Camp on Llano River
Amazing place to stay only 10-15 minutes from downtown Llano and about a 45 minute drive to Colorado Bend State Park. The direct river access was amazing and the patio, grill, and restroom where great additions as well that made the camping much easier. Little to no cell service which was also a plus.
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Jeff S.recommends
May 11, 2021
500 Waves Beach Camp on Llano River
Great base setup; privacy; and river proximity
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Kevin E.recommends
April 25, 2021
500 Waves Beach Camp on Llano River
A Perfect River Adventure
My friend and I stayed two nights tent camping and had a wonderful time. The river access is super easy and the site was not only immaculate but also had tons of amenities. I've been a 'state park' camper for most of my life; this was my first Hipcamp adventure. It will definitely be hard to go back to a state park site after staying here, as the convenience and privacy are impossible to beat. Also, be sure to fill the bird feeder while you stay at this site, it's practically a bird sanctuary!
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Natalie R.recommends
April 13, 2021
500 Waves Beach Camp on Llano River
Llano Oasis
Jason's place was gorgeous - when that sunset light hits the trees and wildflowers it is absolutely divine. The river was wonderful on a hot Texas day, and the porch had really nice afternoon shade. The river at the property itself was very private and quiet - we fished and laid out on the pink granite. We also ventured up the road where he recommended tubing/yaking at the low water crossing. The water was still a little low (April), but it was incredibly refreshing. Jason was also a great host with many local recommendations nearby. Would definitely stay again!
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Joaquin M.recommends
April 8, 2021
500 Waves Beach Camp on Llano River
Best.Camp.Period
I could write a novel about this place but I’ll just say, it’s paradise. Great camp site with a mix of sand and soft grass with a nice flat tent area that made for a super comfy shoes free experience. Then you add to it a stellar fire pit and then access to an amazing deck on the hill overlooking the campsite with an assortment of games, a super clean bathroom, and a gas grill. Then you have the river. Oh my goodness the Llano River is awesome. I went with my old man and my two boys and we spent hours floating (bring tubes and life vests for the kids), fishing, and just exploring some of the coolest and most or stone river water in Texas. To top it off, Jason texted me the morning of our last day and told me they didn’t have another reservation that day so to just take our time packing out. We did another float down the river and all agreed it was top 5 vacations of all time. No exaggerating. Loved every minute.
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Vanessa P.recommends
April 7, 2021
500 Waves Beach Camp on Llano River
Magical mix of relaxation & action!
Firstly, Jason is the host with the most! He was super proactive- from on giving us a heads up about the early check in/out opportunities to letting us know how the river levels were (knowing we had wee ones with us) and recommending life jackets- amazing! Don’t let 500 Waves fool you- there’s SO much to do, or you can EASILY ado nothing and relax! We took advantage of the warm temps and floated the river at the very nearby bridge, enjoyed the lively entertainment at the bird feeder, played hours of Jenga, tetherball, and corn hole, and also just talked and laughed by the campfires each evening. We are an active family and there was PLENTY to do between the property and nearby activities- we could’ve easily stayed a week. The drive to Enchanted Rock for our hike was a breeze and the town of Llano is super charming! The bathroom was very very very nice and clean and “bathing” in the river was a super hit with the kids! The deck has nice afternoon/evening shade, the gas grill cooked all of our hot meals, and the neighborhood was very quiet/private, despite neighbor homes being in sight. Our long weekend at 500 Waves was truly an unforgettable camping experience- our best yet, and we plan to be back again!
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Margaret R.recommends
April 2, 2021
500 Waves Beach Camp on Llano River
We had a great time at Jason’s Beach Camp on the Llano! The river was close and easy to get to. In the morning and evening, we sat on the deck and watched the bird show! What a treat! It was really a fun visit!
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