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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 r

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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.

"A slice of beachy heaven on the Llano River." Austin American-Statesman Austin360, June 2020. Check us out @500Waves on Instagram.

October 2021 Update:  October is a quiet time on the river if you're looking for retreat or reflection.  The days are sometimes still warm but the river is always there to cool things off a bit.  Big rains at the beginning of the month have recharged the river and the flow is strong.  We will be closed for family use and repairs the last two weeks of October.

500 Waves Beach Camp sits right smack on the Llano River and offers a huge covered deck with table, chairs, and a big view of the river.  Texas-sized riverfront fire pit and gas grill are available. You have private and exclusive access to a flush toilet and hand washing sink in our newly constructed bathroom.  

Camping Details:  Four people maximum.  No groups.  No teeny bopper parties. (You'll totally get busted.) Tent site and campfire pit are 200 yards from car park. We have a wagon to help you move your stuff up and down the small hill.  In summer come prepared for the heat, especially if you are tent camping or your RV does not have AC.

Welcome, wanderers!  In addition to campers on weekend getaways, 500 Waves hosts lots of visitors on a grand North American road trip or Texans taking the scenic route to Big Bend or New Mexico. If you want to get off the beaten path and see the real Texas, let us know and we can offer tips and advice for a truly Texas odyssey that includes some time on the beach at 500 Waves.  

KNOW BEFORE YOU GO:

Our small camper (the white egg-looking Casita in some of the pictures) lives at 500 Waves and thus may be parked on site during your visit. If so, the covered spot right next to the cabin will not be available for your RV.  There is plenty of room much closer to the electrical outlet for your rig.  

We have neighbors.  Repeat:  We have neighbors so set your expectations accordingly.  You will be the only campers on site and will have no difficulty keeping a safe and social distance from anyone else.  500 Waves Beach Camp is a big lot on a quiet river road with a few scattered small cabins. If you're looking for absolute seclusion, be aware that this is the country with people doing country stuff not the wilderness. That said, there are usually very few (if any) other people in the riverbed or on this section of the Llano River - especially on weekdays and in winter and fall.  

WHAT CAN WE DO WHILE AT 500 WAVES BEACH CAMP?

Nothing. And that's ok. Really. Just sit and enjoy the quiet. Your phone probably will not work very well and that is good.

Soak up the spring-fed Llano River.  500 Waves Beach Camp is on the riverfront and has direct access to private beaches, fishing, wading, and tubing year round.  If the river isn't flowing, we will say so in this description.  (But it is always flowing.)

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.

Bring your yoga mat to greet the sunrise on your private beach. And pack fixings for your favorite cocktail and watch the sun set into the Llano River from the shade of your covered deck or from a riverfront campfire (burn ban permitting). 

Take a stroll to a historic granite low-water crossing and ponder the infinite expanse of time. 

Bring your telescope, binoculars, or the naked eye to view our dark skies.  Plan your visit around a new moon for darkness or a full moon for howling.

Kayak down the river to your camp site for just the right mix of rapids and slow paddling.  Stand up paddle boards available for rent on the river downtown.

Hike the riverbed for miles upriver or downriver and find your own hidden swimming hole.  

Play tetherball, corn hole, and giant Jenga.  Create family memories and give your other hand something to do while you drink beer. 

Bike or drive historic gravel backroads and make friends with Llano County's many cows.  

Cruise into small town Llano for live music, local vodka, craft beer, mesquite-flamed pizza, shopping, and the best BBQ in Texas.  

In the spring and on into early summer our wildflowers will make you weep. 

It sounds corny, but 500 Waves Beach Camp is more than a campsite. It's an experience and a miniature vacation in and of itself.  You could take your kids to a hotel with a pool or one of those crowded, icky, and expensive water parks.  Or you could take them to nature's closest equivalent.  

Let's talk COVID-19.  We know you are concerned about safety and cleanliness.  We are too as we are at 500 Waves when not hosting visitors. We want to be very upfront and clear about our protocols.  If possible, we will sanitize the camp site between visitors.  This includes bathroom, grill, table, and chairs.  However, given the rural nature of the camp site we want to be honest and let you know that we will NOT be able to do a deep clean between every reservation.  We will try but it will not be every time. We are asking folks to wipe things down upon arrival and again upon departure.  We assume campers would do this regardless but we want to be crystal clear. Ideal?  No.  Necessary?  Unfortunately, yes.  This has worked really well so far, please pass on the wipe down to the next campers.

FAQs:

- No dogs or pets. We know your dog is awesome and that you are a great dog owner but no exceptions. We work hard to protect wildlife habitat.

- No groups and 1 RV/camping unit greatly preferred. Please don't ask to add additional guests after making your reservation. Please, it's just awkward.

- Private bathroom with sink and flush toilet. No showers. Bring water.

- No kitchen or dishwashing facility. Bring water. Gas grill available for cooking.  

- No potable water and no RV dump station.  Bring lots of water and dump in Llano.

- 30 amp and standard electrical outlets for RVs. Extension cord may be helpful.

- Price may increase on holidays and weekends during wildflower season. Price is determined not by the market but by our desire to be at our own land.  If you're there, we can't be.  And - as you will see - that's a bummer.  

Campsite area
Bring your own tents, vans and truck campers, trailers, RVs
1 site
Up to 4 guests per site
Park at listing
No wheelchair access
Essentials
Campfires allowed
Toilet available
No pets
Amenities
Picnic table available
No potable water
No kitchen
No showers
No wifi
Pack it out
Laundry absent
Camping vehicle details
Electrical hookup available
No water hookup
No sewage hookup
No TV hookup
Generators not allowed
Back-in site
Max length 30ft
Accommodates slideouts
Surface type: loose gravel
Surface levelness: flat
Have a question? Send Jason a message!
  • Check in: After 1PM
  • Check out: Before 12PM
  • Cancellation policy: Strict
  • On arrival: Go straight to camp
  • Minimum nights: 2 nights
  • Accepts bookings: 12 months out

Activities

Offered on the Host's property or nearby.

Biking

Western Llano County is filled with great gravel backroads perfect for long rides with minimal traffic - minus the occasional c...Read more

Fishing

Great fishing on the Llano River at 500 Waves. Keep an eye on the Texas Parks and Wildlife Department's web site for seasonal s...Read more

Hiking

The bed of this part of the Llano River is huge. You can spend hours walking upriver or downriver from 500 Waves. Alternative...Read more

Paddling

There is terrific paddling on the Llano River. Kayak rentals and shuttle available in Castell. Bring your own boats for a great...Read more

Swimming

Great swimming and sandy beaches all along the Llano River near and in front of 500 Waves.

Wildlife watching

The Llano River and its banks provide a unique and ever-changing habitat. Our land hosts foxes, passing herds of deer, migrator...Read more

Terrain

Natural features you'll find at 500 Waves Beach Camp on Llano River in Texas.

Beach

The beaches of the Llano River are one of the best kept secrets in Texas. Miles of gorgeous red sand beaches all to yourselves.

River, stream, or creek

The Llano River is one of the wildest and cleanest rivers in Texas. There are no cities and few towns upriver from 500 Waves a...Read more

Swimming hole

The main and side channels of the Llano River flow directly in front of 500 Waves. There is great swimming with clean sandy bo...Read more

Waterfall

Our stretch of the Llano River is filled with rock gardens that create interesting kayaking and gorgeous waterfalls.

Ranch

500 Waves is a small property surrounded by huge ranches. The vibe is definitely more country river ranch than backcountry wil...Read more

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Hipcamper Richard

Float the llano and relax!

Richard B.
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September 6th, 2021

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!

Hipcamper Jason
Response from Jason, the Host, on September 7th, 2021

Thank you, Richard! Labor Day can be warm at the river. Glad the river was flowing well!

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Hipcamper Traci
Traci B.
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August 15th, 2021

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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Hipcamper Jason
Response from Jason, the Host, on August 16th, 2021

HAPPY ANNIVERSARY!! Thanks for the wonderful review and pics!

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Hipcamper Chris

An incredible gift.

Chris W.
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July 12th, 2021

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.

Hipcamper Jason
Response from Jason, the Host, on July 12th, 2021

Best review EVER! Thank you for appreciating our place, Chris!

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Hipcamper Sandra
Sandra C.
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June 20th, 2021

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!

Hipcamper Becky

Mini rapids and sandy shores

Becky F.
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June 10th, 2021

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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Hipcamper Jason
Response from Jason, the Host, on June 13th, 2021

Thanks for this thoughtful review! Trust Becky! Bring your tubes for the float of a lifetime. Or at least the float of the summer!

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Hipcamper Elizabeth
Elizabeth H.
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June 8th, 2021

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.

Hipcamper Jason
Response from Jason, the Host, on June 10th, 2021

Girl Power on the Llano River! You guys are welcome back any time!

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Elizabeth B.
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June 2nd, 2021

Magical Hipcamp. Beautiful views, excellent host and great amenities. Everything you could ever ask for in a great Hipcamp experience!

Hipcamper Jason
Response from Jason, the Host, on June 6th, 2021

This is so awesome. Thank you so much for the kind words and for loving and respecting our place as much as we do! Camp safely!

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Hipcamper Holden
Holden B.
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May 28th, 2021

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.

Hipcamper Jason
Response from Jason, the Host, on June 6th, 2021

We have been debating the investment in wifi (requires satellite out here) and I am honestly torn! I have to agree that there is something special about bad cell service...

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Hipcamper Jeff
Jeff S.
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May 11th, 2021

Great base setup; privacy; and river proximity

Hipcamper Jason
Response from Jason, the Host, on June 6th, 2021

Thank you, Jeff!

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500 Waves on the Llano River
State
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Country
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$100/night
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