Hipcamp host  Mary Lou M.,
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Owl Hollows impressive wilderness offers an ideal getaway in a superb setting.  Get reacquainted with your better half, nature, star gaze or gather around the fire pit by yourself with family and or friends!   Owl Hollow has wide-open skies that boast striking sunset views with brilliant streaks of color.   Explore Owl Hollows, 4.98 acres of cedar and oak-covered hill till y


Owl Hollows impressive wilderness offers an ideal getaway in a superb setting.  Get reacquainted with your better half, nature, star gaze or gather around the fire pit by yourself with family and or friends!   Owl Hollow has wide-open skies that boast striking sunset views with brilliant streaks of color.   Explore Owl Hollows, 4.98 acres of cedar and oak-covered hill till you find your favorite destination spot.  Park your vehicle in the front designated area in reverse, explore and pitch your tent ⛺️ in your favorite spot.  One vehicle per campsite, there is an extra fee per extra vehicle(s) Whether you're traveling solo, with family, friends or your partner, make yourself at home in one of the designated Hipcamp areas.  Owl Hollow Hipcamp offers a fire pit / grill in the communal area or you can bring your own grill.  Remember to bring your own grilling utensils. (If Hays County does not have a BURNBAN you are welcome to use the fire pit). We also have a communal restroom with hot shower (refreshing) and a flushing toilet. There is a sink outside the bathroom to wash your dishes (please use eco-friendly dishwashing liquid), or to fetch water for coffee.  This is well water and believe us, it is cool, refreshing and great tasting!   You can also ride your bike down the street thru the winding hill all the way to the cul-de-sac.   We also have a dog run (for whatever type pet you have) in case you want to go to town and leave them at Owl Hollow.  Owl Hollow is in the middle of Texas Hill Country, you make the choice how relaxing or busy you want to be during your stay with us.   One of your many choices is to go swimming or float the Lazy San Marcos River at Rio Vista Park which is 7.6 miles.  Owl Hollow is conveniently located: 40 miles from Austin TX, while San Antonio is 55 miles away.  Texas State University is 7 miles near.  Hiking nearby at Purgatory Creek Natural Area and Spring Lake Preserve.  On Saturdays between 8:30-12:30 there's the farmers market downtown at the Plaza.  Owl Hollow Hipcamp is just a few minutes drive from open-air shopping, the outlets, entertainment, local eateries and activities.    Enjoy a meal at one of our many local eateries or stay in and take advantage of the  COMMUNAL FIRE PIT / GRILL.   (I'll let you know if we have a BURNBAN).  Wrap up your day with your favorite drink and happy grilling;  veggies, hotdogs, hamburgers or whatever pleases your palette.  And for dessert remember the S'MORES.  After you've indulged in a wonderful meal with your partner, family and or friends, immerse yourself with nature while waiting for the beautiful sunsets.  Wait for the deer, rabbits, fox, opossums, raccoons, squirrels and many other critters while you star gaze till you fall into a quiet slumber sleep.  You will awaken refreshed and fully rested with the morning doves ready for the new days activities! Owl Hollow’s policy is: LEAVE OWL HOLLOW AS YOU FOUND IT OR BETTER!  (Take your trash, cigarette butts, bottle tops with you!)    We’ve pruned the landscape  a bit and cleared some areas, but we think we’ve left plenty of wildness for you to reconnect with nature and nurture your soul.  Create your dream trip for a weekend, holiday trip or during the week and visit us at Owl Hollow Hipcamp.  We would love to host you. PLEASE LEAVE OWL HOLLOW THE WAY YOU FOUND or BETTER!  We are a pet eco friendly camp, you need to PICK UP YOUR PETS POOP.    No trash bins/pack it and take it with you. Thank you, hope to see y'owl soon,  Oscar and Mary Lou

Campsite area
Bring your own tents
6 sites
Up to 5 guests per site
Moderate walk
No wheelchair access
Campfires allowed
Toilet available
Pets allowed
Potable water available
Kitchen available
Showers available
Picnic table available
No wifi
Pack it out
Have a question? Send Mary Lou a message!
  • Check in: After 11AM
  • Check out: Before 4PM
  • Cancellation policy: Strict
  • On arrival: Meet and greet
  • Minimum nights: 1 night
  • Accepts bookings: 12 months out


Offered on the Host's property or nearby.


The Meadow Center for Water and the Environment formerly the Aquarena Center is an educational center in San Marcos, TX they ha...Read more


-Lime Kiln Trailhead 685 Lime Kiln Rd. -Purgatory Creek Natural Area 2101 Hunter Rd -Aquarena Trsilhead


You can paddle down the San Marcos river only 7 miles away.


7-10 minutes away at the San Marcos River, swim, float or paddle surf, your choice. You can also sit on the edge and people wa...Read more

Wildlife watching

-Here on the property `Lime Kiln Trailhead 685 Lime Kiln Rd. -Purgatory Creek Natural Area 2101 Hunter Rd



Natural features you'll find at Owl Hollow 🦉 in Texas.


Wonder World has a cave, an ancient earthquake cave recorded in Texas Historic Landmark


-here and read below -Lime Kiln Trailhead 685 Lime Kiln Rd. -Purgatory Creek Natural Area 2101 Hunter Rd

River, stream, or creek

San Marcos River 7 miles from here.

Swimming hole

San Marcos River 7 miles from here.


Gravel driveway.

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Hipcamper Kristi

Peaceful nature filled night!

Kristi L.
recommends this listing.
(Dispersed site)
October 12th, 2021

Quiet and peaceful! Accommodations and groomed areas beyond my expectations. It was such a treat to sit under the stars without the city lights to mar the view. Waking to a light fog and breakfast with deer!

Hipcamper Monica

I love the hospitality off the owne

Monica M.
recommends this listing.
(Dispersed site)
September 11th, 2021

Wow what a amazing stay mary and her husband welcomed us like family...they even set out coffee for the campers to enjoy.i would for sure stay again.when i was up to check out I found out my mom had covid so we were going to have to stay away for a short time more..i asked if we could stay a few more days and her reply was "you can stay a month if you like"that made it all worth while......thanks guys .

Hipcamper  Mary Lou
Response from Mary Lou, the Host, on October 11th, 2021

It was a pleasure meeting Monica and her guests. they were respectful and followed all the guidelines of Owl Hollow. I recommend Monica to all Hipcamps!

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Hipcamper Emanuel

Simple. clean. quiet. good sleep.

Emanuel G.
recommends this listing.
(Dispersed site)
September 7th, 2021

Camping on someone’s land. We had low expectations because we just needed a place to pitch our tents. Owl Hollow worked great. We used the fire pit, sat in the bench, and relaxed a bit before heading to bed. The closest we got to seeing any wildlife was hearing the coyotes howl at night a few miles away (I assume). Mary Lou was very kind and had a kurig outside so that we could make some coffee.

Hipcamper Gabriela

Definitely coming back

Gabriela R.
recommends this listing.
(Dispersed site)
August 8th, 2021

We loved loved our stay at Owl Hollows. It was our first time using hipcamp and fornutely this was the spot we found. Mary Lou and husband are the sweetest host you'll ever meet; they were very welcoming, resourceful, and just plain down to earth people. My boyfriend and I will definitely be coming back. The river was super close, a gas station was near by and it was just perfect getaway that is not too far from the city. Once again thank you Mary lou for your hospitality and for the very much appreciated advice for us pursuing in the teaching field, we are extreamely thankful.

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Hipcamper Ian
Ian F.
recommends this listing.
(Dispersed site)
July 25th, 2021

Very friendly host.

Hipcamper Jude

Refreshing stay at owl hollow

Jude S.
recommends this listing.
(Dispersed site)
May 1st, 2021

Needed a quiet place to stay for one night while stepson had a few friends over for graduation, so was a last minute booking. The campsites were wonderful and had plenty of trees and shade. There were lots of beautiful wildflowers and I didn't see any poison ivy. Restroom was tidy, and a nice touch of comfort to the camping experience.

Mary Lou was a great host, and was kind enough to send pictures of the site beforehand so I was sure I could set up my hammock. It stormed quite heavily during my stay, and though I needed nothing, she made sure to let me know I could ask her for anything. The sound of rain on the fly put me right to sleep.

I would definitely stay here again during tubing season and avoid the packed campgrounds near the river. Was my first time booking through Hipcamp and was 5/5.

Hipcamper Robert

We had a hoot!

Robert I.
recommends this listing.
(Dispersed site)
November 22nd, 2020

I took my 3 kids for a night of camping at the owl Hollow and it did NOT dissapoint. It had the perfect mix of wilderness and amenities. We felt perfectly safe amoungst the company and the facilities were clean and hygienic. We found a perfect cubie to plant our tent in away from the main property and the kids and I escaped into the wooded 5 acres. There were obvious signs of renovations and upgrades going on to the land and property, but back in our hiding spot we couldn't see anything but trees and sky. Easy drive to town or other touristy attractions. Mary Lou is very accommodating. I definitely recommend!

Hipcamper Lindsay
Lindsay H.
recommends this listing.
(Dispersed site)
November 19th, 2020

Mary Lou was very welcoming and friendly! Being openly lgbtqia, my partner and I felt very comfortable. Clean bathroom, cool fire pit, and a great place for stargazing.

Hipcamper Katie

Quick weekend escape

Katie K.
recommends this listing.
(Dispersed site)
November 8th, 2020

Better than expected! Mary Lou was a fantastic host y’owl should stop by :)

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Owl Hollow at San Marcos
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