Camping near San Antonio

Escape fast-paced city life for a Hill Country landscape while camping near San Antonio.

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Camping near San Antonio guide

Overview

San Antonio is a captivating city that also offers a wealth of outdoor attractions and camping opportunities. Brackenridge Park is a serene oasis with green spaces, walking trails, and a zoo. Just beyond the city limits, take a trip to Government Canyon State Natural Area to explore rugged canyons and an extensive network of hiking and biking trails. Group camping options are available within the park, as well. Or travel to Natural Bridge Wildlife Ranch and experience a drive-through safari park on an unforgettable wildlife experience. For those seeking a coastal camping experience, area Hipcamps offers waterfront campsites and opportunities for fishing and hiking around Medina River.

Where to go

Brackenridge Park

Occupying some of the most historically-rich land in San Antonio, Brackenridge Park offers a wealth of activities. Explore the park's scenic trails—on a hike or a bike. Campers can also immerse themselves in the lush botanical gardens, teeming with vibrant flora and fauna. Nearby sits the famous San Antonio Zoo, home to a diverse range of animal species. Relax by the serene river, enjoy a picnic, or partake in fishing and kayaking. Camping directly on-site is prohibited, but campsites across town make it easy to settle back to a pull-through RV site, cabin, or tent.

Government Canyon State Natural Area

Embark on scenic hiking trails that wind through diverse terrain on a trip to Government Canyon State Natural Area. Discover fascinating geological formations, dense woodlands, and vibrant wildflowers that are native to the area. Then, explore the park's extensive network of biking and equestrian trails, or engage in wildlife viewing and birdwatching. For an adrenaline rush, try geocaching, or take it slower in a guided interpretive program. The natural area also provides 23 walk-in tent campsites as well as two walk-in group tent campsites. However, campgrounds in the area are only open on Friday and Saturdays.

Natural Bridge Wildlife Ranch

Just outside the city lies Natural Bridge Wildlife Ranch, which campers can experience from the comfort of their vehicles (or via guided tours). Explore the vast wildlife area, and encounter a variety of exotic and native animals in their natural habitats. The ranch also provides picnic tables and areas where visitors can relax and eat. Then, drive back to nearby campsites and RV parks with hot showers, compostable toilets, wifi, and potable water.

When to go

In spring, campers can enjoy San Antonio’s pleasant temperatures and blooming wildflowers, making it an ideal time for hiking, biking, and wildlife spotting. Summer brings hot and humid temperatures ranging from 80–100°F. Fall offers milder temperatures in the 70s to 80s. It also marks the fishing season in the area. Winter brings cooler weather, but it's still suitable for hiking and camping with average temperatures around 60°F.

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