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Owl Hollow at San Marcos

· San Marcos, Hays, Texas
5 acres hosted by Mary Lou M.
6 tent sites
Creature comforts
Enjoy the comforts of home—including flush toilets, showers, and a kitchen.
Mary Lou is a Star Host
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2024 total eclipse
In the path of the April 8, 2024 total solar eclipse.
Owl Hollow offers an exceptional wilderness retreat in a stunning natural setting. Whether you want to get reacquainted with your better half, reconnect with nature, stargaze, or simply enjoy the tranquility, this 4.98-acre cedar and oak-covered hill haven provides the perfect escape. 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. We provide a communal fire pit/grill area, and you can also bring your own grill. Remember to bring your own grilling utensils. (If Hays County does not have a burn ban in place, feel free to use the fire pit). We offer a communal restroom with a hot shower and 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. 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.     Owl Hollow’s policy is: LEAVE OWL HOLLOW AS YOU FOUND IT OR BETTER!  (TAKE WHAT YOU'VE BROUGHT:  trash, cigarette butts, bottle tops, bottles, cans 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 IT 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
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San Marcos, Hays, Texas, United StatesTraditional, ancestral territory of Jumanos, Coahuiltecan, Ndé Kónitsąąíí Gokíyaa (Lipan Apache), Tonkawa, and Sana First Nations according to To respect the Host's privacy, the precise address of this land will be provided after booking
Hosted by Mary Lou M.Joined in November 2017
71 ratings · 57 reviews
Sarah M.
October 29, 2023
Owl Hollow 🦉
Friendly, but photos misleading
We are new to Hipcamp, and are unsure of the standard. Mary Lou was a great host-responsive, accommodating, and flexible. We made the most of our experience, just being grateful to be together to unplug in the outdoors. However, reality did not meet our expectations based on the photos… we did not anticipate the roosters sounding off at all hours of the night. There is not any stream or river or body of water whatsoever on site, those are pictures from elsewhere guests must have shared. If you walk your tent in you can get further out into the extra large wooded backyard to get further from the main house and other houses and rvs. The bathhouse is right next to the private residence, which posed no issues. However, manage your expectations regarding the bathroom-it would be more akin to an outhouse with a septic toilet, sink, open shower in a wooden room, but boy were we grateful to have it! Other than that we were free to relax and enjoy all the space we wanted—we really had all the potential sites open/available except that we were trailing a camper and could only reach a couple spots. Again, thankful to find a place with openings when everything else was booked!
Melissa C.recommends
October 3, 2023
Owl Hollow 🦉
Plenty of spots to pick to set up out tent. Liked that we had a bathroom and shower available especially after tubing. Mary Lou was responsive to any questions. Also, enjoyed the proximity to town. We got in late on a Friday and within 10 minutes we were in town having a burger and a beer with the dog.
Crystal V.recommends
June 11, 2023
Owl Hollow 🦉
I loved the campsite. Hospitality was great the area was perfect. Also the restroom hot water shower. Very clean. I give it a 5 star. Will be going back very soon
ángel M.recommends
April 24, 2023
Owl Hollow 🦉
We loved our stay with Mary Lou and the property was expectional! If your looking for a nice quick getaway with some above average amenities for camping than look no further than Owl Hollow!
Stanley C.recommends
October 24, 2022
Owl Hollow 🦉
Camping near San Marcos
I arrived near dusk. I setup at the first available site. While setting up the tent, I was greeted by a friendly dog belonging to a neighbor. The camp site is wooded. A clearing is next to that, which makes for easy stargazing. I slept well. Driving from there to San Marcos is easy.
Emily L.recommends
September 4, 2022
Owl Hollow 🦉
Great, quiet spot with all the amenities specified. There are permanent residents on the property in tiny homes and/or trailers. As a heads up to anyone else going be careful not to use their bathroom, our confusion did not please them. They were overall very pleasant though and the host was communicative throughout our stay.
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