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Sparrow Bend River Retreat

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· Pipe Creek, Bandera, Texas
8 acres hosted by Angela P.
2 lodging sites · 2 RV sites · 6 tent sites
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Romantic
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Full RV hookups
Electrical, water, and sewage hookups are available at select sites.
Best in Texas: 1st place
Named one of the best Hipcamps to visit in 2023.
Amazing views
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Sparrow Bend River Retreat is a beautiful 8 acre multi-site vacation rental property with camping, RV sites and 2 vacation homes. With a private 300yard stretch of the crystal-clear, spring fed MEDINA RIVER your party will spend the day exploring its majestic cliffs and coves, paddling/floating the river (tubes and kayaks for rent), splashing in the shallows, playing yard games on the lawn or sunbathing on a massive bolder. Enjoy a delicious and memorable dinner in Lakehills (15min), Bandera (20min) or Boerne (25min). Or stay in and grill out over the fire, or at the provided grill. Camp sites each have a customized picnic table for you convenience. Spend you evening sharing laughs around the provided firepit as you take in the dazzling canopy of stars. (Firewood available for sale) Our family has always dreamed of hosting a place for families and friends to come enjoy nature however we would have never dreamed of finding a property as unique and beautiful as this. A lake when the water is high, a beautiful river when the waters low. All crowned by a majestic limestone bluff, complete with boulders, coves and endless room for adventures. This land was once a part of a wagon trail along the river and, if you're lucky, you can still find arrowheads along the paths. The property is gated with a high privacy fence along the neighboring borders for security.
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962 ratings · 444 reviews
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Micah T.recommends
July 11, 2024
Forest 1
Nice place!
This is a beautiful place! The summer heat was a bit crazy but that has nothing to do with the site. It was pretty peaceful, other than being able to hear the shower doors banging when the wind would take them randomly. However the showers and AC restrooms were amazing! The River was nice and everyone had a good time. Will definitely be staying again!
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Victor G.recommends
July 8, 2024
Riverfront 4
Chill weekend getaway!
Very chill campground! Plenty of amenities to help you camp comfortably as well as things to do. The fishing is really good if you go early in the morning. I would recommend
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Jeremy M.recommends
July 7, 2024
Riverfront 3
Nice spot to go camping. Angela was a great host!
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Elyssa G.recommends
July 7, 2024
Forest 2
Remote with Remarkable views
Our family of five absolutely enjoyed this special place tucked way by the river! Our kids felt at home among the water, rocks and dirt. They spent lots of time digging! Our campsite was close to the bathrooms which was more convenient with our youngsters. Bring your camping gear and plan to get wet!
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S S.recommends
July 7, 2024
Slot 1
What a great setup and so close! The property is very hidden and right on the river. There's plenty of space to pull in and setup, but the spots themselves are a bit close together, so you'll have to get to know your neighbors. The river is not a far walk, but would be cumbersome if you have any gear. Luckily there's a path to drive down and unload everything, which made it much easier. The area of the river was absolutely perfect. It felt like a private cove or something. The water wasn't very deep, definitely enough to sit in a tube a hang out. The kids were able to walk around without worries. It was a great area. Overall, I found it was a bit pricey for the sparse amenities provided. The bathrooms felt more like an outhouse with both showers and sink being outdoors. Luckily the toilets were air-conditioned, although not very private. The wall separating them was just a sheet of metal that went up about 3/4 of the way. Other amenities were available for purchase or rent, like firewood, tubes and kayaks, which is nice to be available. Not much else included. We also wanted to invite guests for the day, but that wasn't allowed without paying for another spot, which seemed like a bit much. Overall we had a great time, appreciated the river access, and loved how close it is.
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Jesse M.recommends
July 5, 2024
Riverfront 3
Not my cup of tea...
The campsite was great, closer to the water than all of them, still a 200 ft. Walk but close regardless. It's one of the few with no shade, I would have preferred some of the other sites but I overlooked that detail. The river is not very deep at all and in summer is quite warm, not their fault but something to keep in mind and the water is quite still, not stagnant but very little current so the kayak rentals hold very little value if you plan on renting kayaks I wouldn't they just don't add much to the experience. Also have a max weight of 225 lbs. They don't tell you that information when renting them. All in all I feel like it can be a great stay, during the right times of the year. Most of my complaints are not their fault, the hosts are very nice and trusting. I feel the prices may be a little high knowing what I know now, but not completely absurd. Warning they do not allow you to park at the campsite! The instructions for where you can park is not very clear either!
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Pipe Creek, Bandera, Texas, United StatesTraditional, ancestral territory of Jumanos, Coahuiltecan, Ndé Kónitsąąíí Gokíyaa (Lipan Apache), and Tonkawa First Nations according to To respect the Host's privacy, the precise address of this land will be provided after booking
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Hosted by Angela P.

Joined in November 2021
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