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Sparrow Bend River Retreat

11 sites · Lodging, RVs, Tents8 acres · Pipe Creek, TX
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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Lost Woods

43 sites · RVs, Tents55 acres · San Antonio, TX
Welcome to our little piece of paradise! 55 acres of woods hidden near town. A network of trails criss-cross the creek and wind throughout the property under a peaceful canopy of large beautiful trees. Don't be surprised if you run into deer, squirrels, or roadrunners! Our property is home to a wide variety of hill-country wildlife. - Each of our campsites are private and surrounded by forest. - Each site has a fire ring for campfires - Our trees are our most precious natural resource and set this campground apart! Please don't do anything to harm them. - Port-o-john is available on site. - All of our campsites are primitive. No electric or water here. - When you camp with us you are welcome to explore and play on the entire property! We have 55 acres of trails and woods to explore! Please bring your bikes, trail shoes, or whatever helps you have fun in the wild! - Hammocks welcome! We have so many trees! All of our sites are hammock-friendly. - When you check-in, just text us, your host will help you find your campsite. - Some sites are drive-in where your vehicle can park right next to the fire. Others are walk-in and require a short hike of 100' or less from your parking space. You can indicate your preference during booking or at check-in. If you want to drive right into your site, Campsites 2, 3, 6, and 12 are the sites you want. Some of our campsites are more secluded than others and offer extreme privacy in the most beautiful settings we have to offer. If you're looking for a wilder campsite surrounded by huge old trees and all the peace the woods have to offer, just request Campsites 4, 5, 7, or 8. Each of these sites requires a walk of at least 50' from your vehicle to the fire ring. Site 13 is only for backpackers or people willing to hike about 500 yards to the campsite over rough terrain. There is no way to drive to it or even get close except on foot. But it is spectacular and beautiful! Only three sites can accommodate a smaller trailer or camper. Site 1, Site 2, and site 6. Please notify me in your booking if you intend to bring a camper and I can accommodate you. We practice leave-no-trace as much as possible. So please pack out anything you pack in. You are responsible for removing all trash. If any garbage is left behind in your site you will be billed for the cleanup. We have a dumpster located near the front gate. Please use it and put all your trash in there. Heads-up! We have a small farm on the property. Dogs are always welcome and we LOVE our furry friends! For their safety and the safety of our livestock please keep them leashed while on property.
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Haby Ranch

336 sites · RVs, Tents1100 acres · Lake Medina Shores, TX
Come enjoy over 1000 acres of a 3500 acre Texas ranch. Perfect for fossil hunting, biking, hiking, stargazing, and exploring the great outdoors. Depending on rain and current water levels, you can also enjoy creeks, swimming holes, and waterfalls. Unplug and make memories sure to last a lifetime. Located 10 miles from Bandera, Cowboy Capital of the World.
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Medina River RV Park & Camping

8 sites · RVs, Tents3 acres · Bandera, TX
Hello campers! We are a small, private RV park with several RV lots and tent spaces available for rent daily, weekly and monthly at reasonable rates. We are right across the street from Medina River on private property with river access. This beautiful, shaded, quiet place away from the city has plenty of space between other camp sites unlike most commercial rv park sites. There is plenty of space, trees for shade, starry nights and wildlife to include deer. We ensure all sites are clean and the property is maintained, mowed and trimmed regularly. Our full hookup sites include electric, water, sewer, trash, free wifi and include access to the river, community park, boat launch ramp area & fishing pier, etc. We also a couple tent sites available. We offer Kayak rentals and firewood for sale when it's time to relax for the night. So if your down visiting for hunting season, headed south for the winter, a fulltime rv'er or just want to get away and camp, come check us out. We are pet friendly and there are so many things to do and see here in the Cowboy capital. Give us a call or send an email for more information. Space is on a FCFS basis. Happy Camping! Learn more about this land: Hello Hipcampers!  We are a private RV park with several RV lots and spaces available for rent daily, weekly and monthly at reasonable rates.  We are right across the street from Medina River on private property with river access.  This beautiful, shaded, quiet place away from the city has plenty of space between other camp sites unlike most commercial RV park sites.  There is plenty of space, trees for shade, starry nights and wildlife to include deer.  We ensure all sites are clean and the property is maintained, mowed and trimmed regularly.  Our full hookup sites include electric, water, sewer, trash, free wifi and include access to the river, community park, boat launch ramp, fishing peir, etc. We also have tent sites available, but please call 830-423-6922 to reserve.  Tent sites are $25 per night for two people and a minimum of a three night rental if booked by calling.  Tent site includes electric, picnic table, fire ring for camp fires and access to the bathroom/shower.  It is an additional $5 per person per night over the 2 person minimum.   We offer Kayak rentals and firewood $5 bundles for when its time to relax by the fire for the night.  So if your down visiting for hunting season, headed south for the winter, fulltime RVers or just want to get away and camp, come check us out.  We are pet friendly (with some restrictions on breeds).  There are so many things to do and see here in the Cowboy Capital.  Give us a call or send an email for more information. Space is on a FCFS basis. Happy Camping! $45 per day, $220 per week, $495 per mo. (2 person limit). Additional: $25 per person over 2 person limit (age 7 up) We also offer additional options at monthly rates: $25 per person over (2) limit/age 7+$40 per person Kayak 2.5 hour rental $40 vehicle/rv/boat storage$250 partial hookup sites availableElectric, water, trash and wifiAccess to bath/wash house Pets are ok with rules. Age limit on RVs is 10 years or newer. Email, call or text to discuss. Sites are currently available.
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The Charmadillo: 21+ A-frame Resort

27 sites · Lodging, Tents44 acres · Center Point, TX
A 21+ getaway tucked deep into 44 magical acres of rolling hills. 10 minutes outside of Center Point, Texas. Tucked into the top of a beautiful valley, where hills rule supreme! While on the property spend your time enjoying the rugged trails, bird watching, dark night skies, and the quiet. Don't forget to take advantage of our communal amenities including sauna and outdoor shower! Currently we have 7 A-frame cabins to rent as well as dispersed camping sites! If you're interested in booking the whole property for your group shoot us a message! We have many communal spaces that are available for all guests to use! *We ask that guests clean up after themselves in the communal spaces during their stay. Allowing all guests to have access to a clean and welcoming space!* SHOWER HOUSE -4 private stalls: Shower + Toilet + Vanity *Dr.Bronner’s body wash will be provided in each shower KITCHEN: -Equipment: 4 burner range + convection oven + refrigerator + freezer + toaster + kettle + pour over cones -Tools: pots and pans + bakeware + measuring tools +cooking utensils + colander + can opener + wine opener -Pantry: olive oil + butter + salt + pepper -Breakfast: Birch Benders pancake mix (gluten free available) + syrup + oatmeal SAUNA + OUTDOOR SHOWER -The nights are still cool enough to enjoy the sauna! Sauna hours will be listed in checkin details. -The outdoor shower is not heated. It is intended for a quick refreshing rinse off, whether to cool down after the sauna or kick off your day with a rejuvenating start! THE DEN** A communal indoor space with Wifi, tables and couches. Think of a hotel lobby sort of vibe. You can also find games as well as books on plant ID and history of the area. (Found in the first bay of the garage) THE DUGOUT** A covered open air space appointed with twinkle lights and picnic tables. Intended for shaded outdoor hang space. We ask that tent campers cook there if they choose to use their own camp stoves. (Found in the open bay of the garage) The Charmadillo is a great base to explore the area! About an hour from both Garner State Park and Lost Maples. About 35 minutes to Hill Country State Natural Area. Various access points to the Guadalupe river via Center Point and Kerrville. With the addition of wineries, honkytonks, and charming bars and restaurants throughout the region.
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Seco Ridge Campgrounds

14 sites · Lodging, Tents42 acres · Utopia, TX
EXPERIENCE UTOPIA Private, family-friendly campgrounds in the Texas Hill Country. Great views, and just minutes from Garner State Park and Lost Maples State Natural Area. We offer 3 different types of camping experiences, so be sure to check out all of our listings. Message us if you have any questions regarding bookings during the Texas 2'clipse dates: 10/14/23 (annular eclipse) and 4/8/24 (total solar eclipse). We will be in the path of total darkness for both! -PRIMITIVE TENT CAMPING SITES- Want to get back to nature? Our secluded primitive tent camping sites are for you. Includes tent pad, fire ring, access to Community Kitchen & our Shower Haus (aka bathrooms & showers). 14-day maximum per month. -Ridge Site- Maybe you'd like to get back to nature in style? Enjoy our Ridge Site with Cargo Tent - complete with a fire ring, table and chairs, and swings. This site does not include a bed. -THE BUNKHAUS- Looking to get back to nature with all the creature comforts? Check out our Bunkhaus that sleeps 4, including a queen size bed and a set of bunk beds. The Bunkhaus has electricity, A/C and Wifi. ALL OF OUR CAMPING EXPERIENCES INCLUDE ACCESS TO: • Communal Kitchen (sinks, fridge, grills, etc.) • The Shower Haus (flushing toilets, sinks, and hot showers) • The Tree House Play Area AROUND UTOPIA • Experience driving on the 'The Twisted Sisters' (Ranch Roads, 335. 336, and 337). • Garner State Park • Lost Maples State Natural Area • Tubing the Frio River • Sabinal River • Horseback Riding • Sabinal County Museum • Frio Bat Flight • Utopia Community Park - picnic, swim & fish under the enormous cypress trees. • Dine at Lost Maples Café, The Lunchbox, or take the 20 min drive to Mac & Ernie's Roadside Eatery in Tarpley, Tx (featured on Food Network)
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Dry Camping RV Spots & Tents

9 sites · RVs, Tents1 acre · Bandera, TX
Welcome to our beautiful vacation rental property! Located in a serene, wooded area near the water's edge, our spaces offer the perfect escape for families or groups of friends looking to unwind and enjoy the great outdoors. Features: It’s off the grid Also plenty of room outside to set up a couple tents. For friends and family that want to stay under the stars. Outdoor Space: Our property includes a fire ring and lights. And room to set up some tents. Lake Access: Enjoy easy access to the lake, with a boat dock just a short walk away. Take a paddleboat or kayak out on the water and explore the scenic surroundings. Location: Bandera Texas Our lake property is located in a quiet, wooded area just steps from the water's edge. Enjoy easy access to the lake and a wide range of outdoor activities, including hiking, fishing, and swimming. The property is also just a short drive from local attractions and amenities, including restaurants, shops, and entertainment venues.
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Cowboy Capital Hideaway

4 sites · RVs, Tents1 acre · Bandera, TX
RV and Tent camping. Located at the back of Indian Waters subdivision. There is a nature preserve below the hill for exploring, bird watching, axis and whitetail deer, Indian mound remains and access to Lake Hiawatha. Very close to town of Bandera to explore the Cowboy Capital of the World. We will provide complete privacy during your stay. Pets are welcome. Please pick up after them. Explore numerous Dude Ranches and The Hill Country State Natural Area. For boating, about 15 min to Medina Lake. Dance venues and many drink establishments. Mardi Gras, Labor Day and other fun weekends. Outdoor toilet is provided inside of storeroom Potable water access. 30 or 50 amp Electric hookups. Trees to sit under. Firepit by storeroom. Full use of backyard with pond, tables, fire pit and grill.
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Boulderdash Cabin & Camping

12 sites · Lodging, RVs, Tents5 acres · Bandera, TX
Hi Hip Campers! Spend some time in the beautiful Texas Hill Country at Boulderdash. Located along the serene Medina River, you can enjoy riverfront access and the peace and quiet of the great outdoors. Boulderdash hosts a variety of accommodations for every type of camper. Enjoy a cozy rustic three-bedroom cabin, primitive tent camping, full hookup RV sites, riverfront tent sites, and more! Play in the river, unplug, reconnect with friends and family, and enjoy the views of this beautiful country setting! Enjoy feeding the deer and watching the many varieties of birds, foxes, armadillos, squirrels and others! Our place is just 9 miles from Bandera, TX, the "Cowboy Capital of the World," where you can get a taste of the cowboy lifestyle with horseback riding, ranch tours, rodeos, museums, and more! This is one Texas destination you don't want to miss!
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Shoshanna Shalom

6 sites · RVs, TentsHondo, TX
Welcome to our land, our little slice of heaven, and a place of peace. My kids and I, with the help of the Creator, built this property how it stands today. It started as a tiny house journey through The Garden of Emunah (faith) and has turned into a life-changing  adventure. We moved onto the property with nothing but a power pole and a goal to farm the way the Creator designed and instructed. Since then we have come a long way by building houses, fences, and creating a life beyond the norm. Come join us in our adventure, sit by the fire, meet our friendly livestock, and tell us your story. We look forward to sharing Shabbat or any of the Jewish Holidays with your family.Learn more about this land:Pitch your tent in the cedar or under live oak in the beautiful Texas Hill Country. Our remote farm is an hour from the nearest gas station or store down a 4.8 mile dirt road. If your car bottoms out on speed bumps, please DO NOT Book. The livestock is petting zoo friendly and have free range of the entire farm. Prepared to be visited by sheep, goats, cows, dogs, and chickens.  
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Memmie’s Farm

23 sites · RVs, Tents30 acres · Bandera, TX
Memmie’s Farm is a special 30 acres just outside of Bandera, TX on the Medina River! We hope bring love and energy to this beautiful piece of family property by opening it up to visitors who embrace the outdoors. At the designated tent camping sites, you will find oak groves that provide opportunities for shade. The RV sites are in a picturesque field that provides excellent views of the sunset. The field leads down to incredible cypress trees lining the Medina River. We also have a primitive camping area down by the river that requires you to park in a parking area and walk to you preferred camping spot. If you are looking for solitude and untouched nature, this is the place for you. The comforts of Bandera are conveniently only a 5 minute drive away. We are located less than 2 miles from Bandera City Park! At this time, all sites are completely dry. We do have porta-potties available. RV sites are boondocking only (no water or electric at this time.)
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We Are Groot

1 site · Lodging1 acre · Lakehills, TX
After a lifetime of travels, we are now (since 2019) settled down in the Texas Hill Country. We started out with 5 of us in a travel trailer in the woods, and have slowly carved out the Groot’s home. Living in an area that was once subdivided to provide camp sites for people coming to enjoy Medina lake, it only seems right to make our land available for people to do just that. Enjoy.Learn more about this land:Peace, quiet, and nature are just 30 minutes from San Antonio loop 1604. You will find our back yard travel trailer and surrounding camp site tucked away in a little forest of Elm trees. Surrounded by scrub brush and with our container workshop as a privacy wall you will enjoy the feeling of having your own space as you enjoy some relaxation around a camp fire or in the hammock. The trees offer shade and draw in nature, while the surrounding Texas Hill country and nearby Medina Lake offer plenty of additional sights and opportunities to explore.
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The best camping near Hill Country State Natural Area guide

Overview

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Close to San Antonio, you can skip the dude ranches and visit this state park. You can ride across the flat prairies or venture up into the rocky canyons.

Throughout the park, there are water troughs to keep your horse hydrated. Trails crisscross the park, and you can hike on foot if you didn't bring a horse.

The Heritage Loop is a trail with great views. You wander past what's left of a ranch. Looking for something a little more challenging? With a steep climb, the West Peak Overlook pays off with stunning views in every direction.

Numerous primitive campsites dot this state park with vault toilets nearby. Prefer to camp with your horse? The park offers primitive and group equestrian campsites with a barn and corral to keep your horse comfy.

If you prefer a few modern comforts, the group lodge is for you. This 1930s ranch house has a kitchen and modern bathrooms.

Notable campgrounds

  • Primitive walk-in campsites provide an authentic back-to-nature experience with vault toilets nearby.
  • Equestrian campsites cater to horseback riders, complete with nearby water and vault toilets.
  • The group camp features a barn and nine stalls, ideal for larger gatherings amid the wilderness.

Tips for snagging a campsite

  • Book early, as the park often reaches capacity, especially during the busy spring and fall seasons.
  • Reserve passes online or by phone to guarantee your spot before arriving at the park.
  • Consider visiting during weekdays or non-peak times for better availability.
  • Explore nearby camping options if the park's campsites are fully booked.

When to go

The ideal times to visit Hill Country State Natural Area are during the spring and fall when the weather is most favorable. Summer brings heat, with July averaging highs of 94°F, while winter can dip to an average low of 31°F in January.

Know before you go

  • Check trail and campsite availability in advance, as closures can occur due to weather conditions.
  • Bring all necessary supplies, including water and firewood, as there is no park store.
  • Pets are welcome but must be leashed at all times to preserve the natural habitat.
  • Stay informed of fire danger conditions and burn bans by contacting the park before your visit.
  • Office hours are from 8:15am to 4:45pm, and reservations are highly recommended for both camping and day use.

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