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The best camping near Mother Neff State Park

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History and nature meet along the Leon Riverbanks in one of Texas’ oldest state parks.  

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The Moody Goat

6 sites · RVs, Tents34 acres · Moody, TX
34 acres of pasture, cedar groves, and a wet season creek are accompanied by the sweetest goats grazing their paddocks. Less than one Mile from Mother Nef State Park, experience the serene beauty of central Texas. Visit one of the many wineries a short drive away and take a break from the hustle and bustle of the city. No frills just nature, livestock, and that special someone (self love included).
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36 ACRE R.V. ESCAPE

13 sites · RVs, Tents37 acres · Moody, TX
Once owned by an old farmer who turned the surrounding hillsides into terraces so that the land could be farmed and retain the watershed.  With love this old farmer crafted the hills into terraced farmland.  It's been 60 or so years since all of that!  Now there's woods and prairie to be enjoyed!Learn more about this land:Complete privacy.  Enjoy country campin' at it's finest.  37 Terraced Acres for launching your ATV or dirt bike into the air.  Very close to town and anything that you might need.  Camp anywhere you would like! There is an RV for cooking and seating for eating. 
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Kamp Peace

12 sites · RVs, Tents4 acres · Belton, TX
Learn more about this land: Kamp Peace is a camp ground and venue in the woods where the ponds attract life, the breeze whistles in the trees, ponds and creeks carve the earth, and love whispers down the wooded trails. Star gaze in the open field to catch meteors and shooting stars nightly. **Book a fire-side Therapeutic Massage session or private concert for your special night out!** We have a few campsites with different features, all of which are big enough for multiple tents. When booking, check them out for best match. If you are new to camping, have an RV, or camper, van, etc the STAR VIEW Site has what you need. It's a big open flat space with a huge fire pit and the best shooting star view on the grounds. This site has Power and lights from the main Stage and is closest to the water spigot. PECAN GROVE is a huge campsite in the shade of the pecan trees, beside the pond. There is a 10x10 deck and table to use. There is also a native sweat lodge built that only requires blankets to cover it. This site is closest to the outhouse. If you like to be further away from the hustle and bustle and appreciate more primitive camping, try the CEDAR CREEK Site at the back of the property. This site is near the (seasonal) bubbling creek, under the shade of the Juniper trees. There is a 10x 6ft shade tent with table and optional extension cord for use. (Request power upon booking)   If you like a little more action in your campouts we do occasional music events on site. Ask about those dates when booking. We have a water hose for potable water on property and an open air private outhouse in the trees. We have a strict trash Pack in/pack out all trash and pet waste policy. Leave sites better then you found them and don't cut down anything that is growing. No burn bans if you use the rocked pits and put the fire out before you leave/sleep. Leave your mark by adding something useful or decorative to your campsite. Whatever your camping desires, we can accommodate! **Booking these appts at site booking give us ample time to schedule **
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Big Rocks on the Brazos

4 sites · RVs2 acres · Waco, TX
Big Rocks on the Brazos is located on our family property along the Brazos river. Our RV sights are deeply snuggled into a location directly next to the river where it is peaceful and quite. The area is great for a weekend getaway or a family vacation. Book your stay now! *NOTE : NO TENT/CAR CAMPING ONLY RVS & TRAILERS WITH THEIR OWN RESTROOMS*
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$45
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Puppy Paradise

22 sites · RVs, Tents30 acres · Florence, TX
Puppy Paradise is a Dog forward recreation space. Our two camp hosts, Joannie and James, are working towards improving the facilities each day to help support dog partners who like to recreate with their dogs off leash in a predictable environment. In addition to a comfortable campsite, there are some 30 acres of desert forest, wild clay harvesting and ancient pottery firing, restorative agriculture, coffee at sunset and outdoor campfire concerts are all things we are working to bring to this space. There are several downtown areas within 15-20 minutes of the campsite. Salado is our home town and it's a welcoming space especially around the Barrow Brewery and Salado creed where they often have outdoor music in a park setting with several local food vendors. We are central to North Austin and about 50 minutes outside of Austin city center.
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$20
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Middle Bosque River Camp

5 sites · RVs, Tents11 acres · Mc Gregor, TX
a combination of cleared horse pasture with wooded acreage, sloping downward to 400 feet of river frontage on the Middle Bosque river. Four dedicated small self contained RV sites with pic-nic tables and BBQ grills, numerous tent sites in the woods or near the river. Fishing, kayaking, hiking, trail-biking & exploring. Area has deer, wild turkeys, and other wildlife.
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Coyote Creek Farm

8 sites · RVs, Tents30 acres · Waco, TX
Established 1996, The farm is situated just minutes from Magnolia-Silos, the Dr. Pepper museum, Baylor University,  the Texas Ranger museum, BSR Waterpark, the Waco Mammoth National Monument (US National Park Service),  and plenty of magnificent restaurants.  There are no power lines over the property so I invite you to bring a kite to fly! You may even see one or two of mine in the sky. The theme of Coyote Creek Farm is tranquility. It is camping without someone crowding into your space. It is freedom from the hectic pace of the city. There is a well maintained Compost Toilet on the property as well! Each individual campsite has a portable potty bucket provided.  Nearly any spot you are on has an amazingly delightful view. You can see the sun rise over the trees or the sun set behind a gently sloping hill. You will have access to all of the 30 acres. There are paths to walk, a stocked tank to fish in, (bass, catfish and blue gill),  and oak and pecan trees to sit under and view the clouds as they drift overhead. The noises you hear will be cattle calling to their little ones, birds singing, and in the evenings, coyotes howling.
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City of Killeen RV Park

20 sites · RVs45 acres · Killeen, TX
In the heart of Killeen, we have a small RV park with electric hookups and a dump station. Convenient to all amenities in Killeen and Fort Hood, we're a great option for short-term stays in the city.We're available 7 days a week, and we'd love to accommodate your stay in Killeen. These are very basic RV sites - a flat area to park with electric hookups. We don't have typical RV park amenities (tables, BBQ pits, restroom facilities, recreation options, etc). We're a bare bones option for short-term stays.This RV park is managed by the Killeen Civic and Conference Center.
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Idle Creek Farms 2024 Solar Eclipse

205 sites · Tents65 acres · Kempner, TX
In path of totality for the 2024 Eclipse for 4.25 minutes. Idle Creek Farms is a 65 acre adventure farm in Texas. Activities available: Zipline, Creek, Jump Pad, Hay Slides, Hayride, Axe-throwing, Pedal Carts and more! Eclipse camping includes 4 day pass to the farm activities, eclipse glasses and an overnight primitive camp site.
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L7 Cattle Ranch Plus

11 sites · RVs, Tents30 acres · Moody, TX
Come and enjoy our beautiful Sunsets and Grand Risings views with breath taking Natural Amenities. L7 Cattle Ranch Plus was purchased for farming and raising cattle. The property will also be use to host disabled Veterans as a retreat to give them a place to what I call (just be). Learn more about this land: The Farm and the surrounding farms have trees, vegetation, animals, birds, and cattle. One of my great personal experience on the farm was taking a picture of a Bobcat.  We have deer and turkeys that roam the farm as well.  There is also a natural stream and a pond that we are working on to repair and fill.
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Thunder Wolf Ranch

100 sites · Tents270 acres · Kempner, TX
Total Eclipse Fest 4/5-4/8! We are a 270 acre horse rescue ranch located in Kempner, Tx. Spring fed creeks travel throughout the property during a wet season. We have a pond that is full of bass. Hiking and ATV trails all throughout the property where you will find arrowheads, bones & fossils. Nearby is the historic town of Lampasas, Tx. We are less than an hour away from Colorado Bend State Park where you can hike, visit wineries and enjoy a burger and live music at The Bend General Store. Book your next glamping or tent camping trip with us!
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Oasis Campgrounds

32 sites · Tents7 acres · Hillsboro, TX
Superhost with 400+ Reviews on Airbnb! www.airbnb.com/p/rissgreen Welcome to the Oasis! Our campsite is located off Highway 22 just ten minutes from Lake Whitney. Easy access to the main road and lake, while still feeling totally private and secluded from the city. ** Interested in a different site options? We only have a handful of our sites on Hipcamp! Please check out our full Campground Map located on our website! :) www.oasis-campgrounds.com Cell reception and Wi-Fi is reliable. * Please note that traffic is able to be heard from Highway 22 at the front of the property.
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$100
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The best camping near Mother Neff State Park guide

Overview

About

Wildflower prairies, rugged canyons, and shady woodlands hug the banks of the Leon River in Mother Neff State Park. Three miles of trails lead the way to scenic lookouts, natural pools, and historical monuments built by the Civilian Conservation Corps. You can even peek inside a cave once inhabited by the Tonkawa people. Wildlife-watching is a popular activity, but after repeated flooding, it’s no longer possible to swim or fish in the river. For campers, the park’s sole Mother Neff Campground has 20 sites with full hookups, plus a group cabin with space for 16 people. 

Tips for snagging a campsite

  1. You can reserve sites at the Mother Neff Campground in advance via the Texas State Parks website. 
  2. Campsite reservations open five months in advance. The lodge can be booked up to 12 months in advance, and there’s a 2-night minimum stay for weekend bookings.
  3. Campsites can book up on summer and holiday weekends, so make your reservation as early as possible.

When to go

Mother Neff State Park is open year-round, and it’s busiest on weekends in spring, early summer, and fall. Flooding can occur during spring and fall, and trail closures are possible, but the camping area typically remains accessible. Springtime visits are most colorful, when Texas wildflowers bloom throughout the park.

Know before you go

  • Mother Neff State Park is located 30 miles southwest of Waco, or about a 35-minute drive away.
  • Park entrance fees are required in addition to camping fees, and general entrance reservations can be made up to one month in advance.
  • Facilities in the park include restrooms, picnic areas, group pavilions, drinking water fountains, and playgrounds. There is also an interpretative center and a store selling souvenirs and camping supplies. 

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