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The best camping near Palmetto State Park

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Escape to the tropics in Texas and enjoy lush greenery, a lake, and the San Marcos River.

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The Best Dam Spot

7 sites 路 Tents3 acres 路 Staples, TX
4 dispersed campsites are located on a large gravel bar facing a beautiful private waterfall. Camping is walk-in from the parking lot. No overlanding rigs or car camping allowed at campsites. Camping spot includes: unlimited river access, use of kayaks and paddle boards, a semi-private outdoor shower with hot and cold water, a rinse off shower and a clean outdoor port-a-potty聽that is聽regularly sanitized. No personal/composting toilets allowed. Please only use the restroom in the portalet provided. Small campfires are allowed. Campers are responsible for bringing their own firewood. *Climbing on the dam structure is strictly prohibited. **No tent air conditioners or electric heaters allowed** (small fans/ electric blankets are permitted) *Please arrive BEFORE dark to check-in. No check-ins after dark. *Children 5 and under are free! (please add children in this age group to your booking in our "Extras"). *To book the entire property, please reach out to me for info/pricing.
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Secluded Guadalupe River Spot

4 sites 路 RVs, Tents12 acres 路 Gonzales, TX
These are unique camping spots along the Guadalupe River. I didn鈥檛 exactly understand how unique until I started getting feedback from my campers. The surrounding scenery will lower your blood pressure and do wonders to let you reconnect with nature. Sit back and close your eyes late in the evening and listen to all the wildlife talking to each other. There is faint traffic noise from 90A about a 1/3 of a mile away but it calms down after 7 or so. Currently no amenities but I am in the plans for some portable bathrooms. Please be prepared to cover all your bathroom and cooking needs. I do have some good clean well water from a faucet on the way into the campgrounds. Campfires are permitted. There is a convenience store (Diamond A) with clean bathrooms and a great bbq just 5 miles to the west on 90A and a Walmart and HEB 10 miles to the east on 90A. No dogs over 20 pounds on sites 1 and 2 but sites 3 and 4 are great areas to bring your high-energy dogs. No matter the size or temperament of your pets you are always expected to have them under your control at ALL times. I have very small livestock on the area on occasion. I am almost always on the property and try to have my phone with me while campers are on site, just let me know what you need and I will do what I can to accommodate you.
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Colorado RiverBend Retreat

6 sites 路 Lodging, RVs, Tents12 acres 路 Smithville, TX
This 12.4 acres of wildlife on the Colorado River is full of so much natural beauty! 馃毃PSA Please Be Advised馃毃 This Is The Country Where Folks Do Hunt And Shoot!! Although Your Completely Safe, You MAY Or May NOT Hear Gun Shots!! If You Have A FurBaby That Is Panicked And Stressed From Fireworks Popping And/Or Gunfire ( AS I DO ) It May Be Best 2 Leave Them Home,, To Prevent Any Uncomfortable Anxieties That May Occur IF there happens to be gun shots. PLEASE NOTE (TP) CAN BE PURCHASED BUT IS NO LONGER PROVIDED AS WELL AS TOWEL BUNDLES. PLEASE BE MINDFUL THE PRIVATE DOCK IS THE RIVERRAT SHACK BNB GUESTS' RIVER ACCESS!! Please be respectful and courteous to All Guests and their campsite's and individual spaces!! 馃檹 Be Advised We Have Free Grazing Cattle So You Will See Them Passing Through The Camp!! They're NOSEY But Friendly! A Gentle Shew And They'll Be Out Of Your Way!!! PSA Reading The Shower Instructions Is Best Done B4 Entering The Shower lol
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Twisted Oaks

31 sites 路 Lodging, RVs, Tents20 acres 路 San Marcos, TX
. Twisted Oaks is located on 20 acres of tree lined Texas Hill Country nestled in the heart of San Marcos. I've been here over 33 years. We have 10-15 campsites all named after the colors in a rainbow. We offer rentals of kayaks, coleman camp stoves, triple burner propane very large, mr buddy propane heaters jackery 1000 watt and bluetti 600 watt solar generators or a tent if this your first time. payment for extras can be cash or Venmo. If you have any special needs please feel free to contact me. thanks and hope to see you soon We sell seasoned oak and juniper hardwood. We are a small microbusiness and would really appreciate if you purchase wood here rather than at a large box store. It is your choice but just so you know you will get twice the wood for maybe half the price. We sell a large wheelbarrow load for $20 or half load for $10. Kindling is gratis. Please check the weather forecast before booking. Texas weather can change on a dime. Also if it is raining in Austin or San Antonio it may be bone dry here. We can not be responsible for the weather or your selection of gear. I prefer winter camping with a nice fire and a cup of coffee. We have invested in clothing and gear to withstand below freezing temps. When campers book we go through a routine to make sure all sites are ready for YOU. There are times were we have had to change or modify our plans to accommodate our "guests" . Changing dates will incur a small fee. Please be fair. Our cancellation policy is strict and it it set as such to protect campers and host alike. We set a high standard for our camp but this is to ensure that all campers will have a great experience. Pay attention to the rules. Using common sense is what we ask. Treat our property as you would have us treat your place...it's really that simple. Hope this does not scare you away. Read the reviews and you will see the common thread is that we are nice helpful folks. See you soon!
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River Forest Haven

46 sites 路 Lodging, RVs, Tents30 acres 路 Del Valle, TX
River Forest Haven is a unique space that seeks to bring you closer to nature. We do not artificially light the camp and we strive to leave as much of the property in its natural state as we can. This provides a unique experience that is not your typical campground as we keep all of our campsites tucked under lush natural canopies. Car and tent camping works great! For most sites, you can easily drive up to your spot. Arrive, take a look around and settle into your site. We are always happy to deliver any of our items from our general store- just message us on HipCamp and we will come by. With nearly half a mile of Colorado riverfront to swim, fish, toob, paddle-board, kayak, and canoe*, along with 30 acres to hike and explore, River Forest Haven is also a quick 20-minute drive from downtown Austin.THINGS OF NOTE: 鈦 cell phone service is mostly non-existent 鈦 firewood can be brought or bought, but not collected.
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Mystic Quarry

96 sites 路 Lodging, RVs, Tents10 acres 路 Canyon Lake, TX
Welcome to Mystic Quarry, a Modern RV Resort offering Cabins, Glamping, and Camping, located near the Guadalupe River and Canyon Lake, in the heart of the Texas Hill Country. Mystic Quarry Resort is a campground designed for all types of travelers, whether you are a local family from Austin looking to escape the city, or a retiree seeking a winter retreat, or just looking for a place to relax in nature after a busy week. Our accommodations range from tiny houses, tipis, glamping tents, and cabins to RV sites and tent sites. You may spend your time with us in quiet respite under the trees, lounging by the pool, tubing the Guadalupe River, catching a show at the Whitewater Amphitheater, or exploring the greater Canyon Lake area!
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Secluded Treehouse/AC, Real Privacy

1 site 路 Lodging5 acres 路 Lockhart, TX
What makes Robin's Nest Sooo Unique among other treehouses? First, Its a REAL treehouse (not a stilt house near the trees.) A large, private, beautiful, Master Bath suite in the trees with you. (not an outhouse or shared shower connected to someone's house) Natural Swimming Pond w/ canoe, kayaks, fishing poles and more. A large, very private 2 person hot tub next to the fire pit and upper pond. (not chlorinated shared water) ( we don't charge you for the firewood) Quiet clean AC unit, but also tons of windows and breeze in the shade. (you wont find mold in our well maintained ac unit) Several balconies, all private and with views. (sunrise from one deck, sunset from two others) All kinds of lighting and skylights everywhere. A cushioned, heated floor and electric fireplace in the winter. A rope hung, swinging queen day bed. Snacks, camp foods oils and spices, lots of pillows and extra linens. Complete privacy. (if you don't like privacy don't come here) You get the entire Holler, from treehouse to swimming hole all to yourselves. (Well, just you and the wild critters) Digital Detox in the comfort and complete privacy of the whole Holler ! Robin's Nest is a real treehouse sitting atop 7 oaks in the Circle R holler. Our place is usually quiet, shaded and very very private. With wooded walking trails, three ponds in the holler, a canoe, 2 kayaks, firepit, hammocks and so much more. Only a quick jump from Hwy 183, you'll be close to all the amenities of Lockhart, the best BBQ in Texas. You'll have everything you need to enjoy your mini adventure. If you want to really know what the Robin's Nest experience is like, read the reviews. We Hope to see you soon at your escape in the woods of our Holler. One day won't be enough! Here's what a recent guest said: "A beautiful and magical escape Wow! There is not one negative mention I can type out about our adventures at the beautiful and magical Robin鈥檚 Nest. Myself and my two young daughters were warmly welcomed by Shellie鈥檚 most thoughtful design of her secret hideout amongst the oaks. It was a quick drive from a busy day in Austin where the nature and quiet we鈥檙e so needed. Shellie has thought of everything for this amazing getaway. We could have gotten away with not bringing a thing. A quaint treehouse, overlooking a pond, nature all around, two more ponds a short stroll away. Our favorite part, the seclusion. An escape from the busyness and chaos of the world. Being able to cook dinner by the fire, hear the bullfrogs croaking and take a soak in the outdoor tub overlooking the evening. Do yourself a favor and invite the day with a grateful heart while showering in the open air shower. Sun rising, view of robins and chickadees while appreciating the whisper of the oaks all around. At Robins Nest we were explorers. We were artist, we were fisherman. We were silly, we were fun. We lived out every child鈥檚 dream, including my own inner child. We were storytellers. We were one with nature. We were dreamers. We disconnected and reconnected to ourselves and each other. I highly recommend this getaway and look forward to a visit once again. For those wanting more of a glamping experience, Shellie thought of that too. There鈥檚 outlets everywhere imaginable, hot water, ac, blow dryer, fridge and so on." Malory L.
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Off Grid Immersion Camp

9 sites 路 Lodging, Tents85 acres 路 Dale, TX
****Recent Update**** Due to new adjacent properties developments, and new neighbors moving in nearby, there are occasional neighboring barking, music and gunshots that can be heard from the distance, which is pretty common out in the countryside here. *************************************************************************************** There is currently a group of 10 people who spend the majority of our time living and striving to create community on these 85 beautiful acres of land. Our goals are to establish a thriving community, grow most of our own food, build tiny houses to rent or sell, create sustainability and be as self sufficient as possible, salvage material for builds, host events and retreats, teach classes, and more. Please feel free to ask questions and share any interest you may have in what we are doing here. Our property is a densely forested 85 acres with a walk-able 2 miles around the perimeter of the property and many trails and hidden nooks to explore throughout the heart of this beautiful escape back to our natural roots. We are in the process of mapping out the trails- which we plan to make available soon! For now those of you with a sense of adventure and desire to explore will certainly be satisfied. We have a full acre size pond and a kayak that you can feel free to use. There is a communal area around the pond that we will be adding to in the near future- you may run into some of our community members or other campers there from time to time, we invite you to socialize, bring a chair, perhaps a beverage or snack and get to know each other and us as well if we cross paths! You will observe and encounter wildlife in abundance including a variety of birds, wild hogs, opossums, armadillo, moles, spiders, scorpions, butterflies, praying mantis, walking sticks, snakes- keep an eye out for rattlesnakes and copperheads, deer, many insects, and more. Please be cautious and treat these creatures' home with respect for them as well as yourselves. Our property is also home to some lovely cows, chickens, a few dogs, and several cats- they (other than the cows who do what they please) generally remain in areas away from our camp sites though they may still decide to stop by to say hello! We have many spaces available for camping throughout the property. These are primitive campsites on raw land so you will need to provide your own tent, water, food, and operate with a leave no trace mentality when camping here. There are areas that can accommodate large groups of campers as well as very secluded nooks if you are looking for a private retreat into nature. There is plenty of fallen wood available for firewood and a fire pit will be prepared for you before arrival!
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Secret Blanco River Camping

1 site 路 RV, Tent2 acres 路 San Marcos, TX
My place is conveniently located in town, but still offers a private feel, as there are no developed homes nearby. My lot has 140 feet of river front access, great for kayaking, paddling, fishing, swimming, or bird watching. I especially love this property during the fall, spring, or winter because the water during this time is crystal clear. Paddle or hike about a mile downstream and you will find where the San Marcos River and Blanco river converge. Or start upstream on the San Marco River and you can paddle straight back to camp! There is no drinking water or restrooms on site, this is just raw land. If you are a nature lover like me, you鈥檒l really enjoy the company of the property鈥檚 majestic Cypress trees, Cottonwood trees, Pecan trees, Walnut trees, wild blackberry vines, grapevines, and some beautiful birds (hawks, blue heron, crane, cara cara, and more). My favorite to time camp here is Oct-April. Summertime can get a bit dry and the river slows, but still holds water all year and still offers a peaceful and private feel. Contact me if you have any questions, I know the area very well and would be happy to help guide you to some of my favorite nearby spots.
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Wimberley Dark Night Sky Camp

35 sites 路 RVs, Tents5 acres 路 Wimberley, TX
Welcome agritourism guests. Once Cook Ranch, this over grazed land is being revitalized. Located in unicorporated Hays co., in the center of the county, and north of Wimberley on a Farmstead. If you book, check in must be scheduled for check in day between 2pm - 5pm. Now an organic and pesticide free garden, Bee and Berry Farm, our home is surrounded by Texas Hill Country wilderness our guests will enjoy. Amazing night sky views and a wake up to incredible nature. Primitive camping or self contained campers, stay on the ledge of our hill side, away from the hives and north of our farmhouse. A game fence protects our guests from wildlife, and our recapped and graded hard packed limestone road base driveways lead you up to sites to choose from. Under the stars, under some oaks, on the Stoney Ridge overlooking a fossil line, or under some cedars, at the barn... all have great privacy. Toilet port a john, and the barn sink accessible 24 hours. Hipcampers are to follow trash and biosecurity rules on premises. Honeybee yards are located far south of the campsites, no trespassing around the livestock. Extremely quiet, peaceful and wild, your view of Wimberley valley on our mountainside hike, and a visit to Jacobs Well Nature Preserve on Mount Sharp Road will make this stop worth it, as we are only an 8 min slow drive to Jacobs Well Preserve. Welcome to our Bee and Berries Farm. Book now! April 2024 Total eclipse path as well, this is a special place. Additionally you can take advantage of local wineries, distilleries, farms, historical centers, parks and activities listed below. We have some farm cottage industry produce for sale and fresh eggs on site, as well as extras like farm breakfasts or a tour. 2.8 miles away is Jacobs Well Spring Nature Preserve and cenote, 6 miles, and a 12 min drive away is the private swimming hole at Cypress Falls, and their taco bar / tavern http://thelodgeatcypressfalls.com/swimming-hole Jobelle Bistro and Hildees Diner are also nearby for meals. Grocery in town is a 15 min. drive. 8 miles away is the famous City Park, Blue Hole swimming and recreation area, check city for hours https://www.cityofwimberley.com/289/Swimming-Reservations. Play ground, soccer field, trails, bb court... 20 miles away, situated along a one-mile stretch of the spring-fed Blanco River, the small but mighty Blanco State Park is very family-friendly, offering the spectacular Falls Dam, nature trails, fishing, tubing, kayaking, and deep water for a good, refreshing swim. The stocked river is teeming with largemouth and Guadalupe bass, catfish, sunfish, and rainbow trout, and can be an excellent place for beginning anglers (you can even borrow equipment for free). Swimming at holes, horseback riding, hiking, mountain biking, and birding are a few of the quintessential outdoor Texan activities visitors enjoy most at Pedernales State Park, located near the area of Texas Hill Country where former President Lyndon B. Johnson grew up. Next to the famed Pedernales River, the park is an hour west of Austin, an hour east of Fredericksburg, and about 20 minutes from downtown Johnson City. Wineries and distilleries are a short drive away in nearby Dripping Springs and Stonewall. No dogs allowed at the camp. Endangered birds are at the top of the property, and our farm cat is scared of dogs, hens and rooster may be endangered. On site: Site 1, electric via extension cord at barn parking site (30 amp available) portable electric (1 available), add on bee hive intro. tour, add on fresh organic chicken eggs per 1/2 doz. , add on camp shower can be arranged with rsvp, add on archery, cornhole and board games inside barn space propane grill and outdoor kitchen space, rsvp firewood for sale - no sale or use during burn bans Barn hangout in evenings, chi kung and yoga classes can be arranged. If you have small livestock, bring your elect fence and allow your horse or stock to range in the front field, free. You must control and feed/water them. Thank you for your support on our journey to creating a great outdoor space and supporting Texas Agritourism!
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Tipis on the Guadalupe

10 sites 路 Lodging1 acre 路 New Braunfels, TX
Over an acre of land off of beautiful River Road in New Braunfels, our Tipi resort is an oasis of relaxation, escape from the hustle, and Glamping!聽 Everything is on site for you to have a great getaway...cozy Tipi cabins, well-appointed private bath house, Guadalupe river frontage, hammocks, BBQ grills, and picnic space, all under a canopy of trees!聽 We even have tube rentals and cool merch for purchase on site!聽 Come see us...
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CampEZ in SxSAustinTX

17 sites 路 Tents2 acres 路 Austin, TX
Once owned by locally famous (at the time) D.G. Burrow who was a performing Country and Western musician here in Austin TX. Our 'campground/farmette' is about 2 acres (inside the city limits!), on a creek, kind of woodsy, and next to a pretty vast parkland greenbelt. Recent flooding made quite a mess but it's still pleasant here. Several friendly and permanent residents and farm animals. Creek-side private campground hideaway available. This is a CAMPGROUND: NO RV, ROOM, BED, INVOLVED - BRING A TENT AND GEAR FOR COMFORT (check my other listings for an RV stay). This a "want to camp" campground. If you "need to camp" due to financial or other reasons, Camp EZ will likely not be a good fit for you. Not suitable for very young children . Please include your child in your count. Campfires in designated area only with permission (burn ban sometimes). Bring firewood. Community vibe 'round here; everyone is expected to be respectful of one another and clean up after themselves "leave no trace" style. One week maximum stay. Bring a tent and gear needed to be comfortable. 2 private hot outdoor showers, rustic kitchen and 2 charming compost priveys included. Wood fired sauna available. Visitors are expected to clean up after themselves especially in the kitchen, showers, restroom and, of course, your campsite. Trash and recycle containers are around or, better yet, pack it out! Campfires in designated area only with permission (burn ban sometimes). Bring firewood. We are a 2 acre community on a secret and secluded little street 5 miles due South of the capitol of TX and even closer (2.5) to the very hip SoCo area (Continental Club, Jo's Coffee, Guero's Taco Bar, El Mercado and lots more). I have 3 cats, 11 chickens, 2 little donkeys and 6 sweet mini goats here at my little and funky 'farmette' right on Williamson Creek (sometimes flowing and not really swimmable) and next to a huge wooded greenbelt with a quiet and unused nature trail. This is not a KOA or a state park. This is a home campground. It's kind of rustic and we like it that way. You may see a roach, ant or cricket and you may also see a deer, fox or coyote. We are busy and not always able to visit for long. Lots of remodeling and flood related cleanup chaos here but also lots of pretty and secluded nature. Short walk to bus stop and historic Sagebrush HonkyTonk and Austin Bergstrom Airport is 9 easy highway miles away. Rustic outdoor shower/kitchen/privy. BYOTent. No wild or excessive partying here please and please remember: no smoking :) WE NOW HAVE A COVERED PING-PONG PLAYING AREA AND BADMINTON TOO!鈥 Other details to note: Street parking. Camping is a very short walk from parking lot. We have carts to tote your gear if needed. Sorry, this campground is not set up to be able to park next to your site. We do not supply towels, toiletries, tents or bedding. Camp fire in designated fire pits only with approval. BYO Firewood. NO GENERATORS OR RECORDED MUSIC. Quiet time: 9PM-9AM. Please be mindful of your neighbors. -Jim O' (Did I mention rustic?)
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The best camping near Palmetto State Park guide

Overview

About

You鈥檒l be forgiven for thinking you鈥檝e been transported to a tropical jungle at this small gem of a park in Central Texas, named for the dwarf palmetto trees found throughout. Several easy trails allow even families with kids to explore the swampy landscape with lush tropical plants, wildlife, and historic buildings constructed by the Civilian Conservation Corps. The winding San Marcos River and the 4-acre Oxbow Lake offer options for water play, including swimming, tubing, paddling, boating, and fishing. The Palmetto Campground offers 37 sites with fire rings, picnic tables, and some sites with water and/or electric hookups, plus a cabin and group site.

Tips for snagging a campsite

  1. Plan to make peak-season reservations as soon as possible, especially with so few sites available. The cabin and campsites can be reserved up to five months in advance while the group camp can be reserved up to 12 months in advance.聽
  2. If you don鈥檛 have a reservation, arrive at the park first thing in the morning to grab unreserved sites that might be聽available for walk-ups.
  3. If your plans are flexible, visit during the week or non-holiday periods.聽

When to go

Peak season is from March to November, when the park will be at its most crowded. Expect hot and humid weather in summer, when a dip in the river or lake will be the most refreshing. Visit in spring or fall to see migratory birds. Be sure to check the weather before confirming plans, as rain storms can cause the San Marcos River to flood.

Know before you go

  • The park rents kayaks, standup paddleboards, and bikes.
  • Several facilities are wheelchair-accessible, including the pavilion, cabin, and the group camping site.
  • Fishing licenses are not required if fishing from shore, but are required if fishing from a boat.
  • Bring binoculars for birdwatching. The park is part of the Great Texas Coastal Birding Trail, with more than 240 species.
  • Closed toe shoes are a good idea, as snakes, including venomous rattlesnakes, can be found in the park.
  • Fires are permitted in fire rings only. Bring your own firewood or purchase from the camp store, as gathering firewood in the park is prohibited.
  • Pets are allowed in the park but not inside any buildings, including the camping cabin.

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