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The best beaches in Texas are not on the coast. Secluded beaches. Clear, spring-fed water on the Llano River. 500 Waves is more than a camp site.  500 Waves is the river.

Close to Austin and Fredericksburg. North of Enchanted Rock and on the way to Big Bend. Private camp site with shade and electricity right on the river. No need to drive to the river, you are at the r

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The best beaches in Texas are not on the coast. Secluded beaches. Clear, spring-fed water on the Llano River. 500 Waves is more than a camp site.  500 Waves is the river.

Close to Austin and Fredericksburg. North of Enchanted Rock and on the way to Big Bend. Private camp site with shade and electricity right on the river. No need to drive to the river, you are at the river. Perfect for families and couples seeking a fun, easy, socially distant retreat on a quiet country road. Adventure awaits.

"A slice of beachy heaven on the Llano River." Austin American-Statesman Austin360, June 2020. Check us out @500Waves on Instagram.

June 2021 Update:  And the rain keeps coming.  The Llano River is jamming.  Tubing is going to be great all summer long with all this water.  Plus the rain means no burn ban so bring wood for a campfire and pack stuff for s'mores.  The trails are mowed and the flowers are still blooming.  Come check them out!

500 Waves Beach Camp sits right smack on the Llano River and offers a huge covered deck with table, chairs, and a big view of the river.  Texas-sized riverfront fire pit and gas grill are available. You have private and exclusive access to a flush toilet and hand washing sink in our newly constructed bathroom.  

Camping Details:  Four people maximum.  No groups.  No teeny bopper parties. (You'll totally get busted.) Tent site and campfire pit are 200 yards from car park. We have a wagon to help you move your stuff up and down the small hill.  In summer come prepared for the heat, especially if you are tent camping or your RV does not have AC.

Welcome, wanderers!  In addition to campers on weekend getaways, 500 Waves hosts lots of visitors on a grand North American road trip or Texans taking the scenic route to Big Bend or New Mexico. If you want to get off the beaten path and see the real Texas, let us know and we can offer tips and advice for a truly Texas odyssey that includes some time on the beach at 500 Waves.  

KNOW BEFORE YOU GO:

Our small camper (the white egg-looking Casita in some of the pictures) lives at 500 Waves and thus may be parked on site during your visit. If so, the covered spot right next to the cabin will not be available for your RV.  There is plenty of room much closer to the electrical outlet for your rig.  

We have neighbors.  Repeat:  We have neighbors so set your expectations accordingly.  You will be the only campers on site and will have no difficulty keeping a safe and social distance from anyone else.  500 Waves Beach Camp is a big lot on a quiet river road with a few scattered small cabins. If you're looking for absolute seclusion, be aware that this is the country with people doing country stuff not the wilderness. That said, there are usually very few (if any) other people in the riverbed or on this section of the Llano River - especially on weekdays and in winter and fall.  

WHAT CAN WE DO WHILE AT 500 WAVES BEACH CAMP?

Nothing. And that's ok. Really. Just sit and enjoy the quiet. Your phone probably will not work very well and that is good.

Soak up the spring-fed Llano River.  500 Waves Beach Camp is on the riverfront and has direct access to private beaches, fishing, wading, and tubing year round.  If the river isn't flowing, we will say so in this description.  (But it is always flowing.)

Terrific birding and wildlife viewing all year with an ever-changing array of critters. When it is warm, your children will see tadpoles during the day and go to sleep to the sound of hundreds of frogs.  In fall and winter the riverbed is a superhighway for deer, foxes, and flocks of migratory geese and other birds.

Bring your yoga mat to greet the sunrise on your private beach. And pack fixings for your favorite cocktail and watch the sun set into the Llano River from the shade of your covered deck or from a riverfront campfire (burn ban permitting). 

Take a stroll to a historic granite low-water crossing and ponder the infinite expanse of time. 

Bring your telescope, binoculars, or the naked eye to view our dark skies.  Plan your visit around a new moon for darkness or a full moon for howling.

Kayak down the river to your camp site for just the right mix of rapids and slow paddling.  Stand up paddle boards available for rent on the river downtown.

Hike the riverbed for miles upriver or downriver and find your own hidden swimming hole.  

Play tetherball, corn hole, and giant Jenga.  Create family memories and give your other hand something to do while you drink beer. 

Bike or drive historic gravel backroads and make friends with Llano County's many cows.  

Cruise into small town Llano for live music, local vodka, craft beer, mesquite-flamed pizza, shopping, and the best BBQ in Texas.  

In the spring and on into early summer our wildflowers will make you weep. 

It sounds corny, but 500 Waves Beach Camp is more than a campsite. It's an experience and a miniature vacation in and of itself.  You could take your kids to a hotel with a pool or one of those crowded, icky, and expensive water parks.  Or you could take them to nature's closest equivalent.  

Let's talk COVID-19.  We know you are concerned about safety and cleanliness.  We are too as we are at 500 Waves when not hosting visitors. We want to be very upfront and clear about our protocols.  If possible, we will sanitize the camp site between visitors.  This includes bathroom, grill, table, and chairs.  However, given the rural nature of the camp site we want to be honest and let you know that we will NOT be able to do a deep clean between every reservation.  We will try but it will not be every time. We are asking folks to wipe things down upon arrival and again upon departure.  We assume campers would do this regardless but we want to be crystal clear. Ideal?  No.  Necessary?  Unfortunately, yes.  This has worked really well so far, please pass on the wipe down to the next campers.

FAQs:

- No dogs or pets. We know your dog is awesome and that you are a great dog owner but no exceptions. We work hard to protect wildlife habitat.

- No groups and 1 RV/camping unit greatly preferred. Please don't ask to add additional guests after making your reservation. Please, it's just awkward.

- Private bathroom with sink and flush toilet. No showers. Bring water.

- No kitchen or dishwashing facility. Bring water. Gas grill available for cooking.  

- No potable water and no RV dump station.  Bring lots of water and dump in Llano.

- 30 amp and standard electrical outlets for RVs. Extension cord may be helpful.

- Price may increase on holidays and weekends during wildflower season. Price is determined not by the market but by our desire to be at our own land.  If you're there, we can't be.  And - as you will see - that's a bummer.  

Campsite area
Bring your own tents, vans and truck campers, trailers, RVs
1 site
Up to 4 guests per site
Park at listing
No ADA access
Essentials
Campfires allowed
Toilet available
No pets
Amenities
Picnic table available
No potable water
No kitchen
No showers
No wifi
Pack it out
Laundry absent
Camping vehicle details
Electrical hookup available
No water hookup
No sewage hookup
No TV hookup
Generators not allowed
Back-in site
Max length 30ft
Accommodates slideouts
Surface type: loose gravel
Surface levelness: flat
Have a question? Send Jason a message!
  • Check in: After 1PM
  • Check out: Before 12PM
  • Cancellation policy: Strict
  • On arrival: Go straight to camp
  • Minimum nights: 2 nights
  • Accepts bookings: 12 months out

Activities

Offered on the Host's property or nearby.

Biking

Western Llano County is filled with great gravel backroads perfect for long rides with minimal traffic - minus the occasional c...Read more

Fishing

Good fishing even since the 2018 flood. Keep an eye on the Texas Parks and Wildlife Department's web site for seasonal stocking...Read more

Hiking

The bed of this part of the Llano River is huge. You can spend hours walking upriver or downriver from 500 Waves. Alternative...Read more

Paddling

There is terrific paddling on the Llano River. Kayak rentals and shuttle available in Castell. Bring your own boats for a great...Read more

Swimming

Great swimming and sandy beaches all along the Llano River near and in front of 500 Waves.

Wildlife watching

The Llano River and its banks provide a unique and ever-changing habitat. Our land hosts foxes, passing herds of deer, migrator...Read more

Terrain

Natural features you'll find at 500 Waves Beach Camp on Llano River in Texas.

Beach

The beaches of the Llano River are one of the best kept secrets in Texas. Miles of gorgeous red sand beaches all to yourselves.

River, stream, or creek

The Llano River is one of the wildest and cleanest rivers in Texas. There are no cities and few towns upriver from 500 Waves a...Read more

Swimming hole

The main and side channels of the Llano River flow directly in front of 500 Waves. There is great swimming with clean sandy bo...Read more

Waterfall

Our stretch of the Llano River is filled with rock gardens that create interesting kayaking and gorgeous waterfalls.

Ranch

500 Waves is a small property surrounded by huge ranches. The vibe is definitely more country river ranch than backcountry wil...Read more

Places to see near 500 Waves on the Llano River

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Hipcamper Claudia

Wonderful river front

Claudia C.
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March 10th, 2020

We enjoyed camping at 500 waves! The place was very clean. The river front view was wonderful! The site was easy to find, quiet and private. Jason was very nice and responsive. Highly recommend.

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Hipcamper Jason
Response from Jason, the Host, on March 16th, 2020

Thank you, Claudia! And you win this year's Blue Ribbon as the first camper to see the bluebonnets!

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Hipcamper Shawn
Shawn S.
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February 17th, 2020

My son and I were looking for a nice, quite place. I had questions before making the reservation and Jason was quick to respond. We couldn’t have hoped for a better experience. The property was fun, the night sky was amazing, and Jason stayed in touch throughout our stay to answer any questions as well as provide recommendations in the area. This will definitely be a place we will return to.

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Hipcamper Jason
Response from Jason, the Host, on February 18th, 2020

Thanks Shawn! So glad you and your son had a great time exploring the riverbed. Be prepared, the taller he gets - the meaner his tetherball spike will become!

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Hipcamper Gordon

Great escape

Gordon P.
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March 6th, 2020

Great host, great river views, great sand area near river for kids to play. Campfire was fun, and was stocked with firewood.

RV power hookup has a 30a and 15a/20a style plug, perfect for our 30a camper (no visible 50a plug option). As you come in the driveway the power box is on the right/passenger side, so keep that in mind when parking your RV.

When leaving, Google maps told me I could go left out of the driveway, but that actually dead ends and making the turn around with a 20ft camper was ok, but would have been a mess with a 30ft.

Met one of the neighbors going for a walk and she was friendly.

There were cows across the street so we went to say hello to them.

The river was flowing fast as it had rained the night before, so it was beautiful, but could easily sweep away young kids, recommend life jackets if the river is flowing quickly.

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Hipcamper Jason
Response from Jason, the Host, on March 9th, 2020

Thanks for bringing the kids out, Gordon! We love your pictures. So glad you got some sand time by the river and met the moo-ing neighbors across the road.

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Hipcamper Gordon

2nd visit

Gordon P.
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March 13th, 2020

2nd stay here, that should tell you enough. Great escape to bring the kids. Love it.

Backing out my 21ft camper solo is a challenge with the culvert, if you have a longer trailer bring a spotter!

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Hipcamper Jason
Response from Jason, the Host, on March 17th, 2020

Listen to Gordon's wise words!

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Hipcamper Emily

Delightful!

Emily W.
recommends this listing.
March 21st, 2020

This was a great site! We loved the covered patio, the river access, and the fire pit. Jason was great to work with and the campsite was a nice space away from the craziness of life.

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Hipcamper William

Just awesome

William S.
recommends this listing.
May 4th, 2020

I was tempted to not leave a great review because I literally want to keep this place all to myself! Amazing location, awesome river! Jason was extremely responsive and quickly answered all of my questions about the area. 10/10 would stay again!

Hipcamper Jason
Response from Jason, the Host, on May 6th, 2020

* BLUSH * Thanks for sharing a little about our secret William. Hope to see you soon!

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Hipcamper Jessamine

Extraordinary campsite!

Jessamine D.
recommends this listing.
May 11th, 2020

This site exceeded all expectations! Private, gorgeous, abundant nature, wonderful amenities, an attentive and thorough host, 15 minutes away from downtown Llano if we'd forgotten anything, and a reasonable drive from Austin. This place is a treasure. Thank you, Jason, for our marvelous stay!

Hipcamper Jason
Response from Jason, the Host, on May 11th, 2020

THIS is why we love sharing our place on Hipcamp. This little stretch of the Llano is indeed a treasure! Thanks for the kind words and please come back soon!

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Hipcamper Anna
Anna K.
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May 20th, 2020

We had a wonderful stay at 500 Waves. The wildflowers were so beautiful and the property was filled with butterflies. The RV spot is a quick 2 min walk to the river. The sandy area was perfect for us with smaller kids. The water was gently flowing and shallow enough for the kids to stand in most spots. We really enjoyed the deck which provided some much needed afternoon shade. Jason was great and extremely easy to communicate with. Just a quick 1.5 hr trip from Austin so we definitely hope to come back!

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Hipcamper Jason
Response from Jason, the Host, on May 22nd, 2020

Anna, thank you for the review and pictures. The wildflowers this year have been great!

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Hipcamper Deborah
Deborah W.
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May 28th, 2020

One night getting out of the city into the pretty Texas hill country was perfect. Nice place near the river. Recommend it highly!

Hipcamper Jason
Response from Jason, the Host, on July 25th, 2020

Thank you Deborah!!

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500 Waves on the Llano River
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