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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 a good time.

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

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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 a good time.

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.

Summer 2022 Update:  Man, it's hot.  The river is flowing but it has dropped because of the drought and requires a bit more effort to access. Tent camping in Texas in August and September is NOT for the faint of heart. Bring the AC'ed RV for starry summer nights. But alas this too shall pass. Now's the time to start thinking about cool weather fall camping. Make your reservations now because better weather is coming!

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 or one nuclear family 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 will sanitize the camp site between visitors.  This includes bathroom, grill, table, and chairs.  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. This has worked really well so far, please pass the wipe down.

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. Our neighbors are amazing and we want to respect them. 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
Tent or RV site
1 site
Up to 4 guests per site
Up to 2 vehicles
No wheelchair access
RV Information
Travel trailers, Fifth wheels, Toy haulers, Pop-up campers, Class A RVs, Class B RVs, Class C RVs, Campervans, and Cars allowed
Vehicles under 30 feet allowed
Back-in site
Accommodates slideouts
Surface type: loose-gravel
Surface levelness: flat
Electrical hookup available
Hookups: No water, sewage, or TV connection
Generators not allowed
Essentials
Toilet available
Fire ban in effect
No pets
Amenities
Picnic table available
No potable water
No kitchen
No showers
No wifi
Pack it out
Laundry absent
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
  • Weeknight discount: 5% off

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

Great fishing on the Llano River at 500 Waves. Keep an eye on the Texas Parks and Wildlife Department's web site for seasonal s...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

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Hipcamper Jon
Jon T.
recommends this listing.
June 21st, 2022

Great spot! Loved sitting out on the deck at sunrise and set. Rugged, fun adventure down to the llano river, with is pretty shallow and warm this time of year. Still beautiful and refreshing enough in 100+. Granite boulders and sight seeing galore. We will be back in cooler temps!

Hipcamper Patrick

Getting more than you pay for

Patrick S.
recommends this listing.
June 8th, 2022

We went for solitude and found it. Despite being in a small, spread out neighborhood, most of the properties seemed vacant and left us with the quiet and space to explore that we set out to find in one of the Texas Hill country’s most pristine and unique areas.
Be ready to river-walk, stargaze, search the riverbed for beautiful rocks, throw a line out for the fish and grill on the vast wooden deck.
The town of Llano is fifteen minuet down the road if you need ice or smoked brisket from a local Texas bbq pit or just come up one six pack short for tubing the mild, clear rapids a half mile stroll from the campsite.
A seamless and simple check in process, a host who will answer your concerns quickly and very fair pricing for the exceptional space make this an incredible experience for those seeking the splendor of central Texas’ river camping experience.
The one critique- J, pay the cost of having the independent trash collector haul off the trash at the end of each guests’ stay and tack on a ten dollar fee for not having to pack it out. Thanks for sharing your property with us!

Hipcamper Jason
Response from Jason, the Host, on June 13th, 2022

Thanks for the idea on the trash. When we started a couple years ago that service didn't yet exist on our road. We have tried to keep to the "Pack in. Pack out." camping ethos since then but will look into it.

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Hipcamper karly
Karly L.
has mixed feelings towards this listing.
June 7th, 2022

Not enough room for more than 1 small tent. And it’s not as close to the river as they make it seem AT ALL. Several scorpions made their way into the bathroom, and the bathroom trash was tiny. They said there was a trash can and I assume that’s what they were talking about. Didn’t see another can anywhere. The covered deck was nice and was as the photos shows. The biggest let down was how far away the river was and how low it was. They sent me an email saying the river was flowing heavily “raging” even and it was definitely not. They talked about a tube shoot and rapids which there was not due to the low water level. Pictures and descriptions are misleading.

Hipcamper Jason
Response from Jason, the Host, on June 13th, 2022

Sorry you had a disappointing experience.

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Hipcamper Michael
Michael M.
recommends this listing.
June 6th, 2022

Such an awesome place to stay!

Hipcamper Jason
Response from Jason, the Host, on June 13th, 2022

Because of awesome guests like y'all!

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Hipcamper Hunter
Hunter C.
recommends this listing.
May 31st, 2022

Excellent site, best camping around Austin. Watch out for the snakes!

Hipcamper Jason
Response from Jason, the Host, on June 13th, 2022

I love this review. Yes on the snakes. And scorpions. And stinging nettles, And sand spurs - oh my for the love of all things holy the %$#%ing sand spurs in the fall and winter. If it pokes, stings, bites, and lives in Texas; we probably have it in abundance. Thanks for coming out!

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Hipcamper Cindy

Backroad gravel cycling

Cindy P.
recommends this listing.
May 18th, 2022

Super location by the Llano River slabs which had water despite the drought! Had to walk or ride bikes over to them but we went for water and gravel road cycling and the location was what we wanted

Hipcamper Jason
Response from Jason, the Host, on June 13th, 2022

"Despite the drought" might be the operative words of summer 2022. C'mon rain! Glad you found good riding!

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Hipcamper Dave

Great for young kids!

Dave B.
recommends this listing.
May 2nd, 2022

We absolutely loved 500 waves! It's a great place to take young kids. The campsite itself is great. There is access to a bathroom, a BBQ grill and even tetherball. And, the best part is the incredible access to the Llano River. You have tons of riverfront access along multiple channels of the Llano river, which allows for great opportunities for tubing, playing on the sandy beaches, swimming and just hanging out. Definitely highly recommend!

Hipcamper Jason
Response from Jason, the Host, on June 13th, 2022

Only a true aficionado of the subtle beauty of the game would say "even tetherball". Glad your crew had fun!

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Hipcamper William

I wish i owned this property!

William S.
recommends this listing.
May 1st, 2022

Well, this is my 5th or 6th time camping here. Is it a bit pricey? Yes. Is it worth it? Definitely. You get access to a flush toilet, huge shaded deck, new weber gas grill, sturdy chairs, yard games and a table. That's not to mention the river access! Even if the Llano isn't flowing well, you can always walk across the sandy beach to get to the main channel (where there is always flowing water). If the water is flowing well, you can sit in the river as you get down to the riverbank. This past trip, the host had birdseed to fill the feeders (and encouraged me to bring some sugar water for the hummingbird feeder) and what a show!

Hipcamper Jason
Response from Jason, the Host, on June 13th, 2022

I am glad you don't own this property! Thank you a gazillion times over!

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Hipcamper Sarah

Beautiful swimming & surroundings!

Sarah W.
recommends this listing.
April 25th, 2022

My husband, six year old son, and I loved camping at 500 Waves. We brought our Westfalia for a quick weekend away. The Llano River was beautiful and was the perfect temperature for swimming. We spent the whole day on the shore, under the shade of a mesquite tree - brought a picnic, a mat and a book and really enjoyed ourselves.

We parked the van right next to the super clean bathroom. The electricity hookup was easy and convenient. We played cornhole (provided) on the deck. We brought our camping stove, but also used their great Webber propane grill for cooking meals. We were surrounded by Texas wildflowers, Cardinals, Painted Bunting (I think), and Purlple Martins, vibrant caterpillars, butterflies, and soaring vultures while sipping our morning coffee. I would recommend 500 Waves for tent camping or van camping!

It was a super-fun weekend

One of the many offshoots of the LlanoDinnertime viewA lovely deck to hang out onOur swimming spot
Hipcamper Jason
Response from Jason, the Host, on April 27th, 2022

First off, your pictures are amazing! Second, the first Painted Bunting of the year!! That's like winning the lottery! OK, not really but still very cool. Thank you and come back!

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Property
500 Waves on the Llano River
State
Texas
Country
United States
$100/night
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