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Camp sites are in a large cow pasture across the street from Bankersmith Dance Hall and Saloon. All you have to do before setting up camp is check in with the bartender at the Saloon. So, that means you have to check in during business hours (Opens at 4PM on most days. Opens at noon Friday, Sat and Sunday - but always check Facebook). Please don't come expecting Yosemite or


Camp sites are in a large cow pasture across the street from Bankersmith Dance Hall and Saloon. All you have to do before setting up camp is check in with the bartender at the Saloon. So, that means you have to check in during business hours (Opens at 4PM on most days. Opens at noon Friday, Sat and Sunday - but always check Facebook). Please don't come expecting Yosemite or the Ritz Carlton. This is as primitive as it gets. Conveniently located in Fredericksburg, Texas off the famous and beautiful Old Highway 9.

A short 9 miles from downtown Fredericksburg, these primitive RV and primitive campsites are close to 290, the Wine Trail, Luckenbach, the Old Bat Tunnel and Alamo Springs. In fact the campsite is directly across the street and a short walking distance to the historic Bankersmith Dance Hall and Saloon. Guests can enjoy this Texas Original with concerts, festivals most weekends or even just by stopping by for live music (played daily) and a cold drink. The Saloon is open 7 days a week! Food is served daily. Stop in for a burger, a cocktail and live music!

Please do not call us. We are probably out in field working or managing animals. We will not answer. 

Campers are of course allowed to bring in food or drink on the campgrounds but it may be easier to enjoy the food from Bankersmith’s Restaurant and Full Bar literally across the street! Hamburgers, Chicken Wings, BBQ Pulled Pork Sandwiches and a whole lot more (even Fried Bull Testicles)!

This Bankersmith Texas Campground is primitive on site but guests are welcome to use both the restrooms and water sources across the street, in the Saloon, when open. The camping grounds are on a open field close to the entrance of the parking. Campers are not to go through the second gate due to live stock. Please keep your dogs on a leash and do not open gates or interfere with animals.

Be respectful of the wildlife during your stay. You can expect to see Armadillo, Axis Deer, Whitetail, Wild Hogs, Fox, Bobcat, Coyote and Chupacabra.

COVID Update: If you are strong on wearing masks and hiding from people, you should consider another alternative. We love our health, our community, the country AND freedom. We treat everyone like an adult. While you can wear a mask, or two or three, please do not expect us to. There are other locations that will probably suit you better if you are offended by non mask wearing patriots.

Campsite area
Tent or RV sites
20 sites
Up to 22 guests per site
Up to 6 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 60 feet allowed
Pull-through site
Accommodates slideouts
Surface type: grass-or-field
Surface levelness: flat
Generators allowed
Hookups: No electricity, water, sewage, or TV connection
Campfires allowed
Toilet available
Pets allowed
Potable water available
No kitchen
No showers
No picnic table
No wifi
Pack it out
Laundry absent
Have a question? Send Claire a message!
  • Check in: After 11AM
  • Check out: Before 2PM
  • Cancellation policy: Super Strict (30 Days)
  • On arrival: Meet and greet
  • Minimum nights: 1 night
  • Accepts bookings: 18 months out
  • Weeknight discount: 20% off
  • Response time: Within 6 hours
  • Response rate: 100%

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Hipcamper Juan

Super maga campsite/bar. no thanks!

Juan G.
doesn't recommend this listing.
(Dispersed site)
October 26th, 2022

I got the campsite because my friends were staying in the Bankersmith rooms up the road. For what it was and the price, I will not be staying here again. The description is deceiving and some details need clarification. Website states that the campground is "across the street". The site is in fact across the street but its down that same road. A total distance of about a quarter mile. Not at all "across the street" and certainly not "a short walking distance" from the bar. I checked in with the bartender as stated and she told me to go "300 yards up and make a right". I did that and had to drive a to get to the site. The site is as stated, an empty field with zero amenities. $32 dollars is a bit steep for the what you get. I wasn't expecting much to begin with based on reviews but I would have been a little happier having spent less for getting what basically amounts to a boondocking site. The field had piles of metal fencing about, as well. The food at the dancehall is good however, I had the burger and I highly recommend it if you are just stopping in for food and drinks. The campsite is located off the road that leads to the winery. There are signs that clearly state the speed limit for all vehicles at 5 MPH. Most of the vehicles that I saw on the road did comply except for the staff that was driving the up and down the road. This whole place is super MAGA as well. Read their covid policy.

Hipcamper Kristin

Camping with camels? ok!

Kristin R.
recommends this listing.
(Dispersed site)
October 10th, 2022

We loved our off-grid camping experience at Camp Bankersmith. We set up camp within sight of the camels and other animals. The property was beautiful and very clean.

The goats are so cute!Our dog was confused, but really happy with the camels.Great level ground to camp on.It felt like we slept with the camels.  They were very fun and expressive.  No smell, and they appeared to be very well-loved.
Hipcamper Daniel


Daniel E.
has mixed feelings towards this listing.
(Dispersed site)
July 7th, 2022

Not worth the 32 dollars for dry camping. Harsh but true. To many vehicles going and coming into what is not a winery but more of imported wine to a barn in the middle of a hot field. We went for what was called a balloon festival which many people bought tickets for but it never went up. We only saw one ballon on the floor and we thought they were going to have several. Nope only one and I believe it belongs to the farm as a prop of deceiving. They offered helicopter hide’s instead of the balloon ride, which I think that was there plan all along. That helicopter flew over our campsite from 4;30 pm to 11:00 pm. I was wondering why their website said no refunds period. Absolutely no refunds so no one had a choice but to get on the helicopter. Poor souls that believed they were going to float, rather they were taken on a one minute helicopter ride starting from loading in and getting off and then the next heard jump in. The campground was good but not for the price. I would say harvest host type or pay 13 dollars to stay. The animals were a treat though. But that is all. A one nighter place and get out kind of place. My apologies for my harsh words but the truth is the truth and misleading is a sin. Gods country? I don’t think so but it’s a money making machine for lost or inexperienced tourist. Shame is all I can summarize. But no one was forced to make the choice to go to their so called festivals. They utilize festival to real you in. One food truck and a metal barn.

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Hipcamper Micheon

Relaxed local vibe

Micheon O.
recommends this listing.
(Dispersed site)
May 9th, 2022

Camping was in a big open, mostly flat, field. There was no shade. It was very quiet and peaceful, with the local farm animals nearby. They had a camel (not expected) that had a nursing baby, very cute.
The BEST part was the saloon/dinner/live music across the street. It was so fun, enjoying an evening there without having too worry about driving or cooking.
Note: they also have Harvest Host, which I did not realize until after I made HipCamp reservations.

Hipcamper Colleen

Camels, goats, and guitar pickers!

Colleen C.
recommends this listing.
(Dispersed site)
April 11th, 2022

We loved the whole Camp Bankersmith experience. Camping gives nice views of the TX hill country, goats, miniature horses, cattle and a camel wandering nearby were fun to watch, and the food and entertainment at the Bankersmith Bar were excellent. We were fortunate enough to be there for 'picker's night' where locals entertain in the bar's backyard, in front of the old greyhound turned goat house. We'd highly recommend Camp Bankersmith!

Hipcamper David
David O.
recommends this listing.
(Dispersed site)
April 6th, 2022

A nice flat spot on the top of a hill with a braying burro, goats, a camel and some bison nearby. If only staying one night reserve through Harvest Host.

Hipcamper Kurt
Kurt G.
recommends this listing.
(Dispersed site)
February 24th, 2022

Great views and great atmosphere with friendly people!

Hipcamper Rick

Camping with exotic animals!

Rick L.
recommends this listing.
(Dispersed site)
January 7th, 2022

We had a good experience at Camp Bankersmith. The sites are simple and it's easy to park and get set up. Lovely views of the nearby hills. We especially enjoyed hanging out at the Bankersmith Saloon and Dance Hall. It was packed on New Year's Eve for a special event and the staff was overwhelmed, but they did their best to accommodate us. I'd recommend this site if you can do dry camping. There is no water or portable toilet at the site. Take a look around the adjacent ranch to see exotic animals, including buffalo, zebra, a camel and a couple of beautiful longhorns! Feed is available at the saloon to feed the friendly little goats!

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Hipcamper Ben
Ben P.
recommends this listing.
(Dispersed site)
January 3rd, 2022

Bankersmith is a charming place. Been there before and look forward to going again.

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