Hipcamp host Wilson W.,
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We welcome you to come enjoy the seclusion and dark sky on a working cattle/exotic hunting ranch in the Texas Hill Country.  My great great grandfather established this ranch in the late 1870's and our family still lives here today.  We are located in Real county ju

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If you have stayed with us previously please reach out before you book and I'll get you a discount code!

We welcome you to come enjoy the seclusion and dark sky on a working cattle/exotic hunting ranch in the Texas Hill Country.  My great great grandfather established this ranch in the late 1870's and our family still lives here today.  We are located in Real county just north of Leakey, Texas on US Highway 83.  Our campsites are on the head waters of the West prong of the Frio River.  Our Grapevine Springs have continuous flow the year round.  You will enjoy the gurgling creek, hiking, swimming, solitude, sunrises and sunsets, big and bright stars in the night sky.  We have tall hills and hardwood trees, Spanish oaks, Escarpment Cherry, Black walnut, live oaks and other oaks.  We have wild animals; white tail deer, turkey, hogs, exotics, seasonally songbirds and butterflies on the ranch.  We are close to Lost Maples State Nature Area and Garner State Park.

Campsite area
Tent or RV site
1 site
Up to 14 guests per site
Up to 2 vehicles
2WD Accessible
No wheelchair access
RV Information
Travel trailers, Pop-up campers, Campervans, and Cars allowed
Vehicles under 30 feet allowed
Pull-through site
Accommodates slideouts
Surface type: grass-or-field
Surface levelness: requires leveling
Generators allowed
No Fifth wheels, Toy haulers, Class A RVs, Class B RVs, or Class C RVs
Hookups: No electricity, water, sewage, or TV connection
Essentials
Campfires allowed
Pets allowed
No toilet
Amenities
Kitchen available
Picnic table available
No potable water
No showers
No wifi
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Have a question? Send Wilson a message!
  • Check in: After 10AM
  • Check out: Before 12PM
  • Cancellation policy: Strict
  • On arrival: Meet and greet
  • Minimum nights: 2 nights
  • Accepts bookings: 12 months out
  • Response time: Within 6 hours
  • Response rate: 100%

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Hipcamper MONIQUE

An experienced camper’s dream

Monique F.
recommends this listing.
August 11th, 2022

Incredible experience. Remote and peaceful location for a true Texas wilderness experience. Bonus point: the property is on an elevated plateau so nights were a few degrees cooler compared to Austin metro even during summer months. Keep in mind you need a) High clearance vehicle and b) Be self reliant and adequately prepared. Water levels on the creek slightly low during the Texas drought but a fresh water spring is within easy hiking distance.

Hipcamper Eric

Forget & reset

Eric S.
recommends this listing.
July 6th, 2022

This is an amazing place. Stargazing, interesting topography, wildlife, hiking, seclusion, a place to soak in spring water: it's all here. This is a place to relax and reset. Forget the phone or internet. Forget the noise of the world. And, just be. This is the place to forget all of the things that you think you need, and find the things that really matter. There are few opportunities like this.

Hipcamper Michael

5th time is a charm

Michael B.
recommends this listing.
June 20th, 2022

This is my fifth time to book Wilson’s. What can I say….it’s where we come when we want to get away from it all.

Hipcamper Lamar

Rugged but amazing and beautiful!

Lamar H.
recommends this listing.
April 9th, 2022

This was such an amazing place for us to stay! Definitely off the beaten path, way back on the backside of the property. It is definitely a place for off-road trucks and SUVs but absolutely worth it in every way. The campsite was beautiful, the swimming hole was amazing (very cold), the little meadow and canyon just beyond our campsite was very cool, and our daily hike up "2 BAR HILL" to check our messages from home was great exercise, fun, and beautiful. Just be sure to bring plenty of water and food in with you so you don't have to trek out for anything. This is a place that is best experienced in the cooler months of the year. Wilson was a great help and escort into the campsite (4 miles on very rugged and fun roads). We hope to return at some point.

Hipcamper Dena

Secluded camping

Dena S.
recommends this listing.
March 14th, 2022

Wilson is great and very friendly. He was also very patient with us as we made our way down the 4 mile journey to the camp site. When he says you will need a high clearance vehicle, he is not joking! But that 4 miles was well worth the journey - great, secluded camp spot and the bonus of getting to pass exotic animals and cows, donkeys, etc. along the way. Would highly recommend!

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Hipcamper Dave

Shh... this place is awesome!

Dave W.
recommends this listing.
March 10th, 2022

This was the Texas wilderness that we were looking for.

My son (age 4) and I spent 2 nights at the campsite and we honestly had an amazing experience watching wildlife, going off-roading, filling our canteens at the natural spring, building dams with river rock, searching for Perch in the swimming hole, competing in fire side games and lots more. The seclusion and privacy of this hidden campsite makes it just perfect if your desire is to go "off-grid" for a few days. Our amazing host Wilson also gave us an extensive tour of the property and shared some of the history of their 5th generation family cattle ranch. We got up close to the cattle and learned a lot about life as a rancher. The constant threat of invasive animals and plants, fence maintenance, windmill/water pumping station maintenance, cattle care, and so much more. It was priceless to see my son's excitement with every activity we did. I think we refilled our water bottles at the spring 5 times!

The campsite is about 45 minute drive from the road, traveling <10 MPH. If you are looking for some light off-roading/overlanding this is the best I have found in Texas. My son really enjoyed sitting on my lap and driving up and down the rocky trails. it felt like there were miles of roads, winding up and down ravines and across dry river beds.

My son had never been in a place where it was so quiet, and we slept so well despite the temps being in the 20's.

We will definitely be going back real soon.

Hipcamper Raphael
Raphael C.
recommends this listing.
November 28th, 2021

This was truly a unique camping experience! A group of friends and I went over Thanksgiving and we were truly amazed at how big the property is. It was awesome to be so secluded, but you'll definitely need to be prepared because the campsite is located 4 miles from the ranch entrance and the road to get there is pretty rough. You'll definitely need 4WD. Make sure to bring jumper cables and maybe an extra battery because we drained ours from opening and closing the doors so much to grab things throughout our stay. Wilson was extremely helpful and helped us out by grabbing his cables and a battery pack to jump-start the car. If you need a ride from Wilson to/from the campsite, I would coordinate ahead of time with him the ride back from the campsite because there's no cell service at the site. There is a hill near the campsite where you can get service so we had to hike about 15 minutes to text him just to coordinate a pick-up time and day. He'll tell you all about it when you meet him. He was a great host! He gave us the DL on the property on our ride into the camp and learned a lot about its history and what they currently use it for. Overall, highly recommend staying here! We'll be coming back here for sure.

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Hipcamper Rachel

Perfect getaway! we will be back !

Rachel P.
recommends this listing.
October 25th, 2021

This place is the true setup for camping with a group or by yourself if you like having plenty of space. We were the only ones aside from Wilson on nearly 3000 acres of land. It was beautiful hill country, very safe, the pictures are accurate ! We didn’t find the swimming hole, but it’s a good reason to come back. Many of my friends were already planning their next trip to come back. The road driving down is bumpy, but a couple of us had 4-runners with 4WD, very necessary! No joke! Otherwise, Wilson took a few of us down on his 4WD thing. Wilson is an awesome host! We had a great stay !! See you next time, Wilson !

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Hipcamper Sean
Sean S.
recommends this listing.
October 19th, 2021

I was skeptical about spending $100 a night to sleep on the ground, but quickly realized I was paying for much more than a campsite. The views, the silence and not having another human being around for miles was priceless. Definitely a great place to recharge the batteries. I’m not aware of another location so close to several major cities that has this much to offer. We’ll definitely be back again and again.

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Grapevine Springs Retreat
State
Texas
Country
United States
$100/night
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