Hipcamp host Hollis W.,
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Basic Site Info:  Sites #1-6 are Deep Woods Primitive Campsites/No electric/No vehicle access, haul your gear in our camp wagons about 50 yds into the Enchanted Forest and park the vehicle up front after unloading gear.

Sites #7-10 are RV/Popup/TravelTrailer/Etc Vehicle sites with electric and water hookups, also have space for a tent(s) for combined camping.



Basic Site Info:  Sites #1-6 are Deep Woods Primitive Campsites/No electric/No vehicle access, haul your gear in our camp wagons about 50 yds into the Enchanted Forest and park the vehicle up front after unloading gear.

Sites #7-10 are RV/Popup/TravelTrailer/Etc Vehicle sites with electric and water hookups, also have space for a tent(s) for combined camping.

Site #11 is our darling little air-conditioned and heated cabin that we've just added to our listing!  Sleeps up to 4 in a king and 2 twin beds.  Small kitchen.  Water source on porch, privy and hot water shower outside but near by.  All bedding provided, along with dishes, dining table, etc.

Make a Grand Getaway to Happy Horse! We're a small, quiet, privately owned and operated, totally tidy and safe place to spend quality outdoor time alone or with family and friends.  (Please Note:  there is no water access from Happy Horse campground, you must leave the site to swim or fish, and there are several places in Bastrop, a 20 min drive away, to enjoy the water)  In business since 2001 as a camp for traveling horses and their riders who come to ride just up the road on McKinney Roughs amazing trails, we cleared some sites in our dense woods & opened up to tent & RV campers with no horses just a few years ago.  We are located between Austin and Bastrop 4 miles down a quiet dead end road, and only 2 miles from the Pope Bend Trailhead for LCRA's fabulous McKinney Roughs Nature Park and access to the Colorado River. 18 miles of glorious river and highland trails are open to horses, hikers and bicycles now.  There is even a zipline!  The park also offers several kinds of canoe/rafting/kayak guided packages that put into the Colorado river nearly right behind Happy Horse:  contact them for updates on availability.  You are encouraged to call the McKinney Roughs Nature Park office to inquire about these options.  Sorry to say, there is no private access from their site.

There are also many nature exhibits up at the park's administration building, just a 6 minute drive from Happy Horse.   Give the kids a peek into the flora and fauna of the glorious river basin system that we are part of!   

We offer 6 large Deep Woods private walk-in tent sites (park 50 yds away & haul your gear down wooded trails in our garden wagons!)  All campsites will accommodate 2-6 people each.  #1 and #5 can accommodate up to 10 people.  #6 will only fit 2 people.  We reserve the right to move you to a campsite more appropriate for your group size, once we see who all is coming and what their needs are.

There are 4 graveled RV spots (sites #7 - #10) in camp proper with water and 30 amp electric hookups.  One site, which we call BigRigsville, has a 50amp hookup, for the really big motorhomes.  Tent campers may also book these sites if they'd like to park by their tents and have access to electricity.

Fire rings, picnic tables, chairs, 3 unique outhouses and 2 enclosed open air hot water showers.   BBQ grills, a covered pavilion area, trails on site (pick dewberries from the mowed trails in the spring!) and time away from the hustle and bustle. We provide an initial supply of firewood at your campsite, but you are encouraged to either bring your own or ask Beaux to bring you a $10-15/bucket of seasoned oak.  Now we purchase wood from the Old Man Wood Lot up on Hwy 71 near here, so you don't have to make the trip! 

We have many horse pens and 2 covered stalls for those traveling with horses. 

We also are again offering LIVE MUSIC, now by request at your personal campfire!  Hollis, lead singer and songwriter for the Happy Horse Band, has taken up the ukulele and become a solo act (since there is no more Happy Horse Band featured in the Pony Pavilion for gathered Saturday night audiences).  She would be delighted to drive her golf cart stage to your campsite and do a properly distanced acoustic mini-show, featuring her original "adventure" music as well as some favorite old covers.  The children seem to especially enjoy whirling and dancing to Hollis's exuberant rhythms, enchanting stories and strong vocals!

Be sure and arrange this in advance, please.  See the DASHBOARD EXTRAS category for more details.

On site owners Hollis and Beaux are at your beck and call for whatever you might need. There is a Scavenger Hunt list, and if you are interested in having something/many cool things! to look for while walking our wooded trails, ask for The List!  If you find them all, we will give you a free Happy Horse tee shirt, a wonderfully graphic hand-pulled silk-screened tee shirt designed by Hollis and hand-printed by Beaux on our kitchen table!  (If you don't find everything, you can still get one, for $12) There is a nearby private pond (Moby Dick's Private Pond) for catch and release fishing, and if you have a fishing license you can hike into the park with your pole and fish from several places along the banks.  (We do not think the iffy river access at the park is a suitable place for swimming.  Head to Lake Bastrop for that!)  The McKinney Roughs Nature Park, 2 miles up the road, is the gem of the Texas trail system, and we hope you avail yourselves of the awesome beauty during the changing seasons.

GET AWAY without going FAR AWAY! Feels like the middle of nowhere, but it's only 25 miles to downtown Austin and 15 miles to the charming little town of Bastrop with its eateries, shops, lake and river access, and historic buildings. Spend quiet nights in the country listening to the coyotes howl and the owls hoot. Hike the Roughs or book a river canoe or kayak trip with one of the local outfitters. Bring the family and have a weekend event under the trees and covered shade of our Pony Pavilion!  Enjoy the campground and the on-site trails, a treasure hunt, the peace and quiet, and the NEW live acoustic A La Cart Camp Concerts!   Happy Horse is a unique, magical woods and we are here for your enjoyment, peace of mind and relaxation. 

NOTE:  Due to a recent and previously never happened LateNightNoiseProblem, we must make a FIRST NEW RULE!

No untoward noise after 10pm from any part of the campground, and no electric cords for digital instruments are to be run from camp to any campsite.  Bring acoustic instruments, please!  We will post signs in the privies announcing this policy.  

Campsite area
Bring your own tents, vans and truck campers, trailers, RVs
10 sites
Up to 10 guests per site
Park at listing
Wheelchair access
Campfires allowed
Toilet available
Pets allowed
Potable water available
Kitchen available
Showers available
Picnic table available
Wifi available
Bins available
Camping vehicle details
Electrical hookup available
Water hookup available
No sewage hookup
No TV hookup
Generators not allowed
Back-in site
Max length 45ft
Accommodates slideouts
Surface type: loose gravel
Surface levelness: flat
Have a question? Send Hollis a message!
  • Check in: After 12PM
  • Check out: Before 12PM
  • Cancellation policy: Super Flexible
  • On arrival: Meet and greet
  • Minimum nights: 1 night
  • Accepts bookings: 12 months out
  • Response time: Within 6 hours
  • Response rate: 100%

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Hipcamper Michelle
Michelle T.
recommends this listing.
(Site 10)
October 11th, 2021

Another great stay at the Happy Horse! We’ll be back again. Highly recommend.

Hipcamper Brianna

Cute country camping

Brianna T.
recommends this listing.
(Site 5)
October 3rd, 2021

Love this place! Super sweet hosts, activities to enjoy, clean/safe, cute and good location (close to city yet with a cozy country setting).

Hipcamper Lynn
Lynn R.
recommends this listing.
(Site 7)
September 26th, 2021

Great place to stay. Quite and laid back. Been there several times. Always pleasant time.

Hipcamper Bri
Bri C.
recommends this listing.
(Site 10)
September 12th, 2021

Absolutely loved it! I can’t wait to come back

Hipcamper Lynn
Lynn R.
recommends this listing.
(Site 10)
August 15th, 2021

Great place. Quite, clean and very well taken care of. One of our favorite places to go to.

Hipcamper Lynn
Lynn R.
recommends this listing.
(Site 7)
August 1st, 2021

Excellent place. Quite and relaxed.

Hipcamper Lisa

Shaded, clean campsite near bastrop

Lisa T.
recommends this listing.
(Site 8)
July 31st, 2021

Happy Horse was a terrific campground, and we would definitely stay there again! There were full hook ups at RV/trailer campsites, remote tent sites in the woods, cute little cabins near the RV sites, and extra picnic tables on the property under large shade trees. Camp sites had plenty of space in-between for privacy. The Port-a-potty sheds were clean and a nice option to have. The trails and all of the property were well-maintained. This campground would be a perfect location for a family reunion weekend! Our hosts were fabulous and so friendly! Very informative about the area and willing to help anyway they could. They even gave us a fun scavenger hunt when we arrived for items hidden along the trails in the woods! Thank you for a wonderful stay, Hollis and Beaux! We will see you again I’m sure!

Hipcamper Lynn

Very restful for us. enjoyed it a l

Lynn R.
recommends this listing.
(Site 2)
June 28th, 2021

Very good place. Host very helpful. Clean, well kept and quiet.

Hipcamper Aaditya
Aaditya P.
recommends this listing.
(Site 5)
May 31st, 2021

It was an amazing stay. The host is friendly and very helpful. You can just get out of the city life and come here to enjoy nature and fun Treasure hunting, did I say they have a Treasure hunt where you get to find hidden artifacts around the trail and it also gives you a reason to take a walk and enjoy the full property.

Hipcamper Hollis
Response from Hollis, the Host, on June 1st, 2021

Delighted to have y'all here when the glitter of the fireflies added so much to the magic of our little forest! Especially enjoyed singing the stories of Happy Horse at your fine campfire, you were a great audience! Thx, Hollis

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