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.

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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.

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
Essentials
Campfires allowed
Toilet available
Pets allowed
Amenities
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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Activities

Offered on the Host's property or nearby.

Biking

This is a great camp for cyclists! Plenty of shade trees & room for lots of tents and hammocks, and the showers/picnic tables...Read more

Boating

There are canoe and kayak outfitters nearby in Bastrop.

Fishing

McKinney Roughs Nature Park is a great place to go fish the Colorado River. There is a unique opportunity to "rock-jump" your...Read more

Hiking

The BEST HIKING TRAILS in Central Texas are right up the road at McKinney Roughs Nature Park, a 4 min drive from the campground...Read more

Horseback riding

If you bring your own, we have pens and trails on site, and the wonders of McKinney Roughs equestrian trails are 4 minutes away...Read more

Paddling

The McKinney Roughs Nature Park up the road (4 min away) offers Canoe/Raft/Kayak paddling trips down the river on a near-daily ...Read more

Swimming

Swimming in the river at the McKinney Roughs Nature Park is allowed but we do not recommend it. The river is unpredictable and...Read more

Wildlife watching

Happy Horse campground is situated in a quiet secluded 10 acre woods that has a maze of trails through it and is fabulous for b...Read more

Terrain

Natural features you'll find at Happy Horse Camping, Cabin, and RV in Texas.

Forest

Happy Horse campground is situated on a 9 acre patch of lovely wooded ground with trails all through it. Great for short hike...Read more

River, stream, or creek

The Colorado River is accessible via the hiking and horse trails at McKinney Roughs Nature Park. The Lower Colorado River Aut...Read more

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Hipcamper Amy

The happy horse is a happy place!

Amy G.
recommends this listing.
(Site 9)
November 29th, 2021

What a fun experience! We absolutely loved the Happy Horse! The camp was clean and well kept. The hosts were WONDERFUL and make you feel like family. Our kids (ages 8-17) loved the scavenger hunt and took many nature walks to find all the treasures in the forest. We also loved the outdoor, open to the stars, camp shower. My 13yo son said showering outside on a 40 degree night was his favorite…..so we all tried it! So fun! We also loved the ukele concert around the campfire. Hollis is a wonderful storyteller and musician. We highly recommend this unique, one of a kind place. We will be back!

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Hipcamper Nicole

Great property and fun for kids!

Nicole S.
recommends this listing.
(Site 10)
November 28th, 2021

This is such a fun property! We stayed in site 10 which faced the horse pasture and had our 34’ RV with us. The scavenger hunt they gave us was fun and kept both the kids and adults entertained. Hollis and Beaux were both very friendly!

Our kids are 7 and 5 and we ventured over to the Dinosaur Park right there on the other side of 71 and Pope Bend. We enjoyed that as well! Great property, great location, great time overall (even with a full day of rain during our stay)!

Hipcamper Emily

Don’t miss this place!

Emily O.
recommends this listing.
(Site 7)
November 24th, 2021

This place is magical! The trails are gorgeous, the facilities are exactly what you need, the open air shower was a favorite of everyone and the hosts are welcoming and fun. My kids LOVED the scavenger hunt. Definitely don’t miss the fireside ukulele concert by Hollis. This place is a gem. We will be back.

Hipcamper Andrew
Andrew C.
recommends this listing.
(Site 1)
November 15th, 2021

Great hosts, very friendly and welcoming! Greeted us at the gate at night, provided us with wagons, and walked us to our campsite with a quick tour. Provided starter firewood at our campsite. Campsite also had a table, firepit, and a few chairs. Wish we had more time for the scavenger hunt and to stay longer! Thank you, Hollis and Beaux!

Hipcamper Monte

Friendly and easy camping

Monte E.
recommends this listing.
(Site 1)
November 8th, 2021

Hollis and Beaux were great. What nice people. Loved the proximity to the hiking trails at McKinney Roughs Nature Park. We couldn’t have had a friendlier and easier stay. We will be back.

Hipcamper Hollis
Response from Hollis, the Host, on November 8th, 2021

Looking forward to having you and the boys back again, Monte. Watch the weather and make a plan, now that you know where we are! I wanna do the 2nd half of my campfire concert for y'all, and sing Gage his Me and My Doggie song again! :)

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Hipcamper sarah

Fun camping experience

Sarah V.
recommends this listing.
(Site 3)
November 8th, 2021

We had a great night camping at Happy Horse. They had a couple of chairs, a picnic table, wood, a fire pit and an awesome little grill ready for us! The kids enjoyed the trails and the scavenger hunt. Definitely a great experience and hoping we can come back again soon if they’ll have us!😅

Hipcamper Hollis
Response from Hollis, the Host, on November 8th, 2021

You bet, Sarah! Welcome back anytime and maybe next time you'll get to be in the Official Camp Photo! So sorry I never made it back to get all of you in it. And maybe I'll get to sing you my new song about camping with the doggies and the kids!

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Hipcamper Wendy
Wendy B.
recommends this listing.
(Site 7)
October 26th, 2021

Very welcoming and responsive hosts. A rustic spot for campers with nice access to the outdoors.

Hipcamper Donia

Still a great place to camp!

Donia S.
recommends this listing.
(Site 1)
October 26th, 2021

This was my second stay at Happy Horse and it was even better than the first visit! I brought my five year old daughter. She quickly learned to navigate her way to our campsite and was able to wander and explore without getting too far. She was obsessed with the scavenger hunt! The shower and outhouses were tidy and nice to have. We were a short drive from McKinney Roughs and the Serengeti Safari, both a lot of fun. I appreciated Beaux and Hollis checking in daily to be sure we had everything we needed. There were several other tent campers on the property with us and a few campers but we rarely ran into anyone and the noise was very minimal.

Hipcamper Dawn

Beautiful scenery

Dawn M.
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(Site 2)
October 24th, 2021

Such a beautiful, peaceful camp site. The hosts were so friendly and helpful.

Awards

Best in 2021 Texas
Finalist
Best of 2019 Texas
Finalist
Property
Happy Horse Camp & RV Getaway
State
Texas
Country
United States
$45/night
10 Sites