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
Tent or RV sites
10 sites
Up to 10 guests per site
Up to 12 vehicles
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 45 feet allowed
Back-in site
Accommodates slideouts
Surface type: loose-gravel
Surface levelness: flat
Electrical hookup available
Water hookup available
Hookups: No sewage and TV connection
Generators not allowed
Campfires allowed
Toilet available
Pets allowed
Potable water available
Kitchen available
Showers available
Picnic table available
Wifi available
Bins available
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 Justin
Justin C.
recommends this listing.
(Site 1)
May 15th, 2022

We thoroughly enjoyed our time at the Happy Horse Hotel. Hollis & Beaux were wonderful hosts and made us feel right at home. The property is very well kept throughout, and the campsites are very generous and well spaced. We all enjoyed the scavenger hunt, and the nearby trails in Mckinney Roughs Nature Park are top notch. To top it off Hollis performed a great selection of songs for us by our campfire with the May Flower Moon as the backdrop! We will surely return.

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Hipcamper Evi

Lovely stay in the country side

Evi D.
recommends this listing.
(Site 10)
May 8th, 2022

Beautiful property, quiet and green, lots of birds singing, fun scavenger hunt set up by the super friendly hosts Hollis & Beaux. Private shower underneath the beautiful sky! Not too far from Austin and close to Bastrop. Would come back! Last but not least, we enjoyed Hollis’ ukulele performance at our campfire. That was a unique experience.

Hipcamper Chelsea
Chelsea L.
recommends this listing.
(Site 7)
May 4th, 2022

Everything was great ! Super cute campground. Hollis and beaux go above and beyond to make it a wonderful experience. Also great with my pup! He had an awesome time. Will definitely be going back.

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Hipcamper Kyle
Kyle C.
recommends this listing.
(Site 6)
May 1st, 2022

Very helpful and responsive owners. We enjoyed our stay and location. Good price for what you get. Very nice to have hot water showers and toilets nearby

Hipcamper Sloane

Relaxing weekend camping

Sloane P.
recommends this listing.
(Site 7)
April 25th, 2022

Hollis and Beau's Happy Horse Hotel was so incredibly peaceful and well taken care of. Our exchange student really enjoyed the horses, the sunset over the pasture, and the scavenger hunt. We brought our dog with us who enjoyed the trails, the hike the meditation point, and the quiet evenings. To our surprise, the bathroom and shower were so well kept and clean. Thank you, Beau and Hollis for your hospitality and sharing your incredible space with us!

Stunning sunset. Little bird friends everywhere. The coolest communal hangout! Loved the string lights and thoughtful horse decorations. Breakfast over the fire.
Hipcamper Heather
Heather J.
recommends this listing.
(Site 10)
April 24th, 2022

Wonderful stay. Lots of lovey campsites to choose from. Hosts are warm and welcoming.

Hipcamper Keely

Excellent camping experience!

Keely S.
recommends this listing.
(Site 6)
April 22nd, 2022

We are so thankful that we happened upon this place at the last minute a couple of weeks ago! The couple who run it are really amazing. They're super friendly and have created a very welcoming environment.

There are RV spots, a cabin, and tent camping available. We tent camped nestled in a comfy spot that was close to the bathrooms, an outdoor shower, and the central hub of the campground while still being secluded. There's a really fun scavenger hunt that takes place throughout the property. Many families were playing, but we had fun walking around exploring and searching as two adults as well! At night, it's simply magical. It's quiet, there are twinkling lights around, and it's so peaceful. The firewood was very convenient to our campground, so making a quick dinner on the fire was a breeze. From arrival to departure, we have no complaints. Thanks so much!

We will surely return! I'm so glad that places like this still exist. This is the heart of America, right here.

Hipcamper David

Happy with happy horse!

David L.
recommends this listing.
(Site 7)
April 17th, 2022

Hollis and Beaux were outstanding hosts. I was greeted on arrival and were there if I needed anything. The grounds are well kept, quiet and peaceful. Plenty of area to take walks and enjoy the property. The outdoor hot shower and sink was fantastic. Near good food and McKinney Roughs Nature Park. Will be back when passing through the area again.

Hipcamper Matt

Family camping trip (trailer)

Matt S.
recommends this listing.
(Site 9)
April 17th, 2022

We loved our stay at the Happy Horse. It was so peaceful and well maintained. Our kids loved the scavenger hunt and walking the trails with our dog. We would highly recommend this place for anyone seeking peace and quiet you can’t find in most other campgrounds. We look forward to going back sometime soon.


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