Hipcamp host Patti C.,
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Rare access to the Brazos River and just a few feet from Hidalgo Falls, paddling and exploring the river are the most popular activities. Photography, bird-watching and campfires are also on the list.

Each site has a picnic table that seats 4 comfortably and accommodates one tent & one vehicle. If more tents or vehicles, please reserve additional sites or contact owne


Rare access to the Brazos River and just a few feet from Hidalgo Falls, paddling and exploring the river are the most popular activities. Photography, bird-watching and campfires are also on the list.

Each site has a picnic table that seats 4 comfortably and accommodates one tent & one vehicle. If more tents or vehicles, please reserve additional sites or contact owner for clarification.There is a shared cement block BBQ pit centrally located.

Campsite area
Bring your own tents
10 sites
Up to 6 guests per site
Park at listing
Wheelchair access
Campfires allowed
Toilet available
No pets
Potable water available
Showers available
Picnic table available
No kitchen
No wifi
Pack it out
Laundry absent
Have a question? Send Patti a message!
  • Check in: After 10AM
  • Check out: Before 4PM
  • Cancellation policy: Moderate
  • On arrival: Meet and greet
  • Minimum nights: 1 night
  • Accepts bookings: 3 months out
  • Response time: Within 12 hours
  • Response rate: 83%

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Offered on the Host's property or nearby.


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Kayaks and tubes available for rent.

Wildlife watching

Eagles, herons, river otters, and other animals.

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Natural features you'll find at Shaded campground on the Brazos R. in Texas.


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Hipcamper George
George K.
recommends this listing.
(Dispersed site)
October 17th, 2021

Hidden gem. Great host. Beautiful property and clean bathrooms. Brazos river and the falls are impressive. We will be back soon to explore more.

Hipcamper Kathy
Kathy K.
recommends this listing.
(Dispersed site)
May 31st, 2021

This is a lovely place to camp! The property is beautiful. I love the trees and the birds. The bathrooms/showers are great and clean. Due to the weather, we did not get to go on the river, but I'm sure it would have been fun!

Patti's sister (whose name I did not catch) and her son, Johnny, are good people. Not thinking that thunderstorm plus dirt road would equal mud, I took a drive to town Saturday morning. Got stuck on my way back in and they rescued me along with some help from a kind stranger who stopped. I cannot describe how grateful I am for this! Bonus- I now know how to drive through mud.

I will come back here again, hopefully under better weather conditions. I highly recommend the site as well. Our site was well shaded, close to the bathrooms, had electricity with an extension cord, and was really just perfectly beautiful and relaxing.

Covered pavilionLovely tree above our site. Bathrooms/showers, with a double sink outside. The view through the top of my tent.
Hipcamper Patti
Response from Patti, the Host, on June 3rd, 2021

Thank you for your kind comments! We really hope to see you again very soon! Patti, Peggie and Johnny

Remove vote :(
Hipcamper Mark

Happy kids

Mark P.
recommends this listing.
(Dispersed site)
October 28th, 2020

The falls were way cooler than I was expecting them to be. My sons(4 and 9 years old) were freaking out when they first saw them and we ended up spending hours each day of our stay exploring the rock formations and parkouring from rock to rock.

Hipcamper Kris

Kayaking good, camping bad

Kris C.
doesn't recommend this listing.
(Dispersed site)
September 15th, 2020

Our experience here was interesting to say the least. If you're there to kayak then it gets 5 stars. The hidalgo falls area of the brazos river is historical and beautiful. This site offers rare access with friendly staff and a restroom. Drive in, kayak, go home and you will have a wonderful time. As a family campsite I give 1 star. It is not a place to camp if you have kids or want to sleep. There were random piles of trash, dilapidated, falling down structures, and poison ivy. The restrooms are private stalls that can be reserved but despite assurances that it had been sanitized prior to our arrival I found it with a dirty sink and toilet that had not even been cleaned let alone sanitized. The fire pit and cook fire are communal only, there are no personal fire pits or rings at the individual campsite which forced us to risk interacting with other families (we are trying to social distance due to compromised immune systems). There is a trailer and a camper on site which gives the feel of camping in a ** backyard. Lastly, there was a close train that came through multiple times throughout the night blaring it's whistle loudly. The other family staying there expressed irritation about it to me the next day as well.
Lucky for us we were there at a time when the unpredictable brazos river was at a good height. Low enough that we could swim in some parts but high enough to see rapids. During some times of the year it is high and swift and would not be safe to swim in.
This site has good bones and amazing potential. It is owned by the Texas Rivers Protection Agency and not a private land owner so maybe that is why more work isn't being done. With some time and money this could be a spectacular campsite but it's not there yet but a long shot.

Junk and falling structure
Hipcamper Chris

Relaxing getaway, incredible hosts

Chris M.
recommends this listing.
(Dispersed site)
September 13th, 2020

Patti’s land was just what we needed as new campers. Patti was so welcoming and we really got the sense that we were welcomed to explore. The Brazos River is nothing short of impressive, and we felt free to explore around the campsite. The bathrooms and showers were spotless!! Highly recommended for families and new campers.

Hipcamper Chris
Chris M.
recommends this listing.
(Dispersed site)
September 6th, 2020

This was our first time using Hipcamp and we were not sure if Patti’s property would be a good fit. We were pleasantly surprised to have our expectations exceeded. Patti was so helpful and friendly to everyone that was in our party. This space is perfect for newer campers or families. The grounds were really well kept and the sound of the mighty Brazos river lulled us all to sleep. The showers and bathrooms are really close to the campsite, which we found to be really helpful. We are already looking forward to returning this very comfortable campsite.

Hipcamper Brooke

Scenic spot on shore of brazos rive

Brooke S.
recommends this listing.
(Dispersed site)
August 9th, 2020

Really gave an up close perspective of the mighty Brazos River. The campsite accommodated our 28 foot trailer, but be sure to let her know if you want to bring something larger. Bathrooms were really nice with good hot showers. The well water was fine for washing dishes and bathing, but bring fresh water for drinking. The walk down to the water is steep, and the river must change a lot depending on rainfall. If you want to kayak, the area is known as Hildalgo Falls, and there are seasonal rapids. If you want to do a float trip, check with the hosts about the best places to put in and take out. As for hanging out in the water, there are strong currents in some places, and the river bottom can be unpredictable. Lifejackets recommended at all times. This is a very scenic place. Electrical hookups up to 50 amp, but be sure to bring a good extension cord and a normal 3 prong wall adapter.

Hipcamper Leah
Leah M.
recommends this listing.
(Dispersed site)
June 30th, 2020

Our stay at Patti’s Shaded Campground was a delight from start to finish. When we arrived, we were greeted and given a quick tour of the lovely property. We met ZZ and Clover, two really good doggies who made us feel right at home. After setting up camp, our host, Patti, gave us a more thorough tour of the property and the river. We ended up having a great conversation with Patti about her property, her kayaking business, and Navasota. She was super friendly and hospitable; we felt like welcome guests on her land.

The campsites were well maintained, and each offered a small stone table. There was plenty of space on the property. There were three individual bathrooms nearby, at least one of which was equipped with a shower. The bathrooms were clean and well stocked.

The river is the true gem of this campsite. We were the only campers there during our stay, so we were fortunate enough to have the whole river to ourselves. We stayed out there for several hours and didn’t see another person the entire time. There had been lots of rain in the weeks just prior to our stay, so the river was considerably higher and more forceful than usual.

The campsites are super shady and comfortable. On one side of the sites is a mellow field of berries. On the other side is a small bamboo tree-line with an opening that leads to the river. Between the large trees that cover the campsites and the bamboo near the river is an open grassy area with a fire pit. In the evening, we wandered out to this area to watch the sky fade into a pink and orange glow. We then went down to the river and watched the sun set over the water. It was magical to be the only ones out there during such a beautiful scene. At night, we lit a fire and gazed up at the open sky. The stars were well represented out in the country. The next morning, as we left the campgrounds, we stopped in a sunflower field just across the road before returning home.

Although we want this campground to remain a hidden wonder known to few, we also want other hipcampers to experience the magic of Patti’s Shaded Campground. This place has so much to offer as a natural escape. We highly recommend it!

Another view of our campsite, with the (very clean) restrooms in the background.Clover giving Riley a kiss!Campgrounds at sunset. Lots of space!Due to recent storms, the river was high and flowing very quickly during our visit. We were able to safely float in a slow-moving area off to the side. Patti told us that the river level is usually lower and safe to swim in.
Hipcamper Javier P.
recommends this listing.
(Dispersed site)
August 9th, 2020
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