Hipcamp host Britt D.,
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Quaint Llano river valley 12 acre preserve with 3 campsites. Trails open up to rugged, majestic hill country buttes.  See whitetail deer, Turkey, hogs and numerous birds. Perfect rest spot for day trips like enchanted rock. Enjoy the starlight and campfires with your loved ones . From Austin, the site is about an hour's drive, 3 1/2 hrs from Houston and 3 1/2 hrs from D/FW.


Quaint Llano river valley 12 acre preserve with 3 campsites. Trails open up to rugged, majestic hill country buttes.  See whitetail deer, Turkey, hogs and numerous birds. Perfect rest spot for day trips like enchanted rock. Enjoy the starlight and campfires with your loved ones . From Austin, the site is about an hour's drive, 3 1/2 hrs from Houston and 3 1/2 hrs from D/FW. You can wade, swim, kayak in the Llano River - there’s a public access road less than a 10 min drive from the property.


Campsite area
Bring your own tents, vans and truck campers, trailers, RVs
3 sites
Up to 8 guests per site
Park at listing
Wheelchair access
Campfires allowed
Toilet available
Pets allowed
Bins available
No potable water
No kitchen
No showers
No picnic table
No wifi
Laundry absent
Camping vehicle details
Have a question? Send Britt a message!
  • Check in: After 12PM
  • Check out: Before 12PM
  • Cancellation policy: Moderate
  • On arrival: Go straight to camp
  • Minimum nights: 1 night
  • Accepts bookings: 3 months out
  • Response time: Within 6 hours
  • Response rate: 100%


Offered on the Host's property or nearby.

Wildlife watching


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Hipcamper Michael


Michael F.
recommends this listing.
December 29th, 2021

Enjoyed the solitude. Easy to get to our spot via Britt’s directions. Site 2

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Hipcamper Loretta
Loretta R.
recommends this listing.
December 26th, 2021

We camped there for 2 nights over the Christmas weekend. It's a bit sketchy to find since the signs have either been run over or knocked down and the orange tape isn't really orange anymore and hard to see. BUT, once you find it you'll be glad! We stayed at site 3 ( I think) . It was really grassy and huge trees behind it. We never saw anyone else the whole time we were there. The sunsets and night sky was AMAZING! Our dogs loved it except for the occasional stickers. We'll be back!

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Hipcamper Melissa
Melissa S.
has mixed feelings towards this listing.
(The Stock Tank)
November 26th, 2021

This campsite was just okay for us, but it may be nice for someone else. It was difficult to find but Britt was expressly helpful in assisting us with directions. It’s within an hour of Fredericksburg and 20 minutes into Llano which was nice. There was also a good space for us to park our 30 ft trailer and it was easy to level. We saw lots of birds, deer and there were cows on the property. The reason we will not be returning is because we have 2 very hairy dogs and the site was covered in stickers. Our 14 year old dubbed the place stickerland! We were able to lay down a few tarps which helped but overall it was too much trouble dealing with the stickers for us to camp here again. If you have small children I would definitely not recommend.

Hipcamper Ellie

Loved it!

Ellie R.
recommends this listing.
(The Grove)
November 25th, 2021

It was great!
Beautiful sunset and sunrise , remote location , quiet and simple we set up our yurt And it was perfect

Hipcamper April

Great austin getaway

April S.
recommends this listing.
November 23rd, 2021

Easy to book, find and travel to from Austin! We enjoyed a quick getaway at Rancho Ciela Plata. Thank you!

Hipcamper Allan

Secluded spot near llano

Allan F.
recommends this listing.
November 18th, 2021

The campground is exactly as described. I stayed there en route to Enchanted Rock.
I camped at site 2 (Vista) and it was a very large, private space close to a beautiful oak tree. It's easy to miss if you're coming in at night so you have to be attentive. I had decent cell reception there, which was a big positive for me.

You can only see a handful of artificial lights from there (although there's still some light pollution from Austin/San Antonio), so this place would be ideal to watch a meteor shower or something like that.

Additionally, a curious little roadrunner came right up to my car in the morning! Overall, a beautiful place.

A portion of site 2 (Vista), with a roadrunner bird in the bottom left corner
Hipcamper Geoff

One of my favorite spots so far

Geoff T.
recommends this listing.
(The Grove)
November 17th, 2021

Perfect distance from Austin to get away from all the sound and light, yet not annoyingly far, and it's a gorgeous drive. I loved this spot so much and can't wait to visit again. Site 3 was fantastic.

I had no trouble finding the spot at sunset. Here's how: take a screenshot of the map during site selection with your chosen spot. Find it on Google Maps. Drop a pin at the road leading towards the site, and another at your site. I found the site and fire ring straight away.

The road leading towards the sites isn't paved. It starts as a dirt road and becomes a 2 track pretty quickly. The 2-track road turns to ultra soft, squishy red clay soil. You'll cross 2 cattle guards. The center of the 2 track was pretty bushy.

I was able to get along in a Subaru Impreza without any trouble, but I could feel the car swimming in the soil 2-track road a little bit along the way and I was catching brush along the center line the entire way. No problems with AWD though. I would seriously question going back here alone without AWD, and if it's wet I'd want mud tires, true 4x4 and maybe even a winch. There was evidence of some pretty slippery mud pit road action, but my visit was dry and dusty.

I had 5G coverage with AT&T at the site, so I just turned the phone off :)

There was nobody around and it was super quiet in terms of human noise!
Right at nightfall the coyotes started howling, it was like 360 degrees around. They are everywhere.
Two pickups went past heading to the farm in the early evening, and there were a couple distant noises of gates closing and equipment moving for about an hour, but that was it.
Later in the night there was another coyote party and maybe fox too. There are also cattle wandering around. And of course all the other creatures out there.

I love this spot because it's super dark, there are practically no human noises and it felt like there was nobody around at all, site 3 was big and flat and there was a good fire ring to use. 5/5 for me. I'd recommend an AWD vehicle, a rooftop tent, and an adventurous spirit.

Hipcamper Renee

Inadequate signage

Renee R.
has mixed feelings towards this listing.
November 9th, 2021

I could not find any area with orange tape as described in the directions. I drive .3 miles down and saw a site with a number 1 & a number 2 on them, but no orange tape and they were overgrown so it was hard to tell if they were campgrounds. Further down the road, the property was fenced and had cows, so since I could not tell whose property I was on and there was no cell service I did not feel comfortable taking a risk that I might be trespassing, so I left. A message to the owner requesting a refund has gone unanswered. The property is obviously not tended to on a regular basis and the signage is not as described.

Hipcamper Adam
Adam T.
recommends this listing.
November 1st, 2021

Peaceful and quiet - just what I needed and what was promised


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