Hipcamp host Angela P.,
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Come escape to 8 ac of beautiful private riverfront. Float, fish, kayak and swim in the crystal clear, spring fed Medina River. Grill out over a fire and take in the breathtaking sunset over the river and its majestic limestone bluff.

Layback at night under a dazzling canopy of stars, and wake in the morning to the sounds of deer grazing just a few feet from your sit

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Come escape to 8 ac of beautiful private riverfront. Float, fish, kayak and swim in the crystal clear, spring fed Medina River. Grill out over a fire and take in the breathtaking sunset over the river and its majestic limestone bluff.

Layback at night under a dazzling canopy of stars, and wake in the morning to the sounds of deer grazing just a few feet from your site.

Direct river access with floats and tubes available for use. Breakout the yard games and family sports on the acre plus lush lawn, just yards from the waters edge for a refreshing dip after a fierce game of bocce ball.

Located:- 5 minutes Lake Medina (proper)- 15 minutes from the quaint and historic Bandera, Texas- 25 minutes for the vibrant Boerne, Texas- 45 minutes from San Antonio- 1 hr from Fredericksburg

The property is private and gated. Sparrow Bend River Retreat features 3 RV spots, 5 camp sites and 2 Airbnb rentals. Follow us on Instagram @sparrowbend for more information.

Campsite area
Tent site
1 site
Up to 6 guests per site
Short walk
No wheelchair access
Essentials
Campfires allowed
Toilet available
Pets allowed
Amenities
Potable water available
Showers available
Wifi available
Bins available
No kitchen
No picnic table
Laundry absent
Have a question? Send Angela a message!
  • Check in: After 2PM
  • Check out: Before 12PM
  • Cancellation policy: Moderate
  • On arrival: Go straight to camp
  • Minimum nights: 1 night
  • Accepts bookings: 12 months out
  • Weeknight discount: 30% off

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Activities

Offered on the Host's property or nearby.

Fishing

Lots of good fishing up and down the river. River is low atm but still able to catch some good sized fish.

Hiking

Where there are no official trails there is about 15 acres that youre free to explore. PLUS our favorite views are walking up a...Read more

Paddling

Even at current levels there is plenty of water to do some casual paddle boarding or kayaking. River is low so it would be tou...Read more

Climbing

There are tons of boulders and cliffs arounds for you to explore at your own risk.

Swimming

River is low at about 33% (Jan 2021) but there is still plenty of spots to swim and enjoy the water.

Wildlife watching

Terrain

Natural features you'll find at Forest Camping on Medina River in Texas.

Beach

River rock beach with a few sandy parts.

Lake

This stretch of the Medina river is actualy a part of Lake Medina. The lake is low at the moment but you can still drive down ...Read more

River, stream, or creek

Property is situated right on the riverfront.

Forest
Canyon
Swimming hole

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Hipcamper Corey
Corey D.
doesn't recommend this listing.
May 7th, 2022

The forest campsites were ok. The issue is I was looking for a more quiet place. I go camping to relax and soak in nature. I went to bed late and there were lots of dogs barking, barking up a storm. So my sleep was affected by that. I did not know I would need earplugs or I would of brought some... was still overall a peaceful experience. And I made the most of it regardless of the poor sleep. The restrooms and showers were very nice. Lots of people at the river. Nice peace of land they got..

Hipcamper Raquel

First time with the kids!

Raquel R.
recommends this listing.
April 30th, 2022

We had a fantastic experience! Booked last minute after something fell through and we had an amazing first camping trip! We'll be back again!

Hipcamper Jeannie
Jeannie N.
recommends this listing.
April 18th, 2022

Loved the river access! The campsite was somewhat secluded from others though we were able to hear the families staying in the cabins. We also heard donkeys in the middle of the night! That made for a good laugh. If you’re planning to do any significant food prep and cooking, bring a small table for the campsite, as there’s no picnic table.

One more bathroom on the property seems like a good idea for the number of sites available, but it didn’t impact my stay at all.

Would stay again.

Hipcamper Angela
Response from Angela, the Host, on April 20th, 2022

Jeannie, Thank you so much for staying with us! So glad yall had a good time! We are working on more bathrooms currently! Great idea! Looking forward to hosting you again!

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Hipcamper MOLLY
Molly L.
recommends this listing.
April 17th, 2022

The water was so clear and the canyon was beautiful

Hipcamper MOLLY
Molly L.
recommends this listing.
April 17th, 2022

Beautiful property and a fabulous weekend!

Hipcamper Dylan
Dylan P.
recommends this listing.
April 11th, 2022

Awesome campground on the Medina River. Forest site 1 is right off the parking lot but still felt very private. The only thing missing for the camp site was a picnic table, only notable because they were present at the river campsites. The river and surrounding area are beautiful even though the river is pretty low this time of year. Angela was a great host and was very responsive to any questions we had.

Hipcamper Angela
Response from Angela, the Host, on April 20th, 2022

Dylan, thank you for your review! So glad you enjoyed your stay and got to spend time at the beautiful river! Hoping to add a picnic table to the spot soon! Thanks for the idea! Hope to host you again!

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Hipcamper Stephanie
Stephanie K.
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April 4th, 2022

The location was fantastic! The water was perfect and the views were gorgeous! The only complaint I had was that the campsites were very close to each other so we were close to a family with kids and we were a group of adults. The noise does echo off the canyon wall and it was a little hard to talk low once sun went down! Wish we had more space and some privacy. Bathroom was clean! We will definitely be going back in the future!!

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Hipcamper Angela
Response from Angela, the Host, on April 20th, 2022

Stephanie, thank you for staying with us! So glad you got to enjoy the beautiful river!! We will see how we can expand each site! Hope to have you back again!

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Hipcamper Jonathan

Forest camping

Jonathan R.
recommends this listing.
March 19th, 2022

My family enjoyed the limited access to the site. It felt private and the other campers in the area kept to themselves it was a great experience. We will be back!!

Hipcamper Angela
Response from Angela, the Host, on March 21st, 2022

Jonathan, so glad you enjoyed the first campsite! Looking forward to hosting you again!

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Hipcamper Amber
Amber D.
recommends this listing.
March 8th, 2022

We had a wonderful time camping in Forest Site 1! The trees offered privacy as well as protection from the windy/rainy cold front that blew in overnight. It was nice being close to the bath house and it is only a quick walk to the river. Our family went paddle boarding and explored the river even with the chilly weather. The water is super clear and the bluffs make for a breathtaking river experience. Will definitely do a return trip and look forward to trying out a river campsite when it’s a little warmer.

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Hipcamper Angela
Response from Angela, the Host, on March 11th, 2022

Amber, thank you so much for staying with us! It was a pleasure to have y’all out! Looking forward to hosting yall when it’s warmer!

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Property
Sparrow Bend River Retreat
State
Texas
Country
United States
$49/night
1 Site