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. In business since 2001, we are located between Austin and Bastrop only 2 miles from LCRA's fabulous McKinney Roughs Nature Park with its 18 miles of glorious river and highland trails open to horses and hikers.
2 tent spots with parking, water and electricity. 3 walk in primitive sites. Fire rings, unique outhouses and an enclosed open air hot water shower. BBQ grills, picnic tables, a covered pavilion area, trails on site and time away from the hustle and bustle. Plenty of wood on site! Many horse pens and 2 covered stalls for those traveling with horses.
On site owners Hollis and Beaux are at your beck and call for whatever you might need. We have been a "Horse People Only" campground for 15 years but are now opening our facility to people who just want to be camping and enjoying some outdoor time in the country.
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 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! Bring a crowd and the Happy Horse Band will play just for you! Enjoy the music, the campground and the peace and quiet!
- Check in: After 9AM
- Check out: Before 5PM
- Cancellation policy: Moderate
- On arrival: Meet and greet
- Minimum nights: 1 night
- Accepts bookings: 12 months out
- Response time: Within 6 hours
- Response rate: 100%
The vibe at Happy Horse Camping
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Where to begin?! We had an absolutely phenomenal time at Happy Horse! We were greeted at the entrance by Beaux who gave us a detailed tour of the campground and trails winding through the 18 acres of property. There are several sites for primitive tent camping and four main campsites which you can drive right up to – since we sleep in our van, we opted for a main campsite close to the outdoor shower, outhouse, and shaded lounge deck. We spent the afternoon reading, cooking hotdogs over the fire, and walking the endless trails with our dog (you may see a couple neighbor dogs at some point, but don't worry, they are very friendly).
The drive in campsites are big enough for large campers or trailers. If you're looking for a great place to camp with your horse, you've found it. Not only is there plenty of room to ride, the campsite is also only a mile from McKinney Roughs Nature Park that boasts 15 miles of riding trails. We loved everything about the campsite, but one of our favorite things was the view of the stars from our campsite. The sky was so clear that we could see the milky way!
Beaux and Hollis were excellent hosts. They were detailed, friendly, and all around great people! They also provide wifi which was a nice touch. We would definitely recommend this campsite to any sized group.
Happy Horse Camping is an awesome campground. I had the chance to sit and visit with the hosts, Hollis and Beaux, and they were incredibly kind and welcoming.
The campground itself is in a great location and feels very private. It was a perfect distance from Austin in that it felt rather remote without to long of a drive! There are some popular horse trails right near this campground and there were horses at the campsite during my visit that were really beautiful to watch.
The Colorado River runs right behind the campsite and there are local outfitters for rafting and kayaking. In the evenings, with enough people around, there are gatherings under the gazebo and Hollis shares some of her own songs about the local area.
My stay at Happy Horse was wonderful! Upon arrival Hollis greeted me and gave me a tour of the farm in her golf cart, along with her two friendly pups (who got along great with my pup!). I was the only person camping there for the evening, so I had my choice of camping spots. She took me to the most secluded one, down one of the trails in the wooded area of the property. She provided a wagon for me to cart my stuff from my car - and even brought me a large jug of filtered water for the night! It was a nice and peaceful night. My dog Reggie and I heard a bit of music coming from a neighbors house and had to keep an eye out for spiders (but that just comes with the territory of camping!). There was firewood provided, so we made a roaring fire and explored the wooded trails by moonlight. There was a compost toilet provided for us and water spigots to refill water bottles. Almost all structures had twinkle lights too!
Reggie and I watched a lovely sunset and a quiet peaceful mist covered the ground over the horse pasture in the morning. Hollis was a perfect, accommodating host, and you can't beat the atmosphere at Happy Horse. I'd gladly stay again!
I've been camping as long as I can remember. Mostly in state parks. This trip was better in many ways.
We were greeted by our hosts and shown to the campsite. We couldn't even see the next campsite. The sense of privacy and the quiet reminded me of going camping as a kid, and I realized just how much I love it.
The facilities are well cared for. They have wagons to carry your gear in, and plenty of firewood, as well as a grill for cooking.
There's a pavilion on-site if you want to hang out with other campers, and sometimes they have live music.
McKinney Roughs offers really nice hiking and biking trails, as well as equestrian trails, and it's a short drive away.
If you're looking for a secluded place to stay and unwind, for an evening or longer, bring your tent and sleeping bag. You'll be glad you did.
They can accommodate your RV or horse trailer, and for your friends who don't like camping, there are bungalows for rent, too. But you won't hear them or see them from your campsite.
I'd gladly stay here again.
I highly recommend camping at Happy Horse. I had a large group for a birthday celebration and we couldn’t of had a better time. The owners are extremely accommodating, and welcoming. The property is absolutely beautiful and clean. You will have a wonderful time at Happy Horse!
Friendly property owner, well-equipped camp sites with fire rings, wood, outhouses, outdoor sink and outdoor shower. Only downside is proximity to the road, but fortunately, it's not an especially busy road!
Hi we had a lovely time at happy horse!
Hollis and Beau are lovely humans, kind and accommodating. We were late and it was getting dark but they were still cool about it and showed us the way to the "deep woods" campsite which is absolutely great. Complete with accessible toilets, water, trash etc. -- happy horse has everything you need! At camp there were two chairs, a BBQ, fire pit, picnic table and beautiful secluded tree-surrounded area for tent. This is, of course, a fantastic place if you are traveling with a horse. adorable gazebo and many twinkling lights :)