Hipcamp host Hollis W.
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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

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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!

Campsite area
Bring your own tents
No. of sites
5 bookable sites
Access
Park at listing
Group sizes
Up to 12 people per site
Potable water available
Fires allowed
Toilet available
Pets allowed
Showers available
Hot water
Bins available
Compost bin, trash bin
Picnic table available
Wifi available
Have a question? Send Hollis a message!
  • Check in: After 9AM
  • Check out: Before 5PM
  • Cancellation policy: Flexible
  • On arrival: Meet and greet
  • Minimum nights: 1 night
  • Accepts bookings: 12 months out
  • Response time: Within an hour
  • Response rate: 100%

Activities

Offered on the Host's property or nearby.

Biking

This is a great camp for cyclists! plenty of shade trees & room for lots of tents and hammocks, and the showers/picnic tables...Read more

Boating

There are canoe and kayak outfitters nearby in bastrop.

Fishing

Mckinney roughs nature park is a great place to go fish the colorado river. there is a unique opportunity to "rock-jump" your...Read more

Hiking

The best hiking trails in central texas are right up the road at mckinney roughs nature park, a 4 min drive from the campground...Read more

Horseback riding

If you bring your own, we have pens and trails on site, and the wonders of mckinney roughs equestrian trails are 4 minutes away...Read more

Paddling

The mckinney roughs nature park up the road (4 min away) offers canoe/raft/kayak paddling trips down the river on a near-daily ...Read more

Swimming

Swimming in the river at the mckinney roughs nature park is allowed. not an official beach, but there is water access for hor...Read more

Wildlife watching

Happy horse campground is situated in a quiet secluded 10 acre woods that has a maze of trails through it and is fabulous for b...Read more

Terrain

Natural features you'll find at Happy Horse Camping in Texas.

Forest

Happy horse campground is situated on a 9 acre patch of lovely wooded ground with trails all through it. great for short hike...Read more

River, stream or creek

The colorado river is accessible via the hiking and horse trails at mckinney roughs nature park. the lower colorado river aut...Read more

Places to see near Happy Horse

Bastrop State Park
Bastrop State Park
10 miles way Explore
Buescher State Park
Buescher State Park
16 miles way Explore
Mckinney Falls State Park
Mckinney Falls State Park
16 miles way Explore
Lockhart State Park
Lockhart State Park
27 miles way Explore
Palmetto State Park
Palmetto State Park
42 miles way Explore
Pedernales Falls State Park
Pedernales Falls State Park
48 miles way Explore
Lake Somerville State Park
Lake Somerville State Park
49 miles way Explore
Blanco State Park
Blanco State Park
59 miles way Explore
Inks Lake State Park
Inks Lake State Park
67 miles way Explore
Guadalupe River State Park
Guadalupe River State Park
67 miles way Explore
Lyndon B Johnson National Historical Park
Lyndon B Johnson National Historical Park
69 miles way Explore
Mother Neff State Park
Mother Neff State Park
78 miles way Explore
Stephen F. Austin State Park
Stephen F. Austin State Park
83 miles way Explore
San Antonio Missions National Historical Park
San Antonio Missions National Historical...
84 miles way Explore
Colorado Bend State Park
Colorado Bend State Park
86 miles way Explore
Waco Mammoth National Monument
Waco Mammoth National Monument
99 miles way Explore

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Hipcamper Kelly
Kelly S.
recommends this listing.
(Site 2)
November 26th, 2016

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.

We brought our own camping chairs, but there were also chairs available and picnic tables.The sunset was beautiful over the pastureThe campground is on 18 acres and the sunset was one of my favorite parts. One of the horses heading into the stables
Hipcamper Mary
Mary J.
didn't provide a recommendation.
October 31st, 2016

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.

Hipcamper Hannah
Hannah F.
recommends this listing.
(Site 1)
September 8th, 2017

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!

Our campsite set upMorning view from my tent.Found the horses in the horse pasture!Watching the sunset over the horse pasture!
Hipcamper Jordan
Jordan W.
recommends this listing.
(Site 1)
November 25th, 2017

HHH was perfect for our family camping trip! We’re don’t have horses, but the proximity of HHH to McKinney Roughs and the Bastrop made it a great spot for us. From the moment we arrived until we left, Hollis and Beaux did everything they could to make our stay comfortable and fun. Our campsite felt secluded, but still only a short walk from the main camp with restrooms, a sink and a shower. We had plenty of firewood (cedar!), a grille and a picnic table. On the last night we had the pleasure of listening to a live performance of the Happy Horse Band!

Our kids loved exploring the property and interacting with all of the animals (dogs and horses). We spent a day hiking McKinney Roughs, and a day canoeing the Colorado River with Bastrop River Company. Had a great lunch at Neighbors in Bastrop, on Beaux’s recommendation.

Can’t wait to go back next time!

Hipcamper Allison
Allison E.
recommends this listing.
(Site 2)
November 26th, 2017

Hollis and Beaux are such gracious hosts! The property is beautiful and secluded even though it's just off the road a bit. All the other campers were super friendly and it was all in all a great atmosphere. Our daughters met a new friend named Cash and our dog made a few news friends as well. We will definitely be back!

Hipcamper Matthew
Matthew B.
recommends this listing.
(Site 3)
December 3rd, 2017

Had a blast! Very friendly!

Hipcamper russell
Russell K.
recommends this listing.
(Site 1)
December 25th, 2017

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.

Hipcamper brad
Brad P.
recommends this listing.
(Site 1)
February 19th, 2018

The place was perfect and exactly as advertised (except a little better). Hollis was waiting on us when we arrived, gave us the grand tour and was very welcoming & informative. She and Beaux checked on us a couple of times to make sure we had everything we needed. The site (and the entire property) was clean and quiet and just what we needed. We are definitely going back.

chocolate pancakes!
Hipcamper jody
Jody H.
recommends this listing.
(Site 4)
March 4th, 2018

it was mice and quiet there the host was sooper nice enjoy talking about how the horse ranch camping got started.
the outside HOT shower was great love it
lots of wild lift around.
well go back again
Jody and Linda

Property
Happy Horse
State
Texas
$40/night
5 Sites