Get into low gear and take things slow. Get away from the hype and bustle of the city and enjoy some peaceful seclusion. Pitch your tent in the natural pecan orchard along the San Saba River on the ancestral lands of the Tonkawa, Lipan Apache and Comanche Nations. Take a dip in the river, paddle in our canoe or enjoy a walk around the property. Star gaze when the sun goes down (we have very dark skies!). You're likely to see wildlife such as deer and wild turkey, armadillos, all kinds of birds, bats, and if you're lucky an elusive bobcat or ringtail. This is a great place to just relax, read a book, or drop a fishing line in the river. We often have plenty of fresh eggs for sale from our happy, pasture-raised hens, as well as other farm products such as homemade granola and seasonal jams. You're welcome to check out our farmstead works in progress as we gradually create our ecological farm. Want to collect your breakfast eggs yourself, give some love to our goats or see what's growing in the garden? Just let us know and we'll be happy to show you around.
We provide fire pits. Bring your own charcoal or purchase a bundle of wood from us (please do not bring firewood with you as this can pose a biosecurity risk for our pecan orchard). Be aware that sometimes there are burn bans and only camp stoves will be allowed at those times. The road down to the camping area can be difficult for really low clearance vehicles, so you are welcome to park at the house and walk down if you prefer/need. It's about a seven to ten minute easy walk from the house and parking area. If we've had heavy rains, the road to the river may be impassable by motor vehicle, but we always give campers a heads up if this is the case before they arrive.
Two compost toilet "outhouses" are located in the camping area. We provide toilet paper and hand sanitizer.
Pets are allowed and may be off leash in the camping area provided they won't chase the neighbor's cattle, cross the property line or try to harass our chickens and goats. Please be aware that the white netting used to enclose our chickens and goats is electric. Also be aware that sometimes our animal paddocks are set up near the campsites so you may hear roosters crowing throughout the day (and night).
If you're a cyclist, the surrounding country highways are pleasant to bike on. If you're a rock climber or hiker, Enchanted Rock State Park is just a little over an hour away. Our nearest town, Menard, is small, but has a grocery store, a good restaurant, the ruins of the Presidio de San Saba (if you enjoy historic sites, you should definitely check it out) and a really cool old cemetery. The nearby town of Mason has some good restaurants, little shops and an historic movie theater.
POC and queer folx are welcome here!
- Check in: After 12PM
- Check out: Before 12PM
- Cancellation policy: Super Flexible
- On arrival: Meet and greet
- Minimum nights: 1 night
- Accepts bookings: 12 months out Weeknight discount: 10% off
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Offered on the Host's property or nearby.
We often bike into town and the rural roads around here are nice to bike on. Just wear a helmet and have lights!
The San Saba River has some good fishing!
Hike around the property or visit one of the nearby state parks, such as Enchanted Rock, South Llano, or Lost Maples.
If you bring a horse, you can ride it.
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There's fantastic climbing just over an hour away at Enchanted Rock State Park.
Take a dip in the San Saba River!
Lots of wildlife. Deer, coyotes, bobcats, birds, bats, snakes, ringtails, armadillos and more.
Natural features you'll find at Camping at Low Gear Farmstead in Texas.
River, stream, or creek
The San Saba is the southern border of our property.
Small swimming hole in the San Saba River.
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We had a lovely stay at this site. We set up our tent in a pecan orchard right next to the San Saba River, and fell asleep to a full moon and the sound of moving water. A compost toilet and grill were provided, but be sure to bring your own cooking/drinking water. A small vehicle may have a difficult time getting out to the site due to cactus and mesquite. Early November was a perfect time to visit this sweet farmstead - the fall foliage was beautiful. Enchanted Rock State Park and Lost Maples State Natural Area make for great nearby day trips!
Lots of quiet and privacy in a gorgeous, shady pecan grove on the banks of the San Saba river, just deep enough for swimming! Friendly, accommodating hosts who are welcoming of diversity. Pretty great! Be aware it's Texas wilderness, so you're gonna have insects and cacti and armadillos and murky riverbeds and all that good stuff you came out to nature to experience.
We absolutely loved Low Gear Farmstead. It was very private, with many different things to do and explore. The hosts were absolutely delightful and helpful. We were lucky to be able to lay and swim in the creek for the majority of the time that we were here. Saw some pretty amazing wildlife along with the most incredible display of fireflies that we have ever seen. 10/10 will recommend to our friends and we are already wanting to come back.
Low Gear Farmstead was a great place to camp. The site was right next to the river and it was beautiful. It was very spacious we had room to set up our tent and a canopy. Our dogs had plenty of room to run around and they enjoyed playing in the river. We had a great time swimming and fishing. Our stay was very peaceful and relaxing. The kids loved chasing the fireflies at night. This is definitely a place we will revisit.
We had a fantastic time at Low Gear Farmstead! When we pulled up to the amazing pecan grove, there were three wild peacocks cruising through, which we saw as a sign of good things to come since Logan said they don't always make an appearance. We really enjoyed hanging out in the river with our kiddo's and my husband was able to get some fishing in and even caught a decent sized Bass. There are chickens on the property, so we were able to buy some to enjoy for breakfast as well as take home with us. We will definitely be back and highly recommend this place for anyone looking to spend some time away from the hustle and bustle of everyday life.
We had a great time getting away from the big city. Set up camp on a full moon night in the orchard full of historical pecan trees. Moon was so bright we hardly needed a lantern. Splashing sounds of the river to put us to sleep. By day, there was lots of time to just sit by the river and relax. By night, a pretty good view of the moon and stars for telescope viewing - though I expect when the trees leaf out there will be more shade than sky. Logan was very patient with our late arrival, and Geer helped us out with a jumpstart for our vehicle on our last day. Thanks for all that ..... and the fresh eggs are awesome.