Old Stick Ranch has both camping as well and bunk house accommodations available. We have 7 acres 35 miles north west of downtown Austin in Leander Hills. We back up to the Balcones Canyonland Preserve, which is 23,000 acres.
- Check in: After 3PM
- Check out: Before 12PM
- Cancellation policy: Moderate
- On arrival: Meet and greet
- Minimum nights: 1 night
- Accepts bookings: 3 months out
The vibe at Old Stick Ranch Camping
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We had a fun stay at this quirky ranch. It's tucked away in a more rural part of Leander, so it'd be a good spot for anybody visiting Austin who wants to stay the night away from the craziness of Central Austin. I'd also recommend it for anybody local who wants to do something different for a weekend without having to leave town.
Cool things to know about this ranch: the designated campsite area isn't huge, but it could still fit multiple tents. There's more than adequate shade in the campsite area thanks to several sprawling oaks – lots of hammock-hanging opportunities as well. It's cozy and nestled on the far side of the property, overlooking what used to be a horse show ring and now has an above-ground pool (the owner has plans to build an in-ground pool in its place) in the center that is completely stocked with harvested rain water. Although the show ring isn't used anymore, you could still rent a horse from a nearby ranch or bring your own to ride.
The property also contains a main home and a container mini home with a roof area that could be camped on as well (make sure you ask if it's available first). The owner books these spaces out to AirBnb-ers pretty regularly so if you're into meeting new people and hanging out, this place would be perfect for you. If you're looking for a weekend of solitude, you can also find that here, since the main campsite is tucked away on the other side of the show ring.
Oh, and if you love animals, you'll enjoy the ranch dog Buddy and the pygmy goat Cheese!
We had a great night at Old Stick Ranch! Matthew was very friendly and helpful and gave us a tour of the property when we arrived. He has a couple of homes that are rented out on Airbnb and we got to check those out as well. They are very awesome and decently priced as well! I was worried about the houses being rented out and not having any privacy, however despite them being occupied, we picked a spot that felt totally remote from the renters. We loved being able to allow our pup to run free around the grounds, and he even made a friend, Buddy. I would recommend staying here and encourage you to also look at the houses he has on Airbnb if you are looking for something a little different! ;)