If you're in Austin and want to get away from concrete for a weekend, I found Michael and Sharon's property to be the perfect near-home get-away. It's definitely worth the trip for those coming from other places as well – it's nestled right near a huge wildlife preserve, but still has great access to Austin and other nearby communities.
I was actually blown away by how well thought-out the entire property is. Sharon and Michael have great eyes for detail and have thought of everything you could need. There are stickers throughout the airstream explaning how to use different buttons and gadgets, and there's an instruction manual as well that answers any questions campers may have. This is hands-down the most thoughtful and prepared Hipcamp listing that I have stayed at.
The airsteam itself is close to the main home but still has an incredible sense of privacy, plus the perk of having easy access to the hosts if anything goes wrong or if you need help. There is poor cell service here, so be prepared. We considered this a plus – honestly, it was an incredibly relaxing and much-needed unplugged weekend.
There are other camping and glamping opportunities on the property itself, so I think this would be a great place to come with a group of couples or friends who can congregate around the hiking trails and fire but then retire to their separate campsites and airstream.
I'll continue to think fondly of this airstream and the rejuvenating weekend I had here!
Wow. This site is incredible – it's nestled right in the rolling hills on the outskirts of several mountains, and has spots for killer sunset watching. The sunset show rolls right into the breakthtaking starry sky that the area is known for.
It's definitely primitive camping, and you'll want to bring a car that can handle bumpy roads and some tricky navigating. It's all part of the adventure, and it's worth it to have this basecamp all to yourself. We fell asleep stargazing and listening to coyotes.
Plus, this site is an easy drive to Terlingua Ghost Town, Big Bend National Park and Big Bend Ranch State Park. The site itself offers some excellent views, and once you're ready to venture out there is tons to do and explore from there.
The stargazing at this site is incredible! I definitely recommend doing what you can to make the trip out here when a clear night is in the forecast.
This campsite is also located really closely to Terlingua Ghost Town, which is a neat old mining town on the edge of Big Bend territory. This site would be a good basecamp for exploring Terlingua, Big Bend National Park and Big Bend Ranch State Park. The host is very friendly and helpful and offered to give us trip suggestions – she lived in the area for a while and it seems like she has a wealth of knowledge for recreation opportunities in the area.
We had a really foggy morning when we were there, which was cool in its own way – with all the desert plants we felt like we had woken up on another planet! When there isn't any fog there are some great mountain views on the horizon.
Be aware that there is no service at or nearby the campsite. The closest cell signal is further south in Terlingua. I recommend mapping out your directions before you arrive.
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!
This tiny house is awesome! We stayed here for a birthday weekend staycation and had a very chill and enjoyable time, but this would also be an ideal spot for out of town folks who are coming to Austin for an event or music festival. It's a little removed from the chaos so you can recharge and enjoy some peace and quiet at the end of the day, but it's still a close drive to all kinds of local favorites like Barton Creek and Zilker Park.
We got rained on during our stay so we had a cozy time hanging out on the patio (it has a roof) and chilling out inside the home. However if it hadn't been raining we would have walked to one of the nearby parks - there are several small parks and nature preserves close by that would be great spots to enjoy nature. There are also some great Mexican, sushi and Thai food places nearby that offer take-out.
All in all a groovy and fun spot in a quiet neighborhood with lots of trees. Great Hipcamp for anybody is curious about tiny home life and wants to check it out for a few days (if you're anything like us, you'll love it).
This site is perfect for anybody who wants a lazy weekend (or longer) trip where they can relax in a secluded nature hideaway. It's a low-key spot but between hiking along the river and taking it easy in the shade of the pecan grove, there wasn't a boring moment of our stay. This site would be perfect for large groups – there are multiple different dispered camp sites in the grove, each with their own picnic table and evenly leveled ground for pitching a tent. The private access to the Medina River headwaters is excellent, complete with a tiny waterfall and refreshingly cool water. If you hike a bit down the river, there's a deeper area with some gorgeous cypress trees where you can see some decently sized fish – that's the spot I would have wanted to hit up if I had brought along my rod. I definitely recommend this campsite!
I'm still swooning from my stay at Llano Springs Ranch this past weekend. We had a three hour drive out to the ranch, but it was completely worth it to spend the night on our own private overlook of the South Llano headwaters. We got so wrapped up in playing in the cool water, fishing and canoeing that we didn't even explore all that this location has to offer – but I hope to return to hike around and see even more of this beautiful location!
Between falling asleep to nothing but peaceful river sounds, plenty of wildlife sightings (wild pigs, deer, frogs and rare Guadalupe bass, to name a few) and a pleasant cool breeze almost the entire weekend, this place is the perfect weekend get-away. For larger groups, the camping area has plenty of space, and there's a fire pit ready to go (just make sure there isn't a burn ban in the area if you plan to use it). Plus, the landowners are some of the kindest people I've met. They really went above and beyond to welcome us and make sure we enjoyed our stay.