Tent Camping Near Austin
It’s summer and way too hot to go tent camping near Austin. But, it’s NOT too early to start planning and booking spots for the fall.
Here’s a list of camping sites within an hour of Austin:
McKinney Falls State Park – within Austin city limits, you can camp, hike, bike and swim! They have 81 campsites (starting at $20) and 6 newly remodeled cabins ($86). It’s also a really fun place for geocaching. (My kids LOVE this. You can get the app on your smartphone, find the treasure with GPS coordinates, sign the log book and trade a family-friendly item with something in the cache.)
Pace Bend Park – enjoy beautiful, sunset views of Lake Travis. They have 20 campsites with water and electrical hook-ups ($20) and over 400 primitive spots ($15 per vehicle). You can reserve the improved sites, but the primitive spots are on a first come, first server basis. Make sure to visit nearby Hamilton Pool – it’s one of Austin’s most beautiful treasures. If you go May 1 – September 20, you have to make a reservation.
Pedernales Falls – great mountain biking trails, plus you can tube on the river. They have 69 campsites with water and electric hook-ups ($20) and numerous primitive sites ($10). If you are into mountain biking, this is the place to go.
Blanco State Park – fish, swim and boat. They have 29 sites with water and electrical hook-ups (starting at $20). They also have 7 Screened Shelters ($30) – no AC, but they have fans. If fishing is your primary camping activity, this is the place for you.
Palmetto State Park – called the “Central Texas Tropics” because it enjoys multiple sources of water. You can swim, tube, fish and canoe. They have 19 tent sites ($12) and 18 sites with water and electrical hook-ups (starting at $18). They also have a group camping area for up to 100 ($60). The San Marcos river has a steady current with no rapids making it a favorite for those that love to canoe.
My 5 favorite campsite cooking recipes:
Campfire foil packs – I love these because you can make them ahead of time and then just throw them on the fire.
Cinnamon Roll Ups – The kids love these, and you can indulge since you are burning so many calories with all the activities
Camp Cooker Pizza – As you’ve guessed by now, I have kids, and what kid doesn’t love pizza?
Red Wine Marinated Hanger Steaks – If you feel like getting fancy, this recipe will not disappoint.
Fire Roasted Salmon with Herbs and Lemon – You can also use fresh fish that you catch with this one – so delicious.
Lastly, you need gear…
If you don’t have the gear, you can rent it here.