Austin Camping Getaways

Austin Camping Getaways

 

One of my favorite things about Austin is the fact that you can drive just a few miles outside the city center and feel like you're miles from civilization.


In no particular order, 's a round-up of some great options for camping near Austin!

 

Pace Bend Park

For those of us who require water and electrical hookups with our campsites, there are 20 improved campsites with bathrooms in Levi Cove, an easy walk to the lake. During the daytime, you can boat or swim in a number of coves in the park.  

For those of us who require water and electrical hookups with our campsites, there are 20 improved campsites with bathrooms in Levi Cove, an easy walk to the lake. During the daytime, you can boat or swim in a number of coves in the park.

 

McKinney Falls State Park

Located just 13 miles from the State Capitol, McKinney Falls State Park is not only a great day trip for hiking, biking and picnicking, but also home to 81 campsites, all with water and electrical hookups. During the day, enjoy nine miles of hiking trails or go swimming. You can also fish in Onion or Williamson Creeks, as you don't need a license to fish from shore in Texas state parks.  

Located just 13 miles from the State Capitol, McKinney Falls State Park is not only a great day trip for hiking, biking and picnicking, but also home to 81 campsites, all with water and electrical hookups. During the day, enjoy nine miles of hiking trails or go swimming. You can also fish in Onion or Williamson Creeks, as you don't need a license to fish from shore in Texas state parks.

 

Pedernales Falls State Park

Electricity hookups, water, picnic tables and views of waterfalls abound. There are also a number of trails, rivers and lagoons to explore during the day, to work up an appetite for your nighttime s'mores feast.  

Electricity hookups, water, picnic tables and views of waterfalls abound. There are also a number of trails, rivers and lagoons to explore during the day, to work up an appetite for your nighttime s'mores feast.

 

Emma Long Metropolitan Park

In Austin, you don't just camp at county and state parks, but in city parks, too! Or at least you can camp at Emma Long Metropolitan Park, just west of town on the Colorado River. The park offers both primitive campsites with no water, and premium campsites with water and electricity.  

In Austin, you don't just camp at county and state parks, but in city parks, too! Or at least you can camp at Emma Long Metropolitan Park, just west of town on the Colorado River. The park offers both primitive campsites with no water, and premium campsites with water and electricity.

 

Inks Lake State Park

If you're willing to travel just a little farther-say, two hours-afield, Inks Lake State Park is well worth the effort. The state park has miles of hiking trails, 200 campsites and 22 cabins (two of which are ADA-accessible). Inks Lake State Park is far enough from the city to be a great spot for stargazing!  

If you're willing to travel just a little farther-say, two hours-afield, Inks Lake State Park is well worth the effort. The state park has miles of hiking trails, 200 campsites and 22 cabins (two of which are ADA-accessible). Inks Lake State Park is far enough from the city to be a great spot for stargazing!

 

Cedar Breaks Park

If you live or work on the north side of Austin, you're not far from this lovely park on Lake Georgetown. The park is named for the abundance of cedar in the surrounding forests.  

If you live or work on the north side of Austin, you're not far from this lovely park on Lake Georgetown. The park is named for the abundance of cedar in the surrounding forests.

 

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