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.
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.
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.
If you don’t have the gear, you can rent it here.