Austin camping and RV enthusiasts find themselves at a crossroads, of sorts. There’s prime lake camping in the Dallas area, woodsy camping out towards Houston, and Hill Country camping running west and south of the capital city. But for those looking to keep it local, Austin RV parks and campgrounds offer RVers an array of choices that include all of those natural aspects of greater-Texas camping.
By far, the largest draw for Central Texas camping (and Austin camping in general) is the Texas Hill Country and the many RV-friendly campgrounds surrounding the corridor between Austin and San Antonio. These locations typically offer well-shaded campsites beneath the large and dramatic riverside trees, and there is an emphasis on the area’s favorite pastime, river “toob” floating. There are roadside businesses in the communities south of Austin that offer inner tube rentals for drifting, and many of them offer drop-off and return trips, and will even caddy your toob for you at the end of a long day Who wants to haul their own toob? ….Exactly.
For those hauling motorized watercraft, Austin’s Lake Travis welcomes guests to its serpentine shores with numerous RV parks and campgrounds for those looking for lakeside RV parks and campgrounds. Perhaps the most popular spots on Lake Travis are those areas closest to Austin, and especially the Hudson’s Bend area of the lake. From the bend, it’s but a short drive to fine dining and some of the best state parks Texas has to offer, including Colorado Bend, Pedernales Falls, and Inks Lake State Parks. For those with kiddos, Lake Travis is near the Austin Aquarium, as well as The Domain shopping district, which has a deluxe movie theater and several youth-focused businesses intertwined with businesses for kids of all ages.
The city of Austin has something for everyone. For those spending time in the downtown area, check out a live music venue on Sixth Street, stroll along South Congress Avenue, or explore the University of Texas and the Drag, where some of Texas’ best and brightest minds hang out after class.