Contrary to what you might imagine Texas to look like, Austin is known for its gorgeous rolling hills and a plethora of natural green spaces. This is why the area to the west of Austin, the spot in central Texas that’s best for camping, is known as the “hill country.” The parks in Texas Hill Country are home to flowery meadows and flowing rivers. Traveling from the outskirts of the city and moving inward, must-see campgrounds include Guadalupe River, Colorado Bend, Inks Lake, and Pedernales Falls.
If you drive into the city from these state parks, you’ll eventually reach Lake Travis. This “lake” is actually a reservoir built into the Colorado River to mitigate flooding risks. Several trails loop around Lake Travis, such as those within the Pace Bend Park, and each provides excellent views of the sunset at dusk. To give you an idea of the amenities offered there, the lake’s official motto is “if it’s on a lake, it’s here!” Visitors can look forward to an easy, comfortable stay each trip.
Moving in even closer to the city, Mckinney Falls State Park is located within 10 miles of downtown Austin. It’s too close to the city to stargaze or to feel like you’re out alone in nature, but it offers places to swim, fish, hike, bike, and picnic. There's also tons of local, Austin attractions around the campground, giving campers a chance to enjoy the spirit of the city during their stay. Still have energy for more outdoor activities? Visit Barton Springs, Lady Bird Lake and Zilker Park. Between these attractions you can swim, kayak, paddle-board, hike, play sports, and more. For food, hit up a barbecue spot or a taco truck or just grab some nachos on-the-go. Austin is a breathtaking natural city, dotted with beautiful architecture, but its culinary landscape is also stellar, so leave the campsite every now and again and venture out so you can fall in love with this awesome city!