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Austin is a city known for its quirky culture, downtown nightlife scene, and outdoorsy vibe. But one of the best ways to experience the broader region is to camp in or around Austin in your RV or tent. This is a great way to get in touch with the nature of Texas Hill Country and give yourself a relaxing break from the exciting city attractions once in a while.
To help guide your search, here are the best campgrounds and RV parks in Austin, Texas.
McKinney Falls State Park is located about 13 miles south of Austin and is a great place to be for a balance of nature and city life. There are 12 sites with 50-amp electricity and 69 sites with 30-amp electricity at this state park. Both RVs and tents can stay in the McKinney Falls State Park campsites and also use the restrooms with showers nearby. The sites have fire rings with grills and picnic tables too. While staying at this state park, you can enjoy the rugged beauty of Onion Creek, Hill Country woods, and limestone rocks. The creek here is great for fishing and swimming, and there are also ranger programs where kids can learn more about the environment.
A private campground worth looking into in Austin is the Austin East KOA Holiday, a newly constructed KOA campground that’s close to the Travis County Exposition Center, Rodeo Austin, and Walter E. Long Lake. Downtown Austin is 15 minutes away. Camping options available here are RV sites, tent sites, and cabins for rent. There are full hookups for RVs, fast Wi-Fi, and a pool that’s open from March through October. This campground also has a dog park, cable TV, and sites that accommodate rigs up to 75 feet long.
The Oak Forest RV Resort is an all-ages resort in Austin that accommodates travel trailers, motorhomes, and fifth-wheel campers. It is a Robert’s Resort facility that also has vacation rental cabins if you feel like a glamping experience. Downtown Austin and the Travis County Expo Center are close by, as well as the University of Texas and golf courses. For amenities, this RV resort offers a swimming pool, fitness center, ping pong, bocce ball, laundry facilities, and a dog park. Tents are not allowed here, but truck campers and pop-ups are welcome for short stays. In total, there are 289 RV sites, plus free cable TV and Wi-Fi available.
You can stay at the Austin RV Park while you’re exploring this part of Texas and enjoy peace and quiet as well as easy access to town. This camping destination has full hookup RV sites, laundry facilities, and Wi-Fi for campers. There are 28 total RV sites here with 30/50-amp hookups and rates starting at $75 per day. Discounts are available on daily rates with certain memberships and also for long-term stays.
As you spend time in Austin, you can stay at the Evergreen RV Park and be just 10 minutes from downtown. With a convenient location and quiet environment, this campground takes care of all your basic needs and offers nightly, weekly, and monthly rates. The sites have full 30/50-amp hookups, while Wi-Fi and onsite laundry are also available. You’ll have easy access to I-35, I-130, Highway 290, and Highway 183 from here so you can get out and experience the best that Austin has to offer.
The Riverbend RV Park is a small, five-spot, premium RV park that’s right by Lake Austin. With an intimate environment and lovely sunset views, it is equipped with full hookups and has opportunities to get out on the water in a boat, kayak, or paddleboard. Campers can use the public boat launch next door and rent kayaks and paddleboards too. This is an RV park that only accommodates daily and weekly (up to two weeks) stays, but not monthly rentals. The park allows one dog per site for free and charges a nightly fee for an additional dog, with restrictions on weight and breed.
The Covenant Canyon RV Park is the sister park to the Evergreen RV Park listed above. It is a clean, quiet, and safe park that is 30 minutes from downtown Austin. You’ll be close to grocery stores, parks, and restaurants here in beautiful Hill Country. The sites have full hookups and are surrounded by a lovely natural preserve with large oak trees. Onsite laundry is available for guests. This is a good option for long-term stays in your RV in the Austin area.
Stay at the Austin Lone Star RV Resort for rates starting at around $58 per night and to be just five miles from downtown Austin. There are 150 spacious and tree-shaded sites here with full hookups and Wi-Fi. This is an all-ages resort that is open year-around. In addition to RV sites, there are also vacation rentals available. Amenities provided here include a fitness center, clubhouse, covered pavilion, laundry facilities, showers, heated pool, and picnic area. This is a Sun Outdoors-brand RV resort just south of city center. It is a gated RV park with a pet area and military discounts available as well.
Also located in Austin, Texas, the Armadillo RV Park at Lake Travis has tree-shaded sites for a peaceful getaway. It has 30/50-amp hookups for RVs, laundry facilities, cable TV, and community restrooms. This campground is known for having community events and gatherings. The amenities are basic, and it’s best to call the campground directly for information about rates and availability.
Another Sun Resorts-brand RV park is the La Hacienda RV Resort, which is open to all ages and open throughout the year. It’s a pet-friendly park with swimming pools, a hot tub, a fitness center, a playground for kids, and a dog park. You can join events in the clubhouse and covered pavilion when you’re not out in the city of Austin seeing the sights. There are different full hookup RV sites available for different prices. Book this RV park to have a scenic and family-friendly stay with everything you need right onsite. For example, you’ll find a four-hole chip-and-putt golf course at the RV park to work on your skills before going out to one of the local Austin golf courses to play a full game.
Royal Palms is an RV and manufactured home community with lots of trees and amenities. Daily, weekly, and monthly rates are available for RV campers. The list of amenities here includes free Wi-Fi, a library, clubhouse, computer station, swimming pool, sport court, dog park, and laundry facility. You’ll be just five miles from downtown Austin when you stay here and a mile west of the airport. Onsite propane is available for campers to fuel your heat and stove. For RVs, the standard lots are about 50 feet by 30 feet, while premium lots are 85 feet to 45 feet in size. The daily rates start at $72 per night.
If you’re planning to spend some extra time in the Austin area, consider the Lake Travis Inn and RV Park. It’s a place for extended stays and filled with people who are traveling, retired, working in the area, or just looking for an affordable place to live. There are 80 spacious sites here, six of which are pull-throughs and 45 that can accommodate double slide-outs. The sites come with cable TV and full hookups. In addition to the RV park, there is also a motel with 12 rooms that are available on a monthly basis. This Austin camping destination allows pets on a leash in the RV park but not in the motel rooms.