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Texas Hill Country – RV Camping

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December 27, 2010 by · 8 Comments 

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by Dee Reed

Imagine a region in the Lone Star State that offers you miles of natural beauty, recreational areas, and activity options including camping, fishing, hunting, boating, skiing, motorcycling, bird-watching, and bicycling. There are caverns, castles, aquariums, river runs, scenic drives, and Stonehenge II. In addition, quaint towns and large cities dot the area. The terrain is marked by wooded canyons cut by spring-fed rivers. If this appeals to you, then head your RV to the Texas Hill Country.

Several cities brag about being a gateway into the Texas Hill Country. Stop at one of the many arts festivals on Old Pecan Street in Austin and visit the Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center. San Antonio serves as the south gate and is the seventh largest city in the United States with a rich history and a vibrant present. The center of downtown is the Alamo. Stroll the famous River Walk. One of the Texas Hill Country’s western gateways is Junction, which has more flowing streams than any other Texas county with year-round fishing. In fact, RVing in Texas Hill Country is a comfortable year-round activity. Join thousands of winter Texans or plan a visit any time of the year.

You could spend your entire visit to the Hill Country by touring the charming towns within the region. Don’t miss the Apple Festival in Medina, the Lavender Festival in Blanco, or the turning of the Lost Maples in Vanderpool. Bandera is the self-proclaimed Cowboy Capital of the World. Drop in and prove it for yourself.

Hunters and animal lovers find the Hill Country especially inviting. More than 165 species of mammals are native to the state as well as 213 species of reptiles and amphibians. Texas also hosts the greatest diversity of bird life in the United States — approximately 600 species in all.

While enjoying the Southern hospitality, natural resources, and historic venues in the Texas Hill Country, you’ll need a home base. Fortunately for you, there are many highly rated Good Sam Parks. The 228-site Admiralty RV Resort in San Antonio is rated at a spectacular 9.5/9.5*/9.0. Make reservations at the Tejas Valley RV Park & Campground in San Antonio and enjoy the friendly, family-owned and operated campground. If you want to be close to all of San Antonio’s action, stay at one of the 165 sites at Traveler’s World RV Resort.

In 2008, the New York Times declared the Texas Hill Country to be “the No. 1 vacation spot in the nation. National Geographic’s Drives of a Lifetime: 500 of the World’s Most Spectacular Trips has included a road trip through the Texas Hill Country.

For more info about RV travel visit the Good Sam Club Trip Planning section where you can route your RV trip, read interesting RV travel articles, learn about points of interest, find RV campgrounds and print out RV checklists.

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8 Responses to “Texas Hill Country – RV Camping”
  1. Christine Cruess says:

    I was born and raised in the Hill Country of Texas, and my husband and I enjoy going back to visit an expore the wonders of the Texas Hill Country. The Hill Country is a good staging area for visits to the other wounderfilled areas of Texas. The Fredericksburg RV Park at 305 E Highway St in Fredericksburg Texas is a very nice, reasonably price RV park, and the Blanco State Park in Blanco Texas are to of our favorite places to set up camp an go exploring.

  2. Mike West says:

    This is a Alaskan that loves being called a “Winter Texan” and I would like to say that the Hill Country of Texas is one of the finest places in the USA…. And the people at the Blanco State Park and town are the best when one is in need of help….Don’t forget to buy a Texas State Park Pass…….

  3. widogmom says:

    An article about the Texas Hill Country with no mention of Fredericksburg or Kerrville? The cycling is excellent there, and Buckhorn Lake Resort in Kerrville is outstanding. You’re just an hour or two away from Austin or San Antonio for day trips, the people are kind and hospitable, and the scenery is breathtaking. Fredericksburg has the arts, history, and lots of shopping, and Kerrville has the beautiful Guadalupe River.

  4. Bill Willemsen says:

    This is our third year of “snow birding” in Hill Country. We are stayin in Marble Falls , a great little community with a population of less than 5,000. Our park of choice is the Sunset Point RV park. This park is on lake LBJ, has great sites, is extemely well kept, and has a a friendly and helpfull staff.

    Hill country is much more than the big cities, explore the small towns, travell the local roads and enjoy some of the best BBQ places in North America.

    Take yor camera and enjoy all that the area offers.

  5. Penny Leisch says:

    We moved to Austin four years ago and love it. However, finding a place to stay near town is impossible to find unless you stay for a limited time at state parks. The one RV park that was in town has been sold and will be closed. Austin isn’t RV friendly in terms of parks or ordinances. RV service centers are widely spaced too.

    My husband and I love the Hill Country, but be aware that Austin has lots of small streets and parking is sometimes almost non-existent around businesses. There’s a reason it’s called the Hill country. We literally couldn’t find a park to stay in that was close enough for my husband to commute every day for work while we moved into our house, but we needed at least 3 weeks and most state parks have shorter limits.

    Personally, I couldn’t make the drive from San Antonio or Kerrville or Fredericksburg every day. Fredericksburg would be nice if you are planning to visit the vineyards and wineries, as well as the town and lakes to the west of Austin. However, I don’t like driving over an hour each way every day when I’m parked. Texas Hill Country roads can be narrow and slow, and they mean it when there are warnings posted about deer and cattle! Austin traffic during work hours is some of the worst too. Austin is wonderful and there’s lots to do. However, we found it difficult to use our RV here, except for a short camping trip. Plan your sightseeing around the state park locations and arrange to stay in several parks for a longer stay.

    For shorter stays really close to downtown Austin, try McKinney Falls State Park. They have hook-ups for some sites and are close to the freeways with good roads and in a pretty area. San Gabriel RV Park in Georgetown is pretty too, if you want to stop on the way north to Dallas.

  6. Joy Jenkins says:

    You missed the premier RV location located in Kerrville, TX on I-10 – Buckhorn Lake RV Resort is an absolutely fabulous spot. A spotless facility with level, clean sites; two swimming pools; an adults-only section, and lots of activities for the winter crowd. While they do cater to the winter folks, their 4th of July family event every year includes a parade, games for the kids, a barbeque and is topped off with one of the best fireworks displays we’ve seen.

  7. Brian Cloke says:

    Nice article on Texas hill country. I would suggest Stonehenge II should be called Stonehenge III.
    In Washington state you will find another almost exact replica that was built in 1930.
    Look it up on google. Very interesting story.

  8. isabel says:

    I am currently parked at La Hacienda RV park near Lake Travis on Hudson Bend Rd. It is an excellent location for day trips, shopping, golfing and many other activities. This is a wonderfully maintained park with very friendly helpful staff.

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