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9 Great Camping Spots in the Hill Country

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Camping is the best way to experience the beauty of the Hill Country. The air is cooler, water clearer, and you can spend all night gazing at the endless starry sky. We’ve compiled a list of our favorite spots to pitch a tent in the Hill Country. These primo campgrounds offer opportunities to go fishing, swimming, hiking, kayaking, bike riding, rock climbing and just about anything else you can do outdoors.

Of course, you should do a little research before you pack your tent and go. Be sure to check weather and water conditions, and don’t forget to inquire about campground pet policies. Also be aware of the difference between primitive and improved campgrounds, so you can be prepared. Here are our 10 best camping spots in The Hill Country.

1. Garner State Park – Concan, TX

9 Great Camping Spots in The Hill Country

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Garner State Park is 1,774 acres of beautiful Hill Country located in Concan. It has 2.9 miles of Frio River winding through it, as well as 11 miles of hiking trails. In addition to water recreation activities like tubing, fishing and canoeing, visitors can hike, have a picnic, study nature, golf, ride bikes and geocache. Visitors can rent paddle boats, kayaks, inner tubes, tables, barbecue pits, heaters, fans and small lockers near the boathouse. The park holds jukebox dances in the pavilion every spring and summer evening. This tradition dates back to the 1940s, and people of all ages gather to dance under the stars.

Garner is the most popular state park in Texas and is often at capacity early in the day during peak season, which is Memorial Day through mid August. Overnight visitors can choose from campsites, screened-in shelters or cabins. You can check availability and make reservations online.

234 RR 1050
Concan, TX 78838
(830) 232-6132
tpwd.texas.gov

2. Guadalupe River State Park – Spring Branch, TX

9 Great Camping Spots in The Hill Country

Photo: Flickr / Trek Texas

This 1,938-acre park is home to a four-mile stretch of the Guadalupe River. Visitors can pitch their tents at a number of campsites near the water, including some secluded spots on the river. The park also has canoe, kayak, and tube outfitters for water recreation rentals. The park also offers drive up camping and RV sites.

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