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3 Reasons Why Mystic Quarry Campground Will Please Everyone in Your Tribe

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For most people, the mere mention of the word, “camping” elicits one of two reactions: Either, “Right on! When do we leave?” or  “Ugh. Why should I give up my comfortable bed to go live in nature?” Good news: Mystic Quarry resort-style campground can satisfy each of these types of people (and everyone in between).

Located in the community of Canyon Lake, just a mile from the Guadalupe River and a stone’s throw from the lake, sits Mystic Quarry. The first of its kind in the area, Mystic Quarry is modeled loosely after such campgrounds as El Cosmico in Marfa. The owners, Jim and Courtney Trent, both avid outdoorsmen and campers, left high-octane, stressful careers in pursuit of a more meaningful existence and more time spent in nature.

Before this site was Mystic Quarry, it was a run-of-the-mill campground with RV spots and aging army barrack “cottages” that, aside from boasting a good location for river and lake activities, seriously lacked in style and charm. When the Trents first saw the location, they were able to overlook the surface flaws and see beyond to what could potentially be a hip, modern camping experience in the Texas Hill Country.

Situated on twenty one acres, Mystic Quarry offers guests the option of staying in one of 15 modern, resort-quality “tiny houses,” five romantic tipis, nine cottages (which are pet-friendly) as well as RV sites with full hookups and primitive spots as well. The whole concept behind Mystic Quarry is to create a place to recharge–whether you’re visiting from one of the nearby large cities in Texas or from your neighborhood down the road. With its expansive nighttime sky views, resort-style amenities and bed and breakfast feel, Mystic Quarry is sure to please everyone in your tribe.

Here are three reasons to check it out:

1. It’s family friendly.

kid friendly

Photo: Jenny Webster Jurica

With a gleaming swimming pool, bocce ball courts, hiking trails, as well as chickens and honey bees to explore, Mystic Quarry aims to provide an educational experience for families along with lots of fun and excitement. Make s’mores under the Texas stars or nap in the hammocks. With plans for an organic garden in the works, Mystic Quarry is a place where families can come together, disconnect from their devices and reconnect with nature and one other.

2. Even the most high-maintenance folks will approve.

MQ Bedroom

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The Tiny Houses offer a stylish and modern living space, with on-demand hot showers, coffee makers and the comfiest beds on the planet for those who prefer to upgrade their living conditions while on vacation. Custom designed by the owners, each tiny house is a little different–many offering loft areas that please kids of all ages. Furnishings by Joybird give the houses a decidedly modern feel, making the guest feel comfortable and pampered after a day spend tubing on the river.

3. It’s pet-friendly.

MQ Pet Friendly

Photo: Jenny Webster Jurica

Mystic Quarry was also designed with pets in mind. Offering two dog parks on site, as well as dog-friendly accommodations, your four-legged friends will have the adventure of a lifetime on the hiking trails at Mystic Quarry. While dogs are the primary focus of the resort’s animal-friendly attractions, recently a “micro pig” came to stay and gave the resort an enthusiastic “two-hooves-up and a snort.”

The addition of Mystic Quarry to the Canyon Lake area has been refreshing. The Trents have relished in connecting with the Canyon Lake community and have used local craftsmen in the design and construction of the resort. In return, the Canyon Lake community has embraced Mystic Quarry with open arms. In fact, many locals make a habit of stopping by to check on the latest projects and additions to the campground and the Trents couldn’t be happier to have their support.