The Texas Hill Country is a glory to behold and an RV road trip is the best way to go. Beautiful rolling hills, scenic wildflowers, and live oaks are abundant. Natural springs, underground lakes, rivers, caverns, abundant wildlife, and other natural wonders are just waiting to be explored. Deep in the heart of the Texas Hill Country lies Austin the state capital where you will experience true Texas Hospitality.
Take a cruise through the idyllic Hill Country of Texas and you will never look at Texas as just another place again. RV road tripping is economical and lets you take the time to enjoy all the Texas Hill Country has to offer. We have included some of the Texas State Parks as a starting point for this adventurous journey. Take as long as you want, see it all, trust me, it is worth exploring and you will not regret it!
McKinney Falls State Park
Inside the city limits of South Austin lies the McKinney Falls State Park just 13 miles from the state capitol. The park itself lies on the banks of Onion Creek a small tributary of the Colorado River. The park offers hiking trails, swimming areas, splash areas, biking, and bouldering. You can fish or take a nature trail walk to view the birds and wildlife.
The Onion Creek hike and bike trail is a 2.8-mile hard surface trail that will accommodate bikes and strollers. Hikers can take the Rock Shelter Trail to the area where early settlers camped. The facility offers RV hook-ups, parking, playgrounds, public restrooms, hot showers, and historic features. Fees apply and RV hookups are available by reservation only. There are also many full-service RV parks in the area if the State Park RV sites happen to be full.
Right in your front yard, there is Austin, Texas with its multitude of great attractions and activities. Austin is rated in the top 20 FUN cities in the US with its live music venues, attractions, food, and parks. Take a free guided tour of the capitol building if you like or just take the public entrance and pick up a tour pamphlet for a self-guided tour. Once inside the building, you can expect to be there for 30 to 40 minutes.
Pedernales Falls State Park
Pedernales Falls State Park is located on the Pedernales River thirty minutes west of Austin, Texas, and 13 miles from Dripping Springs, Texas. The park offers swimming, tubing, fishing, horseback riding (you bring your own horse) as well as hike and bike trails. The ten-mile Juniper Hills Trail offers challenging obstacles for the experienced mountain biker. View the local wildlife and plants at the bird blind and butterfly garden. Fees apply and RV spaces are available by reservation online.
Just thirteen miles southeast of the park you will find Dripping Springs, Texas with its unique boutiques, wineries, food joints, and breweries. Float the beautiful turquoise waters of the Hamilton Pool Preserve just outside of town, available by reservation only. While you are there visit Deep Eddy’s Vodka Dripping Springs distillery and tasting room.
Another day trip is to the Lyndon B. Johnson National Historical Park and LBJ State Park located 14 miles west of Johnson City near Stonewall, Texas. There are many full-service RV parks in the area if the State Park RV sites happen to be full.
Inks Lake State Park
Inks Lake State Park is one hour northwest of Austin, Texas. You can camp, backpack, or fish from the fishing piers and access the lake by boat from the boat ramp. You can observe nature on the nine miles of hiking trails. The park is home to a wide variety of native plants and wildlife.
Inks Lake State Park provides playgrounds, restrooms with showers, and RV hookups available by reservation only. You can rent paddle boats, canoes, or kayaks. The picnic pavilion is available for rent, accommodating larger groups with water access picnic tables and two-burner grills. Nearby Lake Buchanan with its 124 miles of shoreline is an added bonus just a few miles from Inks Lake State Park.
Nearby Burnett, Texas, and surrounding lake areas have full-service RV parks if the State Park RV sites happen to be full. Big Chief RV & Cabin Resort on the banks of Lake Buchanan is nearby and includes a swimming pool, clubhouse with kitchen facilities, a large enclosed pavilion, and free limited wi-fi.
Colorado Bend State Park
With over 5,000 acres Colorado Bend State Park has plenty to offer with 35 miles of trails. You will never run out of activities with six miles of Colorado river footage and swimming in Spicewood Springs’s multiple spring-fed swimming holes. Primitive drive-up campsites are available for self-contained RVs, no hookups (bring your own generator) at $15 dollars per night plus the day rate fee. Picnic tables and fire rings with grill available at most sites. Group camping sites are also available.
Hiking, mountain biking, kayaking, swimming, fishing as well as abundant wildlife in this unspoiled wilderness will be an outdoor experience you will not soon forget. The park contains Gorman Falls a 70-foot high waterfall that is about 10 miles above Lake Buchanan. There are 155 species of birds in the park for your bird-watching pleasure. There are more Texas Hill Country RV road-tripping opportunities here than you can shake a stick at!
The Colorado Bend State Park is twenty miles from San Saba, Texas which has several RV parks with full amenities, one of which is San Saba RV Park & Golf with good reviews. See the Texas Hill Country to its fullest by taking your RV road trip right to the source.
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Enchanted Rock State Natural Area
This truly enchanted area is 18 miles north of Fredericksburg, Texas, and is a designated International Dark Sky Park for glorious star gazing. The massive pink granite dome has drawn visitors for thousands of years and is surrounded by rock formations and its fair share of magical legends. This state park does not offer RV parking but it is just down the road from Fredericksburg’s Hill Country RV Park which offers full RV hookups with city water, sewer, electricity, cable TV, and high-speed internet.
And, what better place to stay than in the charming town of Fredericksburg, Texas. Enjoy shopping, wineries, restaurants, museums, live music, and loads of art and culture. Year-round outdoor events, small quaint bakeries, boutiques, peach orchards, antiques, wineries, and breweries make this community a must-see Hill Country designation.
Visit the nearby Old Tunnel State Park the smallest of Texas State Parks at only 16.1 acres where you can enjoy bird watching, abundant wildlife, and hiking. From May through October, you can view a colony of Mexican free-tailed bats emerge from Old Tunnel, an abandoned railroad tunnel. Old Tunnel is the home of up to 3 million Mexican free-tailed bats (Tadarida brasilienses mexicana) during May – October of each year.
Kerrville-Schreiner Park is a 517.2-acre area along the Guadalupe River, five miles southeast of downtown Kerrville in Kerr County. The park includes samplings of the Texas native plants, and white-tailed deer, with abundant wildlife. Seasonal kayak and canoe rentals are available from Memorial Day weekend through Columbus day weekend. Park amenities include RV sites, camping sites, fishing, picnic areas, standing grills, and even a ranch house. Other amenities are a recreational hall, dining hall, and day-use facilities which include basketball, hike & bike trails, playgrounds, sand volleyball, and a butterfly garden.
Originally, designated a Texas state park, the state transferred the park back to the City of Kerrville in 2004. Online reservations are available through the city park website. If the park facilities are unavailable there are many area campgrounds with full Texas Hill Country RV road-tripping amenities nearby. Read more about Kerrville in 15 Best Small Texas Towns here.
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Although Texas has many areas that make great RV trips, the Texas Hill Country is one of the most breathtaking, scenic areas of Texas. Take the ultimate RV adventure through the Texas Hill Country! Cruise along small winding roads, explore charming towns, and visit some of the best wineries in the state. Along the way, take advantage of camping discounts and scenic views. Enjoy your journey to the fullest and make lasting memories on this epic road trip!