Backpacking and camping opportunities abound all around Austin and the Central Texas Hill Country. You can camp just minutes from downtown—at McKinney Falls State Park. Or you can spend multiple days and nights at destinations like the beautifully scenic, 1,700-acre Garner State Park, or in the Lost Maples State Natural Area, with its challenging hikes and rewarding vistas.
Another favorite backpacking and camping spot, less than two hours from downtown Austin, is Enchanted Rock, with its otherworldly granite formations and rugged trails. Numerous private campgrounds just outside Austin also provide excellent opportunities for overnighting in nature, such as Reveille Peak Ranch and Rocky Hill Ranch, both of which serve as mountain biking, hiking, and trail running havens. There’s also Rock Dog campground near Reimer’s Ranch, one of the area’s best climbing destinations.
There are many more in addition to those mentioned here, so if you’re looking for camping or backpacking spots, Austin and the Hill Country have you covered.