Backpacking/Camping in Austin, TX
About Austin Backpacking/Camping
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.
Enchanted Rock is one of the most unique, worthwhile outdoor destinations available in Texas. It is worth a visit whether you're a climber, camper, or day hiker... or all of the above.
Garner State Park is one of the most scenic camping destinations in the Hill Country area with short hikes and views of the Frio river. Trail running, one of many activities in the park, at this iconic Texas park is great no matter the season.
Pedernales Falls State Park is a close escape from metropolitan Austin with Pedernales Falls being the main attraction and close to 10 miles of rugged multi-use trails for hiking, mountain biking, running, and horseback riding.
This is a beautiful park to backpack and experience the Lost Pines of Central Texas!
Plenty of really neat sites to see along these 7 miles of trails.
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