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Good local campsite

Good facilities at this site. The restrooms and showers are first rate. We stayed here just one night. The front office and check in process is excellent. The campsites have power and water. Not much to see in this camp but good as a stopover or local weekend camping. It’s close to Austin Texas about 20 minutes.

Great, easy getaway

We use this spot to start our runs on the good water loop (traverses Lake Georgetown). From Tejas Park, this is the best section of trail on the loop.

During periods of high water, water crossing may be flooded.

Great place to set up a tent, hammock or have a picnic! Easy to get to during the week and escape the noise.

Great under rated, less known park with good camping

Two night stay with the family at this hidden gem. Small State Park with good amenities and unusual and rare vegetation. Good hiking trails. Kids loved fishing, biking and swimming in the small lake.

One With Nature

We love coming out here. It’s a gorgeous view. The water is crystal clear and it’s a great place to be one with nature. The only thing that I don’t like are the bathrooms which are pretty close to an outhouse which some people don’t have a problem but I guess I’m picky .

Beautiful State Park

There are RV pads and sites or campers can choose to hike in to a primitive camping location. The hike into Wolf Mountain Trail for camping is about 2 miles with a couple creek crossings. This is a very popular area of the park, lots of people bring their dogs and a vaulted toilet is located close by. Absolutely beautiful place to explore and hike.

Lovely park

Nice park. Spots are fairly close together with tent and RV spots near each other. Clean bathrooms and nice lakefront view. The coverings over the tables are thick wood and very large on a concrete pad. Grill with firepit and grill grates on top.

Hippy dippy and awesomely funky!

We adore this place. It’s located in the middle of an urban oasis. Within walking distance to Zilker Park, Barton Springs, So. congress and downtown. Perfect place to stay and help keep Austin WEIRD

Our favorite place to stay on the river

Cheaper than most on the river, we love this place. Clean but it is Texas and fire ants can be a problem.

Love this place

We stay here once a year for a big get together,always a good time

Not a campground

This is a RV park you live at. Adults only looking for a full time home.

AWESOME LOCATION!

I don't know why you would consider staying anywhere else… you can walk to tons of stuff and it's only a 5 min drive/uber to downtown. We had a PT FHU on gravel, site 30, at the very front of the park. The park itself has lovely trees throughout and it's nice to walk around and talk to fellow campers that have been there longer. There are no picnic tables, fire rings or wifi… but when in a city like Austin, go out and do things. We are def going to come back!

Serene water-side campground

Muleshoe Bend has well-spaced out campsites right next to the water- super serene! There's lots of shade at the campsites and each site has a picnic table.

It's worth mentioning the campground doesn't have running water or electric hook-up at the campsites, and only one flushing toilet at the entry, but there are lots of port-a-potties spread out and not too far from any given campsite. The port-a-potties are pristine. Seriously, as someone who's pretty adverse to port-a-potties I don't know that I've seen better maintained ones ever, so don't let this fact dissuade you!

There are some nice trails for mountain biking or hiking.

And the hosts are seriously some of the nicest people I've ever met.

Overall I recommend!

Pro-tip, avoid spot 8, 9 or 17 < those spots don't have shade.

4 stars for not having flushing toilets or water at the campsites, but otherwise, perfect.

RV Camping

Beautiful area. Losts of hills area. The river is awesome. Have to walk a little to get to the river.

RV Camping

Nice RV Camping close to the Lake

RV Camping

Love this place, and the river. Sometimes it is hard to get a reservation for RV spots.

Beautiful and Peaceful Campground

The campgrounds are nice. There are solid spots to put a tent up and you can buy firewood at the front office. The bathrooms do not have soap so you will need to bring your own.

A Perfect Camp To Put In A Tube For A Good Float

There is no better late spring to early summer activity than getting good float down one of the rivers of Texas.  While there are plenty of put in spots, many do not have access to a campground which offers as many options as the Guadalupe River State Park.  

Under the supervision of the Texas State Park system the facilities for both day use and overnight stay are well maintained. Currently undergoing an overhaul which will offer new restrooms in one of the camping loops, they are constantly striving to better accommodate guests and provide a fun and relaxed get away for a day, week or weekend.  

Taking a trip through the camping loops I noticed each were well shaded and positioned in a way that the sun could trickle through the leaves to provide warmth on a cool morning but not so much that it would make the sweltering summer days more intense.  Large parking spaces could easily accommodate two vehicles at each camp and amenities ranged depending on the location of the site you choose.  

In the improved camping loops, sites came standard with electricity and water connections, with posts being positioned at the front of the site.  You would need to provide your own hose or cord to source this toward the rear of the site if desired. Camping sites each provide a large picnic table and lantern hook in addition to a tent pad which is constructed and elevated slighting from the ground around.

In addition, to the loop camp sites, there is another section designed for tent campers wanting to walk in.  While this area is well maintained, it is subject to closures with rains unlike the other areas.  When I visited, the recent downpour had forced closure of all trails and also this campsite as a part of the conservation effort for keeping the natural lands.  While I do appreciate this as a person who wants to protect our spaces so we can continue to enjoy them for years to come, I could easily see how it could also disappoint a camper who is having change their location to an improved site.

Throughout the park there are a series of trails for hiking, biking and even horseback riding.  A full map is provided at the front gate and can come in handy if you are wanting to find more than just the river trail while at camp.  But something also to consider when looking at this map is the trail system located across the road from what most consider to be the park.  This section is less populated with hikers and provides some of the most interesting hiking you will find at Guadalupe River State Park.

But let’s get down to what everyone really wants to hear about … THE RIVER!  

The river can be a source of a lot of fun and also traffic.  Being open for day use as well as for those staying at the park, the area provides a cool retreat to dive into the cool waters of the Guadalupe River. There are picnic tables lining the shoreline, some off the river and in shaded areas while others are in full sun.  There is a no alcohol policy which is enforced on busy days, so warning if you are a person looking to float and drink, this might not be the right place to put in.

A trail runs alongside the riverfront providing great views of the river’s path.  A nature center and amphitheater are located across the parking lot from the river highlighting educational materials for the entire family but with exhibits geared toward the kiddos. In this area currently there are only port a potty restrooms.

Tips:

  • If you are planning on floating, make sure to read the guidelines by the parking lot.  Remember the river is not a loop so where you put in is not where you will end up.
  • Book In Advance!  This park is very popular and quickly fills up on weekend, if you are planning a trip make sure you book well in advance to ensure you will have a site.
  • Check the Weather!  The river’s flow is directly effected by the amount of rainfall. If you are planning a trip pull up the weather to make sure it will not make for unsafe conditions.
Great place to stay

The staff was amazing very helpful ,kind, can't find a better place to stay.

Ranger Review: Mountain House Beef Stew at Tejas Park Lake Georgetown

Park Review

Tejas Park sits on the south side of Georgetown Lake in the Hill Country of Texas. The park offers good opportunities for hiking, camping and backpacking, fishing, wading or floating and features plenty of large, grassy open areas for enjoying the scenic countryside. 

There is a basic restroom with toilets. There is a water faucet near the Park Host's trailer. There are fire rings at the campsites and it is possible to collect fallen wood for a fire if there is not a fire ban in effect. There is a large parking lot, a large open field with campsites and my favorite is the group campsite at the end of the large open field. These sites can be reserved on recreation.gov

The Goodwater Trail is a trail that circles Lake Georgetown and runs about 28 miles. When backpacking the Goodwater Loop people typically start/park at either Tejas Park Trailhead, Jim Hogg Trailhead or Cedar Breaks Trailhead. If you are backpacking the loop parking and hiking are free. If you are using the park facilities just for the day, there is a day use fee.

The Hosts at this campground are typically very friendly. If you camp during the winter look up in the trees and you might just see some mistletoe.

Product Review

As a Ranger for The Dyrt, from time to time I get products to test. For this trip I was provided one package of Mountain House Beef Stew. The challenge was to create a dish using the beef stew as an ingredient. I decided to use Bread, Idahoan Mashed Potatoes and Mountain House Beef Stew to create a dish I called Brotato Stew. Unfortunately I was only provide one package of beef stew so we divided up the meal amongst six people and ate the meal as an appetizer.

Here are the instructions:

Boil 4 cups of water in a pot.

Pour 2 cups of boiled water into the Mountain House Beef Stew package and let it sit for 10 minutes.

Mix 2 cups of boiled water with the Idahoan Mashed Potatoes in a bowl or cup and mix thoroughly.

Using Onion rolls or Ciabata bread, cut the top of the bread and form a little bowl.

Spread the prepared Idahoan Mashed Potato into the bread bowl.

Spread the prepared Mountain House Beef Stew on top of the Mashed Potatoes.

Enjoy!

For more info about Mountain House visit their website at https://www.mountainhouse.com

Great location

Beautiful waterfalls and great location close to everything in Austin!

Clean Campsite

Nice lake with good access. Clean park

Friendly staff

This park is amazingly quiet and peaceful. Took my son camping here and we had a great time fishing, bird watching and hiking. The staff offered tips on landing trout and my son was able to catch his very first one!

Almost reminds me of Utah, beautiful, hot and dry in the summer

Camped here two nights. The facilities are amazing. Bathrooms have had a lot of money spent on them, with hot showers and full plumbing. The camp sites are well maintained and the hiking trails are nice. Visited during the middle of summer, so it was very hot, sunny, and dry. Bring sun screen and plenty of water!

Beautiful place!

Loved it here! Nice staff, spacious camping spaces, on the water, near facilities.

Great spot to access the river

This is a private campground managed by a super sweet family that really cares about the river and the community. You must call to ask permission to use this site for camping and river access, as there are some pretty clear rules. It is a family oriented campground that is alcohol free. Loud music is discouraged, and recylying is emphasized. This place thrives because the people that use it respect the owners, and the owners respect the users. You will often see Tom (the owner) riding around on his cart cleaning up the place and greeting all the visitors. It's a beautiful gem and everyone that knows about it fights to keep it this way.

Beautiful views for a Texas Campground

I honestly forget that I'm in Central Texas when I stay here. Lake Georgetown is beautiful, and the cedar groves are amazing as well. Classic state park Campground style amenities.

Great gem outside Austin

Easy to access and fun for the whole family. The trails are shorter and easy to hike on, the falls are really scenic, and the campsites are well maintained. Overall, it's a classic state park feel, but is located just minutes outside of Austin.

A dirtbags climbers dream

Rock Dog is a great place to crash for the night or weekend if you have your eyes set on climbing some Austin Limestone. It's right down the road from Reimers, and is close enough to Austin that you could go in to the city for a meal. They have crate stacking, slacklining, and community campfires. Restrooms are simple portapotties, but you get what you pay for.

Good Lake Camping!

Most sites have water access or are very short walk to it. Each of the “primitive” sites has a picnic table, grill, fire ring, and a bit of shade. The east side has mostly beachfront sites & the west has the cliff sites. My favorite sites are near the entrance; these sites have the best sunsets.  

Activities:

  • Boating - Ramps located at Collier Cove on the west side & Tatum Cove on the east side.
  • Fishing - Ask park staff for recommendations on good shore fishing spots
  • Swimming - Mudd Cove, Kate’s Cove, and Gracy Cove.
  • Trails – Hiking, biking, or horseback riding.