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Serene setting at dusk

Cranes mill is a National Park. I purchased the senior lifetime pass and was able to stay every night for half price at this serene park. We arrived on the afternoon of Columbus Day weekend and we're happy that the park cleared out a bit on Monday. The views were spectacular at sunset. I appreciated camping on a small peninsula being able to see Canyon Lake on both sides of our campground. Most of the pads were fairly level though ours was a bit steep. We were disappointed that there was a burn ban at that time. The small town of Startzeville is very near with adequate grocery and forgotten item facilities. We found this a very nice, clean and quiet camp site in near proximity of home.

Nice country setting

Owners are very nice. Campground is very clean. Campground makes you feel like you are in the country but close enough to San Antonio to visit downtown in about 20 minutes.

Dino tracks

It was about a 3 hour hike to the dino tracks… amazing views

Blanco State Park + River Access + Town + Lots of RVs

Blanco State Park is kind of an interesting park. It is located within the city of Blanco, Texas. It is a small park with the main attraction being that it is located on the Blanco River, thus there is river access. 

If you need any supplies there are two grocery store in the town of Blanco. There is also a cute little town square with a couple of nice restaurants. We ate at the Redbud Cafe and it was great.

We arrived at the park after the sun had set. We entered the park, crossed over a bridge  and found our campsite on a loop road. I would say that most of the other campsites were filled with RVs. I suppose that if you have an RV and like having the conveniences of a town nearby this might be the campground for you. 

Our group was camping in tents and hammocks so we found the campground a bit unusual. There were tent pads to set up tents and plenty of trees to hang some hammocks. In addition, there was a parking spot, water, electricity, open space, picnic table, sun awning and grill. There were restrooms nearby our campsite. I would say that the restrooms could stand an update.

The main attraction of this park is that it is located on the banks of the Blanco River. We were able to hike, swim and explore the river downstream from the main park. 

I'd say if you were looking for peace and quiet in a natural setting, this may not be the best option. If you're looking for an RV campground with access to a river and a town, then this might be perfect for you.

Nice but small

Beautiful little park with all the fixings of a larger campground. Large nice camping spaces, but leaves much to be desired in the hiking category. We heard about this park from friends and decided to make a weekend trip and check it out. If you’re looking for a place to just kick back and relax, this place isn’t to shabby. The only real issue was the highway noise from the road that runs right next to the park. Great little swimming areas though.

Wonderful small campground!

Had a great stay at Boulderdash this past weekend. We had site #3 the smaller pull through. Space was great and clean, hookups were easy to access. We had a problem when we arrived getting electric but Paul came over and solved our problem (it was our converter which we did not need). Paul was very helpfulness and offered to be available if we needed anything. We enjoyed the grill in the common area down by the river which was a short steep walk from our site.
Lots of nice touches around the grounds and very clean. We did not use the shower but it was so nice to have the bathroom option.
Lots of activity on the river because it was a long weekend but really a great view from the property. We enjoyed the Bandara area, floated the river and horseback riding. Some nice shops in town but they could use a few nicer restaurants. The 11th street bar had great live music. We drove to Mac &. Earnie’s one day to find out they were closed for the holiday BBQ.
Don’t be bummed out by the other local residents, the area doesn’t look the best when driving in (lots of garbage) the campgrounds were very clean with nice touches (flower pots and painted rocks). We will be back!

Beautiful RV setting

Barefoot camp has been around for ever and I can see why. It’s on private property and you have to drive about 7 miles down a road with cattle guards. Anything over 24ft take it easy. You can walk to the Colorado River and swim or float. The cliffs are amazing. Very close to Colorado Bend State Park. This is my favorite campsite in Texas so far 🚐

Quiet and unassuming

I’ve been camping here for a a few years now and always have a good time. It’s a very basic camp site. There are open spots along the river with large trees to provide shade and block wind. There are power outlets at these walk in camp sites. When I say walk in, I mean that you park and then walk about 10 yards to your site. So those are both convenient. The store near the camp site is not open year round but the Shell station up the road has everything you’ll need. There are also sone ice houses around if you want to do that. There are restrooms toward the top of the campgrounds with showers as well as a laundry room. You can make fires but you’ll need to bring your own wood.

Great spot on the Guadalupe

Great place in the Guadalupe River. The RV spots have plenty of room. Backing in can be tricky if it’s a busy weekend and you arrive late. Pack an ice chest an a chair and get wet in the river. Awesome views and people there are real helpful. Can’t wait to go back next year.

Best for long term living

Me and my girlfriend are straying here and plan to be here for awhile.

Great Location

Love this campground for tent camping! Shady and on the river bank, and not all the way down river road!

Great for a quick stop.

We stoped here driving from Houston to Marfa. Great location, close to the highway for easy access. That said, it is close to the highway so road noise is present. 

Very clean bathroom and the pool looked nice ( we did not test it out). Staff called to see what time we were arriving and left instructions as we arrived after 6:00. 

Site was clean and had a picnic table and a tree for shade. Hookup was easy and all went well. 

Would stay again if we travel this way.

Life changing. NP not SP.

The views here will change your life. Personally stayed at the Chiso Mountains campground think it’s the most scenic of the two campgrounds they have. The other campground has the store and I believe showers.

Best time to go is when the season just starts in my opinion which is fall early winter. Especially if you stay in the mountains campground. It’s cool/cold at night and hit during the day.

The hot spring is a must. The road to the trail is quite scary if you have anything bigger than a standard car. Your up against a wall on one side and a drop off of 20 feet on the other.

If you really want to test your endurance, the lost mine trail goes up a mountain. Well worth the treck. Take your time and you will get to the top.

If your over camping in tents and RVs, they also have a lodge in the Chiso Mountains, about a two minute drive from the campground. It has a restaurant as well as a gift shop.

There is only one gas station there so expect high prices.

Terlingua is the closest town and my group had dinner, and checked out the ghost town.

Please not, skunks are not afraid of you and they will check out your campsite whether you like it or not.

Great Time

Big place w lots of spots. Shaded and very well maintained. Has full hookups w WiFi and cable. Tons of amenities like a pool, hot tub, playground, weight room, laundry, arcade, and a general store. We stayed on the 4th and could see the fireworks from sea world. Very nice staff and tenants.

The river is the place to be

This is smaller state park but it has everything you need. Larger sites, lots of shade and a cool river to swim in. There aren’t much in the way of hiking trails but to soothe your ills just walk down to the Blanco river and hang out in a tube or just swim. The sites all have a covered table which is really nice during the summer. There is a rock walled area that is the “kiddie pool” area that is really nice to relax in. I would also recommend heading into town and checking out the town square. There are lots of fun little shops.

Solid campground with excellent staff

I would give this a 4.5 if possible but that isn’t an option so I rounded up to not ding the campground as much. We stayed in RV5, which is a pull through. The sites are a little tight but they are what you would expect at an RV park. The staff is excellent. There are a lot of activities. We were here for 4 days and none of us could get the WiFi to connect. The WiFi is my biggest gripe with the campground. We are on AT&T and were able to use use data without any issues. The bathrooms by the office at the best. We will definitely be back.

Pricey but nice

$40 to enter? Ridiculous. However, if you got the cash it's a decent place to stay. It has nice bathrooms with AC, hot showers, wifi and electricity in some parts of the camp. It's greatest feature is the lake. You can fish, swim and boat all night. Lots of wildlife. They have very few BBQ pits and fire rings.

CONS: There are a LOT of people here that play loud music after hours and do not follow the rules. Nor is there any patrol units to enforce them. They do not allow car camping either. After 9pm anyone does whatever they want anyway.

Texas Tradition

The Guadalupe River lets out right at the camp site so makes it convenient to just hop out of the river. The camp grounds are crowded however, and a bit pricey. Overall though, it’s a fun environment. FYI you have to buy tokens to use the showers.


We had an amazing stay at KL Ranch Camp Cliffside. The staff was extremely helpful l, even notice them assisting the RV next to us with their AC issues. Very well maintained and we had an amazing view of the Guadalupe River. Access to the river was across the street. Only wish they would enforce their quiet hours we had really noisy neighbors next us. Wish they had an RV pad because there was a lot of mud around us.

Good weekend getaway

Has some great fishing. If you don’t have time to go to the coast but love fishing for reds this is a nice spot to come to. Camping sites allow for both RV hook ups and tent camping.

Nice park but the sites are small

The sites are very packed together. We ended up in a site facing another camper. We both had to adjust where we were parked so that we could each extend our awnings. The sites are level but you don’t come here for the sites - its the water park or for the activities in the Hill Country. The back in sites at the back of the park actually give you the most room.

There are tons of activities for the kids and adults alike.

Favorite Campground

We’ve stayed at Lazy L&L several times since 2011. This is by far our favorite place to stay. The Guadalupe River is so beautiful and lined by huge Cypress trees. Cool store and tube rentals on site. Live music and dance on the weekends after Memorial Day. Lots of fun stuff to do and very relaxing.

Great place to Camp

Mountain breeze was a great experience. All the staff were nice and polite. They had security officers on site at all times which was a nice plus. If you do NOT like to party, listen to loud music, be around excessive drinking and loud people…. this in NOT the place for you. Campgrounds were clean. We really enjoyed our trip and will definitely be back.

Great place to stay

Awesome place to have a fun and relaxing time

Campsites nice, far from activities

This would be a great park if the river were closer to the campsites!

Family River Trip

What a amazing park to relax on the river. River was flowing and very clean. RV site was great and quiet. Plenty of room for the kids to play.

Love this place!

Nice cool river that you can swim or fish in. Boat rentals are available. It is a small campground that has full hookups. It has sheltered and a pavillion you can rent. I know I'll be back.

Great Memorial Day Destination

My girlfriend and I stayed in the overflow parking for Memorial Day weekend.. $70 pp for 3 nights and then $20 for tube rental including shuttle service with a great selection of floats offered. The campground has great facilities including a restaurant (good burgers and pizza), showers, clean bathrooms, general store and live music. Friendly, helpful staff.

The complete outfit so you never have to leave the campground, however also very convenient to Whitewater Amphitheater and a couple ice houses.

Highly recommend - will definitely be back.

Lots of fun!

This is a well maintained Jellystone park located in New Braunfels, TX.  We have gone twice and had a blast each time.  The splash pad and water slides open at 1200 and my 6 year old had a lot of fun on them during the summer.  The bounce pad is very nice,  The indoor pool is great in the summer, when we went in February the water wasn't nearly warm enough for my liking.  

The sites are close together but many have large trees to help shade the area.

A hiker/ trail runner paradise

Located in the hills about 10 miles from Bandera, TX, this campground is the perfect place to disconnect (you won’t get signal anyways) and hike, run or horseback ride through a plethora of trails.

Hookups are available for campers or a 2-3 mile hike can get you to a primitive site. Group sites are available to rent. This area of Texas gets hot so bring plenty of water. Watch for wildlife.

I would recommend checking their  Facebook page if it has recently rained to see the status of the park and trails. Occasionally the park or some trails will close if the risk of damage to the natural area is high.