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May 2017 Local Love

Local Love | May 2017

Plan a mini-getaway this summer, not too far away from your own backyard. Explore the beauty of Hill Country, sleep under the stars, or enjoy an afternoon of kayaking at one of these many camping areas, all less than three hours away.

Lost Maples

3 hours from downtown Austin

Lost Maples Texas Parks Tribeza

With its expanse of trees, Lost Maples is a prime spot to admire fall foliage or find some summer shade. Bring your fishing gear and cast a line into Can Creek, or set up camp near the flowing Sabinal River. The 30 campsites offer water and electricity. Fees: $26 per night. 37221 F.M. 187, Vanderpool, TX 78885

Pedernales Falls

1 hour from downtown Austin

Hike and bike along the Pedernales River. Wander the trails along the falls, or ride your mountain bike on the tough 10-mile Juniper Ridge trail. Reservations recommended. Fees: $26 per night. 2585 Park Road 6026, Johnson City, TX 78636

Inks Lake

1 hour 15 minutes from downtown Austin

Make a splash in the lake with open water swimming, or by renting a kayak or paddle boat. Families can take advantage of easy trails and fishing. There are 125 campsites with electricity and 22 cabins with bunk beds. Fees: $29–$61 per night. 3630 Park Road 4 West, Burnet, TX 78611

Enchanted Rock

1 hour 40 minutes from downtown Austin

Lace up your boots to tackle the 425-foot granite rock and explore 11 miles of trails at this beautiful hiking destination. Rock climbers can also climb in certain areas. There are 35 campsites available. Reservations recommended. Fees: $25 per night. 16710 Ranch Rd. 965, Fredericksburg, TX 78624

Pace Bend Park

1 hour from downtown Austin

Pace Bend Park Tribeza

Take in a Hill Country sunset and the view of Lake Travis at this popular camping and boating area. Expect to encounter wildlife, including foxes and whitetail deer, along the hiking trails. There are 20 campsites available with electricity hookups and shower access. Reservations recommended. Fees: $20–$30 per vehicle. 2805 Pace Bend Rd. North, Spicewood, TX 78669

Photograph by Steve Bigler

Guadalupe River State Park

1 hour 30 minutes from downtown Austin

Guadalupe River State Park Tribeza

Walk beneath the cypress trees along the Guadalupe River and watch for birds, including the golden-cheeked warbler. Their 85 campsites offer water and electricity. Reservations recommended. Fees: $27–$31 per night. 3350 Park Road 31, Spring Branch, TX 78070

Canyon of the Eagles

1 hour 30 minutes from downtown Austin

Canyon of the Eagles Tribeza

Nestled on Lake Buchanan this nature park is a prime location for viewing the stars. RV campers can get a spot in the RV park, and two locations are available for tents. (There are also guest rooms available if glamping is more your style.) Fees: $25–$45 per night. 16942 Ranch Road 2341, Burnet, TX 78611

McKinney Falls State Park

20 minutes from downtown Austin

Onion Creek provides a refreshing place to dip your toe in the water and hike along the falls. The 81 campsites offer water and electricity. Fees: $26–$30 per night. 5808 McKinney Falls Parkway, Austin, TX 78744

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