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About Camping in Central Texas

Why go camping in Texas Hill Country? Because it’s the perfect camping getaway with its proximity to Texas' largest cities while still providing the rugged remoteness a camper wants. From rock climbing to kayaking, the area gives outdoor enthusiasts a playground of opportunities to run wild. Additionally, the region is home to an array of state parks and private campgrounds that provide visitors with plenty of camping options. Perfect for a family vacation, the area also boasts some of the nation’s most popular camping resorts, such as Camp Fimfo or Yogi Bear’s Jellystone Camp-Resort: Guadalupe River. Lastly, Hill Country’s mild climate is kind to campers, allowing you to camp year-round.

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FAQ for Camping in Texas Hill Country

Why visit Hill Country?

Due to its central location within Texas and its rich geographic landscape, Texas Hill Country has become one of the most favored locations by campers near and far. Its convenient driving distance from Austin and San Antonio makes it the perfect weekend getaway destination. The rolling hills of limestone and granite lining the horizon, the natural springs and rivers, the immersion of German and Mexican cultures and food, its robust wine industry, all of these and more make Texas Hill Country a destination for all.

When is the best time to visit and camp in Texas Hill Country?

Due to its relatively mild climate, campers can visit Texas Hill Country year-round. In fact, that's what makes it such a popular place. Below is a breakdown of what to expect each season:

Spring: By far the favorite season to visit Hill Country, spring brings about Texas' famous bluebonnets. Peak bluebonnet time is usually the end of March through mid-April. Additionally, the best months for surface fishing on the rivers is March through June. High temperatures during the spring average around the 70-80s with lows around 50 degrees.

Summer: Not surprisingly, it's hot and humid during the summer. Average temperature highs are in the 90s, with lows in the 70s. Due to its slightly higher elevation, the area is a refuge for those looking to get out of the hot cities and jump into the area's refreshing rivers.

Fall: Another favored season in addition to spring, fall in Hill Country gives visitors quite the show. Peak fall foliage occurs around mid-November, and temperatures drop back to the 70-80s with lows in the 60s.

Winter: Hill Country remains relatively warm in the winter with high temperatures in the low 60s and high 50s. Once the sun goes down, so does the temperature with low temperatures in the 30s. Snow is unlikely during the wintertime, although not impossible.

What are the top outdoor activities in Texas Hill Country?

There are so many options when it comes to outdoor activities in Hill Country that we thought we'd list some of them here:

Hiking: For those looking to hike, start by exploring the hiking trails of the area's many state parks, such as Hill Country State Natural Area in Bandera, Garner State Park in Concan, Enchanted Rock State Natural Area in Fredericksburg, Lost Maples State Natural Area in Vanderpool, Pedernales Falls State Park in Johnson City, Seminole Canyon State Park in Comstock, and the Blanco State Park in Blanco.

Rock Climbing: The Hill Country's unique limestone and granite hills make the area popular among rock climbers. In particular, the favored Enchanted Rock State Natural Area provides options for varying climbing levels. Be sure to read Enchanted Rock's climbing guidelines and restrictions before starting.

River Floating or Tubing: When the late spring and summer temps begin to soar, you'll find that river tubing is one of the best ways to cool down. Where should you go river tubing in Texas Hill Country? The best river to float or tube down is the Guadalupe River. There are many routes or tubing rental options in Kerrville and New Braunfels. However, one way to avoid the crowds is by staying and tubing at a campground on the river.

Swimming: The best swimming spots in Hill Country are Jacob's Well Natural Area in Wimberly, the swimming holes of Blanco State Park in Blanco, the natural springs and waterfalls at Krause Springs, the natural pools of Comal Springs in New Braunfels, and the Guadalupe River.

Paddle Boarding and Kayaking: The region's tributaries and rivers make it a popular destination among water-lovers. In particular, the San Marcos River, Guadalupe River, and Canyon Lake are go-to spots for those looking to paddle or kayak.

Biking: With steep, rolling hills, the area attracts cyclists from not just around the state, but the country. There are a variety of trails open to mountain bikers, road cyclists, or amateur bikers in the different state parks and natural areas.

Fishing: Hill Country's bodies of water make for excellent fishing. Some places to cast your line include Cypress Creek in Wimberly, Blanco River, Guadalupe River, and the Pedernales River in Pedernales Falls State Park.

What towns should I visit in Texas Hill Country?

The intersection between Indigenous tribes, Spanish missionaries, Mexican Texas, American settlers, and German immigrants creates the unique history and culture of Hill Country. Texas' most idyllic little towns like Boerne, Gruene, Wimberly, Fredericksburg, Kerrville, Blanco, or Bandera are the perfect places to grab a bite of BBQ, shop for antiques, listen to live music, and more. Undoubtedly the most famous in Hill Country is the small town of Fredericksburg where you can eat German food, shop on the main street, go on a wine tasting tour, or visit Enchanted Rock.

Are there any other unique experiences I shouldn’t miss in Texas Hill Country?

Wine Tasting: One of the fastest-growing wine regions in the United States is Texas Hill Country. Particularly in the last several years, Hill Country has found its stride in wine-making. It's an exciting time to visit the region's vineyards as they continue to refine and perfect their craft. Some tips: With over 100 wineries and vineyards, there are plenty to choose from. Plan your route and make appointments ahead of time.

Go on a cavern tour: One of the most exciting activities in Hill Country is to visit at least one underground cavern or cave. Natural Bridge Caverns, located between San Antonio and New Braunfels, has two walking tour options as well as an "adventure" tour that will have you crawling through narrow passages with headlamps.

See a concert at Whitewater Amphitheater: If you love the outdoors and live country music, then this is the place for you. With the dramatic backdrop of the horseshoe bend in the Guadalupe River, the venue books A-list artists such as Miranda Lambert and Willie Nelson. If you're unable to make it for a concert, the scenery is still worth a visit as it also offers river adventure rentals during the day and is a Biergarten at night.