One of the hardest parts of travel planning is to determine where you want to stay, especially if you don’t know the area. Where you pick to stay whether in an airbnb, a campground or a hotel can make you absolutely love or just like your vacation. Austin is such a great place to visit, with so many things to do and see that I want you LOVE Austin like we do! So I put together this RV campgrounds travel guide to help you pick the best place to stay while camping in the Austin area. Included below are the 5 best RV Parks in Austin TX that makes it easy to visit the downtown area.
RV Parks in Austin TX
1. Pecan Grove RV Park: The Best of RV Parks in Austin TX
Address: 1518 Barton Springs Rd, Austin, TX 78704
Website: No Website. Call for Reservations
Google Rating: 4.4
Distance to Downtown: 1.8 Miles
This downtown Austin RV Park is my #1 Choice for visiting the city. Because the location is AMAZING! Pecan Grove is a camping gem in the middle of the city. And somehow this little RV Park survived the growth of the city with newer buildings up all around it. The park has the basic amenities such as laundry facilities, showers and free wi-fi, but that’s not the reason you stay here….Its all about the great LOCATION!
The RV Park is a mixture of short terms and long term residents. Offering daily rates starting at $70 a night. With spaces available for motor homes, travel trailer and 5th wheels.
The park is located in Barton Springs, so it is just across the river from downtown and Lady Bird Lake. And once you arrive at the park, you can hang up the keys to your car as you can walk everywhere. And located just outside the entrance are scooters and bicycles for rent if you don’t have your own. Uber is also readily available. There are so many restaurants within walking distance, Best Places For Great Food In Barton Springs and miles of walking and the bike trail is just outside of the park. The list is endless of things to do in the city! Check out How To See Austin Bats Under Congress Bridge
So yes, it is city camping. So expect some noise, expect some tight parking and older amenities. But we love it at Pecan Grove RV park because its the ideal place for easy access to the city!
Try to approach from Lamar Street. If you approach from Zilker Park you will not be able to turn into the campground as there is a median in Barton Springs Road and the road is too narrow for a U Turn if you are towing.
2. Oak Forest RV Resort
Address: 8207 Canoga Ave, Austin, TX 78724
Google Rating: 3.8
Distance to Downtown: 7.7 Miles
The next closest option to staying near downtown Austin is Oak Forest RV Resort. I think this park has the best maintained grounds and great amenities of all the private campgrounds. They offer daily, weekly and long term rates. The daily rates start at $66.00. With over 200 sites available, this large RV park has many amenities. Some of the amenities include 2 pools, hot tub, laundry facility, cable tv, wifi, playground, picnic tables, showers, propane refill station, fitness center and a dog park.
The park grounds are well kept with trees and lots of grassy areas. Community areas include some seating around the park, shared bbq grill and monthly community events. The RV sites are all concrete pads and big rig friendly. Also, this park is part of the tiny home community so you will see some tiny homes located around the park and a new community across the street from the entrance.
3. Austin East KOA Holiday
Address: 6029 Blue Bluff Rd, Austin, TX 78724
Google Rating: 4.7
Distance to Downtown: 9.6 Miles
Austin East KOA Holiday is just a short drive from Oak Forest RV Resort. This campground has a more rural feel, even though it is not far away. As with most KOA’s you are greeted with the cutest KOA store, this location is no different.
Offering spacious big rig friendly gravel pad sites with lots of grass and mature trees this park has more of a rural feel. With less than 100 sites now, the property does have plans to expand into two more phrases. The amenities include full hook-ups, a swimming pool, playground, laundry facilities, cable, dog park, wifi, showers, ice and firewood for sale. From the location, I would assume the road would have minimal noise at night.
Sometimes the iphone map takes you to the wrong location because the property has plans to expand and it directs you to the future entrance off Decker Road.
Both Oak Forest and East KOA are located only minutes from Rodeo Austin, grocery shopping at JD’s Supermarket and gas stations. There are some restaurants in the area but none are walking distance from either.
4. Austin Lone Star RV Resort
Address: 7009 Interregional Hwy, S I-35 Frontage Rd, Austin, TX 78744
Google Rating: 4.3
Distance to Downtown: 7.2 Miles
On the south side of the city are the next two campgrounds. Austin Lone Star is conveniently located directly off the interstate, so if you are just passing through, this is a great option because of the easy interstate access. Offering daily and weekly rates starting at $65.00 per night, the campground is a mixture of short term and long term residents. Some of the amenities include full hookups, pool, laundry, showers, wifi, fitness center, dog park, propane filling on site with gated access. The property has some trees with shade and a combination of grass and gravel at the sites with either gravel, asphalt or concrete for the RV pad.
HEB grocery store is located just down the street along with a huge variety of all kinds of stores just minutes away. This property also offers discounts to Good Sam members, AAA and Military.
5. McKinney Falls State Park: The 2nd Best of RV Parks in Austin
Address: 5808 McKinney Falls Pkwy, Austin, TX 78744
Distance to Downtown: 10.3 Miles
Although this park is the farthest away from the ones I visited, this is my SECOND FAVORITE campground. Mostly because it was so green and lush with lots of trees and privacy between the sites. As most state parks, it is very busy and reservations 5 months in advance are suggested. There are 81 sites with electric (30 and 50 amp available) and water hook with a dump station on site starting at $20 per night.
Amenities in the park include hot showers, hiking trails, biking, birding, swimming in the river, fishing, playground, picnic area and park store. It is a lovely state park! And if peace near the city is what you desire, then I would highly recommend this park.
Other RV Parks in Austin TX Area
Emma Long Metropolitan Park 13.4 Miles
Evergreen RV Park 14.9 Miles
Austonia RV Park 15.7 Miles away
Sunsets at Travis RV Park 20.6 Miles
Riverbend RV Park on Lake Austin 21.8 Miles
Sun Outdoors La Hacienda RV Resort 21.2 miles
Covenant Canyon RV Park 22.3 Miles
Pick the RV Park in Austin TX that is best for you!
Regardless of where you stay in Austin, the live music capital of the world, you will have a good time! Just find the best campground for your travels and hopefully this guide will help you decide which are the best RV parks in Austin. But remember to make your reservations early for For McKinney Falls State Park, travel safe and most of all enjoy and have fun!
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