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Central Texas Camping

What To Do In The 512

Central Texas is like camping heaven (as long as you bring your OFF.) There are all kinds of amazing places to pitch a tent, laze about in the water, hike, bike, make s'mores and go totally off the grid. Here are some of our favorite camping spots and camping festivals around town. 

Colorado Bend State Park

The park currently provides the outdoor enthusiast with opportunities for primitive camping, hiking, mountain biking, caving, fishing, swimming, paddling, birding and wildlife viewing, as well as guided tours. The trail system offers 32 miles of multiuse routes with something for explorers of every skill level and kayaks. 

Pace Bend

Twenty campsites with water, electrical hook-ups, showers toilets, barbecue grills/fire rings, boat ramps, designated swim coves, drinking water, nature/hiking multiuse primitive trails, picnic tables, primitive campsites (400+), RV dump station & camping

Garner State Park

Garner State Park is a great place to visit for a swim or hike, or to enjoy a relaxing weekend. Swim in the Frio River or float its waters on an inner tube, operate a paddle boat, and hike 11 miles of scenic trails. You can also camp, study nature, picnic, canoe, fish, play miniature golf, geocache and ride bikes. Overnight visitors can stay in screened shelterscabins or campsites

Camping Festivals

UtopiaFest

This fantastic festival in Utopia, Texas has an amazing lineup every year. Far from just being a music festival, Nestled in a natural amphitheater between the Frio River, Garner State Park, and Lost Maples is the tiny oasis of Utopia, Texas. Incredible camping, hikes, bike rides, disc golf, hammock forest, kids activities, yoga, nature classes, and of course some of the best live music. 

Old Settlers

Nationally-known celebration of Americana and roots music in all its forms-with past headliners including Patty Griffin, Bela Fleck, Doc Watson, Joan Osborne, Bruce Hornsby, Iron & Wine, Alison Krauss, the Avett Brothers, and Robert Earl Keen. Takes place at Salt Lick Pavilion and Camp Ben McCulloch. The music continues nonstop for four straight days, with concerts, workshops, and impromptu jam sessions all day and throughout the night.

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