4 Amazing State Parks You Must Visit Near Austin

Texas has some beautiful state parks, and some of them are pretty close to Austin – the live music capital of the world. With the crisp, fresh air, clear skies and breathtaking natural beauty, what better destination is there to camp with your family and friends than the picturesque landscape surrounding the city? If you are from Austin or someplace else, come out of your shell, pack your tent, and hit the roads in your diesel RV to explore some of the best campgrounds around the state capital of Texas. Here are four of the most amazing state parks you can visit near Austin:

  1. Buescher State Park

If you love to relax in the lap of nature, Buescher State Park is the place to be. It’s a one thousand acre beautiful paradise, and is less than 60 minutes drive from Austin. Indulge in activities like biking and hiking as much as you want. You’ll also get to see a lot of wildlife such as birds, deer, armadillos, rabbits, and other animals inhabiting the park. Besides, you will be delighted to find a peaceful bay where you can enjoy some fishing or canoeing in the calm, gentle waters. This scenic and tranquil campground boasts of 65 sites with amenities like bathroom and shower facilities, car access, parking, fire ring, and picnic tables. Some of the sites also have electric and water connections.


  1. McKinney Falls State Park

Do you love cascading waterfalls and colorful wildflowers? If yes, then the McKinney Falls State Park is the place to explore. Visit this scenic landscape after a spring rainfall to enjoy nature at its best. But that doesn’t mean you cannot visit the park at other times of the year. The peaceful ambiance of this place is perfect for a weekend getaway. The McKinney Falls State Park stretches across745 acres, and only 15 miles from downtown Austin. This campground offers a host of facilities to RV-ers including picnic tables and fire pits at every site, swimming areas, waterfalls, bathrooms with hot showers, and electric and water connections. You’ll also have access to the Onion Creek biking and hiking trail.

  1. Inks Lake State Park

This campsite is a convenient 75 minutes away from Austin. The Inks Lake State Park is the natural playground that you must visit. Whether you love the sandy beaches or the deserts, this place has it all. The park is diverse in terms of natural beauty, and is perfect for activities like kayaking, scuba diving, cliff jumping, hiking, geocaching and swimming. The three primary accommodation options available in this campground are camping sites with water electric hookups, mini-cabins, and primitive backpacking sites. This is one of the most popular destinations in Texas. So, book your spot in advance.

  1. Colorado Bend State Park

Are you fond of a sporty and energetic lifestyle? If yes, then Colorado Bend State Park is the place to explore. The 5,300-acre land is full of fun activities, and is approximately two hours north of the city. If you are looking for some thrill and adventure, then explore some of the caves in this region. And, your excitement doesn’t end here because this campground offers some 30 miles of untamed and natural biking terrain for you to explore. You’ll find 43 campsites (each up to 30 feet long)  out of which 15 are for motor homes and 28 for tent campers. The site amenities include fire rings, picnic tables, bathrooms with hot showers, and nearby potable water.

Uncover the hidden beauty of the Austin state parks in your diesel RV as you bike, hike, swim, play or fish. Have a great time with your family. Get cozy around the campfire under the summer night sky.