Campsite of the Month-Krause Springs

Natural falls and swimming hole

Natural falls and swimming hole

The Scoop

Krause Springs is a popular Hill Country destination situated on 115 acres that has been privately owned and operated by the Krause Family since 1955. The many springs feed two swimming pools (one natural, one man-made) with a near constant flow at a cool 68 degrees. throughout the property you'll find areas for RV and tent camping, fishing, numerous picnic tables, restrooms, a bathhouse (don't let the chilly, spring-fed showers surprise you!), butterfly garden, and pavilion perfect for large gatherings and weddings.  For strong and adventurous swimmers, there is a rope swing and cliff diving spot that is not terribly high. 

lying in the hammock in the butterfly garden

What We Loved

The groundskeeper at Krause Springs has done a wonderful job with the Butterfly Gardens. I was amazed at how lush the greenery was even in the middle of the Texas summer. The flowers were blooming, it smelled wonderful and secured from sprawling oak trees were the largest wind chimes I've ever seen. You can tell the family takes great care to ensure this part of the property is well-maintained. We also found a great, shaded spot to relax along the brook which flows into Little Cypress Creek. In this area of the park you'll find a short trail connecting the swimming area to the camping area. We did enjoy a nice swim in the natural pool which didn't feel too cold to us until we sat underneath the waterfalls in the grotto! 

 

 

Quiet spot along the brook

What We'd Like to See Instead

The website says there is plenty of space for camping and consequently, they do not accept reservations for tent camping. RV site reservations can be made over the phone. We found, however, that with the exception of a few large sites, the campsites were rather close to one another and groups could easily find themselves in close quarters on a busy weekend. The same can be said for the swimming areas, which are beautiful, but on the small side. Camping fees are a bit expensive at $15 per adult per night ($10 for kids ages 4-11) and the amount of trash left at our campsite was surprising. It is definitely worth a day trip, but if you have your heart set on camping on a popular weekend, I would head over to nearby Muleshoe Bend Recreation Area or Pace Bend Park instead. 

LCRA Parks

We've had a few questions from folks asking where they can find last minute camping reservations. So, we did a little digging and found some great parks established and operated by the Lower Colorado River Authority (LCRA). The 37 parks dot the state of Texas from the Hill Country to the Gulf.
We hope you'll find it helpful!

Photo; bluebonnets at muleshoe bend  facebook.com/lowercoloradoriverauthority/

Photo; bluebonnets at muleshoe bend
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Our quick-reference guide is based on the information found on their website. For the most up-to-date information, please contact the Authority. 

Campsite of the Month-Colorado Bend State Park

Colorado Bend Entrance

The Scoop

Nestled amongst private property, Colorado Bend State Park is an absolute treasure located west of Lampasas, Texas.  The park's 5000+ acres create a great atomosphere for activities such as hiking and mountain biking (over 30 miles of trails!), fishing, paddling, climbing, swimming, birding and of course camping.  Gorman Falls is a popular destination within the park and with over 400 caves, the opportunities for underground exploration are abundant and the reason for our visit. 

Colorado Bend Campsite

What We Loved

Colorado Bend is fairly isolated and we loved that about this park.  Light and noise pollution are minimal.  The campsites, although clustered together were near bathrooms, park headquarters and situated along the Colorado River, offering a great view and calming backdrop.  We’d recommend hiking out to one of the primitive sites in the Windmill Backpacking area to fully take advantage of the remoteness of this park.

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What We'd Like To See Instead 

FOOD!  The park store here is minimal, selling only drinks, snacks, ice and firewood. With the nearest town almost 30 miles away, a more robust store would have been much appreciated. However, the minimalism of the store is in line with the park's atmosphere, so we can't really complain too much.  Procedes from purchases at the store befefit the Friends of Colorado Bend State Park, so grab a drink and some ice cream and show your support for this great park!

Campsite of the Month-Canyon of the Eagles

16942 Ranch Road 2341
Burnet, Texas 78611
512-334-2070
Canyonoftheeagles.com

photo: canyonoftheeagles.com

photo: canyonoftheeagles.com

The Scoop

We chose the Canyon of the Eagles Resort as the location for our Thanksgiving Campout and we were thrilled with this choice. Don't let the title of 'resort' turn you away if you're looking for a rustic, homey feel.  The private park, situated on the northeast shore of Lake Buchanan, offers cabin-style guest rooms with lake views, a full hook-up RV park and tent camping sites (water only or primitive). There is a restaurant, bar, fishing pier, hiking trails, amphitheater, observatory and seasonal bird watching. 

Sunset at camp
morning at camp

What We Loved

Park management does take on the resort-style persona by providing an all-emcompasing experience for visitors. Daily activities including live music, movie showings, kids' crafts, nature walks and star-gazing fill the calendar. Our favorite thing about the park was the access to the Eagle Eye Observatory. Operated by the Austin Astronomical Society several nights a week, guests have to opportunity use  a 16-inch Ealing Cassegrain telescope and a 12.5-inch Newtonian telescope. Had it not been super cold the night we went, we might have stayed for hours!

What We'd Like To See Instead

Our only complaint about the park was that the water wasn't working at our campsite.  This wasn't a deal breaker for us as we had brought plenty of drinking water and the staff offered a daily credit for the inconvenience.  We can't wait to camp here again!