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Camping at South Llano River State Park

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South Llano River State Park is a scenic park located in Junction, Texas. The park boasts approximately 2,600 acres of Hill Country terrain and two miles of riverfront along the South Llano River. It's an attractive spot for camping, hiking, tubing, bird watching, and star gazing, among other outdoor activities.

Camping Information

Campsite Options:

  • Tent Sites: The park offers numerous tent sites which may include amenities such as water and electric hookups.
  • RV Sites: There are sites available for RV camping, equipped with water, electric hookups, and a dump station for convenience.
  • Group Camp: Larger groups can reserve the group camp area that typically comes with additional facilities, such as a dining hall and sleeping quarters.
  • Primitive Camping: For those seeking a more rustic experience, backcountry campsites can be found further into the park.

Camping Reservations:

  • Advance reservations are strongly recommended, especially during peak seasons and weekends. Reservations can be made online through the Texas State Parks reservation system or by calling the park.


  • Campsites typically feature picnic tables, outdoor grills, and fire rings. Restrooms with showers are available within the park for campers.
  • The park also has day-use picnic areas and a pavilion for gatherings.

Recreational Activities

Water Recreation:

  • Tubing and Kayaking: The South Llano River is suited for tubing and kayaking. Rentals are available in the local area.
  • Fishing: The river is home to various fish species. Remember to follow Texas fishing regulations and have an appropriate fishing license.

Land Activities:

  • Hiking: There are over 22 miles of hiking trails ranging from easy to challenging.
  • Bird Watching: The park is known for its bird blinds and is considered a hotspot for birding.
  • Biking: Bicycles are welcome on the park's trails.

Wildlife Watching:

  • The park is a habitat for diverse wildlife, including white-tailed deer, Rio Grande turkey, and occasional sightings of creatures like armadillos and jackrabbits.


  • The park is far enough from city lights to offer excellent stargazing opportunities. Check the park's schedule for any star parties or ranger-led night sky programs.

Rules and Safety

Fire Safety:

  • Check for any burn bans in effect before starting a fire. Collecting firewood within the park is usually prohibited, so bring your own or purchase it from the park headquarters.

Water Safety:

  • Always supervise children near the river and wear life jackets when participating in water-related activities.

Wildlife Interactions:

  • Feeding wildlife is prohibited, as it can be harmful to both animals and humans. Store food securely and dispose of trash properly.


  • Pets are allowed but must be kept on a leash no longer than six feet and under control at all times. They are not allowed in buildings or the swimming areas.

Visitor Tips

  • Weather Awareness: Texas weather can be unpredictable. Check the forecast before your trip and prepare for sudden changes.
  • Summer Heat: Summers can be extremely hot. Stay hydrated and protect yourself from the sun.
  • Leave No Trace: Practice Leave No Trace principles to help preserve the park's natural beauty for future visitors.
  • Connectivity: Cell phone coverage may be spotty in the park, so plan accordingly.

For the most current information and regulations, please contact the park directly or visit the Texas Parks and Wildlife Department's website.

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