Austin, Texas is a well-known destination for music lovers, bachelor/bachelorette parties, and paddleboarding enthusiasts. If you’re visiting the city as an RVer, however, there are also some amazing resorts to choose from. In this RVer’s Guide to Austin, Texas, we’ll provide several resort recommendations and also provide essential tips for navigating the city and maximizing your time in and around Austin.
The Best RV Resorts in Austin
Austin is extremely RV-friendly, so there are a ton of campground options. Here are some of my favorites.
Austin Lone Star RV Resort
If you want to stay really close to the city, it’s really hard to beat the location of Austin Lone Star RV Resort. This resort is located just south of the city center and just off Interstate 35 (on the Frontage Road between the William Cannon and Slaughter exits). From here, it’s less than a 10-minute drive or Über ride into the city’s downtown area, which features a variety of unique streets to visit, including Rainey Street, Congress Avenue, and (Dirty) 6thStreet.
On the grounds of the RV resort, guests can choose from more than 150 spacious, tree-shaded (this is especially important if you visit in the summer!) sites. There are also a limited number of cabin rentals available and you’ll be able to enjoy a swim in the pool or play a game of billiards in the clubhouse on your free time. The onsite store is also a great place to pick up any essential RV supplies that might have broken or left behind on your trip to Austin.
The best feature of this RV resort is its proximity to the many attractions that Austin has to offer. From here, you’ll be able to make your way quickly to the Lyndon B. Johnson Library or the Bullock Texas State History Museum. You’ll also be a quick drive away from Lady Bird Lake and the Zilker Botanical Garden.
Oak Forest RV Park
If you’re arriving in Austin from anywhere northeast of the city, Oak Forest RV Park provides a secluded location that’s also just 10 minutes from downtown Austin. From there, you’ll have easy access to the city’s downtown center and its many unique attractions, but you’ll be able to enjoy the quiet countryside when you’ve had your fill of urban activities.
This RV resort offers more than 280 RV sites, the largest of which are up to 65 feet in length. Standard sites include an 8’ x 12’ concrete patio, full hookups with 30 and 50 amp options, free Wi-Fi, and cable television with more than 70 local and national channels to choose from. The amenities on the grounds include a swimming pool, fitness center, bocce ball courts, game room, laundry facility, and pet parks.
Perhaps the most alluring feature of this RV resort is its proximity to the Travis County Exposition Center, which regularly hosts formal banquets, dog shows, a circus, fun runs and 5Ks, car shows, and arts and crafts expos. The Exposition Center is also the permanent home to the Star of Texas Fair and Rodeo, so if you’re visiting for that event, it’s hard to beat the location of this RV park.
La Hacienda RV Resort
If you’re willing to explore outside the city and into Texas’ hill country, you have to check out La Hacienda RV Resort out by Lake Travis. The resort sits on a bend of the Colorado River, which has been dammed a bit further downstream to create Lake Travis, which covers more than 1.1 million acres and features more than 270 miles of shoreline.
The resort offers pet-friendly accommodations if you travel with your furry friend. It also offers a variety of family-friendly facilities, including swimming pools, a hot tub, playground, fitness center, dog park, clubhouse, and large pavilion if you’re interested in hosting an event on the grounds. The resort is also conveniently located close to many options for shopping, dining, sporting events, and live entertainment.
The resort has many 30 and 50 amp RV sites to choose from. This includes pull-thru and back-in sites with full hookups and a maximum RV length of 50 feet. But perhaps the best feature of this resort is its proximity to Lake Travis. Just down the road at South Shore Marina, you’ll be able to rent a variety of boats and jet skis from Just For Fun: Watercraft Rental!
Tips for RV Visitors to Austin
While RV-friendly, there are some challenges to navigating Austin. Here are a couple things to keep in mind:
Research The Roads
One of the hardest parts of visiting Austin in an RV is navigating the city’s streets. Many of them haven’t been updated in several years and aren’t necessarily designed to accommodate the length and width of larger rigs. In addition, the growth in popularity of the city has led many new residents to move there over the last several years. As a result, the roads are still catching up to this influx of visitors.
That means that many of the roads are under construction during various months of the year. Before you’ll visit, it pays to research the latest road construction projects going on in and around the city. You’ll also benefit from understanding which roads and/or areas to avoid when driving a larger RV.
Double-Check The A/C
Depending on the time of year that you plan to visit, you should be aware (if you’re not already!) that Austin gets hot! Having functioning A/C in your RV if you visit during the spring or summer (and sometimes during the fall as well) is essential.
You can also beat the heat by opening your RV up to the cooler air at night and then closing everything down and turning the A/C or fans on when you wake up in the morning. This way you trap the cool(ish) air inside your RV and you can do your best to keep the heat out!
Bring Or Research Alternative Transportation
Austin is a big city with a lot to see. Some things are spread out and others are located within easy walking distance or accessible via a short cab or Über ride. Depending on what exactly you want to see while you’re visiting Austin, you should do your best to research alternative transportation so that you’re not left to try to navigate the city in your RV.
Fortunately, there are many options besides just Über to choose from. You can also use Lyft or choose from several local taxi services. Once you make your way downtown or to the area surrounding the University of Texas campus, you can also check out the motorized scooters that are all over the city these days!
Keep Austin Weird!
In addition to its famous label as the “live music capital of the world,” Austin also offers a burgeoning art scene, more breweries than you could visit in a single stay, and the largest urban population of Mexican Freetail bats in the United States. No matter whether you choose to watch the bats from the Congress Bridge or take in a live music show, make sure you enjoy your time in Austin and do your best to “Keep Austin Weird!”