Along the Texas Hill Country Wine Trail by RV

RV travelers who enjoy good wines simply must make the trip to Texas Hill Country. That’s where you’ll discover more than two dozen wineries that call this scenic region home. You’ll also find warm Texas hospitality waiting at RV resorts and campgrounds near towns like Fredericksburg, Kerrville and Boerne.

Grab your corkscrew and travel along as we journey the Texas Hill Country Wine Trail by RV.

Where to Find Texas Hill Country Wineries

Picture a circle that begins west of Temple, TX at San Saba and then swings south and east to encompass Austin and New Braunfels, west to pick up Kerrville and Fredericksburg and then back north to its starting point. That’s a rough approximation of the Texas Hill Country Wine Trail.

It leads to vineyards and tasting rooms in the towns we just mentioned, plus those in Hill Country burgs like Stonewall, Tow and Dripping Springs. The vineyards stretch out for miles, offering spectacular views that invite Texas RV travelers to stop and drink in the beauty unfolding through their windshields.

The vineyards that dot the countryside offer award-winning vintages for visitors to sample in their tasting rooms. Surrounded by historic buildings, state-of-the-art winemaking technology and beautifully groomed grounds, Hill Country wineries invite you to stay and sip awhile before choosing which wines to take home with you.Temecula Wine Vineyards

Here’s a small sampling of the amazing establishments RV travelers to Texas will enjoy while visiting Hill Country. Be sure to use the link above to learn more about what’s waiting for you there.

  • Dry Comal Creek Vineyards, a small boutique winemaker near New Braunfels, pioneered the ‘Black Spanish’ wine explosion in Texas. Beautiful grounds and one heck of a survival story make them a favorite with Wine Country visitors.
  • Chisholm Trail Winery just west of Fredericksburg is famous for its free-roaming livestock as well as its wide selection of award-winning wines.
  • Perissos Vineyard & Winery near Burnet, TX is not only scenic, it’s a friendly, family-run place that’s been built on a tradition of excellence.
  • Fredericksburg Wine Road 290 is a collection of fifteen wineries along US Hwy 290 east of Fredericksburg. If you’re limited on time and would like to visit as many Hill Country wineries as possible on your RV camping trip, this is the place to be. From Grape Creek Vineyards to Lost Draw Cellars, the tasting rooms along US Hwy 290 are sure to offer a new favorite. 

Where to Camp in Texas Wine Country

Once you’ve settled on the wineries you’d like to tour, it’s time to book the campsites that suit your style and budget. Texas Hill Country campgrounds run the gamut from a small but scenic golf and RV resort on the Llano River to an urban RV campground just south of Austin. You’ll also find numerous Corps of Engineers campgrounds at area lakes and an impressive number of affordable, well-maintained campgrounds in towns like Kerrville, Bandera and Spicewood.

Whether you’re planning to meander your way through Hill Country, visiting one winery at a time, or to book a chauffeured Wine Country tour, complete with guide, your RV trip to visit Texas Hill Country vineyards will be remarkable. Be sure to check the websites of the ones you’d like to visit, as many of them host special events that will add even more enjoyment to your trip. And don’t forget, El Monte RV Rentals in Dallas is just three hours north of Hill Country wineries and always happy to help with your travel needs.

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Paddling and RV Camping Expedition to Bastrop, Texas

Bring your kayaks and canoes to Bastrop, Texas, RV travelers, for some stellar paddling action on the Colorado River. This beautiful waterway provides year-round recreation in the Austin area, whether you like to fly fish, paddle, hike a trail or simply set up camp nearby and watch the sun rise over the river.

If you’ve never traveled to this stretch of Texas, your best route from the north is I-35 from Dallas to Austin, then thirty miles southeast to Bastrop via TX-71. Once in Bastrop, you’ll find the perfect launch spot for the six-mile El Camino Real Paddling Trail at the city’s Fisherman’s Park.

Take a few minutes before you launch to enjoy Bastrop’s Riverwalk that links this park to Ferry Park just down the river. When you’re done admiring the view, head back to the boat launch and paddle downstream toward Lost Pines Recreational Trails. The Colorado makes a big loop around the city of Bastrop, but you won’t know you’re close to town once you get out on the water.

The unspoiled, backwoods beauty of this paddling trail makes it popular for kayakers, fly fishermen and the well-run paddling tours led by local outfitters. If you don’t have your own watercraft, be sure to book a tour as you plan your RV camping trip to Bastrop. For paddlers who want to drop a line while on the water for Guadalupe bass, smallmouth bass or channel cats, the El Camino Paddling Trail offers excellent prospects.

Entrance to Bastrop State Park

When you decide to take a break from the water, head over to Bastrop State Park  to enjoy the beauty of the ‘Lost Pines’, a remnant of loblolly pines found only in this section of Central Texas. You’ll also find RV campsites there, so if you like the idea of camping in a deep, green forest, by all means set up camp there for the night.

Another popular way to get out on the Colorado River while camping near Bastrop, Texas involves a visit to the Colorado River Refuge. Accessible right in town in the Tahitian Village Subdivision, the Refuge offers not only hiking trails and nature talks led by local volunteers, but also a launch point to yet another scenic stretch of the Colorado.

If you’d like to paddle a little longer on the Colorado near Bastrop, why not take the Wilbarger Paddling Trail? Put in at the bridge north of Bastrop on Farm-to-Market Road 969 and float fourteen miles past sandstone cliffs, hardwood forests and plenty of birds and wildlife, all the way down to Fisherman’s Park.

Bonus Bastrop Travel Tip: Don’t leave this Texas small-town gem without experiencing the charm of Bastrop’s Main Street. Maxine’s on Main is known throughout Texas for rib-sticking eats and the homes and shops around town represent with flair one of the Lone Star State’s earliest settlements.

With several campgrounds located along the river in the Bastrop area, including the Colorado River KOA, there’s no obstacle to an extended RV camping and paddling expedition to Central Texas. Get in touch with us for a Texas RV rental and plan to spend time on the Colorado River soon.

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Tee Off with Texas RV Camping & Golf

Deep in the heart of Texas there are hundreds of public golf courses just waiting to rev up your RV camping vacation. With more than seven hundred courses to choose from, you could golf and camp full-time, or simply set up an impressive golfing itinerary for a shorter vacation. Here are top picks for Texas public golf courses situated near excellent RV camping.

Texas Star Golf Course – Euless

Located on the north side of the Dallas-Fort Worth Metroplex, Euless, Texas is home to top-ranked Texas Star Golf Course. RV travelers who love to play golf will enjoy the woodsy feel of this par 71 course featuring several natural rises in elevation, creek-side play and expansive greens. The DFW area offers dozens of RV camping choices, from high-end RV resorts to cozy campgrounds on the banks of one of the area’s many lakes.

The Golf Club at Fossil Creek – Fort Worth

Another highly-rated golf course in the DFW area is Fossil Creek, designed by Arnold Palmer. Park your RV at a Fort Worth campground and then come play 18 holes on this par 72 course. It’s blessed with enough challenge to keep every golfer in your foursome paying attention. Rolling hills, a scenic creek and lush, Texas-sized trees make playing a round on Fossil Creek a memorable experience.

Tribute Golf Club – The Colony

The Colony, on the shores of Lake Lewisville north of Dallas, is home to two outstanding courses. Book a site at your favorite DFW RV resort and then book a tee time at Tribute Golf Club, named #1 by Golf Digest for three years in a row. Golfers who enjoy Scottish style golf will be thrilled to discover the rugged, picturesque beauty of one of the best courses this side of Scotland.

Old American Golf Club – The Colony

Adjacent to The Tribute on the shores of Lake Lewisville, the Old American Golf Club was designed to offer a classic American golf experience. Windswept greens and natural bunkers are just two of the ways the course designers worked to create golf as it was played in the early 1900s. Old American is a semi-private course, so check the website for dress code and tee time opportunities.

Brackenridge Park – San Antonio

Not only will RV campers in San Antonio love the wide range of campgrounds available, they’ll also love the golfing experience at Brackenridge Park. Part of the Alamo City Golf Trail, this historic course gives golfers the feel of a city park combined with the thrill of championship golf.

Quarry Golf Club – San Antonio

With the back nine set in a one-hundred-year-old rock quarry, this San Antonio course offers Texas campers a unique golfing experience. Plan to play at least one round on the Quarry when you’re camping in San Antonio—it’s known among top golfers as one of the most memorable courses in Texas. Use this guide to book your San Antonio area campsite now.

Starting to get the picture that RV camping in Texas can include great golfing adventures? These are just six of the courses that top golfers have named best in the state. Book your Texas RV rental soon, pack your favorite clubs and get ready to play at the best courses the Lone Star State has to offer.

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Why RV Campers Love Austin in Autumn!

With average temps in the 70s well into November, road-smart RV travelers have already made their plans for an Austin RV camping trip this autumn. But the weather’s not the only reason to visit the Texas capitol soon—in fact, there are four more temptations to get you into an RV and on the road to Austin.   austin_shutterstock_294020447

The Trails!

Did you know that this vibrant Texas city, just two and a half hours south of Dallas, is famous for its outdoor recreation? With a couple hundred miles of trails winding in and out of the city’s most famous attractions, there’s no reason to stay at the campground once you’re there. Here are just three suggestions for exciting day hikes in the Austin area.

  • Barton Creek Greenbelt – Close to downtown Austin, with a wonderland of waterfalls, rock walls and trails that cross over Barton Creek. Several access points give you a different hike each time, with a wealth of wildlife to discover as you follow the trails.
  • Turkey Creek Nature Trail (Emma Long Park) – This a great trail for the whole family, running through woods and along the creek without any major obstacles for hikers.
  • Lady Bird Lake—Ten miles of trails edge this wonderfully scenic, urban lake in the heart of Austin. It’s also a paddler’s paradise, so if you like a good water trail to follow on vacation, this is the place!

The Music!

Fans of live music of all kinds flock to Austin for the variety of music districts to experience. From clubs in the Red River district to the smokin’ hot sounds in downtown Austin venues, visitors to Austin can get their fill of the best bands in the country while they’re here. Use this guide to Austin live music to choose where you’ll go first.

The Fishing!

Have we mentioned how many great fishing holes you’ll find on your RV camping trip to Austin?

Large impoundments of the Colorado River offer major fishing possibilities. Lake Travis, just north of the city, reports strong fishing for black, white and striped bass. Lake Austin, a beautiful, urban waterway, has quite the reputation among bass anglers for white and Guadalupe bass. There’s also Lake Bastrop, about an hour southeast of Austin, where the big channel cats are taking the bait this fall. And don’t miss the bass fishing at Lake Fayette, just a little farther down the road.

The Scenery!

Self-guided and guided tours to Austin’s memorable sights can be the highlight of your Texas RV vacation. The Texas State Capitol Building on Congress Avenue is an architectural treasure. The vintage homes through the Capitol area are also worth a stroll-by.

You’ll want to visit the Sixth Street Historic District, just blocks away, to enjoy the old-fashioned charm of the Driskill Hotel, built in 1886, as well as the epicenter of Austin’s live music scene.

For one of the best scenic drives within a city limits, be sure to follow Route 360 over Lake Austin via the Pennybacker Bridge. You can park at the north end of the bridge and hike the cliffs to reach the scenic overlook, if you’re feeling athletic. Bottom line for Austin visitors: this city is rich with tree-lined lakes, fascinating historic treasures and well-maintained parks and natural areas. Get out and explore, it’s the best thing about being in Austin!

Austin, Texas is custom-made for autumn RV travelers. Stop dreaming and start packing, and if you need a Texas RV rental, give us a call. The weather’s fine and Austin is ready and waiting to entertain you!

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Dallas/Fort Worth Family RV Camping

Have you thought about taking the kids RV camping to Dallas this year? This booming Texas metroplex has attractions to tempt every youngster, from toddler to teenager. To help you start planning your next vacation, here’s a quick list of ways to enjoy family RV camping in the Dallas/Fort Worth area.

Cowboy Up

We can’t talk about these big Texas towns without a tip of the ten-gallon hat to their Western heritage. Once you’ve set up camp in DFW, follow the trail to the Fort Worth Stockyards, a historic district with enough Western-themed attractions to keep you busy all week.  Bull riding

Stockyards Station combines walking tours to attractions like the Texas Cowboy of Fame with fantastic shopping and dining venues. Be sure to visit the Fort Worth Herd of longhorns and challenge the family to conquer the Cowtown Cattlepen Maze (keep an eye out for the cattle drive!)

Be a Sport

Home to the Texas Rangers, Dallas/Fort Worth is the perfect place to come RV camping during baseball season. The team’s new home at Globe Park in Arlington is fully dedicated to the sport, from the Rangers Hall of Fame to the state of the art ballpark.

But that’s not the only sport in town! Score big points by taking young football fans on a tour of AT&T Stadium in Arlington, where plenty of Dallas Cowboys history is displayed in this enormous domed stadium. One more tip for RV camping sports fans in Dallas—check the schedule for the American Airlines Center, home to Dallas Mavericks NBA action and the Dallas Stars NHL hockey.

Take a Thrill Ride

If you’ve been to Dallas in the past, chances are you’ve visited Six Flags Over Texas, home to some of the best thrill rides in Texas. But did you know there’s even more for amusement park fans to experience in DFW? Sandy Lake Amusement Park in Carrollton is an old-fashioned attraction that offers your family swimming, amusement rides, mini-golf and a beautiful lakeside setting.

Here’s one more tip for thrill-seeking campers when they visit Dallas: Zero Gravity Thrill Park is the place to go for bungee jumping, taking a ride on a SkyCoaster or free-falling more than one hundred feet into a net!

Shop, Shop, Shop

Have a teen with a retail addiction? The Dallas/Fort Worth metroplex is a paradise for shoppers. Plan time to treat them to one of the area’s many upscale shopping districts like Fort Worth’s West 7th. If you’re always happy to find a bargain on vacation, be sure to visit the outlet malls in Grand Prairie and Grapevine. Two more standouts—Firewheel Town Center in Garland, a ‘small town’ with shop-lined streets that will fascinate the whole family, and shops like Wild Bill’s Western Wear in the historic West End district of Dallas.

Whether your RV camping family wants to head to the ballpark, take a ride on a roller coaster or shop while surrounded by cattle town history, the Dallas/Fort Worth area has an awesome place to do it. Book a Dallas RV rental and make your campground reservations early—there’s no better time than right now to visit Dallas/Fort Worth by RV.

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