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Set across 126 wooded acres along the banks of the Medina River, the Castroville Regional Park is a family-friendly RV campground in Castroville. It’s a popular base for exploring the Hill Country State Natural Area and the Government Canyon State Natural Area. It's also within easy day-tripping distance of San Antonio’s cultural and historic sites.
Castroville Regional Park RV campsites include hookups for water and 30/50-amp service. Pets are welcome to stay with you at the RV park, provided they remain on a leash, and the swimming pool is ideal for cooling off during the hot summer months. A highlight of camping at Castroville Regional Park is its proximity to the park’s nature trails and the opportunity to delve into its rich history as part of the Castro, Ihnken, and Hoog families.
The campsites at Castroville Regional Park are just under an hour’s drive from the Hill Country State Natural Area, which protects over 5,000 acres of rugged hills and scenic canyons that are typical of the Texas Hill Country. More than 40 miles of multi-use trails wind through the reserve and are accessible to hikers, mountain bikers, and horseback rider. Ashe juniper and Texas live oak trees dominate the landscape, along with open grasslands that support armadillos, opossums, and fox squirrels, as well as large numbers of white-tailed deer.
If you drive east from the Hill Country State Natural Area, you’ll eventually arrive at the Government Canyon State Natural Area. It preserves 12,000 acres of pristine hill country that provides nesting habitat for endangered golden-cheeked warblers and black-capped vireos. Skunks, raccoons, and cottontail rabbits also inhabit the natural area, as do bobcats, coyotes, and mountain lions (although they’re rarely seen by visitors). There are around 40 miles of hiking and biking trails to explore, with several species of oak trees, mountain laurel, and a variety of grasses lining the routes.
If you’re an angler, head to the shores of Medina Lake, a crescent-shaped reservoir that was created in 1913 following the construction of the Medina Dam. It’s well-stocked with largemouth bass, hybrid striped bass, catfish, and carp, as well as serving an irrigation purpose for the surrounding region. On the northern shores of the lake is Bandera County Medina Lake Park, which is a popular setting for swimming, picnicking, and boating.
Castroville campers can pick up groceries at one of the local supermarkets, and gas stations are also available if you need to fill up your RV rental. There are also several eateries in the city for those nights when you don’t feel like cooking, including fast-food restaurants, a barbecue joint, and cafes. Also in Castroville is the Landmark Inn State Historic Site, a historic inn that was built by Swiss immigrants, Cesar and Hannah Monod, in 1849. It has served numerous functions throughout its history and was added to the National Register of Historic Places in 1972. Its guest rooms are now furnished with antiques and historical reproductions from the 1850s, 1880s, and 1920s.
The campsites at Castroville Regional Park are 35 minutes' drive from the heart of San Antonio, which is home to the 18th-century Spanish mission, the Alamo. Learn about the battle for Texan independence from Mexico that took place here in 1836, then soak up the sweeping views across the city from the 750-foot Tower of the Americas. You can stretch your legs along the waterfront River Walk, which is lined with cafes and retail stores or get your thrills at the Six Flags Fiesta Texas, with iconic rides like the Scream, the Crow’s Nest Ferris wheel, and the Krypton Coaster.
On the western outskirts of the city is SeaWorld San Antonio, which is one of the largest marine-life theme parks in the world. It’s home to several roller coasters and thrill rides, such as the Wave Breaker and the Great White, as well as the Texas Stingray - the longest, tallest, and fastest wooden coaster in the state. Coincide your visit with one of the daily shows to see their orcas, beluga whales, and sea lions in action or opt for one of the interactive experiences that enable you to swim with the resident dolphins or interact with their friendly penguins.
Whether you want to stretch your legs on the hiking trails of the Government Canyon State Natural Area or discover the family-friendly attractions of San Antonio, book an RV rental in Medina County and start planning your next Texas Hill Country camping trip today.