Mason is an agricultural town in Mason County, Texas, and is the county seat. The town was first settled around Fort Mason in 1846; a post office was established in 1858, first as an addition to the fort but a few months later it was reassigned to the civilian community. After the end of the U.S. Civil War, returning soldiers and ranchers began a conflict over cattle rustling known as the Hoodoo Wars. A Texas Ranger, John Cooley, formed a gang that included famed western gunslinger Johnny Ringo. Other notable people who lived in Mason included author, journalist, and American West historian J. Marvin Hunter and Fred Gipson, author of the classic novel Old Yeller.
Book an RV in Mason County, and you can begin to explore this historic area much as the first settlers did (only in more comfortable surroundings). There are some other towns and cities that warrant a visit. Brady was a farming and ranching community in its past but has had industries such as a mohair-combing plant and sand-mining operations. San Saba is home to actor Tommy Lee Jones who was born there (San Saba is mentioned in Jones' film No Country for Old Men). Llano began as a frontier trading center. Junction was first known as Denman (after the surveyor who plotted the town) and then as Junction City before finally having its name shortened. Menard was originally known as Menardville but was asked by railroad companies laying track through the settlement to shorten its name (to make it easier to create signage). Your Mason travel trailer rental is how you will explore this scenic area in comfort and style.
The Great Outdoors
Mason Mountain WMA was an exotic game ranch from the mid-1980s until its creation in 1997. The park is home to a diverse multitude of animals, reptiles, and birds, and serves as both refuge for the animals and a controlled hunting area (a special permit is required). The WMA is also comprised of a variety of wildlife habitats; in much of the area, granite derived soils support post oak and blackjack oak tree stands.
Enchanted Rock State Natural Area is an outdoor recreational area with dedicated hiking trails and opportunities to rock climb (climbers should register upon entering the park). Picnicking and camping are allowed within the park, while birding and wildlife observation are both popular park activities. Your Mason camper rental is a perfect photography blind for those who want to capture the moment.
South Llano River State Park is a good choice for both swimming and fishing in the river, which is slow moving and suitable for families with young children. There are miles of trails for visitors to go hiking and biking, and campers can stay overnight to enjoy star gazing. The park also offers environmental education programs and is open year-round.
There are multiple RV parks and campgrounds in the area surrounding Mason, but some of them may have tent camping or long-term guests. Your Mason RV rental is the perfect vehicle for creating an enjoyable vacation in any of these locations.
Johnson Creek RV Resort & Park is a rustic RV campground nestled amongst trees with plenty of grassy areas. Sites can be rented by the day, week, or month and include full hookups, picnic tables, and much more. Guests can use the gym, laundry facilities, and on-site store.
Riverway RV Park is a scenic riverside RV campground with opportunities to swim and fish. Individual sites have pull-through access and full hookups and can be rented by the day, week, or month. The park has showers and laundry facilities, walking trails, and guests can rent kayaks.
Exploring The City
There is lots to see and do in the area surrounding Mason, some of it definitely unique. One of the local attractions is a bat cave at the end of a long drive where you can expect to see wildlife on the way. There are a number of wineries and museums, and one outdoor adventure guide takes visitors rock hunting for local gems and minerals. There is also a historical movie theater and a district library that has activities and other things for the kids to enjoy. While you're in Mason, be sure to take your Mason motorhome rental for a spin around the countryside. This is just one of the things that makes an RV vacation special.
When it's time for dinner, Mason has a good selection of eateries to choose from. A German restaurant has a good selection of entrees and even some North American options. Guests dining here should try the chicken salad in a half avocado. One of the local pizzerias has both indoor and outdoor seating and hamburgers and other items on the menu. Guests have the option of creating their own pizzas and salads (choose your own toppings), and the standard items all have big portions. Or, you can grab some takeout and head back to your Mason luxury RV rental for a quiet meal under a blanket of stars. This is what vacations are all about.
Mason, TX is the perfect spot to start your next road trip.
There are many popular rentals in Mason. Outdoorsy's Mason RV rental marketplace allows renters to choose from rental options from professional RV rental agencies as well as RVs for rent by owner.