McNeil is an unincorporated community in Travis County, Texas, and something of an anomaly. It has a post office and a zip code (which usually goes hand-in-hand with incorporation) but only the post office and one local business are listed as existing in Travis and use its zip code. All other structures in the area have Austin, Texas mailing addresses (and Austin zip codes). The post office was constructed in 1888 and McNeil High School was built in 1991. Passenger and freight rail services pass through McNeil using the old A&N Rail lines; they are operated by the Capital Metropolitan Transportation Authority (Cap Metro).
Book an RV in Travis County and you are ready to explore the area, seeing how people have lived here in the past and today. There are other towns and cities that you should consider visiting and exploring. Burnet has an interesting combination of newer restaurants and tourist attractions, and older historical settings. Georgetown's nickname is “The Red Poppy Capital of Texas” due to its abundance of these wildflowers in the city; it holds a red poppy festival in April of each year in the historic square and the festival is well attended. The origin of Milano's name is not officially known, but some locals believe it was named after Milano, Italy, due to similarities in the weather (Milano is actually much colder). Elgin's early population came mostly from neighboring Perryville, also known as “Hogeye”; it got its nickname from a local musician who would play at town dances but only knew one song, “Hogeye”. San Marcos has been mentioned as one of the “Best Places to Raise your Kids” by Business Week magazine. Your McNeil travel trailer rental is your opportunity to experience Texas life in person.
The Great Outdoors
Balcones Canyonlands National Wildlife Refuge is a huge preserve that provides a safe haven for migrating birds and has been declared a Globally Important Bird Area. It consists of a canyon, open fields, and a river. It is also home to a labyrinth of caves and sinkholes created when the acidic water dissolved the resident limestone over time; the caves provide shelter for a variety of animal species. The refuge has a variety of trails open to the public for hiking.
Barton Creek Habitat Preserve is a habitat for two species of endangered birds; it has forest communities and grassland areas in the uplands, populated by oak and Ashe juniper stands, and little bluestem and Indiangrass. Canyon walls lead down to a creek bottom where there are sycamore and black willow tree stands, Texas oak and elm trees, and much more. Public access is limited and should be arranged in advance, but is worth the effort. Volunteer activities also allow access.
Friendship Park is a developed property adjacent to Granger Lake in the Texas Blackland Prairie. It offers opportunities to camp and view the resident wildlife and flower species that blanket the land. It has restrooms and electrical outlets, picnic tables, and fire rings for guests to enjoy. Park your McNeil RV trailer rental nearby and combine your outdoor experience with the creature comforts of home.
There are numerous RV parks and campgrounds in the surrounding area; some of these may have mobile homes as well as RVs and some may have long-term guests. Your McNeil RV rental is all that you need to make this an extraordinary vacation.
Hill Country Lakes RV Campground is a semi-rustic RV park that rents by the day, week, or month. The park has laundry facilities, showers, and a covered pavilion. Guests can enjoy playing ping-pong or horseshoes or use the community barbecue grills. Individual sites have campfire rings and picnic tables. There is some tent camping and there are a few cabins for rent.
Lake Travis Inn & RV Park is a gated RV community with Wi-Fi and cable TV channels. Sites can be rented by the day, week, or month, and include full hookups. Some sites have pull-through access and concrete pads, and most have enough room for double slideouts. The park is pet-friendly and has a mixture of RV travelers and long-term guests. The park also has a selection of rooms at the nearby Lake Travis Inn, which can be rented by the month.
Exploring The City
There are plenty of activities you can enjoy in McNeil and the surrounding area, starting with waterparks and a local minor league baseball team. Visitors to the baseball diamond can enjoy all the usual ballpark perks, such as hot dogs, drinks and, oh, yes, the game; guests should not discount the minor league status of the team, which has MLB connections and an impressive track record. One local waterpark has water volleyball and basketball, a climbing wall which is part waterfall (just to make it interesting), plus slides and a lazy river. Those seeking the strange and unique should check out the McNeil Bridge bats, which emerge every evening at dusk en masse; this is a Mexico free-tailed bat colony, nearly half a million strong, and viewers often come with blankets and lawn chairs. It is a mosquito free-event; you can thank the bats for this while you're watching. A vacation here is literally a photo event, so be sure to include your McNeil motorhome rental in the photos.
Dining in the McNeil area is equally enjoyable and affordable; restaurants range from inexpensive to moderately priced, and the choice of cuisines is large. Most establishments are locally owned, meaning that ingredients are fresh and menu selections interesting. One seafood restaurant specializes in oyster recipes but has a good selection of fish on the menu. Another seafood joint includes cajun entrees for those who like their spice. Most restaurants offer large portions, so feel free to take your leftovers home to your McNeil luxury RV rental for a late night snack. Vacations were made for cheating on your diet, so enjoy!
McNeil, TX is the perfect spot to start your next road trip.
There are many popular rentals in McNeil. Outdoorsy's McNeil RV rental marketplace allows renters to choose from rental options from professional RV rental agencies as well as RVs for rent by owner.