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South Llano River is a campground that lies withing South Llano State Park, a wonderful place for motorhome camping trips, as well as all kinds of recreational activities on the land and in the water. Located on the western edge of Texas Hill Country, the area is abundant with wildlife and features a lush pecan grove river bottom and rocky upland backcountry. The main attraction is the unique South Llano River, which, according to historical records, has never run dry.
The campsites at South Llano River State Park provide various options for different types of camping preferences. Around 58 sites include 30 amp electric and water hookups, plus a picnic table and nearby restrooms with hot showers. There are also six walk-in campsites that include a fire ring and picnic table, as well as nearby water and restrooms with showers. Or, there’s the option of hiking in approximately 1.5 miles from the trailhead to a number of primitive campsites that include a picnic table and a composting toilet in the area.
Other amenities at this campground include a dump station and a park store. The Ranger Station headquarters offers plenty of helpful info and equipment. Pick up a GPS device here to help navigate the park or borrow some gear if you'd like to try your luck at fishing. Search for an RV in Kimble County, pack up water toys, bicycles, and hiking boots in your travel trailer, and make your way to your campsite at Junction, Texas. The state park is typically open daily, with peak season being from March through October.
The slow-paced South Llano River is one of the state park’s main attractions offering all kinds of fun water recreation. Take your pick from swimming, floating, and paddling along the two miles of river frontage. There are a number of convenient, designated entry and exit points for tubing and paddling. No problem if you’re not planning to bring your own water equipment; you’ll be able to rent tubes, canoes, or kayaks locally.
The spring-fed river also draws anglers looking to catch the Guadalupe bass, which happens to be the state fish of Texas. At the moment, visitors do not need fishing licenses to cast a line within the boundaries of South Llano River State Park. Another popular daytime activity here is geocaching. The park is also recognized as an “International Dark Sky Park,” so enjoy stargazing for the Milky Way before you settle in for the night from the comfort of your campervan.
Whether you prefer exploring the park’s lowlands or rugged backcountry by hiking, mountain biking, or cycling on surfaced roads, you’ll find around 22.7 miles of trails to trek when you camp in an RV at South Llano River State Park. The trails accommodate all levels of hikers and bikers and meander across river bottoms, wooded areas, and steep ridges with wonderful scenic views along the way.
South Llano River State Park provides a habitat for one of the largest turkey roosts in Central Texas and offers fantastic birdwatching and wildlife-viewing, so make sure to bring binoculars and cameras along on your RV rental vacation. Visit the park’s four bird blinds, and as you explore the terrain, you might discover some of the hundreds of plant and wildlife species that call this park home.
South Llano River State Park campers have access to year-round ranger programs, which are a great way to get a sense of the park’s nature and history. There are also junior ranger programs and educational activities available for the kiddos, so this is a great place to go camping in an RV with the whole family.
When you’re in the mood for some culture, cruise over and stretch your legs in the city of Junction. You’ll find all sorts of supplies, services, and entertainment here. Fuel up on gas, dine at a BBQ cook-off or shop for souvenirs. Swing by the Kimble County Historical Museum, browse a local festival and kick up your boots at a rodeo and dance event. As you explore the spectacular Texas Hill Country in your RV rental, another great place to consider visiting is the Enchanted Rock State Natural Area.
Bat enthusiasts should consider booking a guided tour at the Devil’s Sinkhole State Natural Area, which is located northwest of San Antonio. This National Natural Landmark provides a habitat for one of the largest colonies of Mexican free-tailed bats in Texas. In addition to millions of bats, the 1,860-acre natural area provides a setting for birding tours, nature walks, or motorcycle rides. You’ll need to make a reservation in advance for tours, which start in Rocksprings at the Devil’s Sinkhole Visitor Center.