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The South Llano River State Park is located in the city of Junction in Kimble County, Texas. The larger cities, a little over 100 miles away, include San Antonio and Austin. Located in the valley of the Llano River, a tributary of the Colorado River, the South Llano River State Park covers over 500 acres of beautiful forest, making it a popular choice for camping with an RV.
The park is managed by the Texas Parks and Wildlife Department and has been serving as a refuge for wildlife and outdoor enthusiasts in the southwestern edge of this Hill Country. Offering a range of outdoor activities, you’ll want to book an RV in Kimble County to make use of the beautiful state park and all that it has to offer. From lots of river fun to hiking, trekking, nature watching, and biking, the South Llano River State Park is a fine escape into calm, natural surroundings.
The South Llano River State Park’s primary attraction is the stretch of river that flows through the heart of the park, drawing visitors from far and wide to its cool waters. With about two miles of river frontage the South Llano River, that is spring-fed, is slow-moving, making it ideal for paddling or floating. Canoeing and kayaking are popular on the river stretch, and if, by chance, you forget to pack in tubes for floating into your RV rental, they can be rented at the park as well.
Interestingly, you don’t need a license for fishing within the boundaries of the state park, and if you don’t happen to be carrying any fishing gear, the park headquarters should be able to help you out with some.
Hiking is another popular activity at the state park, with over 20 miles of hiking trails available, ranging from easy to difficult. And for those who prefer mountain biking, you can expect to see some amazing views from the steep ridges and wooded areas as well.
Stargazing is a great attraction for those camping at South Llano River State Park. Since the park is a designated International Dark Sky Park, there are a number of astronomy events organized at different times in the year.
If you consider including a bit of RV camping at the South Llano River State Park, you will have access to quite a few RV parking sites within the park at a designated camping ground. With over 50 spots available, expect sites with big rig access, water availability, electricity at 30 amps, restrooms and showers, fire rings, picnic tables, and cell phone connectivity in certain areas. There are options for tent camping as well. With plenty of room to run around and play, the campsite is child-friendly, so bring your kids along!
Pets are welcome at the campsite in designated pet areas, but their entry is restricted inside any of the Texas State Park buildings within the park. It is advisable to get in touch with the park authorities on pet restrictions before confirming your RV spot at the campsite. The park requires reservations to be made prior to your trip, so do call ahead to reserve a spot.
If you’re interested in camping in a motorhome rental at South Llano River State Park, and you're not lucky enough to reserve a spot within the park, don’t worry. There are other options close by. The Above and Beyond River RV Resort in Junction offers pull-thru sites with full hookups, big rig access, electricity (both 30 and 50 amps), sewers, water, restrooms and showers, a camp store and cell phone connectivity. You can bring your kids along, as well as your pets, as the park is both child-friendly and pet-friendly too. There’s a camp store close by stocked with a few last-minute camping necessities.
When you make your way to the South Llano River State Park on your RV rental vacation, set aside some time to explore the city of Junction and the Texas Hill Country. While the city’s main focus is the state park, it’s a good idea to explore the county’s humble beginnings by stopping by at the Kimble County Historical Museum. The museum houses exhibits related to World War I and II, historical documents, Indian relics and photographs, antique tools and household items, and extensive documents linked to early families from the area. The Kimble County Library is another interesting building to stop by, known for being one of the best public libraries to be found in a small town!
If you happen to plan an RV rental camping trip to South Llano River State Park in the month of August, try and time your visit with the Junction Rodeo that is held over a weekend in that month. A merry time is guaranteed with lots of music, singing and dancing and a parade, in addition to the rodeo.
Though Junction is a small city, you’ll find a number of gas stations and convenience stores in different corners of the city with ease. And when it comes to food, there are quite a few restaurants to choose from, many specializing in the famous Texan barbeque!
In the neighboring city of Kerrville, not very far from Junction, there is plenty to do and see as well. With a number of museums, theaters and art galleries, spending a day to in Kerrville is well worth it!