If you willing to drive a little further to camp in a Texas State Park this Spring Break head west on Interstate 10 to Junction, Texas, then south on US Highway 377 for 5 miles to Park Road 73. You will arrive at the South Llano River State Park for a few days or maaybe a week of fishing, canoeing and tubing, swimming if you decide to brave the cool clear waters of the river and wildlife observation.
At 524 acres this is a small park and one of the prettiest of the Texas State Parks.
58 campsites with water and electric are circled around the camping loop which also contains a restroom with hot showers as well as a trailer dump station. Primitive camping is available at walk-in sites, a 30-70 yard walk from where your car will be parked. These sites have picnic tables and fire rings with drinking water available to every 4 sites. Composting toilets are in this area. South Llano River State Park boasts two miles of river frontage. There are numerous access points on the river when you get ready to put in your canoe or float in your tube, a favorite Texas spring break or summer activity.
Easy hiking trails allow hikers and mountain bikers to explore the wooded bottom land. Bring your fishing pole along as you explore, you will probably want to throw your line in at the riverbank or in one of the two small oxbow lakes. Fishing is free at any Texas State Park. (If you are on a body of water you must have a Texas Fishing License.) Several of the hiking trails will lead into the large adjoining Walter Buck Wildlife Management Area.
Wildlife observation is another favorite activity at South Llano River State Park. The Rio Grand turkey roosts here in the winter. Observation blinds are positioned to allow visitors a peek of the turkey moving to and from the roost. It is important to note that a large portion of the park that contains the turkey roosting area is closed to visitors from October 1st through April 1st every year.
Admission fee to the South Llano River State Park is $3 per person, per day ages 13 and older. Admission fees are waived if you are the holder of an annual Texas State Park Pass which sells for a $60 fee or $75 for a two card membership.
Overnight camping at the water and electric sites will cost you $17, a maximum of 8 people at each site is allowed.
Overnight camping at the water only primitive sites is $10 per night with a maximum of 4 persons allowed.