Travel is looking a whole lot different these days… But that doesn’t mean we need to stay cooped up inside this summer!
Normally I’d be flying around, visiting breweries in far-off places, and planning our annual international Fall trip.
Now, because of the current pandemic, we’re opting to stay a little closer to home with travels. And definitely only getting around by car.
That being said, we’ve discovered a special little place that’s just a short drive outside of Austin.
It’s a hidden secret but it’s quickly become our new favorite spot… And I’m very excited to share it with you.
Black Rock Park Campground
Let me introduce to you Black Rock Park Campground (pictured above): a gorgeous, quiet park right on the shores of Lake Buchanan. Just a quick hour and a half drive northwest of Austin.
Black Rock Park is a 25-acre park set on Lake Buchanan with dog-friendly camping, swimming, and boating. The property offers lakefront mini-cabins, tent camping (with lake views), and fully-loaded RV sites.
Whether you’re staying for the afternoon, or a long weekend, this Hill Country getaway provides guests with all the best Texas summer activities such as boating and swimming.
Black Rock Park is owned and managed by the Lower River Colorado Authority (LCRA). Currently, all LCRA-managed parks are open.
Visitors must wear face coverings and should practice social distancing in the parks. No groups larger than five people are allowed, except for families or people living in the same household.
Personally, I felt very safe at Black Rock Park. I was able to socially distance myself from everyone without it being a chore. The cabins are far enough apart and the beach is big enough to give everyone room. Attendants wore masks at check-in and all the park-goers were respectful of the rules and distances.
Black Rock Park Accommodations and Camping
Black Rock Park has it all for Hill Country travelers. You can come hang out at the lake with a day pass, or stay for a few nights in one of their mini-cabins (pictured above).
Along with 20 tent campsites and 15 full RV hookup sites, Black Rock Park has 18 mini-cabins at their Lake Buchanan property!
Many of the cabins at Lake Buchanan are dog-friendly, and that we love. Here is what comes with each pastel-colored mini-cabin:
- 2 bunk beds (3 twin, 1 queen and can sleep up to 5)
- AC, heat, water spigot, and electricity
- Fire pit, picnic table, and grill
- Covered front porch with lakefront views
One of the best features of camping at Black Rock Park is the low price. Here are the prices at the time of publishing. (Please visit the LCRA park site for the most updated pricing.)
Bookings fill up fast, so make sure to book at least a few weeks in advance to get a specific date! Find out more information about booking your reservation here.
Activities and Amenities at Black Rock Park
Black Rock Park offers so many activities, especially for those visiting with family.
We love coming with our two dogs and just taking it easy. We are really big fan of the kayak rentals, and I’m still trying to talk Jason into doing putt-putt! Maybe in the fall when it’s a bit cooler…
The whole park at Lake Buchanan is more-or-less a peninsula. Which means there is plenty of shoreline to spread out and enjoying some swimming, fishing, or a simple picnic!
Right next to Black Rock Park is the (free) Llano County Park Boat Ramp. So if you’re one of those lucky folks with a boat, Black Rock Park is a wonderful campground to set as your base for a weekend of boating on Lake Buchanan.
Side note, should you be visiting for a weekend of boating Lake Buchanan, please do not forget to invite me, your dearest friend. 🙂
- Kayak rentals
- Sand volleyball court
- Group Hall rental for up to 120 people
- Private showers
- Flushing toilets
- Full RV hookup stations
- RV dump station
- Boat ramp
More Fun Things to Do Near Lake Buchanan
When we stay at Black Rock Park, we usually stay at the campground the whole time. There’s so much fun to be had right from our campsite.
But should you find yourself here for an extended time, or want to explore the surrounding areas (either during your stay, or on the way in/out), I have you covered.
Below are my recommendations for fun things to do near Lake Buchanan.
- Spend the afternoon exploring nearby Marble Falls. (Check out my Marble Falls travel guide for more on what to do in this cute little Hill Country Town).
- Visit the Falkenstein Castle, a fairy tale-like Texas castle inspired by the Neuschwanstein Castle in Germany.
- Visit a local winery such as Torr Na Locks (great views!!) or Fall Creek.
Now it’s time to start planning your Hill Country lake getaway!
Ready to book yourself some lakeside action (or relaxation!) at Black Rock Park up in Hill Country? Visit this site and start planning.
Have questions? Drop them below and I’ll try to help!
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