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Old 08-23-2016, 02:35 PM   #15
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Nice photo bombs Frank. Ornery much?? Lol!!


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Old 08-23-2016, 03:22 PM   #16
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Thought I would post a few photos from this weekend's little trip to Pedernales Falls State Park ... a short 30 minute drive west of Austin, TX. We're fortunate to have so many great places to camp within an hour of Austin ... it's a challenge to decide which place we want to visit.
Sorry I missed you there at Pedernales Falls S.P. I'll be there tomorrow (24th for 3 nights. Been there several time and love the park.
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Old 08-23-2016, 03:48 PM   #17
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Yeh, 'splain that one , Lucy. We had same experience around Austin in Jan last year. What's the secret? (Oops, I think I just hyjacked the original--great pictures--thread.)
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Old 08-23-2016, 07:06 PM   #18
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My husband and I moved to Texas this Spring, and were disappointed to find that the State Parks in the Hill country all appeared to be fully reserved for every weekend. We really don't want to camp at private RV parks, but it seems that this is our only option. How far in advance did you make your reservation for Pedernales Falls? This is one of the parks we are interested in visiting. We are quite frustrated after coming from the Rocky Mountain area, where camping is much easier to find.
I share your frustration with finding availability in the State Parks when making reservations ... especially those in the Hill Country ... they're very popular. I try to make reservations a couple months in advance for typical weekends ... for holidays you need to make them 11 months in advance (11 months in advance is the farthest out the reservation system will allow reservations). Equally as nice are LCRA (Lower Colorado River Authority) parks ... but they also reserve quickly. Following is the link to LCRA parks:

http://www.lcra.org/parks/Pages/default.aspx

There are also some very nice US Army Corp of Engineer parks in the Austin area. Following is the link to their parks:

http://www.recreation.gov/campground...tByAgencyID.do
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Old 08-24-2016, 05:25 AM   #19
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My husband and I moved to Texas this Spring, and were disappointed to find that the State Parks in the Hill country all appeared to be fully reserved for every weekend. We really don't want to camp at private RV parks, but it seems that this is our only option. How far in advance did you make your reservation for Pedernales Falls? This is one of the parks we are interested in visiting. We are quite frustrated after coming from the Rocky Mountain area, where camping is much easier to find.
It's a huge problem and it's under-emphasized generally in many discussions as well as publicly (the impossibility of the situation makes Texas look bad, and rightly so). If you want hook-ups, my best suggestion is to keep iterating on the TPWD reservation page to see what you can get - keep trying to reserve on successive weekends out until you see vacancies. You may have to wait a long, long time. The last time I checked Garner State Park, which is about 140 miles from Pedernales and similarly popular, the lead time needed for reservations was 330 days.

If you can live without hook-ups, the options broaden somewhat. Some state parks have overflow areas and if there are no individual spots available, they MAY let you dry camp if they know for sure that you are really capable of doing it without drawing bothersome attention to yourself (no running of generators, for instance; e.g., Brazos Bend State Park has such an area near the main gate, spartan but you can park there if they allow it). Some parks have unserviced equestrian areas - same deal applies, IF they have room and it won't disturb the horse people. But at other parks, overflowing and overnight parking are not allowed under any circumstances (e.g., Stephen F. Austin State Park). One really has to inquire park-by-park, and good luck getting anyone on the phone. Even if you get them on the phone, they are almost always noncommittal.

What I often do is scope an area for its allowable boondocking potential (e.g., nearby Walmarts) and then give 'er the old college try at the park gate within a half hour of closing time, to see if they have had any last-minute cancellations that they could reassign to me. Sometimes it works, and sometimes I have to drive home at night after getting turned away (or to the nearest Walmart). We scored a good one-night site at Dinosaur Valley State Park (about 160 miles from Pedernales) back in March by trying that. It was raining that day and they had a last-minute opening. If I had instead tried to reserve in advance at that park, I would have had to wait until doomsday - too far out to ever be practical with my work schedule.
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It's hard to say it's a bad thing, but Texas state parks, especially those in the Hill Country, are beautiful, popular, and inexpensive. Weekend reservations sell out 'way in advance.

One good thing about Texas state park reservations is that the cancellation fee is only $5, if you cancel a week in advance. If you can afford to eat the penalty, make reservations 6 months or so in advance for several weekends, then re-evaluate when the time gets closer.

I had reservations for Garner State Park last April and had to cancel at the last minute due to incoming very bad weather. Lost the first day's fee on that one, but it's still only about $25.

I still grumble about my bad luck. I've always wanted to see that park. Oh, well, there's next year.
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It's a huge problem and it's under-emphasized generally in many discussions as well as publicly (the impossibility of the situation makes Texas look bad, and rightly so). If you want hook-ups, my best suggestion is to keep iterating on the TPWD reservation page to see what you can get - keep trying to reserve on successive weekends out until you see vacancies. You may have to wait a long, long time. The last time I checked Garner State Park, which is about 140 miles from Pedernales and similarly popular, the lead time needed for reservations was 330 days.
Thanks. We think alike. Back in the spring, I started checking for availability at a few of the parks we targeted and kept extending the calendar through about October/November, with no luck for weekend sites that would accommodate our trailer. I did manage to get a site at Abilene State Park that worked well for our initial trip down to Texas, but that was not on a weekend. At this point I regret buying the annual Texas Parks pass. It appears that we won't be able to utilize it. I might try calling some of the parks about potential "overflow" sites that you mentioned and see if I can talk to a human being. We don't need electrical hookups, since we have solar. We just would need to dump tanks somewhere at the end of the trip. Meanwhile, we have found some municipal parks that we might check out.
Again, thanks for confirming what we suspected: reservations need to be made nearly 1 year in advance.
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... I might try calling some of the parks about potential "overflow" sites that you mentioned and see if I can talk to a human being. We don't need electrical hookups, since we have solar. We just would need to dump tanks somewhere at the end of the trip. ....
This massive problem is one of the primary reasons why my husband and I opted for an Airstream Interstate rather than an Airstream trailer, which is what I originally wanted (husband won the argument and I'm very glad of that). The Interstate is a van and can stealth in locations where it would simply be impossible for trailers. The other option is backcountry parking lots, but there's no way a trailer could be parked overnight in those with impunity because they were designed for passenger vehicles and that portion of the rules WILL be enforced. At many parks, regardless of congestion, it's pretty easy to get a backcountry hiking and camping permit, which requires parking in some obscure defined location and then hiking a minimum of X amount of distance in before setting up a tent (X is often a quarter mile). Well, if one parks a motor vehicle (not a trailer), blacks out the windows, doesn't make any noise or run a generator, who would be able to determine whether there are people still in there or whether they did actually trot themselves into the backcountry? It's not exactly what was originally intended by the system, but neither does it cause problems or cause park staff to take issue with it.

Shoot, this past spring, the whole notion of X distance away from the parking lot was made moot by burn bans in many parks, because the backcountry tent campers were forced to return to their vehicles every time they wanted to cook a meal with open flame (personal gas stove or whatever). So in that scenario, people were half-living in the backcountry parking lots regardless of their intentions or what the rules said that they were "allowed" to do.
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