What a lovely spot! We stayed in the big cabin,which included everything we needed. We actually didn't expect everything that it had. We will definitely return during warmer weather so we can enjoy the beautiful river.
We were lucky to find this spot hidden in an article about lesser known spots to camp in the Hill Country. It's the kind of place that you want to rave about while never wanting people to find out about it so that it remains a secret.
We've loved the nearby Eckert James River Bat Cave Preserve for years, and we've long wanted a nice place to camp nearby since it's hours from our home. After another great bat flight, we tent camped for a night overlooking the river. The water was right below our campsite, and we had trees for shade and hammocks. We fully enjoyed the tranquility and wildlife (armadillos, nutria, roadrunners, lizards, turtles, raccoons, kingfishers, etc.) beside the gurgling river under the Milky Way, so we added a second night shortly after waking up.
We never met any staff, as directions had us booked into a given spot with instructions to just make ourselves at home. We had a lovely time and will return. Just don't tell everyone how great it is, as it should remain our little secret. :)
I've been fishing the Llano river for many years and stayed at a B&B but after it closed I had to find a new place. I love to camp but I like a few comforts like restrooms, hot showers and wifi. They have it all and it's a small park so you don't get too much company, just a little. My camp site was overlooking the river and was very quiet. I would have liked to have had water and electric but I got by. The staff is very attentive and responsive. I used facebook messenger to communicate and always got a quick response to my request for a shuttle for my kayak. The location is great being so close to the small town of Mason. Good eats at the Willow Creek Cafe, Cooper's BBQ, or Santos Taqueria.
We had a nice RV spot and our additional family stayed in the tiny house. The house was clean and had good amenities, including a double bed, hot shower, and kitchen supplies. Most people in the RV park were living there and working nearby so every morning we had about 4-5 diesel trucks cruise by the campsite. The park also sits right next to a main road which also lent to some additional noise disturbance. Overall, we thought the park was clean, fairly quiet, dog friendly, and with a nice view of the river.
Our main complaint was with the kayak trip. We were charged $55 to ride the "shuttle" that took 4 people to the drop-in site about 15 minutes away. The "shuttle" was (the owner??'s) an extended cab truck that was dirty, trashy, and smelled like cigarettes. We were dropped off by a bridge by the side of a road with no real drop-in or direction/map. She didn't seem to care and pretty much left us there to figure it out. Plus we were not told how to get back to the RV site. There was a cable across the river with orange flags--we had to go under the cable to get back. Had we not explored the area on our own the day before, we would not have known to cross under the restricted area to get back to the site. Most people would have been deterred by that and gone the wrong way. Once we finished the trip, we then had to take our kayaks up the hill and re-rack them ourselves. After we dragged our kayaks across the first 1/4 mile of rocks, we did have a wonderful time exploring the Llano river--it was clean, quiet, clear, and fun! If Dos Rios wants to continue to offer kayak trips, they need make some changes!!
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