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Boondocking at Sandy Creek Park – Greater Austin, Texas

Making our way from Arizona to Alabama, we decided to scope out Austin, Texas. The city was bustling with the energy of SXSW and the parks were swamped with spring breakers. We spent longer than usual searching for a scenic, yet affordable campsite.

We landed at Sandy Creek Park, 25 miles north of Downtown Austin.



Here’s the breakdown:

Location: Leander, Texas

GPS: 30.46957, -97.90533

Price: $17/night ($15 primitive camping fee + $2 trailer fee). Most state parks we quoting us $30/night and Pecan Grove Park quoted us $70/night.


Date/Temp: March 15-17, highs in the low 90s and lows of 70

Amenities: Sandy Creek offers flush toilets, a dump station, trash receptacles and water. None of the sites offer hookups. However, they’re very spacious and each has a picnic table and grill. On the waterfront, there is a boat ramp and many fishing areas.


Noise: It was very quiet in the evenings. During the day, boat traffic and day-users increased the noise, but it was never a loud environment.

Wifi/Cell: Our AT&T and T-Mobile services received full bars of 4G data. We never struggled with connectivity at Sandy Creek.

Grocery/Errands: There is a huge suburban town five miles from the park offering all the shopping and dinning options we needed. If you want to drive a little further, specialty stores like Whole Foods and Trader Joe’s are available.

Dog Friendly: The park welcomes dogs on a leash. River (our pup) enjoyed playing outside on her line and taking a dip in the lake. There are plenty of roads and trails to walk, as well.

Entertainment: We drove into Downtown Austin for a day to explore the city. It was a 40 minute drive with heavy traffic (due to SXSW). Hanging out at our campsite was great, too – there’s a beautiful waterfront and fast internet. What more could we need?!


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  1. You’re making me miss home! Are you guys glad you went, even though it was SX? ($70 at Pecan Grove?? They were really capitalizing on the demand.)

  2. We had a fun time and really enjoyed the food we ate during our visit. Pecan Grove’s $70 rate was a total turn-off, but our campsite turned out to be a good option

  3. Definitely! We only spent one full day in the city because of the crowds, but we really enjoyed our time there. We loved our quiet campground on the lake.