This is a fun and funky place, and we loved it. The good: it's a great location, with numerous restaurants, bars, and live music within easy walking distance; the residents (yes, there are quite a few permanent residents here) are friendly and interesting; and if you like shade on a hot day, the trees here are beautiful and numerous. The not as good: we didn't have getting in and out in our 31' Airstream, but we saw a large Class A that was having problems making a turn; it's cash or check only, no credit cards; they do not have a web site so getting information about the park is dependent on web sites like this one. I had heard that a stay required making reservations weeks or months in advance, but we only called ahead by one time and got a spot; maybe we just got lucky. We will be back (assuming we can get a spot). We camped here in a Travel Trailer.
It's all about location on this one - you can't beat it. Extremely convenient to restaurants and most attractions in Austin. Shade is plentiful, sites are tight but manageable, water and electric are good. The park has many permanent residents, many of which play right in to the "keep Austin weird" mantra. In other parks in other cities, the "weird" element might have been a little scary, but in Austin, it's just...Austin. The park is showing signs of age, but they seem to keep up with maintenance for the most part. I just can't give this place a 9 or 10 like others. I've stayed in a "9" park before, and this doesn't approach that level. The bathrooms and showers are very dated and were cleaned once every couple days. They are very over due for an update. There is no pool or other amenities often found in a higher rated campground. But again, for what it is, and given the location, this is a worthy place to consider if your business or pleasure brings you to Austin, Texas. We camped here in a Motorhome.
This park is right in the middle of the city of Austin on Barton Springs Road which is called restaurant row. The park has a lot of permanents and only about three overnight sites so if you plan to camp here you need to call for reservations about three months ahead. You can’t reserve online. The price includes full hookups, cable, and Wi-Fi. The owners really had great suggestions of what to do etc. Sites are right next to each other. Check in was quick and so informative. There are many cute restaurants within walking distance. The city bus stops across the street and for a $1 they will drop you off and pick you up in front of the Visitor Center on 11th. The capitol, music district, museums, University of Texas all within walking distance. One can bike from the campground to one of the bike trails by using the sidewalks and it is an easy ride. We camped here in a Motorhome.
Location, location, location! What more can I say. This place is in a great location - close to downtown, hike/bike trail, shopping, restaurants, you name it - it's close to everything! But don't expect a pristine park. It is very quaint, tight spaces (we couldn't get our awning out more than a few feet), but the neighbors are friendly, polite, and the manager is very helpful. Most residents live there and some RVs look pretty run down. We have a 38' 5th wheel and a dulley club cab truck and they both fit snug in the space. We loved waking up every morning to the birds singing - didn't even know we were downtown Austin. We also felt extremely safe in this park. We stayed at Pecan Grove for a week and would love to be one of the permanent residents. We camped here in a Fifth Wheel.
Pecan Grove RV Park will not be everyone's "cup of tea". But, if you understand, believe, or embrace the local saying, "Keep Austin Weird", or if you have a tie-dyed shirt with that slogan on it, then you will appreciate Pecan Grove! Pecan Grove RV Park is located directly across Lake Lady Bird from downtown Austin on Barton Springs Road – very convenient to Austin's music scene, Barton Springs Pool, and the location of the Annual South-By-Southwest Music Festival. It is an older RV park – a direct step back into the 1950s! There are only about 10 overnight rental spots out of over a hundred spaces. You must call at least a month or two in advance for a reservation (unless you are VERY lucky). Payment is accepted as cash or check – no credit cards. The park does not have a website, but try looking at: http://www.maliasmiles.com/texas/austin/PecanGrove.htm. The park is densely wooded with pecan trees and associated squirrels. The full-time residents are all very friendly and very eclectic – musicians, artists, writers, a clown, and a few senior citizens. You will realize this shortly after entering the park as you pass an art sculpture of a six foot high coconut tree done in green, yellow, and blue neon light tubes. There is no pool, but Barton Springs is easy walking distance. The bathhouse is again from the 1950s (cinder block construction) but is very clean. Washers and dryers are available at the north end of the bathhouse. As an older park, the overhead electric, cable, etc., lines are low-hanging, but I had no problem clearing them with my 12' 8" high fifth wheel. The spaces are definitely for older trailers – Robert assisted me in parking my 39' fifth wheel at a diagonal in space 52! The interior streets are narrow but passable. The cable TV is excellent with 68 channels and Wi-Fi reception was very strong (and free!). The park is pet friendly, but they do insist that you pick up after your pets! Many of Austin's known restaurants and music venues are within easy walking distance from Pecan Grove. The city bus ($2/day pass) stops at the entrance to the park. To access: From I-35, take the Riverside Drive exit and proceed west on Riverside. Turn left on Barton Springs Road. Once you cross Lamar Street, the park will be on your right at 1518 Barton Springs Road. To exit the park, turn right on Barton Springs Road and continue on Barton Springs through Zilker Park to MoPac Expressway. Go south on MoPac to Texas Highway 360 (left exit) to return to I-35. We will camp here again . . . soon I hope! We camped here in a Fifth Wheel.