Junction City Park- Tent camping only | Established Campground

United States

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Last Visited: 3 months ago
GPS: 30.48911, -99.76044
Altitude: 513.2 masl
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Amenities

Electricity: No
Wifi: No
Kitchen: No
Restaurant: No
Showers: No
Water: Yes
Toilets: Running Water
Big Rig Friendly: No
Tent Friendly: Yes
Pet Friendly: Yes
Sanitation Dump Station: No

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Tent camping only, three days. RV day use only.

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Park is closed for overnight RV camping, day use only. Tent camping only for 3 nights max. Posted sign at entrance to park.

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This spot is Beautiful… but unfortunately within seconds of us pulling in we were approached by Hoyt, the park ranger. He informed us that vans, rvs, campers and such are no longer allowed into the park. To access you have to park back on the main road and walk in. This is due to the mass amounts of people visiting to camp out. The locals complained to the city so no longer can rvs park, or stay over night in the park. On the other side of the river you are allowed to park on the river banks. But you cannot stay as the park states it closes at 10. Still an awesome place to spend the day. Unfortunately you just can’t urban camp here any longer :/

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Junction City Park no longer allows RV overnight parking. The city council voted to ban RV camping few weeks ago, and placed signs at the entrance. Only tent camping is allowed, Rv’s day use only, went by the park on 03/27/22 and the signs were posted.

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Tonight is a beautiful evening to stay at this lovely park. It's a welcome respite after a long drive from Presidio through Big Bend. The hospitality of Junction to allow us to stay here in a safe relatively quiet place is something I'm grateful for. Please be sure to patronize some local businesses or hang out for a few days and enjoy the Farmers Market.

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Easy to find location just on the edge of the city. We had a great spot right across from the overflow dam. Lots of other campers in the area! Rigs of all sizes from cars & vans to big “A” class RVs. No real amenities. There are restrooms with flush toilets and running water but ….. ? A few water spigots located throughout the park. We will definitely stay here again.

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This is our second stay at Johnson City Park, aka Scheiner Park. It is a nice quiet park that allows free camping. There are no designated sites, just pull off and stop. In a couple of pullouts one must watch for low hanging branches. Most spots are level.

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quiet spot for the night. lots of construction on dam so not as pretty as it would usually be plus 19 degrees at night, yes, that's Fahrenheit

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There were 8 of us parked on both sides of the road. Some traffic on the road to see the Christmas lights. Big park. Good for a night or two.

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Now at this park you just pull off to the side of the road. Some other rigs stayed the night here and saw one tent. Some people having fires as well but I think it was in their own contained fire pit. Water spigots available on the ground. Bathrooms open all night.

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Christmas lights were on. How fun is that. This town is so quaint, like it hasn’t changed in 70 years. Good time for an overnight

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Got here at 2PM, took a walk around town which is a couple of minutes away, really nice park, stayed overnight we were anout 8 RV's of every size no issues. The city puts up Christmas lights in the trees in Nov and Dec really beautiful, I added a few pics. Police pass by often so very secure.

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Nice place to visit. Best part it is free to stay for up to 3 days.

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Town's park right on the river. overnight camping permitted in the back half of the park. Dry camping but room for RVs big and small. nice and pretty

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We parked our 40ft rig on the Main Street of the park, since it’s 13’2 ft high with three skids wanted to make sure no low lying limbs on roof or damage to our AC units. Cops come every 30-45 mins, and we have some great views for the am of the llano river. Dog, walker, and fisher friendly. The views are stupendous!

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Free off-grid boondocking in central Texas.
Junction City Park (Schreiner Park) is a free spot for boondockers and van lifers about two hours outside of San Antonio.

There is a 3-day camping limit, no electricity or water hookups, but park police patrol the area, so it's not too sketchy, and you don't need to stealth camp.

Free camping is on the NORTH side of the river/lake. First come, first serve, so no reservations. No parking between the bridge and the dam, but you can get a nice free spot near the water if you get there early enough.

There is also parking under the pecan trees, but beware with the high winds if you want to avoid damage.

There were bathrooms, but they were questionable so I didn't use them.

I have Mint Mobile, and I had enough cell service to be able to work.

I will definitely be back again.

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Awesome park! If you can get right near the dam you’ll have a very peaceful evening. Bugs aren’t too bad, but the flies do get a little crazy at sunset. A guy from the city warned me of falling branches so watch where you park. Said even a bird sitting on one could make it break. He also asked very nicely not to leave any “waste products” in the provided trash cans as they have to handle it personally. Bag it up and dispose of it later on please. Had a great time here! Service was about 2-3 bars of LTE on T-Mobile. No 5G, but no complaints.

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Lovely spot. You can hear a bit of the highway but it’s not bad. We arrived late and Hoyt informed us in the morning that you cannot park overnight in the riverside pull throughs closer to the bridge. If you arrive late, park in the parking lot or sites further into the park on the highway side.

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This is a great place to spend a few days. Quiet, beautiful and nice spots with picnic tables and grills. The only thing was Hoyt came by the next morning after I got in late Thursday evening. Campers can’t park right on the water between the dam and the bridge. There were complaints from local fisherman. So not sure how much longer this place will be free or even allow campers. There are quite a few places to park on the other side of the dam but there are a lot of dead trees with falling limbs so be careful where you park.

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Nice town park that allows 3 days of camping. We were greeted by the infamous Hoyt when we entered the park. He welcomed us and suggested that we not park under any pecan trees as the branches come down frequently. He told us dogs must be leashed, but they can be off leash at the county park across the river. Bathrooms are still locked due to COVID. It's a small town, but they have a grocery store, a coffee stand, and a great BBQ joint. I would avoid the laundromat if you can, it's pretty gross.

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Great spot along the water. Several places that are easily accessible and pretty level. There is a section where the trees were lit up. Each tree had a plaque representing the sponsor that put the lights up. It was beautiful! We are here the day after Christmas. The bridge also had lights under it.

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Great peaceful spot. Hoyt runs the park and greeted me as I arrived. Super nice guy. The restrooms are closed right now so you should be self contained. Christmas lights are up. Lovely river view and peaceful surroundings! Grills and picnic tables available and a cute little dock.

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The park is open for camping and is an amazing free spot! We came in our truck camper on a sat and Sunday. There is a ton of local traffic (at least 1 car a minute driving through the park...weird) the sites are great. Pets allowed. Pecan trees everywhere. There’s a self serve laundromat and a market less than a mile away. You can swim in the dam and fish. There are pull through sites for big rigs but on a Saturday night you should be early to get one. Restrooms were closed.

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Very nice little city park, on the river, with a nice loop and some individual "campsites". Not sure why the header for this location says "Permanently Closed", there were ~6 rigs parked here overnight. Cell service is ok (3 bars Verizon). Like folks say, watch for low trees.

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Free! Beautiful lakeside camping. A true gem! Park ranger Hoyt is really friendly. Watch out for falling tree branches.

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no camping signs posted through out the park. not sure if it's temporary or not.

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as stated. quiet park sadly the town seems to have declined. it is indeed free on the river. we walked to the grocery store easily.

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We got here after dark. There were already plenty of others there. Make sure not to block driveway (we saw some signs). watch for a few low hanging branches, if your rig is tall. 3 day stay limit, right on the river, some picnic areas, trash cans, older park, good voice on Verizon, but we got no data, can turn muddy in the rain in places, the place is sometimes called Schreiner Park (the old name) or City Park (the current name), outdoor pool in the park (it's Texas and it should be open from Memorial Day to around Labor Day). some historical markers incl an old sawmill are in the park too. The town has a hard ware store, small Lowe's grocery store, a Dollar Tree and a Dollar General as well as a few gas stations plus some restaurants and Mom&Pop stores....

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Just pulled in after a morning of rain. Park ranger, Hoyt, recommends not parking under oak tree branches as more wind and rain are expected tonight and the branches are wet and heavy and have been falling down. He’s trying to prevent vehicle damage. One guy ignored him recently and got his solar panels smashed. Bathrooms open 24 hours. Peaceful park.

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Just pulled in after a morning of rain. Park ranger, Hoyt, recommends not parking under oak tree branches as more wind and rain are expected tonight and the branches are wet and heavy and have been falling down. He’s trying to prevent vehicle damage. One guy ignored him recently and got his solar panels smashed. Bathrooms open 24 hours. Peaceful park.

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Dry camping at a city park
Dozen or so rigs here mid February

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Great city park with restrooms, picnic area, by the water. Can camp for 3 nights free. No Verizon cellular service for us. We had to go to McDonald’s for WiFi and shower at Pilot. We stayed in a mini-van But some boy here also. Just drive in and pick a spot. No permit required. The city worker here was a great guy... the only thing that bothered me a little was all the people driving around , But we were staying when the Christmas display was up which was a treat to see.

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Nice one!
Next to the nice river. Propably 15 options to park rvs or even trailer. Currently around 8 are taken, one with a van and a tent.

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Really nice. Great people, great town. Parked by the dam and fell asleep to the rushing water. Friendly park ranger who drives through often. Also patrolled by police. Apparently in nov and dec they put twinkling lights in all the trees. Tiny gnats if the breeze dies down.

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nice place and very quiet. in the morning beautiful view above the junction lake

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Every so often you find a gem and this park is a gem - free right on the river. Picnic tables and covers, whats not to like. Very peaceful and quiet.

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Quite clean spot. Parked right up on the water and it stayed cool all night.

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Very quiet free park with no service(only toilet) but a gorgeous view of the llano river. There is a campground for the kids and a lot of fire pit and bbq installation. We camp by the river. This is a place where the local people used to meet up the week-end. A must see if you are near of Junction, Tx.,

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Also clean restroom and potable water near the big picnic shelter. Very nice spot !

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as described above, great spot for a night or three

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Very nice camping spot near the interstate, but it's quiet. Much space under trees, everything was well maintained and clean. Good stop and even in summer it's not too hot. We slept in a RTT.

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Very Nice area. Playground. Picnic tables. Free. Three night limited. River. Swimming is possible. Fishing also. Many trees. A lot is space. Quiet.

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great spot for three nights. there's a frolf course in the park along with volleyball nets and jungle gyms for a workout. downtown junction is a short walk away and has a great library with great wifi. when we were there the bathrooms were closed for renovations so we walked across the damn to the other side's bathrooms.

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It's Schreiner City Park. Has flush toilets (no doors and not clean). But beautiful location at a river and has trees for shade in summer.

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Pull through sites, on the river, maximum of 3 nights. There's a Good Sam park across the river on the southeast side of the bridge. This free city park camping is located on the northwest side of the river.

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