Huge parking Austin | Wild Camping

United States

WARNING: THIS PLACE IS PERMANENTLY CLOSED!

WARNING: THIS PLACE HAS BEEN FLAGGED FOR DELETION!

Details

Verified:
over 1 year ago
Altitude:
115.3 masl
Website:
None
Contributor:
mrenard37

Amenities

Electricity:
No
Wifi:
No
Kitchen:
No
Restaurant:
No
Showers:
No
Water:
No
Toilets:
Pit Toilets
Big Rig Friendly:
Yes
Tent Friendly:
No
Pet Friendly:
Yes

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Description

Moderator Note: this is NOT a legal area for camping under City of Austin park ordinances

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Huge car park, near the bike lane so very handy to get to downtown Austin. noisy as it is near a bridge with a busy road. Nice view of the city.

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We loved parking here for a week. On 3/18/21 the police came and said no more overnight parking at this lot though. They explained the park closes at 10pm and that they will ticket for vehicles overnight.

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Spent three nights here, at least 15 other vans, 5 skoolies, and 1 rv. super convenient location, huge park, next to the tow path, parking lot gets busy during the day.

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Nice huge parking lot for any kind of rig you have! We stayed about a week here with no problems. Right by the river and Zilker Park which is PACKED on the weekends!

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BE VERY CAUTIOUS - Spent two fantastic nights here. No issues. 10pm on our third night here we had two men trying to break into our van while we were in it. One was climbing on the roof and the other was at our back doors. (We don’t have a ladder.)

I grabbed a certain handheld security device and opened our sliding door which surprised them both. They were both African American men in their perceivable mid 20s and had a late model white Toyota Tacoma with lights on and a driver that they immediately started running to. One man had a backpack, both men were wearing gloves, and while shouting at them one of the guys stated they “were just taking pictures” on my van.

There we several other vans around and I warned one of them who said he’s been in the area for nearly three months and has heard reports of people’s bikes being lifted.

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a nice lot alongside the river walk. nice trail and river access. a few other travelers. stayed over a week an no one bothered us!ca i

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Parked in the field at night for 7 days or so when visiting Austin and had no issues. Parking lots were pretty busy during the day but empty at night. A few other camper vans and campers at night. Highway noise and you can hear the train honking from across the river. Tons of people running and walking along the trail. Cops did show up one of the nights to talk to another car in the lot, but didn’t bother us. Felt pretty safe the whole time. This is probably the best option for stealth camping in Austin, because it seems like all other city streets are paid parking with pretty expensive parking rates.

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Had one great night here with no issues. The next night the police came and said the park closes at 10 and there’s no camping. Seems like it’s just whoever is on park duty and if they feel like booting you.

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After seeing the reviews from other campers who were asked to move after 10pm (or told the next day that overnight parking isn't allowed), we still opted to give this place a try. Our strategy was to park in the main lot (next to and under the bridge) until after dark, and then we moved out into the field. While parked in the lot, we saw a mid-sized RV do this very same thing, and they were the only other campers as far as we could see. Figured if they could get away with it, we'd be okay too. We have a converted Suburban, which works great for more stealth camping.

The bridge/road was still somewhat loud, but it became a consistent hum that we didn't notice too much. We felt safe here, too. There were cyclists and runners jogging the trail nearby pretty early, but they didn't bother us.

We got up at 8am and the other RV was still there. No sign of the police until around 8:30, and we left without any contact. I think we'll try this place again, but based on the other reviews I don't think we'll do it two nights in a row to be safe.

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i slept the first night at the boat ramp left of the bridge, the second on this spot. saw the police driving by at 10pm and was happy he didn't stop. But, unfortunatelly he came the next day, telling me its not allowed to stay after 10pm and he just didn't wanted to wake me up (nice guy!)

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No issues sleeping here for the night, lots of signs warning about possible theft - so be careful. Only downside was road noise, as stated before, but the view from the bridge is beautiful and the shade is welcome.

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this place is incredible. there is under highway parking. great semi dark place to sleep. only down is road noise and no bathrooms. but it's a good place to sleep and or block the summer sun.

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amazing spot, quiet, and over all felt safe. gorges city views. bike and walking trail next to it. was a good sleep.

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Spent a good night, beautiful city views

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Came back to this spot and got moved by the police... could just have had that one excited cop as last time we were here for days with cops hanging out... just putting it out there...

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Spent several nights here... some city noise and a train that likes to roll through at night but can’t beat the location. Had police in the lot with us and other rigs also, seems to be “city approved”.

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Huge car park, near the bike lane so very handy to get to downtown Austin. noisy as it is near a bridge with a busy road. Nice view of the city.

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