We have now made the journey across southern U.S several times. We have taken different routes but often find ourselves at some point on Interstate 10 in Texas. It is a long stretch from San Antonio to El Paso or from the Guadalupe Mountains to the Gulf coast, and finding free camping along the interstate can be a little underwhelming.
Fort Stockton Walmart & Dominos Again…
Most of the spots you will find along the way come in the form of rest stops, picnic areas, truck stops and Walmarts. We have stayed at the Walmart in Fort Stockton on 3 separate occasions now. The rest stops in Texas are also really nice and well maintained. While we appreciate these types of stopovers to break up a long driving day, and rest our heads for a night, they aren’t really the places we hoped to see along the way.
Our most recent trip from the Guadalupe Mountains along I-10 heading East brought us to the little town of Junction, Texas. This sleepy little town lies on the shores of the Llano River.
We were fortunate to make it to Junction and have a few quieter days to enjoy our free campsite and explore the town.
While there are several options for camping around Junction including Llano River State Park as well as a few RV parks. We were stoked to find a super picturesque free spot right on the river.
Schreiner Park is a county park located on the west bank of the South Llano River. The park allows 3 days of free dry camping!
It is home to an outdoor community pool, the home of their women’s softball team, beach volleyball courts, playgrounds, a huge picnic area, and a massive community smoker.
This area was devastated earlier this year by flooding, and we did see some of the aftermath. The city park across the river as well as the RV Park were being repaired.
But as far as free camping in Texas goes this spot was pretty perfect. When we arrived most of the pull-through spaces with covered picnic tables and barbecues were actually being used by locals. So we opted to pull right along the bank of the river. This area I believe is actually more dedicated to day use, but no one seemed to be spending any time in the area we parked.
We enjoyed hot Sunny days with the park basically all to ourselves. Got to take a few dips in the river to cool off. Long walks with Holly, and she loved swimming in the river. Park workers, as well as police, randomly made the rounds throughout the day so we always felt safe. Every time a local drove by they smiled and waved.
The park is clean and well kept. There are restroom facilities that leave a little to be desired, but if you need a free washroom this park has it. Covered picnic tables and BBQs are scattered through the park.
The pool was not open while we were here but if the timing worked out it’s $2 to use the public outdoor pool and I would assume that there are showers available here.
While you’re here pop into town grab a bite at the local diner, visit quaint local shops, take a scenic drive, grab an ice cream cone and slow down. Don’t forget to take your camp chair over and cheer on the Eagles Ladies Softball Team!