Discover: Fostering Rest and Stillness in the Vast Texas Hill Country

By Arielle Olfers – May 1, 2018


Unplug and head to the hill country to experience a brand new luxury retreat just an hour west of Austin.

Tucked away in a 96-acre slice of the Texas Hill Country along the Pedernales River lies a new, privately-owned glamping facility.

Just one hour west of Austin and one hour north of San Antonio, Walden Retreats has created a luxury camping site where people are encouraged to unplug from their phones (there is no WiFi and limited phone service) to enjoy a slower pace of life while surrounded by the sights and sounds of nature around them. 

Featuring 500-square-foot tents that hold two adults, Walden offers an authentic camping experience without sacrificing comfort and style. Each tent on the property is meticulously designed and includes air conditioning, heat, wood floors, clawfoot bathtubs and Aesop products, running water, private bathrooms, a king-size bed, gas grills, a private fire pit and outdoor deck, and a full kitchen outfitted with a wood stove. If you don’t feel like cooking in your tent or want to find other entertainment options, you can jump in the car and head 10 minutes down the road to Johnson City, where you’ll find a variety of places to eat. Walden Retreats is also located near the 290 wine trail, the Luckenbach Dance Hall, Pedernales Falls, Fredericksburg, Garrison Brothers Bourbon Distillery, Real Ale Brewery, and Enchanted Rock. 

Walden Retreats is the perfect spot to experience true rest and an intimate connection with nature. The views are a treat alone since each safari tent overlooks the Pedernales river. Activities onsite include hiking, fishing (you’ll need to bring your own pole), exploring, swimming, and canoeing. 

The newly opened property is redefining traditional Texas camping and is now taking reservations­—we know we’ll be booking our own trips soon! Walden Retreats is a refreshing addition to the beloved Texas Hill Country. We can all use intentional quiet time with nature, surrounded by the big Texas sky, wildflowers, wildlife, and new camping memories to last a lifetime. 



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