Why You Should Camp at Canyon of the Eagles
Canyon of the Eagles (COTE) is one of my favorite places to camp in Texas.
This park is laid back, rather secluded offering great trails to explore. In spring, butterflies and wildflowers are abundant, as long as the winter rains were too. Wildlife is also abundant, where I observed a couple of species here for the first time since moving to Texas.
There are a few camping areas to chose from, but I’d recommend Chimney Slough. The sites are shaded and there is usually a breeze at the sites past the narrow part of the trail. The sites prior to the narrow pass can be humid in warmer weather.
The sites are large and are a decent distance from each other. All sites have a picnic table and fire pit with grill. They also have water taps near each campsite.
Access: AWD/4WD/2WD/Cavavan/Campervan Distance to Nearest Town:. 18.9 miles to Burnet on 2341.
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Powered RV Sites. Yes. RV campground is separate – back-in sites only.
Campsites: Primitive and basic camping. Reservations: Call 800-977-0081 for Reservations
When you enter COTE, you need to first head to the resort reception to register before going to your designated RV or campsite.
A number of campsites are available, but we recommend Chimney Slough.
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Facilities at Chimney Slough
Outdoor fire pits, water and picnic tables at every site.
Hiking – Easy, Moderate & Advanced. Large, treed sites.
Access to a port-o-potty and dumpster. The main restrooms are in walking distance but they are not next to the campground area. Restrooms are actually private bathrooms with flush toilets & hot water showers. Great for families!
* There is internet access but it can be spotty.
* If you camp on Friday or Sunday night, there is an observatory which is open and free to the public. The observatory is run by volunteers and hosts a large handmade telescope.
Be aware of wildlife, especially at night. Seal and protect both your uneaten food and your food waste. Possums love this campground and will scour whatever they can.
Keep an eye out for the armadillos, especially in the Chimney Slough campground. If you are quiet – and that’s the key – they will pass through your campground. Their vision isn’t great, so if you are still, they may pass right by you. During my first camping experience at COTE, I witnessed my first live armadillo. On every camping occasion since then, he’s been back to say hello. On my last visit, he brought a few friends.
If you like bugs, you’ll be amazed at the size of the centipedes! Just keep your distance, because I’ve read they can cause significant pain and swelling if you’re bitten by one. Otherwise, the bugs are fairly scarce.
The showers and restrooms are great, clean and well maintained. For the shower section, they are like a private bathroom, with shower, toilet, sink and doors that lock. This is a great option when you have young ones with you. Just be sure to keep your towel off the floor, as they can get quite nasty during peak hours.
Site recommendations: Go toward the end of the trail for the best sites at Chimney Slough. All of the sites are shaded and there is usually a breeze at the sites past the narrow part of the trail. The sites prior to that narrow pass can be humid in warmer weather.
One of the main reasons I love COTE is the Eagle Eye Observatory. It is run by the Austin Astronomical Society and boasts a stunning handmade, wooden telescope. My first observation of Saturn was made through this telescope and words cannot describe that experience. I’ve learned so much on each visit and everyone there is welcoming and knowledgable.
NOTE: When approaching the observatory, be sure to dim your lights on your way up to the observatory, and if walking, please do take a flashlight, pointed down of course. It’s very dark and walkers are difficult to see to drivers, especially when their lights are already dimmed.
Canyon of the Eagles is a Calibre Resort, situated on a 940-acre private nature park. Accommodation ranges from primitive camping to rustic luxury. We like something in between, camping within the Chimeny Slough area. There are 14 miles of designated hiking throughout the resort, including a relaxing butterfly trail that’s gorgeous in spring when Texas wildflowers are at their peak.
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