7.1 Good

Emma Long Metropolitan Park

Austin, Texas

1600 City Park Rd
Austin, Texas 78730
Phone: Click to view

Sites: 66
Recent Rate: $$$$

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Latitude: 30.32903
Longitude: -97.83836

Elevation: 592' (approx.)
Park Features
  • Pull-thru Sites Pull-thru Sites no
  • Pets Allowed Pets Allowed yes
  • Big Rig Access Big Rig Access yes
  • Tent Camping Tent Camping yes
  • 55+ Only 55+ Only no
  • Kid Friendly Kid Friendly yes
  • Boondocking Boondocking no
  • Cabins / Cottages / Yurts Cabins / Cottages / Yurts ?
  • Dump Station Dump Station yes
  • Group Camping Group Camping ?
  • Water Spigot Water Spigot yes
  • Full Hookup Full Hookup no
  • Electric (50 AMP) Electric (50 AMP) ?
  • Electric (30 AMP) Electric (30 AMP) yes
  • Sewer Sewer no
  • Public Phone Public Phone no
  • Water Water yes
  • Cable/Sat. TV Hookup Cable/Sat. TV Hookup no
  • WiFi WiFi no
  • ATT Cellular Provider ATT
  • Verizon Cellular Provider Verizon
  • Sprint Cellular Provider Sprint
  • T-Mobile Cellular Provider T-Mobile
  • Restrooms Restrooms yes
  • Showers Showers yes
  • Laundry Facilities Laundry Facilities no
  • Camp Store Camp Store no
  • Pet Area Pet Area no
  • Propane Available Propane Available no
  • Cafe / Snack Bar Cafe / Snack Bar no
  • Clubhouse Clubhouse no
  • Firewood Available Firewood Available ?
  • Group Kitchen Group Kitchen no
  • Horse Camp Horse Camp no
  • Landing Strip Landing Strip no
  • Picnic Shelter Picnic Shelter ?
  • Restrooms: vault Restrooms: vault ?
  • Pool Access Pool Access no
  • Playground Playground ?
  • Recreational Trails Recreational Trails yes
  • Rec Room Rec Room no
  • Casino Casino no
  • Fishing Fishing yes
  • Beach Beach no
  • Biking Biking yes
  • Boating Boating yes
  • Golf Golf no
  • Gym/Workout Facilities Gym/Workout Facilities no
  • Horseshoes Horseshoes no
  • Mini-Golf Mini-Golf no
  • Outdoor Courts Outdoor Courts no
  • Pickleball Pickleball no
  • Water Access Water Access yes

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7 Reviews

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Review Count: 1
States Visited: 1
Helpful Reviews: 0

Date of Stay: March, 2019 - $25.00
Overall Rating:

This two night (Thu / Fri) stay was far above our expectations, based on other reviews, perhaps because it was the first week of March. While the other paved campsites were full, there were no day users, so the park was very quiet. Lots of grass around the very wide sites and down to the lake. Our 24' Class B+ just fit into Site 10. There was one Class A on another site, but this is not a place for "big rigs", both because of the site size and the hilly, twisting access road. The dump station is marked, but the opening is just a metal plate on the asphalt, not the typical foot-operated cap. And, there was no wash down hose. We are boaters, so watching the occasional pontoon or ski boat drive by was a plus. The gate was not locked during our stay. We camped at Emma Long Metropolitan Park in a Motorhome.

Clean Restrooms
Clean Showers

Site Details

Site Number
Site 10
Site Surface
Site Type
Back in
Site Space
Just long enough for my motorhome
Campsite Features
Fire Ring, Picnic Table
Power Hookups
20 Amp, 30 Amp
Sewer Connection

Campground Details

Space Between Lots
Sun & Foliage
Some Shade
Tips for other Campers:

The County Line On The Lake BBQ restaurant, with a large covered dog-friendly porch right on water, is within a few miles. We did not have time to hike the popular Turkey Creek trail, but will do so if we return. When we left on Saturday morning, the parking lot for the trail was full, but almost empty on the two previous days.

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Review Count: 26
States Visited: 9
Helpful Reviews: 4

Date of Stay: April, 2012 - $25.00
Overall Rating:

We drove through this park on a Saturday. There is another comment that they can accommodate a 40 ft rig. We never saw one that could accommodate anything larger than a 30 ft trailer if that. Although the price is good for the area, I cannot recommend this park unless you are ready for many people, lots of noise and very crowded conditions. We would not consider returning to this park. It is also quite a distance outside the main part of the city and not really handy for doing the tourist thing. We camped at Emma Long Metropolitan Park in a Motorhome.

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Review Count: 167
States Visited: 35
Helpful Reviews: 19

Date of Stay: March, 2012 - $25.00
Overall Rating:

Nice, trees, grass with paved sites, but old. No pull throughs. Rate was for a lakefront site, non-lakefront (50 feet from the lake) was $20. Plus there is a $5 vehicle fee. TV reception was excellent. No Wi-Fi but our Verizon cell and broadband worked well. Quiet except for the invasion of boats Sat AM. We didn't stay on Sunday. Park gates close and are locked from 10PM to 7AM so don't plan on staying outside the park too late,or getting an early start! Twenty minutes or so to central Austin. We will return to take in more of what Austin has to offer. We camped at Emma Long Metropolitan Park in a Travel Trailer.

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Review Count: 3
States Visited: 1
Helpful Reviews: 0

Date of Stay: November, 2009 - $15.00
Overall Rating:

Great City park with 20 RV sites with water & 50/30/15 amp pedestals, and another 46 tent sites. Roads & Parking Spots are asphalt. Parking Spots are wide, but not real long. All are back-in. Tight Roads, but do-able. Entrance road has lots of hills and curves and is 2-lane. Roads could use some maintenance. Our site was right on the water at Lake Austin. We like staying there, just wish it was easier to get into. All sites are first come, first serve and there is an extra vehicle charge, $5 M-T, $8 F-S & Holidays. Get in mid-week & you should not have a problem getting a site. Check the sites before you pay to be sure you can fit if you are in a diesel pusher. We camped at Emma Long Metropolitan Park in a Motorhome.

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Review Count: 55
States Visited: 19
Helpful Reviews: 7

Date of Stay: December, 2008 - $15.00
Overall Rating:

What a nice municipal park, right on the lake. I was there for longer than the 14 day limit - though I had to move to an adjacent site, but hey, I needed to dump tanks anyway so had to drive to dump station. I parked parallel to road vs perpendicular which allowed me to "pull thru" to both sites. I had seen someone else do it. The drive to the main road was a good 6-7 miles, then several to many miles to town. At times I was the only camper there, but it was late in year. Thanksgiving Friday to X-mas week. Staff member was initially hard-nosed about the 14 day limit, but relented when I was the only paying customer. Was forced to scale down to reduce expenses is why I chose it in first place. Can imagine how busy this place is in Spring or Summer. Monster picnic and tent area. The washrooms were just a notch above primitive but clean. Might very well stay here again sometime when not on a forced vacation. My PC's air card worked very well and was able to point the sat dish thru the trees enough to have that. Like I said, what a nice municipal park. Both my sites the 50 amp worked. We camped at Emma Long Metropolitan Park in a Fifth Wheel.

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Review Count: 28
States Visited: 17
Helpful Reviews: 0

Date of Stay: November, 2008 - $15.00
Overall Rating:

The nightly rate does not include a one-time $5 entry fee which we only had to pay once for 3 days. This campground is very convenient for visiting some friends in town, and would make a good place to generally visit Austin. However, while there are an absolute ton of non-electric tent sites, there were only 20 or so RV sites (water and electric), and they were about 60% used up (all lake front sites were used) by Thanksgiving day (compared with maybe 5 non-electric sites used in this park, and only about 20% occupancy of all other campgrounds in this trip). So this is a pretty popular, first-come first-served park. The popularity can give you some noisy camping neighbors unfortunately, which is why this gets a lower rating than other parks. Upkeep can use some work also; the lack of lids on trashcans means that trash was spread out all over the place in the mornings by hungry critters. We camped at Emma Long Metropolitan Park in a Motorhome.

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Review Count: 7
States Visited: 4
Helpful Reviews: 0

Date of Stay: June, 2008 - $15.00
Overall Rating:

Nice holiday park owned by the county. Very large city park on the lake. NO RESERVATIONS! We camped at Emma Long Metropolitan Park in a Fifth Wheel.

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