Camp Fimfo New Braunfels opened in July 2021 and is fast becoming a favorite spot to glamp/camp for visitors from within Texas and beyond. Here’s everything you need to know to have a fantastic stay in Texas Hill Country.
The writer was hosted.
Texas Hill Country Glamping at Camp Fimfo New Braunfels
If your idea of a fun camping trip involves indoor plumbing and not sleeping on the ground, you just might be more of a glamper than a camper and that’s OK. I’ve found a family-friendly place to enjoy the great outdoors that has all the comforts and conveniences of indoors – Camp Fimfo New Braunfels.
So, what does Fimfo mean? I wish I could tell you! According to my source (who wouldn’t spill the full details), FIMFO is an acronym that the guests are supposed to be able to decipher over time. I wasn’t able to figure it out.
Location, Location, Location
Camp Fimfo is a fun and whimsical campground and RV park with direct access to the Guadalupe River, located in New Braunfels, home to the legendary spring Texas bluebonnets. Located at 520 Whitewater Way, New Braunfels, TX 78132, Camp Fimfo is a very easy drive from both San Antonio and Austin, making this a convenient weekend getaway from either of these cities.
For longer stays, Camp Fimfo is about 185 miles from Houston and 245 miles from Dallas. Since check in is at 4:00 p.m. and checkout is at 11:00 a.m. you will need at least two full days to get the most out of a Camp Fimfo experience. I think this is a doable weekend trip. If you have a longer weekend, even better.
Even though civilization (AKA grocery stores, restaurants, entertainment and shopping) are not far away, there’s a sense of being away from it all once you roll through the gates at Camp Fimfo. New Braunfels and the nearby town of Gruene are super fun to explore but our car stayed parked from Friday afternoon to when we left midday Sunday. Camp Fimfo has everything you need to play or relax.
Did I mention direct river access? Not only does this offer incredible views, it’s great for kayaking, tubing or just dipping your toes into the water.
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RV or Cabin?
You’ve got options at Camp Fimfo. There are 200+ RV sites with concrete pad and full hook-ups ranging from $75-$95 per night. If you don’t have an RV and want to experience one, they are easy to rent. You can use a service like RVShare and they’ll deliver and set up your RV, so you can go straight to the glamping experience without having to drive the RV or back it into the site.
If you’d rather check out cabin rentals, you’ve got several choices: Coyote Cabins, Bluebonnet Cabins or Riverview Cabins. My family of four stayed in a Coyote Cabin, which offers three separate bedrooms and a full kitchen.
The Bluebonnet cabins are slightly smaller and are located further away from park amenities. The Riverview Cabins are in a beautiful location – as the name suggests, you’ve got a view of the Guadalupe River from your tiny porch. These A frame cabins sleep two and don’t have a bathroom but if you can handle having to walk a bit to use the nearby bath house, they are super cute for a couple of a single parent traveling with one kiddo.
Camp Fimfo is newly-opened and early visitors can see the camp is expanding to include additional cabins and RV sites.
Besides direct river access, there’s plenty to do at Camp Fimfo and most things are included in the price.
There’s a general store that sells souvenirs, sundries and food items, including beer and wine. If you forgot your bathing suit or a beach towel, the store has those. You can also find some camping and fishing items. If you don’t see what you need or don’t want to pay for the convenience of buying on site, there are stores a short drive from Camp Fimfo.
The heated activities pool has two large hot tubs, a volleyball net and a swim up bar. The pool is open March – November. The adjacent waterpark with two large water slides is open weekends during the spring and fall and daily during the summer – check the website or call in advance of your visit for exact dates. We visited in early November and our kids went swimming. The pool bar wasn’t open during our visit and there weren’t that many people in the pool but it was early November and not what most people would consider ideal swimming weather. Cabanas are available for an additional charge.
On Site Dining and Activities
There’s a small walk-up window where you can order food and a really cute, family friendly tavern, Squirrely’s. The tavern has retro board games available on the table and when the weather is nice, they open up the garage door style windows and guests can enjoy the sunshine while they sip and play Yahtzee or Battleship.
Camp Fimfo New Braunfels also has seasonal and organized activities, such as movies, arts and crafts and kids games. You’ll get a schedule when you check in so you can see what’s available during your stay.
The area out in front of the general store has lawn games and an 18-hole mini golf course. There’s a playground near the river.
Day passes are available if you’re local and would like to come and use the amenities.
Getting Around Camp Fimfo New Braunfels
It’s easy to get around Camp Fimfo New Braunfels – all the roads are paved and the speed limit is low so it’s pedestrian and bike friendly. There’s adequate parking located near the entrance where you check in and at the general store/pool area.
If I’d have had a do-over, I would have found a way to bring our kids’ bikes.
You can also rent a golf cart. There are a couple of places at Camp Fimfo where you can’t drive your car, like the gravel path leading down to the river. For us, part of the fun of being at an RV campground is driving our golf cart around. Prices are $79 per day for a limo golf cart (six seater) and $56 per day for a standard golf cart (four seater.) Camp Fimfo does not allow private golf carts unless needed for ADA reasons.
More on the Coyote Cabin at Camp Fimfo
The Coyote Cabin sleeps 12. There are three bedrooms, one with a double bed and two bunk rooms. The sofa pulls out to make a bed.
I counted spaces for more than 12 people, however, there is only one bathroom and the common area (open full kitchen and living room) are not big enough for 12 people. There are three smart TVs in this cabin.
The cabin is stocked with bed linens and towels as well as bath toiletry items, such as soap and shampoo. There is no hairdryer.
The kitchen has a full-size fridge and range. It’s stocked with very basic kitchen equipment and dishes. We were provided dishwashing liquid, paper towels and garbage bags. There is curbside pickup for your trash. There is a standard coffee maker but you will need to supply your own coffee and filters.
The master bedroom has a closet with a place to hang up clothes but does not have hangers. There are a few pegs on the wall throughout the cabin where you can hang things up. The kitchen is stocked with basic cookware, utensils and dishes. The decor is fun and funky throughout, with succulents and quirky photos.
The long porch is really cute and has chairs. Your outside area also has a picnic table, a grill (not a gas grill, so bring charcoal) and a fire pit.
There is free, open wifi that worked well everywhere on the property.
How to Plan Your Best Visit
If camp amenities and activities are important to you, check the schedule before you book. Check the list of prohibited items. There are some restrictions on outside alcohol and firewood.
Know the cancellation policy. You’ll pay full fee if you cancel within a week of your booked stay.
Inquire about specials and discounts. Camp Fimfo New Braunfels offers a military discount. Check their Facebook page or campfimfo.com for other discounts and specials.
My family and I loved our time at Camp Fimfo and would go back and stay in a Coyote Cabin again in a heartbeat. This is our favorite new camping experience in Texas and we recommend it for your family, too. Now, just to figure out what that name means…