Just got back from a Great Escape Weekend – awesome food, awesome accommodations and awesome staff. Roll on to next year, ladies!
– Wendy Freaney
Had the best time ever at the November Ladies' getaway weekend. The place is looking terrific and the food – yummy!
– Susan Sessums Flores
What memories RRR holds for me! Anyone would be blessed by spending a weekend in such an enchanted place. It is so far removed from the city that many of us have to learn to relax and breathe at the slow pace of such a natural environment! How refreshing!
– Debbie | Pasadena, Texas
Rocky River Ranch is a lovely rustic haven in Wimberley, Texas – a little bit of Heaven in the Texas Hill Country. There’s lots to do: read a book, talk, play board games, play ping pong, go on a trail ride, go down to the Blanco River to canoe, swim, sunbathe, or just put your toes in the clear water, go to Market Days, shop in the Town Square, sleep, eat, make new friends, get a massage, facial, or manicure – etc., etc., etc. Remember your bedroll and linens and your appetite!
– Jackie | Houston, Texas
What I learned from my Great Escape: You can escape to the simplest of surroundings and they can turn out to be the most luxurious in the world; that trees and rocks and wet leaves are there not only for the boys to romp about in; that the river, with its aura of peace and tranquility, can flood your mind with long forgotten, submerged, girlhood memories; that raindrops and the chill of the fall air cleanses your spirit down to the soul without you ever knowing; that spending time talking to a friend on a porch swing is better than talking on the internet; that something as simple as card games with plastic spoons can produce tremendous belly laughter; that, as always, music brings life to any party and it diminishes one’s inhibitions about dancing alone; that singing old camp songs in the dark still has a calming effect and helps you to fall asleep.
– Patti Evans
My friends and I loved our Great Escape! We enjoyed the great shopping, the beautiful surroundings, the massages and even had our own little campfire one evening, where we reverted to children again, singing songs and doing our old high school cheers. Every woman needs a “great escape!”
– Cheri | Austin, Texas
There’s nothing better than a Great Escape at RRR! If you were a camper as a kid you can relive your youth complete with s’mores. There are always new and interesting women to meet from a professor to a novelist. This is not a bed and breakfast! Come prepared for a camp experience. Leave your troubles behind and bring your bug spray!
– Betty | Great Escaper
My daughter Lucy and I have been participating in Mother-Daughter weekends for three years. The counselors and staff make this a wonderful experience every year -- campfires, outdoor movie night, silly songs and games, talent shows, arts and crafts, cooking, horseback riding, delicious home-cooked meals, and wading, kayaking, and fishing in the Blanco River. We look forward to our time away together so much and can’t wait for next year!
– Mary Mitchem
We completely loved Mother/Daughter weekend. For my second-grader, it was a great way to get a sneak peek into the fun of summer camp. She adored every second of singing, archery, horseback riding, swimming in the creek, and playing WAHHHH! on the sport court. For me, it was a lovely way to travel back in time to my own camp days, singing songs and doing stuff I’d forgotten I loved so much. The entire weekend was excellently planned. All of the counselors were extremely helpful, enthusiastic and genuinely engaged with the moms and kids. I even climbed that crazy wall! We can’t wait to come back.
– Martha (and Vivian) | Austin, Texas
My seven-year-old and I attended the fall 2013 mother-daughter weekend. We had been eyeing RRR for summer camp for our daughter. However, she has never been to an overnight camp so we thought this would be a great opportunity to check things out before signing her up. From the moment we arrived, we felt welcome. The grounds of the camp are amazing! The staff is very committed to the camp. They were so excited to tell us about their days as campers there. The weekend activities gave the two of us a lot of time to work together, talk, and play. My daughter loved the weekend so much, she cried when we had to leave. We have already signed our her up for summer camp and she cannot wait! We feel very comfortable and excited for her to be able to attend. I imagine this will turn into an every summer event for her!
– Jolyn Murrin
The RRR Mother/Daughter experience is one of a kind! We have attended the last three years in a row since both of my daughters have been old enough and plan to continue just as long as they want to! The staff and counselors are wonderful and are always so welcoming and helpful. I truly cherish the time with my daughters that weekend as well as the time with my friends and their daughters ~ it is amazing to see our girls building relationships with each other that will last a life time! The cabins are always clean and well kept, the food is always fresh and delicious and the activities are changed up every year so there is always something new to experience. If you are looking for an amazing bonding experience with your daughter(s) this is the place to be…simply wonderful!
– Holly (Abby and Kendall) | San Antonio, Texas
The perfect summer is waiting for your daughter aged 5 to 14 at Rocky River— filled to the brim with new friendships, challenging activities and, most importantly, lots of fun! Check out our day camp and resident camp options.
In the hot summer months, we’re an all-girls camp, but the rest of the year, we offer year ‘round fun at our Great Escapes for women and Mother-Daughter weekends!
Rocky River Ranch is the perfect solution for your special event! We host family reunions, church retreats, teacher work days, company picnics, Girl Scout groups, and more with lodging for up to 150 guests.
I would definitely not be the person I am today without the experience of camp. I remember being 7 years old and so excited about my first camp experience. I don't think I slept the entire night before leaving. When I arrived at camp it was the most wonderful place I had ever seen. Rue was my first counselor and she took the time to show me around and introduced me to the other girls. I was scared at first, but it did not last long. By the end of the first night camp already felt like a second home. By the end of my first two weeks I did not want to leave. Rocky River was a part of my life forever. In the end what I took away from camp was friendship, love, respect and confidence.
Another favorite camp memory that lives on is the camp songs. I have sung them to my kids when they were babies … and still sing to them to wake them up in the morning ("Good morning to You!"). Last summer my daughter went to camp for the first time (at age 6). She had a great time and is looking forward to going again this summer. She sings camp songs almost daily (I'm ready for her to learn a few new ones other than "Boom Boom, Ain't it Great to be Crazy?" and "I Wish I Were a Little Bar of Soap")!
RRR is not just two months of SCREAMING prepubescent girls singing songs in the Grubstake, Free Swim at the river or raids on other cabins, it becomes a way of life that helps guide you through the rest of your life. Not unlike the Marines who are brothers for life, those of us who were campers and counselors are sisters for life and will do anything to help each other, no questions asked!
Mama Knolk — what a wonderful and gentle lady. She always wanted the best for us and for us to be our best.
My years at Rocky River were some of the most wonderful times in my life. My sister (Laura) and I still spend hours talking about our fun times there. We still remember our days of swimming in the river, riding horses and water skiing. I can't wait until my little girl can experience all the joy and fun I had as a child for herself.
Oh how I wish I could still be a young girl and go to RRR every summer! I truly miss those wonderful weeks of absolute fun and excitement. This camp holds a very special place in my heart and will always throughout my life. I cannot wait until the day that my newborn little girl will be able to drive through the gate and live the summer days that not only her mother lived, but her grandmother, great-grandmother, and great-great-grandmother enjoyed. I cannot wait until the day that I can tell her all about her special great-great-grandmother (we called her GG, but most knew her as Mama Knolk) that opened beautiful Rocky River Ranch and created a place for many girls to create memories from. I am truly happy to see Mama Knolk's spirit still living on. May it continue to live on the dream that she always wanted.