Hill Country
2010 Census - 706
2000 Census - 822
Camp Wood, Texas
Camp Wood Texas History:
Camp Wood, one of the most picturesque areas in Texas, is located in the Nueces River Canyon, approximately 20 miles south of the headwaters of the Nueces River. Early settler Edward D. Westfall lived in the area and raised cattle during the Civil War. In 1920, the Uvalde and Northern Railroad built their northern terminus at the townsite. The town was established by workers from the Uvalde Cedar Company. It was named after Camp Wood, the 1857-1861 United States military outpost. The railroad enabled the town to thrive. The post office was established in November 1921, and the town was incorporated in 1936. In the 1940s, ranching replaced cedar as the main industry, and hunting and tourism grew in economic importance. “In March 1924 Charles A. Lindbergh made an unplanned stop in Camp Wood, three years before his solo flight from New York to Paris. Lindbergh, then waiting to enter Brooks Field at San Antonio as a United States Air Service cadet, was attempting to fly to California with a friend, Leon Klink, and followed the Uvalde and Northern railroad up the Nueces River, mistaking it for the Southern Pacific along the Rio Grande. When the line ended at the recently established cedar town, Lindbergh, realizing his error, landed in a pasture to the north. Later, having flown to Camp Wood itself and landed on the main street, he attempted to take off, hit a telephone pole with a wing, and crashed into the paint section of Walter Pruett's hardware store. The two fliers remained in Camp Wood for several days, awaiting parts and making repairs.” In 1976, the town of Camp Wood renamed a park and a street after Lindbergh and Klink respectively, and the state placed a historical marker celebrating the event.” Camp Wood is located on the Nueces River at the intersection of SH 55 (Nueces Street) and RR 337, 29.5 miles southeast of Rocksprings, 37 miles southwest of Vanderpool, 21 miles southwest of Leakey, 44 miles northwest of Utopia, 39 miles northwest of Uvalde, 38 miles northwest of Concan, and 48 miles northeast of Brackettville, Texas.
Camp Wood Public Library:
The library provides traditional library programs, children, youth and adult programs, summer programs, public access computers with internet connections, and free Wi-Fi. Open Mon, Wed, 10am-2pm; Tue, Thu, 8am-5pm; Fri, 9am-1pm; closed Saturday and Sunday. (830) 597-3208. 106 Nueces Street.
Delores’ Unique Designs Store:
Delores Vernor designs and hand sews mohair jackets, coats, scarves and other apparel for celebrities around the world. Former First Lady Hillary Clinton, former Texas Gov. Ann Richards, U.S. Sen. Kay Bailey Hutchison and the Queen of England are among Delores’ clientele. (830) 597-4152. 108 Nueces Street, Camp Wood, Texas78833. Email
Bear Creek Fudge:
Their wonderful chocolate products have been featured in the Texas Parks and Wildlife magazine. They are located in the gold building on the main street in downtown Camp Wood. (830) 597-6160. Email
Annual Old Settlers Reunion, 1st Weekend in August:
Activities include a parade, a Friday night rodeo and dances, a pageant, a pecan pie contest and auction, a cowboy shootout, kid’s activities, arts and crafts, food, games, dominoes, horseshoe and washer tournaments, swimming in the Nueces River, fiddlers and live music. This event is held in Lindbergh Park. (830) 597-6241. Email          
Annual Hunter's Feast and Arts & Crafts Fair, Nov:
Activities include a kid’s turkey shoot, a bow shoot for adults, live entertainment and a BBQ lunch. This event is held at Bruce Park Rodeo Grounds. (830) 597-6241. Email   
Annual Christmas in the Canyon, 2nd Saturday in Dec:
Activities include open house in the downtown stores, live music and entertainment, a visit by Santa in his sleigh, goodie bags from Santa at Holy Smoke BBQ and carolers. (830) 597-6241. Email            
Casa Falcon Restaurant:
They serve very good Mexican food and breakfast tacos. They offer a buffet. Closed on Wednesdays. (830) 597-5111. SH 55 at 2nd Street. Reviews