I was in spot 36, which was right by the dumpster [convenient but loud … no need to slam the lid]. The trees were a bit sparse so the road was visible and folks out for a wander and I could see each other. The camping spot around the bend was actually above mine with no shielded view and while their generator was quiet their conversations and presence were heard and felt.
I would camp there again but would reserve earlier for a better selection of camping spots.
Fantastic park. Well kept, beautiful surroundings with hiking trails, big and private spots and clean bathrooms. Camping cabins available. The second interior RV loop is way nicer and more private spots than the first. We were site 37 and it was great. Both electric and water hookups in all RV spots and campground dump station on site. Julian and Winona are fun day trips. Calico Cider in Wynona is an A+.
In February we had the place to ourselves. Temperature dropped to 43'. Best hook up site #24. Best tent site #65. A few pretty good trails to get the heart pumping. We took the Cedar Trail on the left side of the fork. The water at the spigots spewed dark brown water. Bring your own water source. Definitely cougar country so kept pups close to us. Clean bathrooms and wild stormy skies.
Julian is a great destination, and having a nice campground so close is really nice. We had a few spots between our group, and they were all good for our tents. Some were shadier than others (one spot was pretty exposed), and the facilities were nice.
We also happened to be camping when an astronomy group was there so it was cool to look through their telescopes and enjoy the starry skies!
Great place to go for your first time camping. Not so private if it’s not though. The sites for tents were relatively close to each other. Bathrooms were easily available and staff was very nice.
great for hiking, camping
Came here while visiting family from out of state. Beats anything I've seen in Texas!
Great for hiking
William Heise County Park. Love Cedar Trail. Great place to walk, hike, enjoy the great outdoors!!!!
My family and I camped at William Heise Park for two nights in mid-June 2020. The campground is pretty and has a nice secluded, mountain feel about it (even though it’s close to Julian). We were surprised by how dispersed the campsite loops were and how deep the campground went into forest. There is also surprisingly good cell phone coverage throughout the grounds. We stayed at site 90, which was at the very back of the tent-only section at the end. Due to all of the oak trees, most sites have good shade. We didn’t see wild turkeys or mule deer during our stay, but there were plenty of birds and a few squirrels. There were also a LOT of flies- especially crane flies. The bathrooms and showers were usually full of them, but they also made a significant presence at the campsite. Even at about 50% capacity the tent-only section felt felt busy with lots of families and small children. The loops closer to the entrance seemed quieter. However, it was nice to be near the trailhead for several trails and there’s also a water bottle refilling station right there. The terrain is beautiful all around. We definitely want to stay again.