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Misses the Mark on the Basics

I typically rate campgrounds as they fit into 1 of 5 categories. This campground will be rated as a Basecamp — grounds that offer a comfortable home base that you’re happy to return to after a day of exploring the surrounding area. Ratings for this category are based on: Value to cost: 3 Overall grounds: 3 Utility of sites (hookups, layout, accessibility): 2 Local Attraction Proximity: 2 Reservation Process/Ease of Getting a Site: 5 Amenities: 3 Customer Service: 4 Cleanliness: 4

I was really looking forward to visiting this park. I had come across this spot in my search for a unique Houston campground and was excited to see a brand-new campground with cool branding in the metro area. Unfortunately, this new campground misses on some of the more necessary experiences: communication, check-in, wifi and site layout, but does a lovely job for some of the nice-to-haves including a lovely pool, hot tub and pool table.

Before arrival, we received a welcome email. I usually scour these types of emails for info about check-in and activities to do in the area. There was no info about check in aside from our dates and even though they direct you to an "activities" section in the email, there was none. Upon arrival, we used the address provided and it led us to a locked gate that required a code. We had no code and the driveway was so short, it had our trailer sticking out into the road as we tried to figure out how to check-in. A large truck had to navigate around us to enter in her code to access the park. Luckily, she let us follow her inside the gates. There was no clearly designated place for guests to park while checking-in, so we pulled over in front of some already parked trailers, blocking the flow of traffic. I had to assume we entered in the wrong place, but nope… that all went as planned. The check-in team was friendly and said that most people wind up calling the office to get let into the gate for check-in, so prepare your phones as you pull-up. They didn't let us or our travel companions know about this prior to either of our arrivals.

Moving on, the internet situation had us scratching our heads. They have a “no wifi” slogan, and the campground wifi is rendered obsolete within the confines of your designated space, instead favoring a hard-wired ethernet connection to your router, which you will leave outside your trailer. We experienced 4 days of rain while we were in Houston. Not ideal to leave a router with a standard electric plug outside. You can rent theirs for $15 but make sure it has the instructions in the box on how to set it up. Ours did not and we were not told what to look for, so we wound up returning it because (surprise) we couldn't figure out how to get it working. It took us over an hour to get it all set-up and somewhat protected from rain, but once we did the connection was solid. If you have a Cat5/hard wire port on the outside of your trailer, you will be very happy!

This is a brand new park, yet some of the concrete slabs are unlevel. Perhaps the most unlevel that we've experienced in our travels. Looking around the park, not everyone has 3 inches of chocking blocks, so it seems to vary. Our back-in spot was also very narrow with hardly any room to walk between the picnic bench and trailer once we were pulled-in. At $65, we chose the cheapest back-in site. Perhaps we should have upgraded to the extended back in for $72 but length wasn’t our issue. The access to the dumpsters is locked and the code to access the amenities does not work for this lock.

The pros include a fire pit, a pool, a shared grilling area with a green egg and small workout area. The showers and bathrooms are immaculate and the showers are very spacious and nicely designed. There is also some grass around the back of the trailer which is nice. Also, some of the larger premium sites have bigger grass plots between sites. These are all nice to haves and it's the basics that we think are the most important.

The location of the park is about 15-20 minutes from downtown Houston and the Museum district (without accounting for any traffic). There's not much nearby, but it is relatively quiet save for the occasional traffic noise. This place could be a gem among mediocre RV parks in the area, but they need to do some work to get the basic stuff right. You could do much worse for a place to stay in Houston, and I'm confident they can figure it out with a little feedback, but our experience just fell short.

Eric and Jays RV Resort

This is a newer campground and we were pleased with our stay there. The welcome building, bathrooms/showers and gym are all brand new and updated with modern design. There is coffee available for free to guests in the rec room, which is a nice place to relax. There is a fully stocked pond for fishing and a gas fireplace pit to sit around in the evenings. The sites come with full hook ups, but are slightly uneven. There was a busy road behind us that could be loud at times, but other than that we were quite happy with the park. Would recommend!

Nice RV Park Across Street from the Gulf

We really enjoyed our vacation at Galveston Island RV Park.  The park is fairly new and very well kept.  Bathrooms and showers are super clean.  There is a nice swimming pool, lazy river and a huge hot tub to enjoy!  They sell frozen margaritas and pina coladas in the office, which is a nice touch!  The sites are not shaded at all, which makes it hot for summer camping.  There are plenty of palm trees, they're just not fully grown yet.  We walked across the street to the beach every day, which was really nice.  It's a little ways out of town and there are no restaurants nearby, which was a con, but definitely will not stop us from staying here again.

Busy Campground

We camped here for a long weekend getaway, and wanted to see what a Thousand Trails campground was like.  The campground is huge, and you cannot reserve a specific site.  You drive around and pick a site, then call and let them know which one you're in.  This is fine, but we were looking for a quiet, private site and there are very few of those.  We enjoyed our time here in our full hookup site, but the campground was just too busy for our taste.  There were vehicles constantly driving up and down the road in front of our site, and lots of children running around.  We don't have kids, so this was a little annoying to us.  The campground has a lot of amenities such as swimming pool, lake, playgrounds, etc… that would be fantastic for a family.  We like to camp for the relaxation and serenity of it, and this campground just isn't that type of place.

Beautiful spot. Great cell service. Free.

We spent 2 weeks here during the winter. It’s a really quiet spot with a few other RV’s here and there in the beach. We have AT&T and cell service was excellent. Weather was good while we were here although it got pretty windy a few nights. Tents may be difficult. We were in a 26’ travel trailer so it didn’t bother us much. Sand is easy to drive on. Note that the location that this app links you to isn’t correct. If you take 87 almost to the tip of the peninsula (towards the ferry) and turn onto rettilion rd. you’ll arrive at the beach.

Easy access flat beach camping

Half mile stretch at end of access road to left is nice beach with dunes and free dispersed camping. Other sections require permit (on line or in person). Watch tides and weather, but really easy safe beach with big views. There are of course oil tankers visible and so not a pristine natural area. Adjacent to a preserve. Excellent.

Alligators!
 We loved this place! Our campsite was on Burr Oak loop. Very spacious. Quite a walk to the bathroom though. Very clean bathrooms. 

The trails are awesome! So glad we had our bikes, it allowed us to cover a lot of ground. We did see over 10 alligators. Some on the side of the trail, some in the water….I lost count of how many we saw. Great for hikes. Awesome for bikes.

Greatest experience.

Check the weather! I was there the night of a tornado watch. 70 mile an hour winds and heavy rain. Got alerts on my phone but I had about 6 drinks and did not want to risk those problems, so I braved the storm. Very humbling experience. To be fair, the weather was clear when I started the 500 mile journey to this spot.Weather the other days was great during sunlight. Bring a shovel if you want to start a fire and please be cautious about the winds blowing in. I could very easily see an unsupervised fire causing a devastating event. Nothing better than waking up to the ocean sounds or hearing them with a fire. Bring firewood if you enjoy fires. It's 10 dollars a bundle in town. Unless you wanna drive 50 miles. Great place, a bit of trash but, if you're able. Do your part with some gloves and fill a bag. I filled a bag in about 20 minutes. Would recommend to anyone, and I will be staying there anytime I can get a week to stay. Tide didn't come up closer than 15 yards to the the dunes,, even during a crazy storm.. Safe travels!

First to Review
Quite

Same TV park preferring long stays but allows short term, $175 week w/electric, $400 plus electric monthly. Clean Laundry room , very quite and wonderful manager.

Escape from the City

This is the best place to escape from the big city and enjoy nature! There is so much to do. The hiking and bike paths are aplenty. We loved seeing the gators, especially when the babies were hatching (spot dozens of babies in the photos). The observatory is also incredible. There are so many friendly astronomy enthusiasts who are willing to share a peek through their telescope (pre-covid) and share their knowledge. Be sure to help keep light pollution down in that area so everyone can enjoy the stars (no flashlights or phones out). This is such a great park to enjoy and spend a weekend away from the city without traveling too far.