McDowell Campground is a pleasant little campground on the shore of Lake McClellan right in the middle of the Texas panhandle. Signs on the interstate direct you to the exit for the recreation area, but after that don't expect any other signage to help you find the campground, the only other sign you will get is the National Grasslands sign when you reach the area. Use your GPS or Google Maps to find you way and you will not have any trouble. After entering the Grassland do not take the first entrance you see on the left(dirt road leading to East Bluff#1 campground), but take the second paved entrance. Neither have a sign. The road is paved all the way to the campground. Once you turn off the main road their will be a road to the right which leads to the dump station. Just past this is a fork in the road with a sign for Lake McClellan. Take the road to the left for McDowell Campground, going to the right will take you to Lake McClellan Campground. Pay station will be on your right as you drive in.
This is a nice pleasant quiet campground next to the lake. A few campsites sit on the shore of Lake McClellan. Very nice wooded sites through out the campground. The campground has hook up sites with electric and water($15), and non-hookup sites($10). Two vault toilets serve the campground, located on each end. Each site has a picnic table and metal fire ring, some sites also include pedestal grills as well. All sites are nice and level. This is a very pleasant campground and located away from the ATV trails so should be quieter that the near by Lake McClellan Campground. If you want a hot shower then head over to Lake McClellan Campground. Only a few other campers were here mid week in October. In true Texas still a working oil well can be seen right at the edge of the campground.
Lake McClellan Campground is a nice campground in the middle of the Texas panhandle. Signs on the interstate direct you to the exit, but after that don't expect any other signage to help you find the campground, the only other sign you will get is the National Grasslands sign when you reach the area. Use your GPS or Google Maps to find you way and you will not have any trouble. After entering the Grassland do not take the first entrance you see on the left(dirt road leading to East Bluff#1 campground), but take the second paved entrance. Neither have a sign. The road is paved all the way to the campground. Once you turn off the main road their will be a road to the right which leads to the dump station. Just past this is a fork in the road with a sign for Lake McClellan. Take the road to the right for Lake McClellan Campground, going to the left will take you to McDowell Campground. Pay station will be on your left as you drive in, continue past the pay station to the camping area.
The campground has hook up sites with electric and water($15), and non-hookup sites($10). The first 8 sites are just a large parking area for RVs, the remainder of the sites sit on small loops in the trees. All sites are nice and level. A few sites are missing their site numbers which made it a little difficult to figure out which site we were in. Campground has f4 lush toilets with hot showers, one of the two restroom/shower building was locked. Site could use a little upkeep but for$10 for a sight with flushing toilets and showers, this is a good deal. Only a few other campers mid week in October. This are has ATV trails, so I am guessing it might get busy on the weekends. All sites have picnic tables, metal fire rings and most have pedestal grills as well.
We got to the campground late Thursday night and were greeted by friendly staff. We were placed in the Fortress Cliff camp area. It was perfect for us, and far from everyone else. We got there right before a huge thunderstorm and were able to watch it go around the edge of the canyon—beautiful! We woke to a beautiful hot day and went on a hike. Friday evening was much busier and although the area we were camping in filled up, we felt secluded. The only downside to our camp area was that there were no bathrooms or showers. The porta-potties were very clean! We went to showers at a nearby camp area, only to be disappointed. The showers were very dirty and hair covered the drains. Something we can get past, but the park should pay more attention to the cleanliness of the bathrooms!
This is a quiet park with easy on/off access to I-40. They honor passport America which brings the price to $14 for full hookups. There are no amenities so this is really for getting a good nights rest after a long day on the road. Plus it’s only 6 miles to The Big Texan restaurant and 15 miles to Cadillac Ranch.
Words can’t describe the beauty of Palo Duro Canyon State Park. This review is for the Hackberry Campground in the park. Sites are well spaced. Park is clean and well maintained. Lots of wildlife walking through the area, deer and turkey. Tons of hiking trails. Am Interpretive Learning Center and Amphitheater are near by. This is the second largest-canyon in the country. You’ll need a car to see everything. We had a great time here! Be advised cell service at the campground is almost non-existent. You are at the base of the canyon. You can pickup tv with an antenna.
Nestled down in the Canyon are several campgrounds. If you can, I suggest getting a spot in the Mesquite campground. It’s the newest camping area and it’s been thoughtfully designed with plenty of room between you and your neighbors and beautiful scenes. We have found the older camp sites are a bit crowded together and don’t over the same vistas.
The bathrooms are clean and offer showers. Because this park is popular, there can sometimes be a line.
Palo Duro offers lots of hiking, horseback riding, zip lines and bike trails.
It is prone to flash floods. So plan accordingly.
There were sooo many stars. People were turning their lights off and just looking at the starts. Very pretty. Especially when the coyotes starting talking back and forth. We hiked the plateaus behind our site and that was fun. Water and electric (30a) was available. Very level dirt site. Picnic table and shelter at every site. Pretty cool. Fire ring, but fires were banned when we were there. Full sun and very windy, but not horrible. Miltiple dump stations and trash dumpsters. Hairpin turns and 10% grade going in and out of the campground area. Long rigs could really have issues. We’re a Class B so it wasn’t bad at all. No Verizon coverage, but Sprint could text only
We had to do late check in but were able to select a more secluded site in Wolfberry to set up camp. There was a fire ban due to the heat in the area but it was okay since we pretty much just needed a place to rest for the evening before heading further north. The next morning we checked out the sights but were unable to actually do any trails. Some seemed a little difficult for our young children. The park was well maintained and the park employees were very helpful.
Wow, this place is incredible! It’s a state park but could easily qualify as a National Park based on the natural beauty and park programs. This is a major state park with hundreds of camping sites for all levels of camping from large RVs to simple tent campers. The canyon is huge on covers hundreds square miles. It’s about a one day drive from Austin and located near Amarillo in the Texas Plains. This area can get very cold in the winter and extremely hot in the summer. The campgrounds are down in the canyon which is normally hotter. We visited in July on the way back from Colorado. It was 93 degrees at 10pm at night. So tent campers need to plan carefully. They have some of the Best facilities for a state park. The amphitheater is very popular and puts on great programs. We canyons are breathtaking and the red variations of the canyon walls are fantastic for artists and photographers alike. The visitors center staff were very helpful and were able to accommodate a couple of special request. They are open until 9pm which is great. The restrooms and other facilities are some of the best we have experienced. The hiking trails here are a highlight and popular for hiking and mountain biking. We saw eagles and roadrunners during our stay. The area has some interesting history and worth learning more. I would highly recommend for those looking for a campsite in Northern Texas near Amarillo. This has to be one of the best Texas State Parks on our list.
I stayed here in college back in 2013 during a class trip to Palo Duro and absolutely enjoyed it. Great hiking trails. The place we camped was nice. It was a group campground, but the only bad thing that happened during the trip was the wind picked up at night and nearly blew a few of our tents away. Some people couldn't sleep in their tents any longer and moved to our group van we drove out to Palo Duro. The next morning, the wind had died down, and I took a little morning hike to enjoy the sunrise. Definitely a great time. My friends and I used a Dutch oven to make some apple pie at the campground.
Spent 2 nights and 3 days in the canyon with my dog. It was during the week and I wasn’t allowed to do a two night and had to move camp sites which was annoying and why I took off a star. Besides that great stay and great hikes with scenic views.
We stayed here for 2 nights in early May 2019. We stayed in the Hackberry campground. The park was completely full, and we grabbed the last spot 30 ft spot available. This park is beautiful, and I can see where it gets it name “ The Grand Canyon of Texas”. They had some rain recently when we there so everything was green and beautiful against the canyon walls. We didn’t have much time since we were only able to stay two nights, but I feel we were able to explore enough in those two days. I would recommend doing to the hike to Lighthouse Rock. 2.7 miles one-way and then when you get there, it’s about another .4 hike up to the area where you can see it. I would also recommend you go to the Big Cave. Very short walk for that and neat. The park has a 10% grade and all campgrounds are at the bottom of the canyon. We had no trouble in our 30 ft travel trailer with our Ram 2500. The visitor center had a disappointing selection of souvenirs but go there for the view. We stayed on site #2 in Hackberry which was 30 ft long. We had no trouble getting in and had enough room to park the truck in front of the trailer (at an angle). Site was level as well. We had no cell service at all without a booster. With a booster, we had no Verizon, but enough AT&T to use internet. We were even able to stream Game of Thrones one evening. The park was quiet at night. I would have liked to have stayed maybe one more night to explore more, but two days worked for us. Nothing around the park as far as services, so bring what you need. There is a store at the park that has a few essentials at a high cost. Overall, I was a great stay and we would stay again. $24 price reflects camping only. There is also a $8/person day use fee if you do not have a Texas State Park pass.
The KOA there was pretty nice, though we noticed that it was next to the Airport and not far from the train tracks. So we heard train whistles all night. It was nice and warm in the area. Sunshine and warmth was very nice. We spent 2 nights, so had a day to explore and did we explore.
We went to Route 66 about 6 blocks long and had a lot of Antique Stores and art stores and restaurants. Here are a few photos.
We stopped for lunch at Smokey Joe's on Route 66 in Amarillo for lunch and I have to say service was horrible and food was just not very good. We got menus and they took our order right away. We sat and sat and the folks that came in about 5 minutes after us got their fried pickles, which we also ordered, but we sat. 2 waitresses went by at least twice including ours. Don put his beer bottle out but nothing. Finally after 20 minutes and everyone else eating who came it after us, I got a hold of our waitress and she asked did we need anything - Ya food. She said she would check then the other waitress stopped by and asked. Our waitress came back and said that they changed paper in their machine and our order got lost. So we waited. Had cold Fired pickles and the hamburger Don and I ordered was dry and not very tasty for what they said was on it - Bacon, Onion straws, cheese etc, they did take off the cost of the hamburger but sure wouldn't go back. There was a Mexican restaurant across the street we will try if we come back that way.
We were glad that we were in a trailer as the Antique Stores were very good and Don said he would have taken a few things home if we had a place for them.
The bathrooms and camping grounds were clean and tidy. I usually find trash on the ground but our site here was trash free. The hiking trails are wonderful. Saw wild turkey and a fox. I reccomend going in spring. Not too hot and flowers are in bloom. This was our first stop on our roadtrip from Dallas to the grand canyon. We plan to return with friends.
It’s a KOA, which sums it up pretty well. They have the basics: clean restroom and shower, pool, playground, small store and gift shop. But, they insist on putting everyone very close together. They have plenty of space, room for lots of camping and RVs. When we were there they were only 1/4 full, and we were all in one row, so close together we couldn’t open our canopy. One good thing about that was lots of room for the dogs to run. The best thing, however, was free limousine rides to The Big Texan Steakhouse! Sure, it’s a tourist trap, but the steak was great, and how often do you get to ride in a limo with longhorns?
We have stayed here two or three times and the best part is how clean everything is. I always want to stay longer. It’s quiet at night and the stars really are big and bright!!! I will always try to stop here if I’m traveling through we’ve never been disappointed. They have pull throughs, cabins and tent sites! 👍🏽
Juniper site 113, full hook ups, right across from bathrooms/showers which are well kept and nice! Cell service is sketchy— tv reception got a few digital channels. Fire pit/grill combo, covered picnic table. Lots of hiking trails. Well spaced sites with privacy.