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Rankin, TEXAS

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Quiet. Nice.

I stayed in rv campsite 270 on a peninsula and a nice view of the water's edge. The roads in this park are absolutely terrible. The winds were high (over 20 mile and hour wind gusts). And it rained a lot. 

I stayed during the week. Not a single other site was taken within 300 yards. Because of the recent rains, most of the trails were off limits. And they have a pretty bad argentinian ant problem this Fall. So, I didn't get to go hiking any. But, I bought some ant killer and sprinkled it around the perimeter of my pad and no ants in the RV! 

Overall, it's nice. Well kept. And I was pretty much alone here for my entire 3 day stay.

Big and Beautiful

Had a great time at this park. The site was perfect and level. Grill and covered picnic table. Excellent for hiking and boating. You can’t go wrong with Cedar Hill State Park.

Interesting place

Situated on Lake Livingston, it is located at the back of a golf course subdivision of interesting mix of houses. This was quite the campground back in the day. Some sites are on the lake and some have lake views. It is a quiet park with most sites unoccupied. It is a membership type park but they accept several camping groups like Passport America.

Clean and quiet

All sites have concrete pads, picnic tables, grill, fire ring, electric and water. Also can camp in tents or rent a cabin.

Great City Park

Very nice park. Only a few site with full hook ups but over 200 sites with water and electric 30amp.

Family fun camping trip!

We had 3 sites that were close enough for all the family to spend the weekend together! The fishing was not great, they have way to many Tilopia fish in the lake. The campground was fun for the kids to explore. The sites are shaded and they were doing some upgrades to the park!

Beautiful Sunsets and wild life too!

Large park with spacious sites, level, shaded and full hookup’s. We saw lots of deer and wild turkey! Great place to fish, kayak& hike!


My brother and I love to go camping out here. The primitive site are only a mile hike. So long enough to discourage the loud party campers. Just close enough where you could still pull cooler or carry a canopy( not that you will need it with all the trees) I don't know about the other site. But the primitive is so noce

The Hidden Gem of Dallas

If you are looking for a camp and a retreat center for your church, family reunion, or school trip, Ascend is the place to go. Wide range of activities, incredible food, and most gracious hospitality out there.

Loved our time

We stayed as Fort Parker for two weeks! We had a wonderful time.

Pros: Gorgeous lake, tons of pelicans and herons, kayak trails, great Verizon service for work, amazing staff and camp hosts, regular nature programs, sunsets, pretty quiet and peaceful even when the camp was full!

Cons: swimming area was pretty gross, mud up to our knees and scum on the top of the water. River trail was stagnant but we saw a lot of birds still. Uneven sites 6-10(needed major leveling)

Family time

Very nice Park, enjoyed time with my family!!

Great little lake

This is a great little lake and campground, especially for fishing and boating. The campground offers nice, secluded campsites with full hook-ups. They each have a table & fire pit. The campsites are clean and well maintained. There are several fishing piers and boat loading docks. The lake is clean and great for tubing, standup paddle boarding or just swimming. There is also a roped off designated swimming area with a small beach. The campground is usually not crowded except for big summer holidays. Lots of wildlife like deer, etc. The public restroom & showers are clean and well kept. There also is a dumping station and a park host is on duty 24 hours a day. No hiking though but walking around the lake is really enjoyable. Bring your own water crafts because there isn’t any rentals offered here. Very low key & enjoyable.

Great spot to get away.

Camped here a lot in my teenage days. Nice place. Clean spots.

Escape from the City

Spaces are close, water pressure is very low, grass was tall when we got here but it was cut while we were here. Ants are bad, Argentine ants are very bad because there small once there in your car you just take them everywhere.

First to Review
Nice lake site!

Beautiful park! Many shaded sites. Playground for the kids and swimming area. Lots of wildlife to look at.

Fun for the kids!

Beautiful park! 60-70 tree covered camp sites. Roads were in good condition. Pet friendly. Plenty to do for the kids. Don’t really have anything negative to say about it other than the price tag. It was expensive, but we definitely got what we paid for. Several playgrounds, maze, volleyball, basketball, pond, and activities. We also visited the Waterpark that is joined to the park. The price of admission was very reasonable. Would recommend this park and will most likely be going back.


Has nice picnic tables. Very nice swimming area.

First to Review

Great park. Nice day use area. All types of camping. Some with shade some without.


Great park. Has lots of different types of camping. Clean bathrooms. Some hiking . Great swimming beaches. Lots of little coves for pulling your boat into next to your camp spots.

First to Review
Clear blue water and lots of deer!

The lake is clear blue water and has swimming area. Lots of deer will come quite close. Absolutely beautiful. Good fishing and boating there. Whitney has a good selection of shops to visit. Have stayed there 3 times and will be going back.

Beautiful lake

Marina was closed and several lots needed mowing but beauty of lake made up for it. Great swimming area with beach area and large children play area. Would definitely come back here.

First to Review


Very nice COE Campground on the Brazos River

We spent 4 nights at this campground on the Brazos River and we hope to go back.  Some of the campsites close to the river have no shade, but others have shade from some large old pecan trees.  There are remnants of the old ghost town, Kimball on the property.  It was very nice and the fishing was good.  The only cell service available we were told, is AT&T.


It’s okay for a local spot.

Great to fish and hang out with friends

A large array of tent campsites and RV hookups as well as a decent sized lake makes this a great spot. There are a few hiking trails however no really spectacular views. The lake allows motor boats

Good place

Have been camping and fishing here, never had any fishing luck though, it is a pretty nice place that I think is a good representation of East Texas. Definitely worth a try!

Large park-awesome sites!

Our first time here and really enjoyed it. The park at lakeside had recently flooded but we were not there to go to the water and our site was not effected at all. The sites are large and all come with a covered picnic table, a fire pit, a bbq grill and hook ups except sewer where we were but we didn’t need it. They have a dump station also. Great price!

Friendly Fun Camping

This is a small park but full of amenities, great fishing, nice hiking. Primitive sites are amazing, friendly rangers and awesome park hosts. day use area completely separate  from camping area and the wildlife are abundant two fishing piers both well lighted for nighttime fishing. Have nice programs throughout the year. This is my favorite park.

It’s okay

It’s okay but it’s too pricey for how small it is. Good representation of Texas wildlife and a good spot for family camping. Lots of traffic and places for rvs and such. Good trail system

Nice park

Nice place to camp, some sites are close together. Grounds could be better kept (grass needed mowed). All in all this is a nice place to stay. We will be back.