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Inks Lake SP is gorgeous, regardless of the time of year! The stone outcrops and cliffs are great for hiking. Sites aren’t quite as private as other state parks we’ve been to, but nice nonetheless. Longhorn Caverns is just a short drive up the road - like a 2-fer. :)
We have camped here in tents, pop up trailer, and hybrid travel trailer. We have been here with family, scouts, and just us. The park has fire damage in 2011 but there are still lots of trees and new bathrooms in Copperas Cove section. Great hiking. Pool is YMCA owned so pay per use or bring your Y membership cards. Traffic noise may be better now that Hwy 71 construction is completed. Easy access to HWY 21 and 71.
Nice campsites, clean bathrooms, lake access for swimming/boating/paddling. I didn't get a single mosquito bite while camping here! Lots of shade with plenty of tree covering. Hiking Trail nearby (Goodwater Loop). Cleanest lake I've been to in Texas!
This park is located between Thorndale and Rockdale. There isn’t much to do in the area and we only stay here when visiting family in the area.
The park is pretty nice with full hookup sites down on the bank of the San Gabriel river. The river isn’t much but it’s a place to escape the Texas heat. There are also more developed spots out by the road. By the more developed area there is also a restaurant and bar.
The campground sits on the site of one of the old Spanish missions from the days when Spain was colonizing Texas. There’s a neat story about the garrison commander killing one of the Priests in a feud over an affair. There are historical markers that speak to the history in the area.
If you’re in the area and you’re looking for a spot to stay at then you really can’t go wrong here.
This park is pretty large and your experience here will vary depending on where you setup camp.
We opted for spot 58 which is on a small bluff overlooking the lake. We had a trail from our spot to the lake which we took advantage of. If you setup on the interior of the campgrounds there won’t be a lot to do. There’s no marked public lake access, no swim each so you just gotta kinda find a spot to get to the water. Great hiking trails. The Good Water Loop goes all the way around the lake and passed through the park.
Decent little park close to Georgetown, TX. Georgetown is full of fun activities and great food. Georgetown is home to “The Most Beautiful Town Square in Texas” and also is an official Purple Heart City. There’s reserved parking all over town for Purple Heart Recipients.
The park is pretty minimum. No playgrounds and rocky shores that aren’t easily accessible. Expect the weekends to be super crowded, especially in the day use area (where the easiest accessible swimming spots are). During the week we had the park to ourselves. Friendly hosts.
*Grab a spot on the outer of the loop if possible.
*Watch out for RATTLESNAKES. We saw 2.
We highly recommend this state park! With many hiking trails, views and options for camping , you won’t be disappointed. We stayed in the RV area and made friends with armadillos, dung beetles, a fox, deer and a raccoon! Easily accessed the swimming portion of the river and relaxed all weekend. A quick drive to the falls trail head led to so much to explore! Staff was courteous and informative and we will be back! Currently they’re booked for the next three months so act fast!