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Everything is bigger in Texas

Absolutely loved this campground! The staff was amazing, very helpful, thoughtful, and professional. Friendly atmosphere especially the wildlife! Great views of Lake Medina quiet and with all the amenities you’d expect (Free WiFi)! Can’t wait to go back and spend a few weeks there!

Nice stay

We were I. Town visiting family and stayed on the river side - sit 201. Didn’t get a chance to explore the other side. It was quiet aside from Bandera Rd. noice. It is noticeable, though it didn’t bother us for the short time we were there. Camp sites are spread out but not very private. We chose this side to be near the river. Good fishing spots. The swim/floating area is a bit deep in parts. I wouldn’t want to take little kids swimming there without a life jacket. Definitely bring some tubes (or you can rent). On a Tuesday afternoon the swimming area was very quiet and it was easy to stay distanced from others. I wouldn’t say this is a destination park but it’s perfectly fine place for home base if you’re visiting the area. And it has some nice bonuses for the price: pull through sites and campsite sewage. Also, cabin 6 had two unique features: rope swing and waterside stone picnic table tucked away.

Great for dog owners

Good sized shady fenced in dog park in the back with a picnic table. Rv campers have full access to the Summit compound which includes tubing shuttle, pool, tennis, putt putt golf, so on so forth. Quiet place to unwind and go float the river. We've stayed in a house ( #12) here also and it was amazing, the rv side was no exception.

River Park Fun

Will and I wanted to get away after being stuck in the house for months and finally camping opened back up in Texas! We wanted to check out San Antonio as well and this offered both the peace + quiet of a campground plus not being too far from downtown San Antonio. We were lucky enough to get a spot (I’ve heard that this is a difficult place to get a camping spot so book in advance!!). The first day we got to the park and set up camp we were lucky enough to get a spot close to the river. They are doing construction on some of the other sites so space really is limited if you want to camp here. We pitched our tent at a nice shaded spot and made our way to San Antonio. We came back to the campground around 12am and used an entry code to get in as the gate was closed (which is nice if you are looking for a secure spot to camp!) The next day we packed up and headed into the park. We only had a one night stay but it was perfect. You have to be packed up by 12pm but you are allowed to stay in the park until closing at 10pm. We took our raft down to the river and floated for the afternoon. The visitors section of the river was a little crowded. I can’t imagine what this park is like when it is in full swing/not limiting its guests. Other than that it was clean and the campsites were really nice, they had raised gravel patios for tents. The only thing we didn’t really like was that they weren’t drive up sites so we had to hail our gear to the site.

We love it here. Not for everyone.

We started with day passes, then graduated to renting out the loft cabins, then tried tent camping, and eventually and recently parked our travel trailer in the reservable RV spaces. All in the same vicinity. Made great memories at each stay.

Pro’s: Best rate in town for military (active, retired, $ disabled). Water is beautiful. Fishing can be fantastic. Lots of water activities available for rent or bring your own. Pet friendly, Great for families, most people are very respectful and wonderful to talk to. Good food and stores nearby. Lots of wildlife. Quiet. Close to town and short drive from San Antonio.

Cons: Hard to get ahold of staff to make reservations. Market is extremely expensive and staff isn’t very friendly. Lost and lots of fire ants.

We recommend it to all of our friends and family and bring them often. We love staying in the loft cabins. Some are pet friendly. We have stayed in the mobile homes on the other side of the lake once but that was not a great experience as our things were stolen off our table and covered patio (on Veterans Day) and they were only left unattended for 15 min or less. The mobile home wasn’t very nice but functional at least.

Ok park, probably won’t go back.

Scene: family of 5, young boys ages 7,4, and 3 months, two medium/large dogs, and a 21’ travel trailer.

Reservations over the phone, great customer service, was told we were getting the last spot available perfect for our size trailer.

Upon check in things were a little unorganized, we found our spot and instantly realized why it was the last spot. There are 3-4 aisles of rvs parked in rows and then there is spot 32, which is at the end of a row behind and in between two other spots. Basically three trailers will make 3/4 of a square, and space 32 is the bottom of the square. So our awning and front door came out into the center and front door of both our neighbors. We basically had a little courtyard for the three of us, which equaled zero privacy for any of us. Thankfully everyone was really nice, it was just extremely awkward. However spaces 31.32.&33 would be awesome for three families or friends to all be together.

The hook ups are great but our electrical kept tripping and shutting off our A/C which wasn’t fun with a baby inside most of the day . But a small problem in comparison to other things can can go wrong.

There were facilities that were busy but we never explored those so we can’t give a fair rating on that.

Price is ok, but a little high for what you get. Or didn’t and in our case, even a little privacy would have been worth more money.

The grounds are kept ok, a little bit of trash here and there, management is just okay, very nice but very unorganized.

The walk to the river was short and fairly easy, and my kids absolutely loved it. It was shallow enough for them to sit down and ride some baby currents.

Overall, nice two night stay in our trailer, and in the water but being so packed in was a huge turnoff.

Clean and Fun Stay, Our Dogs Loved It!

What a lovely stay! The facilities were all very clean and updated. The stocked fish pond was beautiful and the dog park was also nice. There were always some friendly pups there when we took our dogs. There's a greenbelt walk right next to the site we were at as well. Bikes to rent, friendly staff, happy campers all over, what more can you ask?

Guadalupe River state park - June-2020

We were super excited to finally get out for the 2020 season and this was the first of a few parks for a two week trip. We stayed in the “primitive” tent campground Wagon Ford” walk in tent area. Our site was about 150 yards from the parking lot and about 300 yards to the flush toilets with sinks and running water. There was potable water at the bathrooms, but none at the campsites. Each site had a nice 16x16 tent pad, fire pit, picnic table and our site had plenty of shade and a trail down to the river. The shower sites at cedar sage campground were awesome, they look new,in fact they are building another shower area near the discovery center (which was still closed). The raccoons are bad, they got the site next to us, and even managed to get inside our big RTIC cooler and stole some of our food 😭. The River is great, but you need to bring your own tubes or floating devices as they don’t rent them. We hiked the Painted Bunting trail, the discovery loop and scenic overlook trails and the bald cypress trail. We saw axis deer and lots of birds. The trails were well maintained and marked.

Love Love Love This Park

Blanco State Park is just beautiful. It sits right on the shores of the Blanco River and we had a gorgeous view of the water. The restrooms were in top shape and our site had a covered picnic table.  In our trip around Texas, this was one of our favorite state parks.  Easy to book online and very inexpensive with our Texas State Parks pass.  We were even able to walk into the cute town of Blanco and enjoy some fantastic BBQ at Old 300!  Would love to return.

Hidden oasis, Texas

This place is a hidden oasis in the middle of Texas. Spread out sites makes it feel like you’re the only one in the park. If you like quiet, this is the place for you to relax and recharge. You can experience all of Texas’ topography within a days hike; river bends, rain forest, and cactus filled desert. The drive is a little tight, so make sure you, your truck, and your trailer are in sync with one another.