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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.
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.
Sites are about 70' long x 15' wide. Plenty of trees. The only thing I didn't like was that the river ran next to the campground but due to yearly heavy rainfalls, maintaining a canoe or kayak launch is impossible. There isn't anywhere to launch or exit the river so kayaking involves driving elsewhere. You can't even get near the water, there are so many trees and very tall grass (we worried about snakes) so fishing involves driving elsewhere. There are plenty of deer, bird watching and star gazing is fantastic! The owners are just about the nicest people you will meet!
We arrived around 11:30 pm to the park and was stopped by a very helpful officer that explained to us the park was closed, but helped us get a spot anyways and directions. Got to the spot and it was more than I expected for a camp site (electricity, fire ring pit, table, Barbque pit, and trash cans with bags). We set up tent quickly, made a fire, and had a great time with the kids!
We spent 2 nights here in the tent sites a couple weeks ago. We loved it.
There are 8 tent-only sites at the north end of the park - there is a short trail by the restrooms that lead to them. Upsides are that they are removed from most of the park's bustle, so it's easier to relax and enjoy your time "in the woods". The restrooms and shower facility are a ~200-300 ft walk, depending on which site you choose. Each site has a grill, picnic table and fire ring. The sites are not particularly level, but we were able to get two tents on the site with minimal issues. The tent area also has a community grill and fire pit that would make it a great candidate for a group camping event.
There is a small floating dock where you can fish or launch a kayak (remember, you can't park close so you'll have to carry the boat in…good for kayaks, bad for canoes). There is ample room at the park's main launch to put in larger canoes or kayaks without carrying them as far.
The park amenities are fine - swimming area, fishing pier, and fairly clean showers/restrooms. Also, there is a Bucee's 5-10 minutes away for those last-minute needs/forgotten supplies!
All in all, a good weekend, and a good spot to camp!