Chris H.

The Dyrt Pro

Denton, TX

Joined April 2018

Just a dad and a husband who likes camping with his wife, kids and friends.

Awesome awesome awesome

We had an absolute blast here. We’ve been wanting to camp at Garner and it has always been full. We finally got a spot and it was great. We were in spot 140 with our NOBO 19.3. It was a huge spot and was within walking distance to…..everywhere!! We had a dried creek bed behind our site that led to the river and my kids loved it. We were not far from a playground, could walk to the mini golf course, and right by the Rio Frio trail head. The views were amazing and the hiking was a blast!!

Very nice and close to the Alamo/river walk

We called an audible on our trip and spent a couple nights here that we weren’t originally planning on. We were able to get reservations on a day notice, and got a great spot across from the playground (our kids loved) with full hookups. They’ve got a nice little pool, pretty big playground and a fishing hole that is stocked. In a first for us, they had a pizza shop on sight and it was a pretty good pizza. We’re about 10 minutes from the Alamo and we’re able to get there in no time for our reservations there. Other families are here for longer than us, so if you need a stop over for a couple nights or a week long trip, this is a solid pick.

Great place, but a quick heads up

We spent a few nights at Davis Mountains and it was gorgeous….for southwest Texas, haha. The hiking is great and the spots, we stayed in our NoBo 19.3. We took our 7 year old, 9 year old and 2 dogs on the Skyline Trail hike. It’s one of the longer trails and we had to catch the CCC trail to head back to our site. The wildlife was active and we had a pack of 6 Javelina walk through our site, and a skunk…..The only couple things that I’d warn people about is that the site has been in a burn ban sense 11-19, and they’re hardcore about it, as they should be. We had a propane fire pit and had a park host and park ranger come by to make sure we weren’t burning wood. There’s not a ton of “kid stuff” to do. There was a dry creek bed behind our site that helped, but I didn’t see any playgrounds or stuff like that for kids. The last thing to be aware of, if you’re in a camper, is the waste hookups aren’t level and takes some “leveling” to make for an continual flow of waste water.

Quick one night stop

We only stayed here one night on our way home, so we didn’t really get to use everything at our disposal. The sites are close to each other, but they are stair stepped, so you feel like you have more privacy which was really nice. If you’re going out with your rv and you’ve got multiple waste port, this place has multiple lines in the sites for front and back tanks. Overall, it was very nice, and the kids liked the playground.

At first I was worried, but it turned out great

This is the smallest KOA we’ve been to by far, in our travels. When we got there the site was crazy unleveled, but after using all my leveling blocks, we made it work. The o let other 2 negative things was it’s the road noice and the smell of the paper mill in the morning. Other than that, is place was really pretty cool. We camped down on the lower level and had water and power, no sewer, which isn’t a huge deal, but still. Our site backed up to a little wooded area and we get like we were actually in a state park, not an rv park. The playground was a little too small for my kids, but they’ve got a bunch of little trails throughout the site with fairy doors at the base of some trees and a Groot!!! David, the grounds guy there, was great and had a ton of suggestions for where we could go to explore. You’re about 15 minutes from Asheville at this place, and there’s tons of things to do in town….breweries, nature centers, and the biltmore to name a few!

Amazing place and great owners!!!

We found this place while looking for a place outside the Great Smoky Mountains and it has been amazing!! Sheila, the owner of the property, has been amazing and she’s worth the stay here, but when you add the views and the proximity to the National park, you can’t beat this place. There’s a few sites that have electricity, but no water. I’ve heard those are coming soon though. Our site is right on this little river and we can fish and boat all up and down it. We’ve been here for 6 nights, and would come back in a heartbeat!! Its also right down the street from the tuckaleechee caverns, and those are awesome

“Resort” is a perfect description

This is one of the handful of “Resort” KOA’s in the U.S., and it was very much a resort. I feel like the spots for your trailer are a little bigger, and at this spot, the back in sites have more shade from trees. This place has an awesome pool, a ton of yards games from bowling to checkers, the staff is super nice and it’s right outside downtown Nashville, but you don’t get a lot of highway noise when you’re sitting by your fire pit.

Great place with huge sites

We stayed in a Campsite B, spot 22, and it was awesome!! Our site was huge, with a 30 amp/water hookup, and a huge tent pad. We were a couple hundred yards from the lake and less than a 1/2 mile from a handful of trailheads. We were also really close to a fun little playground for the kids. We did the hike to the waterfall and it was great. It was very easy and had some fun playing around the waterfall. We will absolutely come back!!! The other great thing was no burn ban!!

Wish we got to stay longer

We will absolutely go back and stay for longer. We where on our way home from our long trip so we were only here for a day. We stayed in the sagebrush circle, site 136, and it was great!!! It was an awesome corner spot and was just a little walk off of the K trail. Great spot!!

Nice but not what we thought

So this isn’t a campsite…..when I booked this after out long trip we thought it was a full on campsite, but it wasn’t. It was a rv park. There’s not a hiking trail or anything you would think of when thinking “campsite”. I don’t want to make it sound like it was awful, it wasn’t that. We camped in site 112 and it was nice cause it was more spaced out and we were on top of everyone. We were also next to a horseshoe pit so I could teach my kids. :) We also had some visitors.

Nice Spot and close to Rushmore

This was a pretty nice spot. It’s about a half hour from Rushmore and the Badlands. It’s a huge park, not a ton of tree coverage (had some pretty strong winds come through overnight). The showers, bathroom and laundry room are super clean. We’d go back for sure.

The OG KOA

This was hands down the best KOA we’ve been to. Not to knock the other KOA’s but this one was great! Is was huge, incredibly clean, family and pet friendly, and just a solid overall spot. We were in site 100, and where right by the mini golf and about 250 yards from the river for fishing. We’d go back in a heartbeat.

Great RV Park

We stayed here 4 nights and it has been great! Not all the sites have water and sewer, but everything has electric. It’s clean and the service is amazing. They’ve got a good size laundry room and a small shop for odds and ends. We’ve loved our stay here. It close to downtown Jackson Hole, so you can drive into town for anything you need with a quick 10 minute drive, but far enough away that you don’t hear traffic or city noice.

Easy overnight spot for everyone

We showed up after the office closed, but they had a map out for us to find our spot. It was easy to pull in and hookup our trailer. The sites are really clean, and they take pride in their sites here. There’s a little playground for the kids and dog park for the kids. The sites are goons need some leveling for your trailer, just FYI. You’re also really close to the highway so you get a good amount of noise early in the morning.

Nice 1 night stay

There’s 2 KOA’s in Pueblo, so heads up. I drove past this one thinking I was staying at the one on the north end of town. We stayed one night and it has a cool little playground for the kids, a little dog park for your dogs and full hookups, which is nice. The people at check-in are great, and they have someone drive out to your site with you, which is very nice. The sites are right on top of each other, so if you have a neighbor you can’t open your awning, and you’re close to the highway.

It’s cool for an overnight

We stopped for a quick overnight stay on our way to Yellowstone. It has big spots that are pull through and the greatest thing was the Big Texas Steakhouse delivered!! We didn’t get in until 9:00 and they deliver all the way until 10:00.

First trip with the new travel trail

So we took out our new travel trailer out for its first quick trip. We made this one a short trip, and it was nice but here are a few things to know about the park. They don’t have a camp store for any of the odds and ends that you might have forgotten, so make sure you double check your lists before you leave home. They’ve got a firewood locker, but it’s by the headquarters at the front of the park. The site we stayed in (108 in loop H) would’ve been a lot better if you had a bunch of people you know camping together. It kind of circled around this communal feeling opening in the loop. We were able to fit our 32’ trailer with my f150 super crew next it to, kinda tightly. The weather was cool with the wind coming off the lake, so we broke out the solo stove!

Absolutely beautiful

Wow…..just wow. We went on another day hike around and while some people think this is “just a bunch of rocks” I can’t think of a place that was more breath taking. Do yourself and favor and go take a loop around the park. If you want to and have the gear, there’s places were you can climb some and it’s amazing to see people climbing these rocks. This is a place we’re you can walk/hike no matter your skill level.

Day trip for sledding

As a family from Texas, we don’t get a lot of snow in our neck of the woods, so this was a real treat. We hit up the Peak View day use trail head and had an absolute blast. The snow was perfect, the hill was fast and the views were amazing!!! Kinda wish we had made the trip to camp up here instead of just a day trip!! There’s also less oxygen at 9000’ than there is in Denton, Texas. Haha

Beautiful views, but here are a few thing you need to know

I went with a buddy and we stayed in site 16 in the primitive walk-in site.  It was a gorgeous site right on the Colorado river.  The thing I didn't realize was that in the primitive walk-in site you are in a field, with not really any privacy from any other campers.  If you are thinking that you will have some foliage separation between sites, you won't.  The other thing that other Texas state parks have that Colorado Bend didn't have was showers and a plumbed bathroom.  They have 1 open air shower but it is closed during the winter season.  The bathroom's are simple outhouses with composing bins.  The shop also doesn't take credit cards, and they don't have the firewood vending machines you can access after hours, so if you come one after the shop closes, you will need to bring your own firewood.  We did the Spicewood Canyon trail that has some amazing views from the top of the ridge.  We hit the last mile of the Lemon Ridge trail that then dumped us on the the river trail that created a nice 6.5 mile loop.  It was a good hike that they have listed as "Challenging" but hasn't bad at all.  The north end of the site has the Waterfalls and from what we were told from some people at a neighboring site, that is were a lot of the day use hikers were.  Overall it was a great camping trip in a gorgeous part of Texas, there were just a few things I wish I had known going into the trip.