Debbie J.

The Dyrt Pro

The Woodlands, TX

Joined September 2020

Convenient Location and Nice Amenities

We’ll maintained park within walking distance to marina and great restaurants. Sites have concrete pads and picnic tables. Plenty long, but very close together. Nice landscaping and great pool and hot tubs. Shower house is super clean and so is laundry. You can rent golf carts here for $100 (24 hours). A short drive to the beach.

Beautiful Well Kept Campground

We stayed here for one night while traveling through Alabama. Looks like most of the sites are level with concrete parking pads. Many great waterfront sites with lots of big shade trees. No sewer sites, but the bathrooms are centrally located and an easy walk. This campground even has a laundry with pay washer and dryers.

First to Review
Would Not Stay Here

I had a reservation at this park, but when We arrived and got a look at the park we quickly left. Mostly perm sites with old, run down campers. The park was dirty and seemed very sketchy. Would not stay here.

Great Travel Stop

We stayed here one night while traveling. There are several long term sites, with very nice, well kept RV’s. The short term sites are out in the open and all but one are large pull throughs. Full hookups. Sites are very level. The restrooms and showers are really nice and clean. You have to pay $3 for a shower. There is a washer and dryer for use by guests, and it costs $3 to wash and dry a load. We showered and washed clothes. Very nice. Lots of grassy areas to walk the dogs. This campground is on farm land and in beautiful countryside. It’s very peaceful and relatively quiet considering it’s right on the old Route 66. Just a little traffic noise every now and then. Would definitely stay here again if in the area. There is a casino nearby.

Large, Private Sites

The campground has 66 sites but is laid out in such a way that you have a lot of privacy. The sites near the water are electric only, and the inland sites are water electric. No sewer sites. Most of the sites are in smaller sections of 6 sites, in a circle with nice grass and a lot of foliage in between. Very private.

Nice covered picnic tables. Our site was close to level, only had to use leveler blocks under one wheel. The restrooms are very dated but clean, with 2 showers.

Beautiful Park

Nice, level gravel sites. Only a handful of FHU’s. Most are water/electric in the section nearest the ranger station. Lots of electric only sites in a pretty area with Great Lake views. Many tent sites. This campground has a laundry facility with 3 washers and 3 dryers. Also has vending machines with snacks and cold drinks. Restrooms are super clean. You have to pay to take a shower, it takes quarters only and based on time. There are great hiking trails and you can hike to the lake. Sites are fairly close together, and many are not long enough for large RV’s. This is an expensive park that is well maintained. We paid $41 a night for a FHU, and on top of that there is a $9 per day park entrance fee.

Amazing Scenery

We camped in the Pecos campground in site 12. Beautiful view of the lake and desert. Awesome sunrises. This site is one of the few that has full hookups but the sewer connection was so far from the water and electric there was no way I could hook up. Would have needed at least 30 ft of sewer hose. The water and electric hookups were on the wrong side. I would have had to pull in nose first if I didn’t have a super long power cord and water hose. The sites have covered picnic tables, and many have cute 3 sided Adobe structures that break the wind and provide more shade. Gravel site was perfectly level and wide enough for 3 campers. Lots of space between sites so there’s plenty of privacy. There is a clean bathhouse, but it’s quite a long walk. There is a nice big playground for kids. There are heavy steel trash cans at each site, and rangers pick up trash twice a day. It gets real windy in the afternoons, but it dies down in evening. If you like looking at starry skies, this park is super dark at night and awesome for stargazing. Lots of flies. Mosquitoes are a bit of a nuisance in the evening. There are fire pits and a little camp fire keeps a lot of pests away.

Great Travel Stop

Stopped here for the night on the way to New Mexico. Right on highway 84. Road noise is not too bad. Bathhouse is super clean and so is laundry area. There is a small dog park. Have great Verizon and TMobile service. OTA channels are fantastic, with over 60 clear channels. Park also has cable but we didn’t need it. No shade at all so be prepared to run ac constantly in summer. Very low humidity though.

Good Travel Stop

We stopped here for the night on our way West. The RV park is gated and you need an access code to get in. Stopped at the gate and called to get the code. We were told to take any spot we wanted except for 25 and 26. Found a great spot under a huge covered shelter which was great for shade on this 95 degree day. Sites are gravel with full hookups including cable. Free WiFi too. This place is mostly filled with perms, but there were 5-6 empty sites to pick from. Our site was level and it looked like most were. There is an ice and water vending machine just before the entrance. There is a laundromat that looked very clean. $1.50 to wash. I wouldn’t stay here more than a night, but it’s just fine for a travel stop. Passport America rate is $15. You put payment in a mailbox near the front.

Clean and Well Kept

Nice level campsites with great views of the lake. No shade on the full hookup side of the campground. Lots of shade in the water/electric side of the campground. Bathrooms were spacious, clean and private. Verizon cell signal was on the weak side.

Great Beach and Fishing

Nice, large park with large RV sites and good privacy. The grounds are well kept and sites are level. Verizon signal was weak with only 1-2 bars, suitable for phone calls and text only. Over air antenna only caught 2 good clear channels, neither was a major network, so glad we had some DVD’s with us. Bathhouse was clean and modern, and well stocked. There is a really nice, large picnic area for day pass folks, and a nice big sandy swimming beach. There is a nice boat launch with 2 ramps.

Great Travel Stop

We stayed here for a 2 night travel stop. All sites are pull through and have full hookups. The utility pole even has a light so hookup at night is convenient. Sites are super long, fairly level and gravel. Not all sites have picnic tables, but all have a concrete patio as well as grassy area. Nice private, super clean restrooms with tile showers. WiFi is free but signal gets weak the farther you get from clubhouse. Nice laundry with plenty of washers and dryers. Several perms here, but all RV’s were clean and perm sites were tidy. Park is on a nice part of the Llano River, and there is a nice walking path along the river. There is a large gravel beach area on the river where you could swim or fish easily. Park is about 1 1/4 miles from cute downtown area, but you cannot walk to town easily as part of the route has no sidewalks.

Awesome Dark Sky Park

I chose to spend a few days at S Llano because of its reputation as a dark sky park. Unfortunately the night sky was clear only one night, but the sky was amazing. I haven’t seen so many stars in 30 years or so. The park is large, with all types of camping. Something for everyone. Water and electric sites are most common, but they also have primitive camping that is either drive in or walk in. We stayed in a water/electric site that was near the only bathroom in this section of the park. The sites are mostly level, and we were fortunate enough to get a perfectly level concrete parking pad. All sites in our section had nice picnic tables under patio covers. There are some amazing trails to hike, from easy short ones to some steep and difficult ones. This is a birders paradise, with more species of birds here than I ever imagined. There is also a huge wild turkey area, but we did not see any. You can swim and tube in the Llano River, and they rent tubes in the office. You can also fish here without a license
This is my favorite Texas State park so far, and I want to make a return visit and stay a week or more.

NiSmall Park on Golf Course

We stayed here for a 2 day travel stop. Clean, well maintained park with only 10 full hookup sites and 10 water/electric sites. Full hookup sites back up to a golf course. One bath house that is very clean. Our site was perfectly level. All sites have a covered picnic table and asphalt parking pads. There is some shade at nearly every site. Verizon signal is weak and non existent on the trails. We got around 60 hdtv channels with excellent signal. The sites are very close together and there is no privacy. That’s the reason I give this place only 3 stars.

Nice relaxing beach park

We stayed here during the week in April, and the weather was perfect. A nice steady breeze kept the mosquitoes away, which we heard can be pretty bad. They have 30 amp FHU sites as well as 50 amp. Also have nice looking cabins for rent. A short walk over a nice boardwalk to the beach. Also half mile walk to the bird sanctuary, which is awesome for bird lovers. Free wifi, but the connection kept dropping. Great 5G connection with Verizon. Level, concrete pads. We required no leveling. Sites are spacious and patio is surrounded with well mowed grass. Campground is on a ship channel and it was fun watching the huge tankers go by. We really enjoyed this park and will return. No shade, so it would be quite hot in summer.

Pretty Setting but Tight FHU Sites

There are only around 9 full hookup sites and they are very close together in the group camping section. Very little privacy. All waterfront sites are nice and big, but no utilities. One section of the campground has a lot of private RV sites but only water and electric. There are 3 restrooms but only one has shower facilities. The group camp restrooms do not have showers even though the campground map indicates showers.

The sites with utilities are paved, and most slope, so need those levelers. All sites have fire rings and covered picnic tables.

Beautiful lake views and a boat ramp. Good fishing from shore. Lots of woods and birds. We saw a couple of eagles.

Beautiful Setting, Average Sites

There are only 43 sites at this park, but most have no hookups. Only 9 full hookups, which is what I prefer if staying more than a couple days. The FHU sites are really close together and not private at all. Our picnic table and fire ring were at our neighbors sewer connection. The water and electric sites are more spacious and private, but some were a long way from the restrooms. There are many beautiful sites at waterfront, but that is all dry camping.

The sites are all paved, and all seem pretty sloped, so make sure you have levelers. All picnic tables have shade covers, and most sites have good shade. The grounds are well kept and the park very quiet and tidy. If you like to fish, there are plenty of spots for shore fishing. There is also a boat ramp. The lake is clean and beautiful, also huge.

There is only one hiking trail, but it is not paved and seemed a bit overgrown so we did not hike it for fear of encountering a snake.

This is a nice park, but not a “do over” for us because of the lack of space and privacy at the full hookup sites. Also you can hear some road noise at times, which is really a distraction, especially if you are a person who enjoys the peacefulness of a nature setting.

Winter Camping at Cagle is Peaceful and Beautiful

Just finished another camping trip to Cagle Recreation Area in the Sam Houston National forest.  It was pretty chilly in the beginning of March, but we camped during the week when all the weekenders had left, and there were only a handful of campers there.  So peaceful and serene.  Lots of clearly marked trails to hike.  The campsites are so spacious, with full hookups.  Our site was sloped a bit so had to use 9 leveling blocks.  All sites have asphalt pads and are kept clean.  The hosts gave us some firewood to make a fire in the pit, and we got to roast some hot dogs.  Camped in Sycamore Loop, which is the campground loop closest to the boat ramp.  Great views of Lake Conroe, and I'm told there is great fishing here.  We walked miles and miles on the trails and just enjoyed the beauty.  Saw a bald eagle, which was an awesome experience.  The bathhouse was cleaned daily and was always well stocked.  Sites are very large, so social distancing is no problem.  Cagle is one of my favorite places to camp!

Good Travel Stop

This park is owned by Escapees RV Club.  We joined Escapees for the benefits, which include discounted camping.  We've stayed at this park several times, particularly when in the learning process for our new RV, as there is a lot of support here.  A lot of full time RV'ers use Rainbow's End as their home base, and a lot of full timers stop here for long periods of time while moving across country.  I always learn a lot from these long time full-timers.

The sites are decent, with gravel driveways and full hookups for both 30 amp and 50 amp.  They have an area for dry camping as well. are not level, so be sure to bring your leveling blocks if your rig does't have a leveling system.  

There are a couple of bath houses and laundry facilities.  The bathing areas are kept clean and are spacious, but nothing fancy.  There is a swimming pool which is open in summer, but we've never used it.  They also have a weighing station, although I never used it.  Propane delivery is available once a week.  Sign up in the office if you want to get on the schedule.

Good Weekend Getaway Close to Houston

I like Huntsville State Park campground for a long weekend getaway.  It is about an hour north of Houston not far off Interstate 45, so very easily accessible.  They have a large campground section which is only campsites, and also another section on the other side of a cove that is more of a recreational section which has a swimming beach, cabins, screened shelters, etc.  This state park gets very crowded in the summertime, with campers as well as lots of day use folks enjoying the water.  It is hard to get a campsite reservation, so plan ahead!  

The sites are spacious as in most Texas state parks, and there are many shaded sites.  The waterfront sites are tiered.  The upper tier is where you park your rig.  Then there is a retaining wall and steps to walk down to the lower tier where the picnic table, fire ring, lantern post, etc.. are located.  We really didn't ever go down to the lower part of our site because it was inconvenient.  It was a good place to walk the dogs though.  The campground does slope slightly and the sites are not all real level, so be sure to bring your "legos" if you don't have a leveling system on your rig.  The grounds did not seem to be as well maintained as some other state parks I've been to.  We couldn't use the picnic table because it was surrounded by tall weeds and had a lot of spider webs under it.  Bath house was not well maintained and kind of dingy.  It was also not ventilated well and felt like a sauna as it was so humid in July. 

There is a nice fishing pier and several places to fish off the bank.  A ranger told me there are alligators in the lake, so be careful.