Gari-Ann L.

McKinney, TX

Joined June 2020

One of my favorite state parks

I love Dinosaur Valley SP! I’m a kid at heart, and a bit of a fossil nerd, so I always enjoy spending time in the Glen Rose area. Dinosaur Valley SP is great fun for all ages. The site we were in wasn’t as private as other sites we’ve been in, but it was still well worth it. We enjoyed the river…cool, refreshing water on a hot day, lots of dinosaur tracks to see. Lots of shade.

Clean and quiet

An easy drive from the dfw area. This state park was clean and well maintained. Our site was close to the water, and the morning sunrises and evening sunsets were beautiful.

Clean and quiet

We stayed at this park with two other couples while we were in town for the Pine Mountain atv trails. This park appears to be more of a full-timer park rather than a “campground” park, but it worked out well for us for the weekend. It was easy to get to, very quiet and well maintained. There is laundry facilities on site, though we didn’t utilize them. Full hook-ups. It’s located in town, so there is quick and easy access to provisions if you need anything.

Small but gorgeous park

By far one of my favorite state parks to date. Haven’t been during the fall, but beautiful any rime of year. The hiking trails here have been some of my favorite. The park is relatively small as far as number of RV sites. It is clean and well maintained. Medina is a 30 minute or so drive if you need to run into town for anything (we had to hit up a hardware store for a quick fix on the camper). The drive to Medina is stunning - I recommend taking that drive whether you need anything from town or not. There’s a fantastic winery just up the street (Lost Maples Winery). Their Pinot noir is fantastic! My only minor complaint was that the park host who was working at the time we were there was militant. Not a deal breaker though. Hope to visit here again this year some time!

Excellent place to stay

We stayed in Lajitas at their Maverick Ranch RV park, which is right across the road from the resort. We stayed here for a few days while on a 10 day camping trip (left DFW, went out west to Ft Davis, down to Big Bend and back up through the hill country).

This park is about a 30 minute drive to the entrance to the national park, but just a few minutes from the state park. There’s a lot of great amenities, which normally we don’t care about. However, since this was halfway through our 10-day trip, we were able to do all of our laundry, which made me happy. The RV park has a clubhouse with games, books, laundry, showers and a pool. You also have access to the resort amenities.

The RV park is a dark sky park, so camera are supposed to have exterior lights off after 9 or 10pm so everyone can enjoy the stars.

There’s also a dog park with grass, which our dogs were happy about!

Beautiful hill country park

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. :)

Good for overnight stop

This state park was clean and well maintained, and nothing wrong with it. But for me personally, it’s more of a “stopping off/overnight” park rather than a destination. We stayed overnight on our way from DFW to Davis Mountains State Park. The sites were spacious, but not too shaded, so be sure to bring a pop-up canopy if there during hot months.

Nice, clean COE park

We stayed at Sanders Cove for the first time this 4th of July weekend. We were in B loop, site B5. Lots of trees to help keep things shaded. The sites are pretty close together on the interior where we were. Since it was a holiday, everyone around us had multiple vehicles, campers and boats, so there was a lot of “traffic” coming and going (and vehicles parked everywhere). I still prefer state parks for there more spacious sites / privacy, but would definitely camp here again. Gate attendants were friendly and helpful. B loop has a nice group camp section that is set back just off the main B loop, which would be great for families.

Nice state park

Lake Tawakoni state park is not too far from us, so it’s a nice place to go when we want to go for a quick camping trip. Sites are spacious, and for the most part, have concrete slabs that are pretty level and can accommodate any size rig.

Small Rv area but right on the water

This campground was one of a few we could find locally that had spots available while state parks were closed. We typically prefer state parks because of their spacious/private sites. Lighthouse is mainly cabins (some are for rentals, some are full-time residents), but there are approximately 15-20 RV sites right on the water near the marina. The sites are nothing fancy - grass pads, concrete picnic tables, but are convenient if you plan to spend the day in the lake. You can easily walk to the water’s edge and get in the lake. There isn’t a beach - you pretty much get in rom the edge of the road that leads to the boat ramp.

The RV pads are not at an angle and, depending on the size of your rig, can be challenging to get into depending on its location and if you have a tree on your site.

We also have two dogs, one of which is a super friendly pitbull. Because of that, we sometimes run into problems finding campgrounds without breed restrictions. We had no issues here.

The marina store doesn’t have much in the way of a variety of supplies/gifts/trinkets, it did have necessities like food items, milk, some camping supplies, etc. I think the store could really up its game and offer more.

All in all, we had a nice long weekend.

Clean campground

Clean campground with decent sized sites. Only a handful are 50 amp, which we were fortunate to get. The park isn’t very large (about 50 sites). Exterior sites have more space between them than interior sites. Lots of people pulling their boats up to the shoreline and docking there. Lots of shade. Nice little campground, but because of the size, don’t expect to be “away from it all.” Nice playground for those with kids. Rocky Point campground (also COE) is just around the corner. Only cons (not the park, but camping etiquette): I have noticed a lot of folks not adhering to the “pets on leash” rule, and people also don’t seem to mind walking through others’ campsites. Beautiful trees, water is nice, and the campground is close to town if you need to run out for supplies. Will definitely camp here again.