Wonderful summer time spot, plenty of drive-up tent sites (don’t settle for the first you see unless it’s a busy weekend) great cliff jumping and deep-water soloing opportunities for the seeking. Also great swimming/fishing holes. Hiking is short but nice.
By far one of my favorite parks in TX, beautiful year around (even sweltering August) but the best time is Fall to see the leaves fall. Primitive camping only so expect at least a mile trek in, campsite C is nearest the deep pond (excellent swimming hole with adequate cliff jumping for the extra adventurous) I prefer to stay at Site B though it can be a challenging 2 mile, steep uphill climb but well worth the view at sunset. BRING WATER OR WATER PURIFICATION there are a few natural springs but they are far and in between.
Water included, site 11 was nearest the restrooms. A bit close to neighbors but only by 20-30 yards. Fishing pier is just a short walk towards the water. Trails are nice but a tad too easy, if looking for a more challenging hike stick to the purple trail. Great beginner level climbing in Penitentiary Hollow MUST HAVE 15-20 FOOT SLINGS ANCHORS ARE MILES APART!!! REI may not even have anything to accommodate
Roughly 2.5 mile (easy) walk in, plenty of open space. Don’t settle for the first site you see, they seem to get better (and closer to restroom) the farther you go into the campsites.