My visit: December, 2014
29 total campsites in two loops; 12 with water and electric only; 9 with full hookups and 30 amp electric, 8 with full hookups and 50 amp electric. All sites have covered picnic tables, fire rings with grill, water, and electricity. Some sites will accommodate 40′ and longer RVs. One showers/restrooms building, one dump station.
One lane bridge from park entrance to campground.
I met Park Hosts Bobby and Galenda from Palestine, TX in Site 2. Galenda said they were just passing by in 2013 and saw the sign for the state park they hadn’t known was here before. She said it was like making a turn into Paradise and they fell in love with the park and the people here. They both said the size is just right – not too big and not too small, with the advantage of being close to family in Austin and San Antonio. They also like being in the midst of a cluster of other great Texas parks like Enchanted Rock, Old Tunnel and Pedernales Falls.
Continuing around this first loop, here is Site 3 with other sites around the corner.
And around the next corner, Sites 6 (occupied) and 7 (empty).
Entering the outer loop now with Sites 11-31.
Site 12 – a back-in.
Here I am in Site 16 – a massive pull-through with a covered picnic table – love that! I noticed on the Reservations site that it gives options for RVs up to 40′, but some sites obviously would accommodate much larger RVs. I’m sure this site would have fit two of my 35′ motorhomes plus my toad.
Site 19 – the sites on the exterior of this circle back up onto a pretty field.
Rounding the corner, Sites 20-24.
Site 31 – last site on this loop with showers/restrooms building in back on the left.
Campground Rates: Click link for updated info – as of December, 2014, rates ranged from $17-$23/night with very reasonable weekly and monthly rate options available during non-peak times.
Other Fees: In addition to campsite fees, there is a daily entry fee of $4.00 per adult (see option for annual Texas State Parks pass).
Reservations: Click link to make online or call (512) 389-8900. Reservation policies. For late arrival instructions, questions on the same day as arrival, or for park information questions while the Reservations Center is closed, contact the park directly at 830-833-4333. Reservations can now be made 11 months in advance and this little campground is sometimes hard to get into, so be sure to book early.
Directions: My GPS got me here using the park location as a point of interest, but see their instructions for street address to use by clicking link for map and directions.
Readers have asked for short recaps of pros and cons about the parks I visit. I realize this is subjective stuff and what bothers some people, others won’t have a problem with, and vice versa. As a fulltime RVer, I like things that weekend campers can do without. But, based on my own observations and/or comments from others, here goes:
Natural setting, beautiful trees, good amount of space between sites. Fall colors here were fantastic!
Full hookup options in a scenic state park – the best of all worlds!
Hill Country heavenly location pretty much equidistant from Austin, San Antonio, New Braunfels, Fredericksburg and Boerne.
Quiet setting – even though it is right off of Main Street, the campground is set far enough back that I never heard any road noise.
This is really the only thing I noticed and hardly worth mentioning, but some sites have the electrical and water connections on the opposite side from the sewer connections. This was not a problem for me since my water hose and electric cord ran under the motorhome and reached fine.
Pet Friendly: No extra charge for pets. All pets must be on leash and cleaned up after; dog pens are allowed. No pets in any buildings.
Satellite TV: Although the campground is nicely treed, it looked to me like quite a few sites would be able to get satellite TV, either from rooftop setups like mine, or for sure from tripod deals – I saw several of them around and a reader reported she stays in Site #4 and gets reception there. I was in #16 and it was such a long pull-through, I could park where I had a clear shot for my rooftop satellite.
Internet/Wi-Fi/Cell Phone: Free wi-fi at the campground. My Verizon Jetpack had 3G service only, but it worked fine. No problem with cell phone.
Malia’s 2 Cents: This was really the perfect stop for me before getting to the sad business I needed to take care of in Austin after my mother died. The beauty, peace and quiet helped to soothe my soul. I remember seeing a comment that this was “a little park with a big heart” – so true! The staff here were so nice and helpful and obviously proud of being caretakers of such a special spot.
Your Two Cents? The only way I know if the reviews and research I present are helpful to you is if I hear from you. I sure would appreciate your feedback in Comments below. I do have some pictures of a few individual sites and if you want to see any, leave comment below and I will post here.
Campsite Photos (has photos of all sites)