Date of Stay: March, 2009
Update on my review written in July 2008 and deals strictly with the South Shore park - North Shore park is approx 8 miles north on FM2288 near US-87 and rates a separate review (IMO). Nightly rate does not include $3 per person, per day, day use fee (Buy a TX Parks Pass!). Friendly staff, asphalt roads, level back-ins and pull thrus; water and electric on the side or near the rear depending on your site. Over the air HDTV reception gives three local channels and two channels from Abilene. Weather radio and cell reception are excellent. Free wi-fi hotspots are available in town at the library, coffee shops, restaurants, etc. Numerous trails in the park for hiking or biking, lots of birds and wildlife. Not many trees are in the camping areas; i.e, not much shade is available, and it gets HOT during the Spring and Summer. Lake level continues to fall and as of this writing, the lake is at 5% capacity. You can fish and kayak but the lake is not as large as it looks on a map. If you plan any water activities, I strongly suggest you call the park beforehand. Nights are fairly quiet. The park is very convenient to shopping, restaurants, fuel, propane, etc. I suggest you read the reviews of the other camping options in San Angelo and you will see why this park is the best of the bunch. Definitely recommend as a place to stay for a night, week or longer.
Date of Stay: February, 2009
Nightly rate does not reflect $3 per person, per day park use fee: buy a TX Parks Pass! Clean, quiet, extremely well maintained park with a friendly and helpful staff. A jewel of the TX Parks System! Asphalt roads and sites, sites are level back-ins and in varying lengths. Water and electric connections are near the front. There is NO over-the-air TV reception. You must use a satellite dish. Alltel cell is 1-2 bars and weather radio reception is excellent. The park has four year round bird viewing blinds. LOTS of birds are resident and many more pass through while migrating. Turkey and deer abound. NOTE: from Oct 1st through April 1st, part of the park is closed for turkey roosting. The closed area includes some easy trails and walkways by the river; however, river access for fishing is available year round. The park rents tubes in the warmer months. There are miles of hiking and fat tire biking trails of varying length and difficulty that are always open. There is also a gravel bike/hike trail suitable for all bikes, open year round. The park is extremely popular during the weekends and summer months, at other times, there are few campers. Call ahead for site availability. Junction is 5 miles away for food, fuel, propane, etc. The town's excellent public library offers free Wi-Fi and an outstanding book exchange. This is my seventh visit over the years and each time I stay, I see improvements. Definitely a "destination park." I upgraded my previous ratings from "9" to "10" and give it my highest recommendation.
Date of Stay: February, 2009
Rate shown is for full hookups (water & electric is $16), rate does not reflect $2 per person, per day park fee. (Buy a TX Parks Pass!) Friendly personnel in this clean, quiet, CCC constructed park with a golf course. The park is close to town and shopping. Sites 1-10 are back-in, full hookup and are arranged in a circular formation, 11-20 are water & electric only, and are 3 back-ins and 5 crescent shaped PT's. Suggest you look at the park's website and download the park map for more details. Slightly bumpy asphalt roads, level sites, W/S/E hookups are near front for easy access. Good over-the-air HDTV, 1 bar Alltel cell, and good weather radio reception. (NOTE - 4 bar cell reception is possible if you go to the Rec Hall at the top of the hill within the park). A few hiking trails. The park is small and unless you golf, there isn't much to do. I STRONGLY suggest you call ahead as the park fills for the weekend and since there is a pool, I assume the summer is busy. I also recommend you pay the extra $2 per night and get a full hook-up site - these sites will accommodate any rig whereas the PTs are different sizes and the connections are placed in the wrong places. I am a big fan of TX state parks and while I like the quiet this park offers, I will stop again only for a few nights at the most if I am passing by; I will not make this park a destination.
Date of Stay: December, 2008
Nightly rate reflects weekly discount given from Dec - Feb and does not include $3 per person, per day usage fee (buy a TX parks pass!). Town of Edna is 7 miles away for Wi-Fi hotspot at the library, laundry, fuel, large grocery store available as well. Propane can be found at the Shady Oaks RV Park near Edna - there is no other propane dealer in the immediate area. Heavily used park with friendly staff, lots of deer, armadillos, live oaks and migrating birds. Asphalt roads and sites and the sites are level. Site lengths seem to be evenly split between short, wide sites for tenters or pop-ups and longer, narrower sites for RV's; not all of the RV sites are a uniform length. Wireless is excellent, over the air HDTV is good, and cell reception is 1-2 bars with a few dropped calls. We stayed in site #116 and it is nice. W/E on the side near the middle. Live oaks, palmettos, shrubbery and space gives some privacy from the neighbors. Trails in the park and along the lake provide lots of easy walking opportunities. At times, traffic noise from TX-111 could be heard which surprised me. A nice perk - the park has an air hose across from the dump station - check your trailer and truck tire pressure! The park gets a large number of campers during the weekends and we've been told it is very crowded when the weather is warm, so make sure you call ahead. This is a nice park and I will stay again if I'm in the area.
Date of Stay: December, 2008
Nightly rate does not reflect $3 per person per day usage fee (BUY A TX PARKS PASS!) We stayed in the Post Oak Camping Area(#45). Heavily forested, clean park with exceptionally friendly and helpful staff. Asphalt roads and sites. W/E on the side near the rear, sites are not uniform length/width and vary in their degree of being level - we had to raise the driver side of our 28' fifth wheel by 2" and lower the front end quite a bit to make it level. Other sites looked more level but we liked the view so stayed where we were. Most sites have lots of space and trees/shrubs between them so there is privacy from your neighbors. The only negative about the park - the shower house is older and NOT heated. Negatives which the park has no control over - the nearest town (Somerville) with a large grocery store/propane/fuel is about 15 miles away so come stocked with provisions, closest wi-fi hotspot is the library in Caldwell (about 25 miles away), over the air HDTV is weak with 5 stations, Alltel cell reception is 1 bar and very weak - lots of dropped calls. Positives - wireless is very good, the shower house has plenty of hot water, the dump stations are designed well and easy to access, there is a small convenience store/bar & grill just outside the park entrance, there are numerous maintained trails within the Birch Creek Unit as well as a 13 mile (1-way) bike/hike/equestrian trail that connects the Birch Creek and Nails Creek Units, LOTS of birds/wildlife and the park is p-e-a-c-e-f-u-l. This park has become one of our favorites and I definitely recommend it as a place to get away from it all.
Date of Stay: November, 2008
Park is listed in the 2008 Woodalls as the "Bar S Ranch RV Resort". The owner sold the "Bar S Ranch Resort" but kept the RV park. Directions in Woodalls are accurate but that is about all. Weak over the air HDTV, 2 bar cell, good weather. Owner is extremely nice, W/E/S on side and easy to access. Free WiFi with a good signal, laundry on site. Lots of trees and peaceful. Negatives - the park is woefully neglected; there is no other way to describe it. The sites are grass/rock and are not maintained, the narrow roads in the park are not maintained and while I can't fault the owner, the county road to the park is VERY bumpy and narrow. The owner has stated he doesn't care if anyone visits the park and it shows. I feel bad for the guy (personal problems he's had) but this IS A BUSINESS. I will not come back and suggest this park be avoided. If you plan to stay, do yourself a favor and call to make sure it is still open.
Date of Stay: November, 2008
Nightly rate does not include park entry fee of $2 per person, per day (BUY AN ANNUAL PARKS PASS!!). Clean, well maintained, smaller CCC-built park with very friendly staff. The park fills on the weekend so make sure you call ahead. The park is quiet, has beautiful scenery, a few hiking/biking trails, LOTS of trees and birds, a lake and observation/fishing piers. W/E on side near the rear, excellent over the air HDTV, weather and cell reception. Asphalt road into the camping area is narrow and a bit rough; some trees are close to the road but the road is do-able. Sites are asphalt, "not quite" level and are NOT the same length/width. The camping area is built on a slope so there are leveling issues - front to back and side to side; some sites have both problems. The sites by the lake seem to be more level than those on the other side of the street. There are two hiking/biking trails - one is wide, dirt/stone, and maintained whereas the other is not. A previous reviewer recommended Sites 13-17 and I concur; we stayed in Site 15 (back-in) and recommend it. I would return if I was in the area but would not make the park a destination.
Date of Stay: November, 2008
Suggest you call ahead as some weekends are busy. Nightly rate does not reflect day use fee of $3 per day per person (BUY A TX STATE PARKS ANNUAL PASS). Nightly rate posted here is the non-advertised "winter rate" which runs from 1 Nov thru 28 Feb - you must stay a week or more to get the lower rate otherwise, the nightly rate is $16. Friendly staff, clean, spacious older park. Excellent over the air TV (HDTV), cell and wireless. Be advised, most of the back-in sites are at an angle of 90 degrees from the road. Not all sites are the same length or width so tell the park personnel your rig's length when you check in. Sites are gravel/paved with W/E on side or near rear; the park no longer has W/E/S sites (except for the hosts). Good space between most sites, shade trees, lake views for some, all have covered picnic tables. Surprisingly, there is an airstrip within the park for small planes. Unless you like to fish/boat, there is not much to do. There are 2 miles of "official" trails but I walked along the shoreline and the park road for quite a distance. This is a nice place to kick back and watch the sunrise/sunset, listen to the birds and take pictures. I enjoyed my stay and will definitely return in the future.
Date of Stay: November, 2008
Nightly rate reflects TACO discount, otherwise $20 a night. Quaint, "in the country" feeling Mom-and-Pop operation with a friendly owner. Clean, bare-bones, older park with level gravel/grass sites; W/E on side, sewer at rear. VERY, VERY ROUGH road getting to the park, at the park office and into the park -owner escorts to site. Laundry is one washer & one dryer, but they are clean and work! 2 bar cell reception, over the air TV (HDTV) good, wireless excellent. Some road noise, but quiet at night. Suggest you call the owner to let her know you are coming, as the office does not seem to keep "regular" hours. We were the only ones in the park so it was very open although if full, it may be crowded since some sites are close to one another. Owner-provided directions to get here may seem confusing but the park is relatively easy to find IF you keep your eyes open. Even with all the negatives listed, I prefer to stay in this type of park rather than a resort-style RV park with cable/Wi-Fi, sparkling showers and 300 rigs packed like sardines next to one another. I would not make this a destination, but if in the area, I would return.
Date of Stay: October, 2008
The nightly rate does not include day use fee of $3 per person per day (buy an annual Parks Pass) Clean, well maintained park and friendly staff. Be advised Woodall's 2008 info is incorrect - there are 60 sites, not 23 as listed and some are Water sewer and electric. I strongly suggest you call the park to confirm availability as it does fill up; especially on the weekends. Sites are paved, most have good space between them and are "somewhat" level, water and electric are on the side and easy to access. There are lots of trees, deer, birds, etc. Cell and wireless excellent, over the air TV OK; especially if you have HDTV. There are 3 miles of maintained trails (three separate trails) in the park and an 18 mile round trip crushed rock bike path (fat tire bikes only) that leaves the park to Twin Lakes. Issues I have - (1) electrical power shows 122v on the voltmeter BUT drops rapidly when you turn on a few things; this is not a normal occurrence for me so I know it is a park problem. On a related note, we parked in a pull-thru #8 and when we went to hook up shore power, discovered both the 30 and 50 amps plugs were installed upside down. I was not going to have my cords bend to that degree so we moved. I notified the ranger and explained the problem, so perhaps it will be fixed but as of today (five days later), no work has been performed. (2) The sites are "somewhat level" and that is being generous. We stayed in #7, used levelers and were still tipped. (3) Whomever laid out this park was not an RV'er. The majority of the back-in sites require backing in on the passenger (blind) side. You have to drive past the site, then turn around further down the road so you can return and back-in. The few pull throughs seemed as out of level as the back-ins. In all fairness, I only tried three sites and settled on the third one so perhaps the other sites in the park are not as bad. (4) There are two main areas to camp but only one dump station for the whole park and guess what - it's on the wrong side of the road. You have to cut across the road, dump, cut across the road again, then go toward the camping area to find a place to turn around so you can head toward the exit. It could be a problem when this place gets crowded. Finally, a few words of advice to big rig Class A's and C's - unhook your towed as soon as you can, stay in sites 24 - 41 and don't plan to dump on your way out. There is a serious dip in the road over Lost Creek on the way to the park's sole dump station. You know your rig better than me, do a recon in your towed and make your own decision but if you choose to ignore my advice, don't claim ignorance about the dip when you bottom out! It may sound as if I don't like the park, but I do. The park is quiet, not crowded on the weekdays and since we have a 28' fifth wheel, the dip in the road at Lost Creek does not affect us. Fort Richardson is of historical interest and I enjoyed the biking and hiking offered - all positive factors in my review. I will return here if I am in the area but will not make this park a destination to seek out.
Date of Stay: October, 2008
This is an update to a review I posted in Nov 2007. The park is close to the Wichita Mountains Wildlife Refuge, lots of historical sites in Ft Sill (near Lawton), Altus and other relatively close communities. The park is clean and well maintained, back-in gravel sites (some concrete) are pretty deep with good space between them, W/E on side, near rear with easy access. There were many more campers using the park this time than our prior visits but there were still lots of open sites. Over the air TV reception has worsened but Wi-Fi and cell reception is great. There have been a few changes at the park since our last visit which I don't like. First, the overnight rate has bumped up to $18 (W/E) from $15 last year (no weekly discounts). Second, the park has installed pay showers - $.50 for 3 minutes. I asked why they did this. The park personnel replied some of the locals would come in at night, use the showers and leave a royal mess. I don't think campers should be penalized for what the locals do but. This park is a popular fishing destination so there are lots of boats and fishermen. Unfortunately, some of the RV sites were occupied by families with tents and smokey fires. 10+ miles of biking/hiking trails lead into the hills and are mostly maintained but the trail map leaves much to be desired. I have a mountain bike but consider the majority of these trails fit for hiking only, not biking. Be advised you should come stocked with provisions as the closest large food store is about 20 miles away in Hobart; fuel/propane and sundry food items are about 8 miles away near Snyder. I enjoy staying at this park, even with the rate increase and the shower issue. Will I return in the future? - yes. Nonetheless, I have lowered my prior rating from 10 to 8.
Date of Stay: October, 2008
Nightly rate excludes $2 per person day use fee (BUY A TX STATE PARKS PASS!!) No weekly discount given. We stayed in Comanche Camping Area. Well maintained, excellent museum at office, mostly clean grounds, friendly staff. Over the air TV is tolerable, cell reception is 2-3 bars and wireless is weak. Gravel, back-in sites are somewhat close together, W/E on side and easy to access. Dump station is next to restroom/showers. Showers were NOT cleaned while we stayed (1 week). Innovative picnic table cover; shaped like a modernistic teepee with the lowest end facing West to provide maximum shade. Not much shade otherwise, so in the summer I imagine this place can be H-O-T ! 10+ miles of maintained hiking/biking trails. Excellent scenery, lots of bird, insect and flora to observe/photograph. Town of Quanah, TX is 13 miles North of the park where fuel/food/etc are available, library offers free wi-fi access. DARK and QUIET. With respect to a previous reviewer, there ARE mosquitoes here as well as biting flies. Even with the unclean showers and the costly nightly rate (IMO), this is a good place to stay for a few days or a week at most.
Date of Stay: September, 2008
Nightly rate excludes $4 per person day use fee (BUY A TX STATE PARKS PASS!!). Good place to stay for visiting nearby Abilene and Buffalo Gap. We stayed in Brushy Trail camping area. Smaller CCC-built park, but clean and VERY well maintained. Large pool is open during summer months, and is very popular so call ahead. Friendly staff, roads are somewhat narrow. Over the air TV is tolerable, cell reception is 2 bars and wireless is very good. Asphalt sites, W/E hookup near rear but easy to access. Sites have good space between them, lots of trees, shady, and quiet. Dump station is small but works. Some low tree overhangs on roads and in the sites. I mentioned a few overhangs in particular at the office, the ranger was out the next day with a saw and took care of them. Lots of deer, birds and armadillos. Maintained but limited hiking/biking trail (less than 2 miles). I like the park, and would stay here again if I was nearby, but I am prejudiced toward hiking/biking activities so my rating reflects this.
Date of Stay: July, 2008
Update on a prior review made earlier this year. Nightly rate based on extended stay (normal nightly rate is $18 plus day use fee). We stayed from 10 July through the end of Sept. Park offers lots of birding opportunities as well as hiking and biking. Not much shade which is a factor in the summer heat! Not very crowded so if you want peace and quiet, this is the place. Be warned - lake is at 6% capacity so if you plan to come here for water activities, I suggest you look elsewhere or call the office first to get the current lake level. The lake is very small compared to what it looks like on a map.
Date of Stay: June, 2008
Nightly rate is based on a five week stay (includes electricity which you pay separate). VERY nice, quiet, clean park. Mostly mature residents although there are weekenders with children who show up. Satellite TV has 12 channels, free wi-fi that has good coverage, excellent cell and WTX. Between 15 - 20 rigs are permanents but all are very nice (i.e. no hillbillies with their trash rigs and barking pit bulls allowed). Excellent clubhouse, small swimming pool, exercise room, book exchange. Acess to the creek for swimming and fishing. I won't reiterate the other reviewer's comments except to say this is one of the best privately owned RV parks we have stayed in during our years of travel. If you plan to stay, call ahead - you won't be disappointed!