Date of Stay: November, 2010
We loved camping here! We had visited here several times before but not since getting our RV. We had reserved one of the three sites with full hookups (the other RV sites are water/electric). These sites are back-in. Tons of trees, very private sites. Our was quite level. This park has a lot going for it. The color of the trees this time of year was gorgeous. The staff was friendly and helpful. There are lots of features to the park: hiking, swimming in season, occasional activities like star parties, neat architecture around the pool, etc. If you're into geocaching, Nite Time on Elm Creek Trail was a fun night cache. The location is also very good to explore the area. It's about 20 minutes to Abilene, one of my favorite places I've lived. About 5-10 minutes will get you to Buffalo Gap; don't miss the pottery studio, Perini Ranch Steakhouse, and the Buffalo Gap Historic Village. It's also close to Tuscola, where Lucy's is a great burger cafe. I could go on and on. We're considering coming here for Thanksgiving next year. My only complaint is that is doesn't have more water/electric/sewer sites. Also, it's true that taller RVs may catch some of the branches along the roads. Our 26-foot trailer didn't have a problem.
Date of Stay: November, 2010
Note: The park is free, but this review wouldn't let me enter "0" for the rate. We stopped here just for an overnight stay on our way to Abilene. We got there after dark; it took a few minutes (with a flashlight) to find the hookups. After that it was no problem. It's true that there's a slope. Your front end will need good jacks. The water and electricity worked fine. We didn't use the dump station. Only two other RVs were there, so we were all able to space ourselves with plenty of room. There was consistent city road noise all night, but for free it was bearable. The surrounding park is very pretty, lots of trees. The city makes a point of saying on their web site that this RV parking is for tourists only. Location: This park is large, but the RV parking itself is at the southeast corner of Hwy. 137 (Bryan St.) and South 9th Street. It's small and easy-to-miss if you're not looking, but you won't have a problem if you know where to look. Overall, a convenient, free place for a stopover. We'd stay there again.
Date of Stay: April, 2010
Great campground. We stayed for two nights and chose it partly because of the WiFi (this was a working trip). Everything is clean and well maintained. Sites are level; easy in and out of the grounds. The staff was all very friendly and helpful. The location serves as a good headquarters for the Alpine/Fort Davis/Marfa area. The campground is on the outskirts of Alpine, just a mile or so from the heart of town but still far enough out that you don't feel like you're camping in the heart of town. Has lovely vistas. Honestly, we prefer more secluded campgrounds like Davis Mountains State Park, but the WiFi access is what we needed for this trip. We would definitely stay here again. Very good experience.
Date of Stay: June, 2009
We camped here for one night so we could get away to the cool mountain temperatures for a while. Overall it was a nice place to stay. Most of the sites are pretty narrow and close together, nestled on a hillside. However, most site are at different heights from the ones next to it so that adds a little privacy. Cable was good and WiFi was excellent. Lots of shade trees made it pretty. This is in the middle of a residential neighborhood which is quiet and pleasant. The house across the street does have a cluttered area outside, though. I agree with the previous reviewer that this campground is not within walking distance of shopping as the web site says. It's about a mile. Overall this campground is about trade offs. There are prettier and more spacious sites in the national forest campgrounds around town, but none of them have hookups. This place is a little more cramped but has good hookups, cable, and WiFi, and is just a short driving distance to the main shopping area. We would stay here again.
Date of Stay: May, 2009
While only our fourth trip in our trailer, we thoroughly enjoyed this state park. The sites are a stone's throw from each other, but with the shade trees you feel some seclusion when you face away from the road. The park is close enough to town that it's easy to run to the store, etc., but it's nestled far enough into the mountains that it feels like a getaway. Wonderful scenery in the area. Don't miss the view from the top of Skyline Drive at sunset. We saw javelina and deer wandering the sites each evening. Indian Lodge/Black Bear Restaurant in the park was also good...the lodge itself is neat to look around. Also, don't miss exploring nearby Alpine and Marfa.