Date of Stay: October, 2013
We were just passing through the area on our way home and stayed for a single night and my wife's first comment was: "I would love to spend more time here!" We loved just about everything about this park. Staff was extremely friendly, park has some great views of the lake, well kept up and everyone seemed to keep up their areas very well. We definitely look forward to camping here again in the future.
Date of Stay: September, 2013
We stayed here for a month to enjoy the area and camp with family. This park is a mixed bag for us. The location is about as good as it gets - getting in and out wasn't too bad given the mountains. The proximity to the Blue Ridge Parkway cannot be beat -- less than 1 mile away. Nice man made pond with large grassy area and playground for the kids. Sites are quite variable in size, level and tree coverage -- do your homework before reserving if you intend to stay a while. Since we stayed for an extended trip and we both work, we had the local telephone company install internet directly to our site to avoid struggling with the park's internet (which is very spotty). Now, the less desirable side, for us: our encounters with a few of the staff was not that great. We bring along a street legal scooter to get around parks and the first thing we were told was "you cannot ride that here". Ok, rules are rules, we respected it. However, that would have been nice to see that policy on the web site ahead of time before I drug the thing 1300 miles. Beyond that encounter, they were curt and unfriendly during most transactions. Felt like I was bothering them to buy something, etc. I had a great laugh at one of the other reviews description of the "Golf Cart Mafia". Couldn't agree more with that. The park definitely had that "I've got my eye on you" vibe in places. There are a bunch of seasonal sites here and some are quite cluttered which is a bit of visual noise pollution. That said, the seasonal folks were extremely friendly and that park has a great social vibe to it. The rate reflects a monthly rate, which has metered electricity.
Date of Stay: September, 2013
Perfect for an overnight stay with easy interstate access. Site wasn't very level, but not a huge deal. Pool was well kept up. Will stay here again when traveling through the area.
Date of Stay: March, 2013
This is our family's favorite state park we've visited to date. We stayed in the FHU loop A area. We moved around a bit as we stayed for 10 days (sites 30, 31 & 8) during Spring Break and each site was in great shape. Everything from the picnic tables to the bathrooms was top-notch and well kept. Staff was friendly and the park host was helpful and friendly. Lots of park activities with good marina for rentals. Don't miss the 4 mile Caddo Trail! Intermediate trail with some pretty incredible views. There is also a beginner trail (1/2 mile) suitable for smaller kids. The visitor center is a pain to negotiate with a longer rig - and since the sites are assigned, I would setup first and then go hit the visitor center to register. I would call to reserve a site instead of using the online registration and ask for a specific site by number (I did not see a way to request specific sites on the website). After our 10 day trip, we decided our favorite sites for our next visits will be: 9,11,13,17,19,21,24,25,28,30,32,34,2,4. These are all outside spots with solid views as well. Site 8 has a lot of room for the kids to play and was right next to a bath house, but was on the inside of the loop. The tent pads at the end of the peninsula of Loop A have some epic views (although a bit windy). We found a spot that sold firewood off 227 about 1/2 to Hot Springs for reasonable prices (just south of the Rail Road tracks heading into town). This is a big destination for holidays, so be sure to plan accordingly and reserve early.
Date of Stay: February, 2013
We received a free membership with the purchase of our new RV. We decided to give the Lake Texoma facility a shot and camped here recently. The facility has the appearance of once being very nice, but hasn't been kept up quite as much in recent years. Lots of long term lease sites, so weekenders don't get first pick of the nicer sites. We prefer more wooded sites and the A loop -- which is fairly wooded -- does not have FHU. Bummer, but we only camped on a long weekend, so no big deal. There's a nice playground for the kiddos and lots of bathrooms throughout. Don't forget your Claritin-D! The pollen here is thick and can make those with allergies pretty miserable.
Date of Stay: February, 2013
We like camping at Hickory Creek quite a bit when we are looking to stay close to home or have minimal travel time in the schedule. No full hookups are available. Close to lots of businesses and restaurants in Lewisville. We camped in site 23 which was nearly perfectly level and had a great view of the lake. Excellent cellular service with AT&T (full LTE connection too). No access into the park after 10 PM (not even using a gate code), which can be a bit restrictive. Property is well kept up and sites are roomy and well spaced. Great campground if you are looking to stay close to DFW. Play special attention to the detour directions as the published directions are incorrect due to construction.
Date of Stay: January, 2013
We camped here in the off season (January) and had the park practically to ourselves. We chose the Live Oak loop, spot 352. This spot is directly across from the bathrooms and showers with a nice path to walk down to the Rio Frio river (bring chairs and skip rocks on the water, great area). This park was opened in 1941 and has aged pretty well. The roads are a bit bumpy and some of the slots have some older pavement but the buildings all seem pretty well maintained. The showers got nice and hot -- and it was in the 30Fs. The check-in process was a bit "quirky" and slow with an anterior waiting area. Leakey is about 10 miles away and has a great little mercantile with a good selection of meats and camping supplies. The scenery was great and we can't wait to camp here again. Highly recommend this state park.
Date of Stay: November, 2012
Excellent SP located very close to the DFW metroplex. Lots of nice trails to hike on with some short loops suitable for pets/small children. Bathrooms were very clean with a thoughtful layout that made it easy for families with kids to manage showers. Our parking spot was fairly level (site 21 in the white deer loop with a nice trail leading to the water) and was a bit less secluded than we prefer. Great beach area (bit cold this time of year) and fishing is a big draw here as well. I would definitely recommend getting a reservation in advance, this park seems to stay full. We will certainly camp here again.
Date of Stay: September, 2012
We camped in the Coyote Crossing loop in spot 332, which is on the water. The pad itself was pretty small and unlevel, but the view from the bottom of the campsite was excellent. We generally prefer more wooded spots and this was definitely not that, but the view was unique and sitting down next to the water during the evenings was great. Firewood can be had down at the marina general store (go straight once you are past the main office building). A Walmart is very close by just a few miles south of the SP on 1382. Penn Farm is worth stopping by to check out and we enjoyed a butter making session from the friendly park interpreter. We'll definitely camp here again, but probably in a more wooded spot.
Date of Stay: September, 2012
We fully expected to like this SP from all the reviews we read. And indeed, it's a very beautiful spot to camp. Lake view (which was full when we made our reservations) is definitely the loop to camp at. The views are outstanding. We stayed in the Cedar Point loop, which had some pull throughs and a few back ins. The spots were small and the road was pretty narrow, I don't see them accommodating larger rigs. The bathrooms were well kept up and clean. Nature trail (trail head near the from office) was easy (5 y/o with us) and scenic. Our only complaint is one of site style. So this might not apply to other's (and is the only reason I rated a 7 instead of higher). The sites are very open in relation to each other and we prefer more wooded sites with natural barriers from neighboring sites. Also, at night when it's quiet the road noise (I-20 is only a few miles away) intruded just a little bit. If this SP is busy (it wasn't when we were here) I think I'd feel claustrophobic and cramped with the way the sites are laid out. Again, the lake view loop is very nice: and we will definitely give this SP another try when we can get a reservation for one of these spots. The staff was very friendly.
Date of Stay: August, 2012
We enjoyed this park quite a bit. The big draw, of course, is the river, which was pretty low and wouldn't support canoeing which is what we originally hoped to do. We did a few park programs (star gazing, dragon fly 101, all about bats) and the staff was just outstanding. The park interpreter was great with the kids and was an excellent communicator. The camp site was relatively level and the site layout was nicely wooded. The sites were a bit close for my tastes, but not a huge complaint. The office sells ice, which is good, as the nearest store is around 10 miles out. Nearest wal-mart is 17 miles or so, one way. Although we camped in the RV spots (pop-up camper), we checked out the tent only walk up area and thought it looked really great. Some excellent hiking down to the river from the tent sites would make this a great spot to tent camp. We'll definitely go back.
Date of Stay: July, 2012
Some great sites here, especially in the bright star loop. Some sites have great views of the lake. Bathrooms were clean and the showers well maintained. Fire wood was available via donation box on the west side of the loop. The beach on the day access has a nice playground for the kids. We loved the wooded sites; there are also spots that are side-by-side if you need multiple sites for larger groups. Not much around this area, there's a convenience store about 6 miles away for some items. Ice is available in the park HQ. Recommended - nice park.
Date of Stay: June, 2012
We really enjoyed this campground. Nicely wooded, decent amount of space between sites. 24 hour Walmart (as much as we plan, we still forget things sometimes) 7 miles away. Nice playground for the kids. The entrance is tough to spot if you are coming in late, keep an eagle eye out for the sign. About a 3 hour trip from the DFW metroplex.