Date of Stay: January, 2017
This is a very nice National Forest campground. It is located on the northern part of Lake Conroe with close access to the lake. There are 2 camping loops and a total of 47 camp sites. All of the campsites are spacious and shady under tall pine trees and lively oak trees. Most of the RV pads are completely level; however there are some that will require minimal leveling blocks. The pedestals are conveniently located with full hook-up dump, 30 and 50 amps and water. Each site has a metal picnic table, a fire ring, a large tent pad and a lantern pole. There are standard national park bath/toilet houses in both loops that were clean and well maintained. TV reception with Houston stations was generally good. There is a nice hiking trail around the immediate area that will take 45-60 minutes to hike. There is also a boat launch and a very nice boat pier. There was a constant presence by the camp host, and they were friendly and available without being intrusive. This park is one of our favorite campgrounds.
Date of Stay: December, 2016
Update review 11/2016 - This is one of our favorite places to camp in our RV. This is a very small camping area in the Sam Houston National Forest near Coldspring Texas. There are sites you can reserve and sites that are first-come-first serve. There are 2 park hosts that live in the park and they are very accommodating if you need anything, but don't expect to see a constant presence by park staff. The park is a beautiful forest like facility with very wooded and shady sites, a small lake with plenty of water in it (after a couple drought seasons) and abundant hiking and biking trails. We only camp on the full service RV sites. (Not all sites are full service.) Some sites are reasonably level and some require substantial leveling efforts. Just make sure you have plenty of Lynx levelers or equivalent. The pedestals are conveniently located with 30/50 amp service, water and dump. The sites driveway is blacktop and most sites have a concrete pad with a large picnic table and a nearby fire pit. Cell service and TV reception are weak, so don't plan to watch a lot of TV unless you have a satellite system.
Date of Stay: August, 2016
This park has the potential to be great. The problem is with their insistence to cram people, RVs, and vehicles on every inch of space they have and the never ending revolving door day use that the park allows. They allow way too many people and cars into the park on the weekends, I know this is a huge cash cow for them, but it is beyond too-crowded. People and cars everywhere. And they are obviously not re-investing the abundance of day fees on fixing up and taking care of the park. The roads in and about the property are in horrible shape. The bath houses are deplorable...of course they are used by a thousand day people on busy days. The RV pedestals are a joke, the picnic tables are dilapidated, and the sites are so close to each other in some cases it is difficult to get full size RVs in and out, or awnings deployed. It rained several days during our trip, so we had to deal with mud puddles, muddy ruts and huge pot holes filled with water that did not drain, the entire time we were there, and there was a definite stench about the entire RV area. The tent-only camping area apparently has no limits either. At the area below my RV site, what appeared to be 3 tent sites, I counted 45 people, 2 dogs that barked constantly, and 9 vehicles. This park is also nit-picky with their pricing. They charge for everything, extra kids, extra cars, showers, $14 per day per person to get shuttled one mile to the bridge, etc. All that being said, the facility is filled with beautiful scenery and incredible access to the San Marcos River. The staff is very helpful, and friendly, and the full hookup sites in the premium area have level concrete RV pads. There is a nice pool that the kids enjoy, and they have a small store with some essentials and ice. Although we still enjoy coming to this park and the river environment, the perfect time to use this facility would be Sunday night through Thursday night, and be on your way Friday AM before the weekend madness.
Date of Stay: May, 2016
Mixed emotions!! This park used to be one of our favorites but the big fire in 2011 and the finicky (although usually friendly) staff, including the macho-man police officers sent us packing. It does not seem like much has changed as far as the nit-picking, and the very young; tough guy park police that are still lurking like they are looking for criminals or a camper with too many tent steaks around their tent. The park has rebounded nicely from almost total devastation, with improved sites with very nice RV pads and 30/50 service pedestals, and the rebuilt bath houses are exceptional. My only complaint about the actual camp sites are the 2 foot high boulders that line the camping loop roads. Although they are nice looking I guess ....... They are total hazards that you cannot see when backing in larger RV's into the supposedly "Big Rid Friendly" RV sites. And on this weekend, my campsite in the Coppreas Creek area had weeds that were 2 feet tall just beyond my RV pad. I had to walk through the weeds to get to the fire ring or the picnic table. Seems the endless parade of gawking park vehicles could park occasionally and drag out a weed-eater. Also note the Highway 71 traffic noise is very loud if you are in the Copperas Creek area. I've always pulled for this park to rebound and I wish them well, I just don't see us frequenting this park very often.
Date of Stay: October, 2015
This is a brand new park that has only been open for a short time. The hosts are very gracious and Melissa was awesome. The facility is very clean and fresh and has a very nice layout. There is grass between all the sites and an occasional very young oak tree. I suggested to the owners to "Plant more Trees". The full-service sites are pristine with perfectly level double-wide concrete pads. The only problem I had at the site was the location of the pedestal. It was located at the very back of the site so I had to use water and electrical extensions to reach my RV that was centered on the pad. This was not that big of a deal but something to note. The climate controlled rest room/shower was also pristine, and they have a very nice large laundry room, a work out room and a game room with coin operated games. My complaints - this park charges extra if you want a picnic table and a fire pit at your site. To me as a weekend RV'er, a picnic table should be an automatic and always included. And their Non-Refundable cancellation policy is a bit extreme and will likely prevent some folks from making reservations. The only other issue to mention is that this park is located right off a very busy Hwy 21.....so the traffic noise is constant. That being said; this is a very nice park with tons of potential. I realize the main focus for these parks is the long-term guest, but a few modest changes might enhance their weekend traffic.
Date of Stay: March, 2015
If you only need a convenient place close to the Houston Med center or NRG stadium complex, this facility is fine. But beware.....there are issues to mention. The roads are very tight. Large rigs will fit but only after a lot of maneuvering and stressful nail biting. The staff is very helpful assisting with this task. The sites are level and there is a nice concrete patio and quite a bit of shade about the grounds. But beware...the hook-ups work fine but are located at the very back of the site. I had to use my electrical extension cord to reach the pedestal and 2 sections of sewer hose to reach the dump drop. Cable TV is available but half of the channels were fuzzy. Speed bumps...UNBELIEVABLE...they are everywhere and way too close to each other. Total Overkill. It's not like you can get up to any speed on the narrow tight roads that are also lined with tow vehicles. They could easily eliminate half (or more) of these and still be effective with controlling the non-existent hot-roders And the Noise. If extreme noise is a problem pick another facility. This park is inches from a very busy Main Street. The noise is 24/7. Loud trucks, fast obnoxious cars, and sirens at 3am. This facility was satisfactory for what we needed, but certainly not a pristine experience.
Date of Stay: June, 2014
This was an incredible RV facility; however there were issues that I feel should be mentioned. Location is incredible. We were able to walk everywhere; restaurants, bars, shopping, the boardwalk area, and a short walk across the street to the beach. The free trolley from 4 PM to midnight has a stop directly in front of the park and was convenient and easy to use. The park was easy to get to and we did not have any problems navigating our 33 foot fifth wheel into the facility or our site. This park is not on the beach side but on the bay side. It does have a sandy beach, but a rocky bulk head between the sand and the water. Also the water in the sound is not pristine and most of the time while we were there had a fishy smell. There was a step pier and a kayak slot to easily enter the water. The actual sites were pristine concrete sites. Our premium site was perfectly level and had 2 very nice pedestals. This way you had a pedestal on the correct side whether backed in or pulled in forward. The water, electricity and sewer connections were very convenient and easy to use. Cable TV is available with plenty of channels to choose from. However; if you have one of the deluxe sites on the inside of the loop, be aware that the pedestals are on the wrong side if backed in with a fifth wheel or TT. This puts the entry door opening to the neighbor’s pedestal and their electrical/water connections running through your site or beneath your picnic table. The 2 bath rooms that they had were also pristine. Very large, extremely clean and well equipped. However; they only had 2 for the entire park. And these 2 bath rooms were also located next to the pool so they were also the only bath room facility for the people using the pool. The pool was very small, but it was very nice and refreshing. There were 4 or 5 tables with umbrellas and plenty of chairs and lounges. However; the park staff was apparently neglecting their pool maintenance duties and a city inspector surprised them while we were there and promptly closed the pool due to inadequate pool chemicals. The pool was then closed for almost 2 full days. Cable TV was completely out for one evening, and the ice machine only worked about 20% of the time we were there. The staff at the park was very nice and seem willing to accommodate; however when I approached them with my issues (mainly the pool being closed) they just blew me off. Although this park has some issues as far as I am concerned, and their prices are extreme, I do consider this a very nice park, and we had a great vacation.
Date of Stay: June, 2014
This was definitely one of the best RV parks we have ever stayed at, although we were only here for one night while traveling. The park was easy for us to get to and very convenient to I-10. It is located about 2 miles south on the interstate so it’s peaceful and quite. Zero highway noise. We paid $30 with our Good Sam discount. All sites are pristine concrete pads, and the interior roads are concrete as well, we did not have any problems navigating our 33 foot fifth wheel into the facility or our pull-through site. Our site was perfectly level and the pedestal was appropriately positioned for very easy water, electricity and sewer hookup. They have cable TV with plenty of channels to choose from. They have 2 immaculate pools. One is for families and the other is for adults only. They both have a huge covered area with tables and chairs, and the adult pool also has a Jacuzzi/hot tub and what appeared to be a 100 inch HD TV, that is always available to use. The restroom/shower house was unbelievable. It was large, very clean and air conditioned. The park is fairly new so there is no shade; however they do have very nice oak trees planted about the facility that are about 10 feet tall, so one day there will be shade. My only suggestion for this park…..plant some more trees. Although we only stayed here for one night, I could easily see us spending a few days or several days at this park. I highly recommend this park.
Date of Stay: June, 2014
We stayed at this park only one night while traveling. The park was easy for us to get to and convenient to I-10 and I-12. We paid $37 with our Good Sam discount. They do charge an extra $5 for every child over 10 years old. We had a concrete pull-through site, and I had no problems entering the site or leaving the site. The pedestal was conveniently located for an easy water and electricity connection. They do not have cable TV, but there were plenty of channels from the New Orleans TV stations with my RV antenna. I did have to use one Lynx leveler to get my rig level, even though it was a concrete pad. The park is very full with what appears to be permanent residents, and some of the rigs were total trashy dumps. To us, some were a major eyesore. The rest room and shower facility was small, yet adequate. It was not air conditioned so taking a shower in the heat of the day will be sweltering. They do not have a pool. We did not try the Wi-Fi. Office staff was very friendly and accommodating. Although I would not choose this park for a vacation park, and considered the price too high for what you get, for us it was fine for an overnight stop.
Date of Stay: January, 2014
This is a great park for fall and winter camping. The small lake has struggled the past few years due to drought conditions in this area so there is not much to do as far as the lake is concerned. However, there is plenty to do if you like hiking or biking the trails, shopping in the nearby town of Coldspring (they have their monthly town square trade days the last Saturday of the month), visiting the historic jail house, or eating at the old style dinner in town. We always reserve one of the full hook-up sites that are paved, reasonably level with a good hook-up pedestal, and that is appropriately positioned. The satellite TV reception is OK, but not great; and the antenna TV reception is poor. This is because of the remote location and abundant tree coverage. The rest rooms are typical Forest service facilities. Not outstanding but adequate. Since we have full hook-ups, this is not an issue to us. The park is shady and very beautiful on a cool crisp fall morning. We have been coming to this park for years and will continue.
Date of Stay: June, 2009
This is a great park and the staff was fabulous. Access to the park was very easy. Maneuvering through the park was no problem with our 33 foot fifth wheel trailer. Sites were shady and roomy. The hook-ups were well positioned. Cable TV worked great and the bath house was amazing. There were 12 individual private rooms with shower and rest facilities. The bath house was very clean.
Date of Stay: July, 2007
This was a nice park with extremely friendly, helpful staff. The sites had level, gravel RV pads, and the utilities were in good shape and well positioned on the site. There was no cable TV but the reception on the Memphis TV stations was adequate for news, weather, cartoons etc. There was plenty of grass between the sites but there was absolutely no shade. The sites were a bit close, but still plenty of room. We had a pull through site and had no problems positioning our 33’ fifth wheel. The restrooms were clean but were not air conditioned. The pool was very nice and stayed open late during our stay in mid July. This park is perfect for visiting Graceland. Everything is walking distance. I had read before our trip that some folks were concerned about safety and security in the area. We stayed here 2 nights and felt a constant presence by the staff and had absolutely no concerns what-so-ever for our safety or security. I was perfectly comfortable in this park. The Rock N Roll cafe is located in front of the park (actually in front of Heartbreak Hotel) and we saw a great Elvis show and had a good meal. Kids were able to go in and we had a great time. The staff at the Rock N Roll cafe was awesome. We highly recommend this park.
Date of Stay: July, 2007
This was a nice park with extremely friendly, helpful staff. The sites had level, gravel RV pads, and a great concrete patio with picnic table. The utilities were in good shape and were well positioned on the site. There was no cable TV but the reception on the Nashville TV stations was adequate for news, weather etc. There was plenty of grass between the sites and a nice amount of shade. The sites were a bit close, but still plenty of room and I had no problems backing in my 33’ fifth wheel. The restrooms were clean and air conditioned. The pool was very nice and stayed open at least until 9 pm. There was live country music on the patio near the pool that was fun and entertaining. This park is in a great location, right next door to Camping World, and just down the street from the Grand Ole Opry. We highly recommend this park.
Date of Stay: July, 2007
This was the most over priced RV Park we have ever stayed at. The sites had gravel RV pads that were horribly un-level. The landscape was dismal, and there was almost no shade. I noticed a dozen or more trees throughout the park with no leaves on them, and we were there in Mid July. The utilities were in OK shape but were terribly positioned in relationship to my RV. I had to almost park the rear of my rig in the road so my sewer hose with extension would reach the sewer drop. The restrooms were clean, but no AC. There were 2 rest room buildings in the RV park, but in one of the buildings the men’s room was closed, out of order, the entire time we were there. In the only open men’s room in the park area, one of the 3 toilets was out of order the entire time we were there. The pool was large and very nice, but was always crowded. The park welcomed (for a fee) day visitors to use the water activities. The water slide was a big hit for my kids, but it cost an additional $6 per day, per kid, even though we were paying almost $45 per night. I would not recommend this park, and will not return.
Date of Stay: July, 2007
This is probably one of the nicest, scenic state parks we have ever stayed in. It definitely rivals our great Texas state parks. The staff was extremely friendly and helpful, even after closing when we arrived late at night. The roads were black top and the sites had level black top RV pads as well. The full hook-up utilities were in good shape and well positioned on the site. Local TV reception from Huntsville was very good. There were plenty of trees so the sites were completely shaded. The sites were very large and roomy. There was plenty of privacy between sites. The rest rooms were decent, but were the typical state park flavor. This was not an issue for us because we were using the full hook-ups. There was a great swimming hole over at the day area. Only problem here was you had to drive to get to it because it was too far to walk with lawn chairs, towels, ice chest, etc. Price was $19 per night. We highly recommend this park.