Date of Stay: May, 2017
Friendly staff at entrance station. Nice wide roads and parking pads. Extra parking spot at each site for an extra vehicle. Nice spacing between most of the sites. Some are shaded and some have full sun. Nice sturdy shelter over each picnic table. Most sites are level. Some sites have a view of the lake and some don't. Electric service was good. Water pressure was 100 PSI so be sure to take your regulator. There is a hiking trail but the trail head is located in a group camping area and if that area is in use, they will not let you use the trail! We saw lots of deer and one turkey.
Date of Stay: April, 2017
We love that you can reserve a specific site in the Piney Shores and Red Oak areas. The photos on the web site let you see each site, so you know ahead of time what you are getting and that your rig will fit. We wish all state parks had this. These two areas of the park have had renovations done since our last visit in November 2015. The roads are completely repaved, the parking sites redone with concrete, (no more precarious dropoffs at the edge.), new tables, and new fire rings/grills. Piney Shores is right on the bank of the beautiful Lake Livingston, where we enjoyed great sunsets and watching birds such as seagulls, pelicans, and even a pair of Bald Eagles! Most sites are spacious, level, and shaded. Depending on your rig, some sites may require up to 40 feet of electric cord and/or water and sewer hose. Navigating the roads and entering the sites is easy. Electric service was good, but water pressure was 40 PSI most of the week, and dropped to only 20 PSI on a busy Saturday. For those rainy days, we were able to get a strong 4G Verizon signal, and could get all TV networks except ABC.
Date of Stay: January, 2017
Check in was quick and easy, and the young woman was friendly. There are some pull through and many back in sites. Most sites have some slope to them, but nothing insurmountable. All sites have good separation, and the shady ones also have vegetation in between, adding to the sense of privacy. We did run into a problem after arriving at our site. We plugged in our Electrical Management System, and found that the electric outlet was wired backwards. (reverse polarity) I called the office and they sent someone out. He said there is no such thing as reverse polarity in this park! Anyway, after coming and going several times between his boss and I, he finally agreed to rewire the pedestal. After that, no problems. We were able to pick up many OTA TV stations, and Verizon coverage was good. No wifi at site. Park has both concrete and dirt paths, and a swimming area with a nice sandy beach.
Date of Stay: January, 2017
Check in was quick and easy, and the young woman was friendly. There are some pull through and many back in sites. Most sites have some slope to them, but nothing insurmountable. All sites have good separation, and the shady ones also have vegetation in between, adding to the sense of privacy. Our favorite was site #12, which was right on the lake. Utilities were well placed and worked well. Picked up many OTA TV stations, and Verizon coverage was good. No wifi at site. Park has both concrete and dirt paths, and a swimming area with a nice sandy beach.
Date of Stay: November, 2016
Campground is easy to get in and out of and is close to level. Has covered picnic tables as well as a fire ring and lantern pole. Utilities are well placed and worked well. Park is very scenic and offers very dark night skies for stargazing. Reservations are a must on the weekends. No cell coverage or OTA TV, but wifi is available at the headquarters building.
Date of Stay: October, 2016
This was our second stay here and we had a few things to add. Most points from our first review still stand, but a few things have changed. They have raised the price of the waterfront sites to $37. This time there were quite a few mosquitoes, more trash on the beach than before, and the county has enacted a swimming ban for 400 feet either side of the jetties. We really enjoyed all the pelicans and seagulls that fished for there meals nearby. Overall still nice and peaceful though, and we plan to return.
Date of Stay: July, 2016
Check-in was easy and the staff friendly. Roads are well marked and in good shape. Many sites are not level, so bring your blocks! Sites in our loop were spacious and ranged from fun sun to full shade. Aluminum picnic tables were very nice and had fire rings and lantern poles. Utility connections were convenient and worked well. Campground was quiet and had lots of wildlife to watch including deer, rabbits, and roadrunners. There are hiking trails, fishing piers, and a swim cove, but be ready for some elevation change. There is an onsite marina with rentals. There is wifi at the restrooms, but it does not reach to all the campsites. We did get Verizon cell coverage as well as 10 OTA TV stations. Overall a nice place and we will stay here again when in the area.
Date of Stay: April, 2016
Everything from our review two years ago is still accurate except that we did hear some traffic noise is the distance this time, and the power went out after a storm for about 16 hours. Also, there are lots of ants in the campsites, which invaded our RV, and the park was out of firewood the entire week we were there. We bought some at the nearby convenience store, but it turned out to be so green it wouldn't burn. Other than that, we enjoyed a lovely stay. Staff was friendly and helpful, as were the hosts. We enjoyed hiking and boating, and relaxing while taking in the view of the lake. Overall it is a very nice park.
Date of Stay: March, 2016
We really enjoyed our stay at this park. Check-in was easy and the staff was friendly. Driveways and parking pads are spacious and level. Utilities are within easy reach. Grounds are kept very clean. One of the hosts even scrubs all parts of the concrete tables after each campsite is vacated! Restrooms, showers, and laundromat were all in good shape. The nature center has a small gift shop and nature displays. If you want them, wifi and cell coverage are both good. The only down side is the $5 per person per day fee that they add to the campsite fees. There are no shade trees, but the sea breeze keeps things comfortable. No campfires allowed but you can use your charcoal or propane grill. Our site was just a few steps from the Colorado River and its 2 fishing piers. The gulf is also within walking distance and has a very long and large pier. The beach was in pristine condition when we were there! Great sand, clean water, no trash, no seaweed, no jellyfish, and very few people! At night the campground was very quiet and despite a few street lights, the sky was very dark, providing for excellent star-gazing.
Date of Stay: November, 2015
We love staying at this park! Especially if we can get a spot in the Piney Shores loop. It is right on the bank of the beautiful Lake Livingston, where we enjoyed great sunsets and watching birds such as seagulls, pelicans, and anhingas. Most sites are spacious, level, and shaded. A few of them did have sewer hookups that were slightly uphill. Workers came by each morning to mow and clear leaves. We love that you can reserve a specific site at this park! Although the swimming pool has permanently closed, you can swim, boat, and fish in the lake, as well as hike, bike, and ride horses. It is quiet during the night, and stargazing it excellent. For those rainy days, we were able to get a strong 4G Verizon signal, and could get all TV networks except ABC.
Date of Stay: October, 2015
This is a beautiful park with great facilities and lots to do. There is camping, backpacking, hiking, geocaching, swimming, boating, water skiing, scuba diving and fishing. Most campsites have good spacing from neighbors and some shade. There is lots of interesting geology. There is a food trailer and grocery store, as well as canoe, kayak, and pedal boat rentals. Campsites are in good shape and close to the water. It is a very popular park, so reservations are recommended for weekends and holidays. And make sure you know and follow all the rules, or the park police and/or host will be all over you!
Date of Stay: May, 2015
This park is quiet, peaceful, and scenic. Most sites are on the small side, and have significant slope both front to back and side to side, so bring lots of leveling blocks. Our site had a loose electrical connection, but a ranger repaired it within an hour. Site 18 & 19 have great views of the lake. Note that the turnaround at the end of the camping area is very tight. Restrooms and showers were clean and cell and TV reception were good, but we preferred to sit outside and enjoy the views of the lake, beavers, and birds. Pets and tents are allowed, and there are many miles of hiking and paddling trails to enjoy.
Date of Stay: April, 2015
We had a rough start to our visit here. We were told that the office hours were from 8:00AM to 5:00PM. We arrived at 4:45 and were told that the lobby closed at 4:30 and they would not check us in, but we could go pick any site that was not occupied and to come back before 9:00 the next morning to check in. We drove in and picked site #20 which was empty and had no tag to indicate it was taken. It was tricky to get our 34 foot trailer into the site but we managed to do it and it had a nice view of the lake. We set up camp and enjoyed our first evening there. The next morning I went to pay and was told we would have to move to another site because a "local man" had already paid for that site for the whole week! What a disappointment since we had already set everything up! So we had to load up and move to site 47, which is nice but had no lake view. To make matters worse, the "local man" didn't show up to actually use his site until several days later! In spite of all that, it is a nice park with sites that are well spaced, shady, and have vegetation to provide separation and privacy from adjacent sites. Some sites are level, while others require about 3 inches of leveling blocks. Our first site had good Verizon cell phone reception but poor TV reception, while the second site had good TV reception but poor cell phone reception. Water and electricity work well, although we did have a brief outage during a storm. They have several miles of hiking trails, but they were too muddy for us to make it very far during our stay. Pets and tents are allowed.
Date of Stay: March, 2015
This park is on the shores of Granger Lake and some of the sites have nice views of the water. Some are shaded and some are not. Most sites are very spacious and level and are surrounded by lush green grass. Parking at each site is back-in, but is very large and easy to get into. Each site has a picnic table which is covered by a large and sturdy shade shelter. There is reliable 50/30/20 amp electric service, water, fire ring, and covered grill at each site. Restrooms and showers are a bit dated and were a bit dirty, probably due to several large groups using the park at the time. The campground was quiet the first 2 days, but became noisy when the skiers started blasting their stereo just off shore. No wifi but strong Verizon signal. There is a swimming area and boat ramp. The biggest downer came at the end of our visit, when we went to the dump station. Unbeknownst to us, the drain was full and/or clogged, and we had a big mess when we opened the valve to our black tank! And when we reported this to the gate attendant, she said it had happened a couple of weeks ago also! Park entrance hours are from 6:00am - 10:00pm.
Date of Stay: February, 2015
This park is a quiet oasis in the West Texas desert. It is easy to get in, out, and around in the park with its wide paved roads and no trees to dodge. However the lack of trees means there is no shade from the sweltering sun in the summer, other than the shade shelters over the tables. Be sure to bring sufficient food, fuel, and firewood, as none is available near the park. In the cooler seasons, it is a great place to camp, hike, bike, and study nature. Fate Bell Shelter, in the canyon, contains some of North America's oldest Native American pictographs and is one of the oldest cave dwellings in North America. Be sure to call or check the website for dates and times of guided hikes. There is also a nice visitor's center with nice displays, as well as an area from which to get your first view of the canyon. The Canyon Rim Trail is also a great way to see several miles of the canyon up close. The campsites are spacious and fairly level, and range anywhere from dry camping to water and electric hookups. All have covered picnic tables and fire rings with grills. The power did go out for a couple of hours one day during our stay. There is no cell phone service, at least from Verizon, and only one over the air TV station which is in Spanish, but there is wifi in the campground, although it tends to be a slow connection. Pets are welcome anywhere in the park outside of buildings and as long as they are kept on a leash. The nearby restrooms and showers are kept very clean by the friendly camp hosts. This is a very quiet park, and is a great place to enjoy star-gazing and nature study.