This park is not a destination, but it is a very good place for a night or two. The sites were well kept and neat,the electric and water pressure were low but useable. Very good wi-fi ,tv reception and cell phone (verizon) .The RR and Shower were old and needed a good cleaning,didn't use them. The laundry was OK,$1.00 / machine. Management was great, very nice, but there were no discounts PERIOD. Easy to get to and leave and we will be back in our 5th wheel. We camped here in a Fifth Wheel.
This is a very basic campground but the gravel pads are level and it is quiet (there are lots of trees around). The Wi-Fi is the best we have had since we left home at the beginning of November. The couple that own the park are very friendly. This was a one-night stop over for us and we could come here again. We camped here in a Motorhome.
I totally agree with one of the other reviewers, the Wi-Fi is one of the "best" we have had in an RV park. The owners as others have stated are great people, with a very good set of people skills. We stopped here planning on staying for two days and extended it to four. While there we had the pleasure of meeting the parents. It is easy to see why the kids are so easy to get along with. The campground is a work in progress and still needs more work but as new owners they are trying. If you are passing through the area please give this park a try, I don't think you will find a much more friendly place to drop your jacks.There is more than enough Texas History in this area to keep you from getting bored. The $14 fee reflects Passport America discount. We camped here in a Fifth Wheel.
Price reflects CCUSA discount which is valid for up to seven nights of camping. We came for a night and stayed all week long! The owners are just about the nicest folks you'll meet anywhere. They live on site with their children, so it's very important to them to maintain a safe, welcoming community. They are working hard to renovate the park and rebuild its reputation, and they are succeeding. The park itself is quite small, and some of the campers are long-term residents, but it is clean and well maintained (the tree trimmers came out while we were there). The park is located 11 miles from the nearest town, so be prepared to drive a bit for gas and groceries. This can be a plus, too, as the park is very quiet and the skies are nice and dark at night. There is also access to a nearby lake and docks thanks to the cooperation of a private property owner next door. There are even Texas longhorns in the pasture right next to the park! The laundromat is air conditioned and reasonably priced. The staff work very hard to make sure their campers are happy ones. During the week we stayed, They brought us peaches and fresh eggs! Did I mention the Wi-Fi? It kicks butt! This is one of the reasons for our extended stay. We've had some lame Internet connections on our journey this summer, so when we ran into a fast, stable network, we were thrilled! Note that the park is well outside 3G range, though, so you'll need to rely on their Wi-Fi unless you have satellite Internet. Do check out Goss' barbecue in nearby Belmont while you are here. Well worth the short drive. We camped here in a Fifth Wheel.
We just loved this little park tucked away in the neck of the woods near the Guadalupe river. The park staff was very friendly and accommodating. The surroundings are breathtaking with tons of shade from the beautiful trees. We took a short trip to the town of Shiner and a tour of Texas's oldest brewery: Spoetzl Brewery the tour and tastings were free. We would definitely visit this park again. We camped here in a Motorhome.
The owners of this park are amazing. They will tell you anything you want to know about the area. I was there for an RV rally and the owners were trying to give us our space, while we were wishing they would hang out with us more. That's not the usual for most RV parks. In fact, we now keep in contact via facebook and twitter. We stayed at the park right when they were upgrading their Wi-Fi setup and they ended up with a system that could handle our overly tech-savvy rally. I will return to this park anytime I'm passing through the area. We camped here in a Motorhome.
Definitely a favorite place to stay! It's off the beaten path a bit, worth the short drive to stay at this hidden gem. We stayed for a month for $300, with full hookups and WiFi. The park owners live on-site with their family and are amazingly accommodating and friendly. Our son had the best time with their kids and now considers them great friends. We were attending a rally at the time and they truly went above and beyond for everyone there. The surrounding area is equally gorgeous with rolling hills, cattle that stroll by and a beautiful walk down a pier to a nearby river. We look forward to the next time we pull through the area! We camped here in a Motorhome.
We've been fulltiming for 3 years now, and have seen a lot of good and bad RV parks. Hill Shade falls in the "Great" end of the scale, as far as we're concerned. When the Texas sun is beating down hard, head to Hill Shade for respite underneath their canopy of trees and beautiful scenery. Centrally located between San Antonio and Houston, Hill Shade offers a relaxing place to hang out, get to know the area and experience true Texan hospitality in a rustic setting. Although the park lacks some conveniences, like concrete pads and a clubhouse, the friendliness of the owners and locals more than makes up for it. At first it appeared that the back-in sites would be difficult and tight, but they weren't bad compared to some. The laundry is sparkling clean, the campground is tidy, and the wireless signal can't be beat. Our phone service worked too (Verizon), with an occasional drop but was overall just fine. If you need something, the new owners are more than accommodating. They are two genuine good hearted folks with awesome kids who enjoy having RVers over as guests. We love Hill Shade and plan on returning again and again. We camped here in a Fifth Wheel.
I camped here during a Rally and everything about this campground worked well for me and my children. The owners are wonderful people and are 90% of the reason that I will probably return here. And next best, was the speed of the internet. It had been recently upgraded and was superfast. It even worked well for gaming and watching movies. Hill Shade is the type of RV Park that is interested in creating and being part of a community. So even the nearby neighbors are open to accommodating campers. This is one of the most enjoyable campgrounds that we have stayed at. We camped here in a Motorhome.
Hill Shade RV Park is a gem of a find: we're almost reluctant to post this review for fear of it becoming too popular to get into in the future. It's run by an incredible family homeschooling their five kids, who are all involved with the management of the park. The staff is extremely accommodating, welcoming and friendly. This family purchased the park in Aug 2009 as their dream, and it shows in everything about the park: from the signage to the cleanliness. The location is perfect: fairly remote and very peaceful, but yet a reasonable drive into San Antonio, Austin, Sequin, Houston, etc. There are docks nearby, and the neighbors appreciate the park and its visitors. The sunsets are amazing to watch. The park itself is small, and the sites a bit close together. But most sites back up to huge fields, so it doesn't feel too crowded. There's a nice common area with horseshoes, swing chairs and a BBQ grill. WiFi works fantastically, and good AT&T, Sprint & Verizon signal (T-mobile was not so great). We camped here in a Travel Trailer.
We love Hill Shade! The owners are so friendly and the atmosphere is one of "family". The park is active but still relaxing, and is away from busy traffic. There is a large green pasture on one side...we loved the picturesque sunsets and watching the cows graze. There is a river nearby with fishing available as well. They have both pull-thrus and back-in sites available. It's a great place to overnight or stay a month! We will definitely be back. We camped here in a Motorhome.
A surprising little park. We chose this park because we knew the state and city parks in the area would be full due to the TX State Jr Hi Rodeo finals going on. The entrance/office is plain, but when you enter the campground you are under huge pecan trees with green lush grass growing down to the river. About half the sites were occupied by permanent residents (the new oil boom in this part of Texas). The only way to get satellite service is to run about 100 yards of cable to get out from under the tree's canopy. We camped here in a Fifth Wheel.
Arrived well after dark, and the road from Luling to the park is a dark, narrow road. But, we had scoped the park earlier in the teip, and knew where we were going. Sites are asphalt paved and easy to back in to. Level, although we saw one site on a significant slope. Perfect utilities. Camp host registered us with no hassle. Beautiful tropical forest setting. Had to leave early because of an emergency. Will return again one day to see the CCC structures and hike the wide, beautiful woodland trails. We camped here in a Travel Trailer.
This is a very nice, green, and shady park! It offers camping, picnicking, hiking, biking, swimming, fishing, playgrounds, and boating. For boating, you can launch your own, or rent one from the park store, which offers canoes, kayaks, and pedal boats for use on the lake. The store also rents inner tubes for floating on the San Marcos River, which runs through the park. The park has many trails available for hikers and bikers. It also has structures that were built in the 1930’s by the Civilian Conservation Corps, and an informative and scenic interpretive trail. There are a wide range of accommodations ranging from tent sites with water only, RV sites with water and electric, 1 full hookup RV site, and 1 mini-cabin. Some sites are very level, while others have a slope. Water and electric supplies are good. On the technology side, we received a few over-the-air TV stations, from Austin and San Antonio, but they were weak. Also got weak 3G cell phone service from Verizon. The park was quiet and peaceful, even on a holiday weekend, and it's sites are very shady to help keep you cool. We camped here in a Travel Trailer.
Just an overnight stop for us and I called from San Antonio to make sure they had vacancies in the RV area. Lady who checked us in was very nice and let us pick our spot (from her computer screen) We had a nice site with trees on one side and a large field and trail on the other side. Enjoyed walking some of the trails by the river and a very peaceful stay despite being only a few miles off I-10. We would stay here again. We camped here in a Motorhome.
Nice park, level sites well separated. Hiking trails well maintained. Headquarters was beyond the campground turnoff and it was difficult to get turned back around. Would camp there again. Relaxed and comfortable setting. We camped here in a Fifth Wheel.
If this park had sewer hookups, it would rate a 10. Great sites with lots of space and new, level parking pads. Each site has a picnic table and a grill; some have smoker pits also. The park is small and quiet and TV is pretty much out of the question. Stay here to read and hike and enjoy nature (we had about 10 deer in the field next to us this morning). We camped here in a Motorhome.
We stayed in site #2 which is the only site besides the camp hosts that has full hookups. This park has several bike and hike trails. The trail through the palmettos is fun. Luling is close by. City Market BBQ is very popular. We ate lunch at Blake's which was very good. The oil museum run by the Chamber of Commerce between these two restaurants was interesting. Buc-ee's is on the way to Luling and is always a must stop. We camped here in a Fifth Wheel.
We stayed here and really enjoyed the park, the park is very clean, well spaced, plenty of shade. ATT signal very strong (posting this review from our RV spot right now) bathrooms very clean. The walking trails were exceptional and made so event the most amateur of hiker could enjoy them, even in 100 degree heat the shade helped keep us cool. The park host were exceptionally friendly and helpful. Two drawbacks are no sewer hookup (dump station on the way out); and if you are trying to use your satellite dish, you are out of luck because of all the trees (it is a trade off for the wonderful shade) although one or two RV's managed to get a signal. You won't be disappointed in this place. We camped here in a Travel Trailer.
We'd forgotten how nice this old CCC park is. An hour from either Austin or San Antonio, it's a true gem of Texas campgrounds. The CCC created some marvelous buildings that are well kept up. There are many trails, a small ox-bow lake for fishing, and the San Marcos river rushes between the tent and RV campgrounds. We camped here in a Travel Trailer.
A little jewel in the woods. Very quiet. Small park with hiking opportunities along park paths. Nice CCC structures to view. Lots of trees so satellite not available at all sites. Verizon not too strong a signal. I've stayed here before and will again. We camped here in a Motorhome.
This is what all campgrounds should be like. Generous sized spaces under a canopy of trees. Grills and fire rings, some spaces even had small smoker-style bbq's. Lovely marked trails along the river. Unfortunately the weather did not cooperate with us, but would stay here again if given the opportunity. We camped here in a Travel Trailer.
This park is in an area that had quite a bit of rain in the days prior to our stay. Some of the walking trails were closed. This was a typical Texas State Park and was good for our one night stay. We camped here in a Fifth Wheel.
Great campground for kids and adults. Lots of room between sites, yet close enough to mingle with the neighbors. Great trails, lake for jumping off pier, warm spring for slow/ short tubing. Hosts and park managers friendly and visible every few hours. Take your canoes, kayaks, bikes, hiking gear. Lots of shade, paved sites, and super clean. Will do it again...we were pleasantly surprised. We camped here in a Travel Trailer.
One of our favorite state parks. Wooded sites and privacy. Sewer not available, but there is a dump station. Fee does not include the park entry fee of $3, which is waived if you hold a state parks pass. We stayed for two nights and will return to this park. We camped here in a Fifth Wheel.
We love this quiet little park. The trails are easy and in the spring were beautiful and loaded with wildflowers and palmettos. Saw several interesting birds here, including some Cedar Waxwings and Crested Caracaras. They are expanding their trail system further, which will be great. Our campsite was large and fairly well shaded. The park host was very friendly and helpful. He sold ice and firewood, which is always appreciated. We camped here in a Fifth Wheel.
This has got to be one of my favorite small parks. Be aware that there is an inner an outer ring of sites in a large loop. There's only one or two spots on the outer loop that you can get a big rig in -- the others are popup sized, and can be quite off level. The inner loop sites are nice, reasonably level and big rigs fit fine there. Really a quiet park at night. It's a swampy area so your mileage may vary with mosquitoes during the summer. Walking down to the river is nice, and the water runs fast and cool. Great way to spend a hot summer day. We camped here in a Travel Trailer.
Very quiet park. Lots of good walking trails through the palmettos. Tons of deer to watch and we walked up on a baby hog. Sites are small and have no growth in between for privacy. You can see every site in the small park. All have grills, fire rings and table. Everything was clean. Good park to see once. We camped here in a Fifth Wheel.
My problem with this park was that it had very small campsites and hard angles on some of the roads with overgrowth (where big trailers have trouble navigating the turns). Our campsite we could barely get into, and even then it was so un-level that the bumpber was on the ground and the jackstand an unsafe height in the air. luckily, we were just passing through and stayed only one night. Camp rangers also were not friendly. We camped here in a Travel Trailer.
This is what a state park should be; tree covered, quiet, nice pads, and plenty of hiking trails. Sites are large and have a pad with picnic table, a fire pit, and separate barbecue. Electric and water only at the sites with a dump station, no cable or WiFi; just the noise from crows and other birds. You'll need a portable dish for satellite TV and 50' of coax to find a hole in the trees. About six miles off I-10 and 12 miles from the nearest town (Gonzales) with a small Wal-Mart and a few restaurants. There is fishing in a small lake and the San Marcos river. We'll stay here again. We camped here in a Motorhome.
This is a lovely little park. Just a few w/e sites on one loop, tent sites on the other loop. Some short hikes in the woods, but watch out for skeeters and no see'ums. A good base to visit historic towns in the area, like Gonzalez, Yoakum, Luling and Shiner. We camped here in a Travel Trailer.
Small park but very nice. On the banks of the San Marcos River. I would think big rigs might have trouble maneuvering into sites. Logs of Texas history in the area; very unique ecosystem within the park. We camped here in a Travel Trailer.