11 Parks near Barksdale, Texas
Sep 2006 - $41.00
Of all the park reviews I have written (not that many) this is the hardest to write. This is one of those parks that you will either love or hate. First the love part: The sites are remote; you can’t even see your neighbor’s site from your camp site. Each site has water and electricity. All sites are on or near the upper Nueces River watershed with swimming, old fashion rope swing (read home-made) and a zip line. Fire rings with fire wood and a barbeque pit are provided at each site. The RV park is very large (433 acres) with trails for bikes and ATV. If you want to get away from it all, this is the place for you! Now the hate part: The bathhouse was a little run down, and while I would not call it dirty, I would not call it clean either. I am sure this is temporary, but the city (Barksdale, TX) has signed a new contract with a garbage company that did not include commercial trash - so there was no trash pickup at the park. Even the local roadside picnic area had trash everywhere. The park did not have trash every where, in fact it was clean - but there was nowhere to deposit our trash. No sewer hook-up. The pricing seemed high to me. The site was $15.00 plus $8.00 per adult and $5.00 per child; for our family of four this added up to $41.00 / night. Pets are welcome with no extra fee. The proprietor was very friendly. It seems that business is about 60% off mainly due to the remote location and high gas/diesel prices. If you want to get away from “resort RV parks” with neighbors so close you can spit in their campsite, this is the place for you. The park is beautiful, quite, clean and on the upper Nueces River watershed - spring feed, very clear water. - kenmullins
Nov 2013 - $13.00
We stayed here overnight as we were traveling through the area. We had the campground to ourselves with one other camper there. This is a very nice newer campground. The manager was very nice. The rate was the Passport America rate. - dreamer51
Mar 2009 - $13.00
This is in the quiet Nueces River Canyon and I can't say enough good about it. The only thing lacking is Wi-Fi, but that's not a problem. Drive into Camp Wood (4 miles) and you can hit a spot. The only thing some people won't like is an absence of Wal-Marts and restaurants for about 35 miles. However, it's quiet, beautiful and the hosts are very accommodating. The sites are easy to get into and level. It is great for families, the kids have plenty of activities (sand volleyball, outdoor basketball, driving range, putting green and plenty of room to run) and if you like fishing, the Nueces is good. Also if you like tubing the river, this is a great spot. We will definitely be back to this one. - tbax46
May 2008 - $30.00
We have been coming to Big Oaks since 2004 and we have always enjoyed this RV park. It is clean and the staff is very friendly. We come every year in May and the staff always remembers our name even before we check in. I would recommend this campground. - Mando
Feb 2016 - $29.00
I stayed for one night in a long gravel pull through that required little leveling. Restrooms were private rooms that were beautifully finished. People were very friendly. Overall ambiance was pleasant with lots of large shade trees. Noise from the highway was inconsequential at night. WiFi worked very well. There was no Verizon signal. - Morpauwe
Aug 2013 - $35.00
Overall a nice park. It is close to many attractions in the area and access in and out was a breeze. There are a few pull-through spots and back-in spots around the perimeter. Spots are moderately spaced, level and roads were dirt and rock but level and smooth. Wildlife was abundant as we saw deer, armadillo, jack rabbits and several birds. Water, electricity and sewer hookups all good. Cable was available. There is a kids play area and a few cabins to rent. Overall this is a nice place with a small store at the entrance. Verizon was weak, AT&T strong and they had great internet access. Pet friendly except for the burrs in the fields. We would come here again. - BBBT
Jan 2012 - $15.00
Bec's Store and RV Park is in a lovely area in the scenic hill country about 6 miles north of Concan, TX. Bec's is only a couple miles from Garner State Park and access to the Frio River. The campground is well shaded by beautiful oak and pecan trees and the sites are very large, well groomed and level. The managers were extremely friendly and made us feel very welcome. We would stay here again. - kavernon
Nov 2016 - $35.00
Garner State Park is the crown jewel of the Texas State Park system. It is celebrating it's 75th anniversary, it opened on June 1, 1941. Many of the original CCC buildings remain. The main attraction in the crystal clear Frio River that offers great tubing and swimming. The park has many great hiking trails. The Pavillion has dances every weekend year long and everyday during the summer. The park is a historic Texas treasure. RV and tent sites available by reservation. We camped in full hookup site 155. - drfife
Nov 2016 - $22.00
We picked the Live Oak Campground in the New Garner area based on other reviews. After touring the other campgrounds we made the right choice for us. Shady Meadows would be our 2nd choice for a future visit.
The Old Garner areas are nicely wooded but much older and the spaces are more narrow and shallow. There's lots of day use in this area. I think a 25-30ft RV would be the max for most of the sites. But Old Garner is closer to the swimmable part of the river, hiking trails, mini-golf, and the park store.
We arrived 2 days before the weekend and had our pick of the sites closest to the river with great shade. All of the spaces in Live Oak are generously spaced and very nice. Bathroom was clean but no soap dispenser. AT&T cellular was acceptable but no Verizon. No cable or OTA TV reception.
The only negative was the park office closed at 4:30pm so we had to go through the after-hours check in procedure which was a little inconvenient. I don't believe the 4:30 close time was posted on the website or in the reservation email. - RobGn
Oct 2016 - $26.00
We stayed in the Rio Frio Camping area. The slots were spread apart, level, paved, and 50 Amp with water, but no sewer. The park is real nice, our slot #426, was a short walk to the Frio river which is real nice, especially when its warm outside. It's easy to find your slot initially, but challenging to navigate around the park looking for the trails. Signage is limited until you stumble on your trail, then viola! Park maps are not very good.
We had a great time and will definitely return to check out more of the trails. - Terry Powell
Nov 2008 - $25.00
Camp Eagle is a Christian adventure camp deep in the boonies of South Texas. It is approximately 8 miles from the main highway. That's 8 miles of (at times rugged) dirt road, which can mean 20-30 minute drive to the camp from the highway. Although rocky, the dirt park road is still accessible to big rigs and those towing large trailers. Just go slowly. Camp Eagle allows individual camping outside of their peak months (June and July) with a max stay of 6 nights. The sites are basic. They are simply a series of electrical boxes and water spigots next to the dirt park road. Spaces are not very level, but are spaced far apart with lots of trees around. Each site has a picnic table, water spigots (most of which leaked) and 30 amp breaker boxes. The bathrooms are primitive buildings with toilets and showers. The hot water was not working when we went, but we were told this was not usually the case. Although the campsite and bathroom facilities left something to be desired, the camp itself was beautiful. It is right on the Nueces River and swimming, fishing, canoeing, and kayaking are all available activities. They have a swimming pool and nice coffee house with TV. The "coffee house" part is usually not open unless there's a retreat going on, so off-season (i.e. - not part of a Christian retreat) campers shouldn't expect it to be available. They also have a great frisbee golf course available, basketball and beach volleyball courts. The grounds were kept well manicured and maintained with regular mowings. There is a very fun zipline available as well as rockclimbing, repelling, and a sherpa tour. All or these cost money, however. The prices were cheap...$10 per family for each activity. The staff is among the nicest and most accommodating we've encountered and were always excited to show us an activity or help us. Since Camp Eagle is in the boonies, the stars at night are breathtaking. If you don't mind somewhat meager bathroom and site facilities, and are looking for a fun camp to spend a weekend at and seclusion in nature, I highly recommend Camp Eagle. Going as a group with other families is even more fun. It's worth the drive and poor facilities. - dsw3131
Jun 2012 - $42.00
This campground did have hookups and was near the river. These were the only good things about the campground. Sites were very dirty with sticker weeds all over the campground. We will never stay there again. - User2731
May 2011 - $38.00
We repeated a trip to Nana's this past May. The owners continue to provide updates to the park, and have become friends during our stays. We had a group of friends join us this year (four other units), and all had a great time at the river and going to the Garner Dance at night. Everyone with us booked another trip before departure. Repeat business is the best compliment. The bathrooms remain very clean, as do the grounds. - BryanBoerne
Sep 2010 - $38.00
This was our fourth trip to Nana's, twice in the summer of '09 and twice in the summer of '10. It's a new park (2009), and the owners continue to make noticeable improvements each time we visit. The sites are all fairly level, and when not, we have always been able to level with one board. The restrooms are impeccably clean and the owners remain on-site and make a visible presence. It's a hike down to the river, (all of 2 to 4 minutes), but the trail is asphalted with handrails, and the owner has a 'mule' and will haul your stuff down when he's available. Per our kids..."Who needs a pool when you have the Frio River!!!" They easily entertain themselves for hours on end with the rope swings, minnow catching, critter finding, etc. And sitting in the Frio for us older 'kids' is enjoyment enough. Garner State Park is a short five minute drive away (or the kids walk across the dam), and the nightly dances during the summer are a must for any age. When pulling out, we always book our next stay, as the park is becoming ever more full during each of our visits. It's rapidly being discovered by others. - BryanBoerne
Oct 2016 - $38.00
This is a great RV Park right along the river. There are a number of sites with large trees to provide shade. There are a variety of sites from pull-thrus to back-ins.
We were here in October and the place was pretty empty. The staff were friendly and helpful. They gave us a map and marked more than a dozen empty spots and let us drive around and select the one we wanted.
We chose a large back-in space with a huge tree overhead that provided shade during some very hot days.
We felt very safe even though the campground is in a low population, low traffic area.
The internet was Tengonet (which requires you to setup a username/password). The park provides access for one device for each day that you are staying. If you want access for additional devices, you can purchase day (or week) passes at the office. A 24-hour internet pass cost $4. The internet was strong and worked great.
The cable TV did not work well. They staff told us that they wired the park for cable and what we found was that a number of sites were daisy-chained together which seemed to greatly diminish the signal. Because of the remoteness of the area, there are no channels available via antenna.
The restrooms are awesome! Each shower has it's own room (with a full door that closes). The facilities were clean and well maintained.
We really enjoyed this park and would return again if we were in the area. - CurtJudy
Jul 2016 - $54.00
Great staff that keeps park clean and even picks up your trash several times a day. Just set it out in front of your site. We have been coming here every July for the last 12 years and always enjoy.
The summer time you can enjoy the cools waters of the Frio River, but need to reserve well ahead of time. Many campers place deposit for the next year before they leave.
Very family oriented and safe. They have security 24-7, and visitors have to have pass to get into site.
Summer time rates are a bit high but it is all about location...location..location. The internet works well and cable is ok, but we have satellite. Restrooms are awesome!
We will be back next year and hope to make a winter trip as well. - TnL Thomas
Apr 2016 - $38.00
We are repeat visitors. Many riverside sites have utilities for nose-in motor homes on opposite side for trailers so if in trailer, need to run lines underneath to connect. Not a problem for us. Sewer connection on both sides; however. Very nice on-site store for limited food, RV repair parts. I had problem with utilities - my fault, but park service man was there in minutes to help. Good service, beautiful location, friendly folks! - Cactus Jack
Mar 2012 - $35.00
Great small park atmosphere. We toured all the area parks and this is by far the best. With the best river access. Only reason we did not give a 10 is that they do not have a laundry room. But there is 2 within 5 miles. - mln6613
Mar 2012 - $35.00
Not really that high for this area. Very pretty park and is fairly tight, however, the sites are full hookup, level and free Wi-Fi. Short walk down to the Frio River and they have some beautiful riverfront area. If you have friends that need a cabin, they have some of the best looking ones in the canyon. The back ins are probably wider than the pull throughs. - tbax46
Jul 2011 - $35.00
Very close to the Frio River; you can walk down to it. Has ice, firewood, and tube rental on site. Has free wi-fi. Very nice management. Cabins are super nice; we had friends in one of them. It is a dirt campground, not paved, that's the only thing I didn't like, hence my 9 rating. Expect to get dirty. - SmileyInFrswd
Jun 2011 - $30.00
The current drought now going on four years in southwest Texas has not been kind to this park. If you look at the park's web site you can see the many amenities and activities the were available, unfortunately most are now not offered or in a state of disrepair. The main attraction the Nueces river is way down, in fact you have to walk another 30 yards from the dry boat dock to get to the river. We stayed two nights in 110 degree heat with intermittent blowing dust over the dead parched prairie that at one time I think was green grass, at least according to the pictures on the website. The park is mostly 30 amp service but does have about a dozen 50 amp pull throughs. There were very few RVs in the park when we were there, so the park makes up for lost revenue by offering "day use" which makes the remaining river very crowded. We will not return until the drought has been broken for a couple of years. I hope they can survive that long. - chowhound
Apr 2016 - $30.00
Stayed here for two nights in April. The RV park section is at the front of the park which had a driveway going through the campground (which meant all traffic going to the back of the complex drove through the RV section). Kind of noisy at night with vehicles driving in and out of the complex. Wifi worked while we were there. We did rent the Directv box while we were there since over the air channels are not available. This a remote area so bring all the supplies you need. Nearest gas station was about 10 minutes away. The park hosts were very friendly.
Also, the sites are back in sites, but the owners let you drive through the field behind the site so you can pull thru. The site did have a BBQ pit which we did not use. We camped in a Class C motor home. - Gtown
Jun 2011 - $40.00
We love Seven Bluffs. We have been camping here for years! The river access is easy and the area is safe for children to run and play. The management is fantastic and the staff is always willing to assist campers in anyway. Some of the sites are tight to get into, but there is plenty of room to run and play. Moreover, most of our time is spent at the river's edge! I highly recommend this campground! - jcOwen
Apr 2009 - $26.00
This is a wonderful, well kept up destination RV Park. We come here for the excellent spring birding and are the only campers here now. The Frio River is adjacent to the property and summer is their main season. They also have several cabins for non campers. We have stayed here before and will hopefully come again - SunnyTravelers