Our rate was with the Federal Senior Agency Pass. The park was not full at all and it would seem a good idea to come in and pick your site rather than reserve one as the map on-line does not properly represent the distance between sites, from sites to the lake and from sites to the restrooms, and many sites are not at all level. The restrooms here are sorely in need of upgrade as they are too old and one ladies room actually without a door, which results in major bug issues. The sites and interior roads are paved but also need refinishing. The water & electric hookups were good. There is plenty of shade and a nice amount of space between sites. Each site has a covered picnic table on a concrete slab. Gate personnel were very friendly and helpful. We camped at Holiday COE in a Travel Trailer.
This is what I would want to know if I were staying at this COE campground. If you use Google Maps to find the campground it will lead you down a dead end road. I would estimate that a very small percentage of sites in this park are level. One of the major problems on the COE reservation website is that you can't tell what kind of site you are committing to. I would recommend that you call before coming to make sure you will fit. Site 56 is much smaller than stated on their website and us up hill. You will not be able to level a class A motorhome. We checked in for a 14 day stay that included Memorial Day weekend. When we pulled up the attendant notified us that he didn’t think we would fit in site 56. I called the 1-800 at www.recreation.gov and ask if they could find us another site after the Memorial Day weekend that we could move to. Once inside the park the 1-800 can't help you. I ask if the park attendants could find us another site after the Memorial Day weekend. Other things to know are that most Texas lakes are very low, beaches aren’t the same, boating isn’t the same, etc. This campground is also very near to a military base. This means jets and helicopters as late as 11PM at your quiet campfire. We would not use the showers or the bathroom. One of the urinals would overflow and dump all over the floor. One of the showers drains was completely plugged and overflowing. Had not been cleaned or maintained for some time. We camped at Holiday COE in a Motorhome.
Date of Stay: April, 2014 - $14.00
We stayed here in a 40' motorhome on site 072. Nice 100' pull thru with a nice lake view. The sites where we were had excellent spacing between them, but, again, check your particular site before reserving. Our Millenicom WIFI had 4G and Verizon 4 bars. The electric and water pressure were good. The one drawback I see with this particular park is that they are now using Volunteers instead of Contracted personnel on the front gate and because of this, you can no longer drive up without a reservation and get a campsite thru the front gate personnel; you have to call Recreation.gov and make your own reservations; this also goes for making any changes to an existing reservation; these Volunteers cannot get into the Corp of Engineers reservation computer system. We would definitely stay here again We camped at Holiday COE in a Motorhome.
Date of Stay: March, 2014 - $13.00
First of all don't go to Benbrook Lake expecting "pretty"; there are some sites with nice views of what there is. On the positive side, the rate is great for those of us with a federal park pass, there is some pretty good fishing, great TV reception and the sites are nicely spaced. Site 72 and 73 which we and our friends had are in an area all to themselves which we liked. On the less-than-positive side, the buildings with restrooms only are pit toilets and the restrooms with showers have open areas at the top and no heat which rendered them unusable with the nightly temps in the 30's, there is no cable or Wi-Fi if that is important to you, it is impossible to discern site numbers from the main road, and the biggest disappointment is no sites have sewer hoop-up which is a real convenience if you are staying multiple days. We will probably stay there again due to the great rate despite the negatives. We camped at Holiday COE in a Travel Trailer.
Date of Stay: March, 2014 - $28.00
The lake level was down several feet, otherwise this park could be very scenic, and the sites were not crowded together. One reviewer commented about the employee who had no information about the hiking trails. I must have talked to the same guy. In fact, later in the week I asked him for information on local Laundromats and he got extremely rude. The rest of the staff was very friendly and helpful. The shower room had a sink that only dribbled water, but the shower was clean and hot with good pressure. I did not have a Senior Pass so the rate was $392 for two weeks which is a bit high from me. There are other parks in the area that cost less and have WiFi, sewer, cable, laundry and mail receiving. We camped at Holiday COE in a Fifth Wheel.
Date of Stay: March, 2014 - $14.00
Rate is with the Federal Senior Pass. We loved our site #73. It's on a loop with only one other site. It was a large pull through and right on the lake. I would give this park a higher rating if it had sewer. One note: We tried the showers but even with the water running for a few minutes it remained cold. Maybe because it was early in the season and not used enough? Not the best shower rooms we've been in at a COE by a long shot. Be aware gates are locked at 11 and open 6 am. We camped at Holiday COE in a Fifth Wheel.
Date of Stay: August, 2013 - $14.00
Stayed two nights while having medical procedures in Fort Worth. This park is clean, quiet, and well-kept. The staff at the check-in station are among the nicest people I've encountered at an RV park. We picked a pull-through site with 50-amp electric; the utilities (electric & water) worked as designed. There is no cable TV available, but we were able to get good OTA reception of all DFW local stations without even cranking the antenna up. Many of the sites are unlevel front-rear, but our levelers compensated for that with a couple of wood blocks under the levelers on one side. The dump station is on a slight up-slope; our black tank wouldn't drain completely, so I flushed it twice to compensate. Other than these slight inconveniences, this would be a resort-quality park. With the lake, large sites, and a lot of shade, it just doesn't get any better than this. We will definitely return when stopping in the Fort Worth area. The rate I posted reflects the 50% discount for the America The Beautiful Senior Pass. We camped at Holiday COE in a Motorhome.
We love this campground. Sites were paved and level. Nice amount of tree shaded sites available. Electric and water worked great. Picnic tables were under covering. Bathroom toilets were clean but floors were a wreck. Great roads to ride bikes/jog/walk. We couldn't find the nature trail near the entrance and the employee didn't know of it even though it was on map. Dump area allowed for two-at-a-time dumping which was handy. Toad fit fine behind motor home on dump exit hairpin turn. Check in was only 20 seconds as we did the online pre-registration so no need to get out of drivers seat. Employees were friendly and fast. We will go there again. We camped at Holiday COE in a Motorhome.
Date of Stay: March, 2013 - $14.00
This Corps park does need upgrading as do the roads as others have noted, and water levels are down dramatically, but site #75 down by the Lake is delightful and peaceful and relaxed. The electricity is excellent as it usually is in Corps parks, and so is the water pressure. Gate personnel are very helpful, and would have let us switch sites of we wished, and were very cooperative and friendly as well. We will stay again here if given the opportunity. We camped at Holiday COE in a Motorhome.
Date of Stay: January, 2013 - $8.00
The campsites in this park are large and well spaced. The area has been mowed and seemed well tended. Thanks to previous reviews, we decided to check the restrooms before we took a site. They were so bad that we decided not to stay. There is no heat and the outside walls don't go all the way to the ceiling so they are open to the outside at the top. In January that is a big issue. They are also in desperate need of remodeling. Even a new coat of paint would be a big help. We camped at Holiday COE in a Travel Trailer.
Date of Stay: January, 2013 - $14.00
This is our 3rd time here. I really like this park, but now that we have seen many others around the country, my opinion is slightly different than previous stays. The park is great. Pricing is a little high compared to others at the same price point. If we didn't have a National Parks card we probably wouldn't stay here for full price. Pricing above reflects 50% discount. Their shower/bathrooms are their downfall, very dirty and poorly kept up. Shower curtains are ripped off most of the hooks, I don't think anyone takes a cleaner to the facilities other than to pressure wash the walls and floor. It doesn't cut the grime in the bowls or sink. there is no privacy between the showers and stalls. A quick shower curtain in the doorway would take care of that. We even put one in last year when we stayed but they are now gone. There are rips in the plastic protection to the outside so during cold times its freezing in the shower. Many campgrounds for the same price have at least heated/cooled facilities and a cleaner taken to the bowl/sink on occasion. They could do better. We camped at Holiday COE in a Travel Trailer.
Date of Stay: October, 2012 - $20.00
Have stayed at this park several times over the past few years and have always enjoyed it. However, it needs some loving care. Bad need of mowing and pickup. Great workkampers and level sites. We camped at Holiday COE in a Fifth Wheel.
Date of Stay: September, 2012 - $14.00
I like this campground. We have stayed here a couple of times. Our rate based on senior national parks card discount of 50%. Showers/restrooms could be a little better but they are tolerable. Several nature trails to walk. You can only stay for 2 weeks, but can request a 2 week extension at the COE office near by. We were in town for our grandchildren's school activities and were granted the extension. Weekends were typically busy. We camped at Holiday COE in a Travel Trailer.
Date of Stay: January, 2012 - $30.00
Excellent campground, lots of trees and shade. Sites are gravel and some unlevel, however level ones could be found. Lots of room between sites and very quiet. The check in process was very easy and the attendant very friendly and informative. We camped at Holiday COE in a Motorhome.
Date of Stay: October, 2011 - $10.00
Our 2nd time here. Still a great park for an older COE facility. Sites are large and many have satellite access through the trees with a great view of the lake. Verizon cell was good. Lake is way down so all of that is closed to rec. We'll keep coming back. We camped at Holiday COE in a Motorhome.