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Review Count: 2
States Visited: 1
Helpful Reviews: 1
Date of Stay: July, 2016 - $41.00
I made a reservation (so I thought) for our 50-amp 5th wheel trailer for the 4th of July weekend (along with two 30-amp sites for my other family members). We were told by the person I made the reservation with that we would have a 50 amp full hook up site. Upon arrival and check in we were told everything was on a first come first served basis and they no longer had any 50 amp sites available. We were given a map of the park and told to "find a spot and let us know what # your are in". While driving through this overgrown and poorly maintained 260 acre "reserve" the top of our 5th wheel hit multiple low hanging trees, passed multiple spots that had not been mowed, had no picnic table, and multiple sites that had 30 amp campers in 50 amp spots as well as tents in RV spots. We also noticed several RV spaces that had EZ Ups on them, bags covering the electrical outlets, and boats and/or empty boat trailers, clearly people holding spots for others. Once we found a spot that did not have any low hanging tree hazards and did not have tall overgrown grass, we parked only to discover there was no sewer hook up in this section of the park!
The park policies clearly state no holding spaces for others and no overnight unoccupied sites allowed, maximum of 2 cars per site and a max of 6 people per site...this was not the case! There were cars EVERYWHERE! The dumpsters were overflowing by Saturday afternoon. The lack of security lead to vandalism in the bathrooms and irresponsible firework displays in high wind, tall grass and low hanging trees. Overall not a good experience we will not return. We camped at Thousand Trails / Medina Lake in a Fifth Wheel.
A beautiful lake, I wish we had a better experience with the park.
Review Count: 23
States Visited: 13
Helpful Reviews: 2
Date of Stay: April, 2016 - $3.00
This was a thousand trails park, I stayed for free with my membership. $3 for 50 amp upgrade.
The main disadvantage to this park was the distance from the main lodge to the pool/laundry area.
The pool was nice, Not heated. The kids pool that was warm enough to swim in at the beginning of April. A nice size main pool, and a hot tub for those over age 18.
Laundry was 6 washers/6 dryers for $1.50 each. Clean and working.
Lodge had a nice little kids' corner with a rug and baby toys. Also an 18+ reading room. The main tables were set nice and they are working on getting the cafe staffed and running. Right now just weekends on the cafe.
They had an over 18 pool table indoors and a kids pool table outdoors.
Multiple playgrounds. 70's style with metal slides and wood frames.
Pickle ball was under the pavilion by the lodge. Not fenced.
minigolf had a nice concrete path leading from hole to hole, but the greens were worn, but useable.
The boat docks were a disaster because of the water levels the past 5 years. The lake is coming back up 65% but the boat docks are unusable.
Walking paths are overgrown. You can see the foot path, but my 5 year old had to duck under trees in places. We opted to walk in the road. Which was OK on a mild, shady day - but with the walk 1 mile to the lodge from the pool, it would be nice to have a shady path as an option!
This park has some old weird barns and buildings in the part near the pool.
Overall, I think this park is rebuilding. You can see that there are some areas that are cute and nice and others that are forgotten. We camped at Thousand Trails / Medina Lake in a Motorhome.
Review Count: 17
States Visited: 10
Helpful Reviews: 3
Date of Stay: April, 2016 - $3.00
We thought this was a very nice TT park and we enjoyed our stay here very much! It is very large and spread out with lots of room and trees between campsites. We stayed in F section very near the lake and loved that area. The wildlife (deer, wild turkey and jackrabbits) roaming throughout the park was a huge highlight for our son. In fact, this was his favorite campground of all 20 we've been to so far. He loved feeding the deer at our campsite each night! The pool area is a good distance from the family activity area but very doable on bike, otherwise, you might want to drive it! The pool is huge but not heated although we did swim in it in April-refreshing for sure! The kiddie pool was warmer. Nice hot tub. The activity room had a pool table, jigsaw puzzles to work, 2 large screen tv's and a separate play area for little ones. Even a small chapel room for church services (not every week, tho). Outside they have a basketball court, ping pong, mini golf and a big playground. They offer meals on the weekends which are excellent and very reasonable! Every Friday evening they have a weenie roast, as well. Also nice family oriented activities over the holidays. The lake is nearly full and there are docks for fishing. We saw lots of folks using the boat launch facilities, too. Large playground and small fenced idog walk area near lake as well.The setting is very pretty and woodsy and the lake is beautiful, peaceful and huge! The roads throughout the campground are paved and in decent shape. Most of the sites are gravel, with a few concrete pads, but quite level. The old house and barn near the pool are very interesting. The home was moved to this site when they flooded the river to create the lake in 1912! Wild flowers all around the grounds in the spring! Very slow wifi in the activity center but our Verizon hotspot worked fine. No cable but we did get some local stations with our antenna. We would definitely return to this campground. We camped here in a motorhome. We camped at Thousand Trails / Medina Lake in a Motorhome.
Be sure to eat at the Family activity center on the weekends-great breakfasts, especially!
Lakehills' True-Value and the grocery store across the street sell deer corn if feeding the deer is your thing. They'll eat out of your hands!
Easy 1 hour drive to San Antonio and the airport.
The 1 hour drive to Fredricksburg is beautiful and there's lots to see there, too.
Review Count: 7
States Visited: 6
Helpful Reviews: 0
Date of Stay: February, 2016 - $3.00
We were there in February so there was ongoing maintenance and prep for the season with cut trees being cleaned up. Mini putt could use an overhaul. Nice, level sites. Friendly and helpful staff. Lots of wildlife. Activities in the campground and proximity to the San Antonio area for historical and other interests. This was the furthest east we had been and first time in Texas. We'll be back. We camped at Thousand Trails / Medina Lake in a Motorhome.
Bandera for the cowboy capitol. BBQ is okay.
San Antonio for the Alamo and the riverwalk.
Review Count: 26
States Visited: 8
Helpful Reviews: 5
Date of Stay: February, 2016 - $1.00
The lake is now back up to 70% and beautiful. I had a back-in on the lake under a moss-draped tree. Absolutely pin-drop quiet, lovely wooded and grassy campground with gravel sites, most of them roomy. Fishing seems to be very good. Minimal lighting at night so skies are nice and dark. My Verizon hot-spot worked great. Friendly, helpful staff. We camped at Thousand Trails / Medina Lake in a Fifth Wheel.
Lots of pretty drives and neat old towns in the area. Tons to do in San Antonio (an hour or so). Don't miss Mission San Jose and the Riverwalk boat tour. No good grocery stores close by so stock up in Boerne (about 30 minutes away). The grocery store in Lakehills is fine for basics but expensive, and forget the produce.
Review Count: 78
States Visited: 30
Helpful Reviews: 20
Date of Stay: December, 2015 - $1.00
Above average Thousand Trails campground.
WiFi is advertised but there is only a WiFi hotspot at the activity center. The hotspot is very slow even when I was the only person in the center.
Pros - all utilities worked fine; trees between most sites; very good lighting in the CG that doesn't interfere with star gazing.
Cons - WiFi; sites not maintained.
Staff was trimming trees during my stay. We camped at Thousand Trails / Medina Lake in a Travel Trailer.
Review Count: 13
States Visited: 7
Helpful Reviews: 0
Date of Stay: November, 2015 - $3.00
We had a terrific time at Medina Lake TT. Our biggest compliment to this park goes to the staff. Every single one of them was helpful and incredibly friendly to us and our kids. The kids LOVED all of the activities and the Thanksgiving dinner was terrific. The utilities worked fine for us, the hot tub was nice and hot, and the laundry worked great. The bonus that we all loved was seeing so many deer all over the place. The only reason I didn't rank this a 10 was the wifi. We work while on the road, so it The park advertised wifi but it scarcely worked at all during the first week we were there. If it was cloudy, the satellite wifi they use barely worked, and it was only slightly better in full sun. The activity center and only about 5-6 sites had access to wifi. We camped at Thousand Trails / Medina Lake in a Travel Trailer.
Review Count: 6
States Visited: 2
Helpful Reviews: 2
Date of Stay: July, 2015 - $1.00
So happy the lake is almost full! I love this park. It does need a little bit of yard work and some work on their water facets (lime deposit set up on facet) but overall it's awesome. If you want full hookups be sure to check your map. Waterfront sites do not have sewer but there is a dump station on the way out. The water is great, the pool is clean, the rec room is clean. There is lots of activities for adults and kids alike. We were there 4th of July weekend so it was crowded. They had a weiner roast on Friday, and a BBQ and dance on Saturday night. I plan on getting back there as often as I can! Sites are gravel but didn't have any problems leveling my travel trailer. The grass does need to be mowed but I understand why they haven't gotten to that yet. I am sure they will. Staff is super nice! We camped at Thousand Trails / Medina Lake in a Travel Trailer.
Review Count: 85
States Visited: 23
Helpful Reviews: 10
Date of Stay: June, 2015 - $1.00
This was our last attempt at a Thousand trails park. Just like many of the other TT parks, it is run down, roads torn up and rutted, utilities outdated and sites almost impossible to get into with a bigger unit. (38' or above). The trees are not trimmed at the sites and you cannot maneuver well enough to keep from hitting them with the rig. The park road 37 into the park as well had low hanging branches that were just not avoidable. Our 50 amp service we were lucky enough to get, crashed, so that again was another issue. What is so upsetting about these parks is, they have the bones to be excellent and beautiful parks if management would just fix these issues, take out about every other site and make it more accessible to bigger rigs. Don't trust the photos on the web page, they are very deceiving in our opinion and make the parks look like something they are not. We've tried several TT parks and they are all basically the same run down condition. If you have a big rig, enter at your own risk. We camped at Thousand Trails / Medina Lake in a Fifth Wheel.
Go to Bandera, they call it the Cowboy Capital of the country. I"m not sure that's true, but they do have lots of neat shops and restaurants there. Also, the drive to San Antonio is not to far, we did the river walk and the Alamo in one day.
Review Count: 20
States Visited: 11
Helpful Reviews: 5
Date of Stay: May, 2015
Our first trip to this Thousand Trails. We were a bit worried about the drive through San Antonio and making sure we found the correct route to the campground. We had heard horror stories about a few of the options to get to this campground. We were coming from the east. We took 46W to 1283 to 37.
Upon arrival, we were greeted warmly. She asked if we had been here before, we told her no. She was very forthcoming with information on the different areas of the campground. As well as gave us some information about the area and Texas as a whole.
We found our spot and set up.
The next day we took a walk around the campground. This place is huge. And at least right now almost empty.
Quite a few deer strolling around.
We did go down to their activity center for breakfast over the weekend, that was a good deal. Good food, good prices.
Bathroom/showers were clean and a decent size. Depending on what section you are in, most sites seem to be pretty spacious.
One thing we really appreciated was that every time we came in or out of the grounds there was someone in the ranger station. Rangers always came out and said hi.
Too bad the lake is non existent in this area. I'm sure the lack of the lake is affecting the amount of usage this park gets. We camped at Thousand Trails / Medina Lake in a Motorhome.
Review Count: 33
States Visited: 12
Helpful Reviews: 9
Date of Stay: February, 2015 - $3.00
WARNING FOR DIRECTIONS: This is not the same as Lake Medina RV Park and your GPS may take you to the wrong one. This is Medina Lake RV and Camping Resort at 215 Spettle Road.
Very nice park. The deer, including a buck, wander around all the time. The Activities Center is huge! WiFi is free and adequate (but slow). You might get it from your site if you are in F 33-39. Pool is pretty far from the campsites. Lots of wooded campsites. 50 amp is $3 extra. Very clean. Very nice. We camped at Thousand Trails / Medina Lake in a Motorhome.
Review Count: 83
States Visited: 26
Helpful Reviews: 20
Date of Stay: October, 2014 - $5.00
This is a large campground, a bit rough, but with lots of campsites – many of them with full hookups and large enough to accommodate most any rig. The route to the campground includes driving down some residential streets in an area that is a bit run down. Be sure to watch for the big “turn before this sign” sign on Park Road 37. There are three primary sections of this Thousand Trails preserve. One section is near the front gate and the large pool. The sites closest to the pool (Section A) are water/electric only but nearby is full hookup Section R which is popular with those with big rigs. About a mile in from the front gate is Section F which is closer to the big Activity Center and mini-golf. These sites are full hookup. Adjacent to that area and still farther from the front gate are Sections B and C. These are water/electric sites. At one time these were very popular sites due to their proximity to Medina Lake. These days Medina Lake is more valley than lake. Nearer the dam and a distance from the campground there’s a bit of water, but at the campground there’s no water to be seen. Medina Lake has a history of going through dry spells but the current one has lasted over 10 years now. There are deer everywhere and rather tame – hanging out in campsites expecting the humans to feed them. San Antonio is about an hour away and Bandera, which is called the “Cowboy capital of Texas” is nearby. My Verizon data was 3G and Activity WiFi was okay but went down after a storm and wasn't restored before we concluded our stay. We camped at Thousand Trails / Medina Lake in a Fifth Wheel.
Review Count: 45
States Visited: 20
Helpful Reviews: 3
Date of Stay: June, 2014 - $3.00
Rate reflects 50 amp daily rate for Thousand Trails members. The pool is great. The pool shower house is the best in the park. The other restroom shower facilities are OK. Cleaner than some of the other TT parks we have been in. The camp sites vary in acceptability. Most are level and many are shady. We stayed in the 50 amp line in the A section (L group). From here we are close to the pool but a mile from the activity center. There is no lake. It's dried up. The activity center is "OK". San Antonio is a hour away. There is a little grocery store not far away. Otherwise its about 15-20 minutes to "stores". We would come back. We camped at Thousand Trails / Medina Lake in a Travel Trailer.
Review Count: 2
States Visited: 2
Helpful Reviews: 0
Date of Stay: March, 2014 - $3.00
We are Thousand Trail members, so we are not charged unless we select a 50 amp site, which costs $3 per day. We have camped at many TT campgrounds and feel strongly that this is one of the best. The bathrooms are clean and functional, which can't be said of some TT parks, particularly in California. The staff is friendly and helpful, and the grounds and sites are large and in good condition. Most sites have full hookups. Negatives--feral cats abound, though that seems to be a common problem with campgrounds in rural areas. And Medina Lake is no more, as both the drought and San Antonio have left it bone dry. But despite the absence of Medina Lake, this Thousand Trails campground is a very nice place to kick back and relax. We camped at Thousand Trails / Medina Lake in a Motorhome.
Review Count: 268
States Visited: 42
Helpful Reviews: 32
Date of Stay: November, 2013 - $3.00
Rate TTN 50 AMP. HDTV/Antenna doesn't do much good here. Wi-Fi is marginal but my Clear card pulled a 6-8 bar signal all week. Phones for the most part don't work here. Staff is much reduced but doing a good job. The store is gone but the restaurant is open on weekends. The lake has always been the draw here and now the lake isn't anywhere close to accessible from the CG. There is now a jeep road down the middle of the old lake bed and local ranchers are harvesting crops from the lake bed for the past two years. The CG is practically vacant, some sections totally unoccupied. Deer are not quite as much a problem as 3 years ago but still are all over the place and constantly looking for handouts. Feral cats hang around and some are friendly enough to be handled, all want food and water, but so do the deer. Medina Lake isn't anymore. The only place we saw water was in the far away section miles away toward San Antonio. The CG is quiet and pleasant. CG is close enough to San Antonio for visits to the Alamo and the River Walk (evening and night is best). We enjoyed our stay here, in spite of the unseasonal rains and winds, and we will return when in the area. The Apple Pie store in Bandera is a must stop and The Links at Utopia another. We camped at Thousand Trails / Medina Lake in a Fifth Wheel.
Go to Bandera, they call it the Cowboy Capital of the country. I"m not sure that's true, but they do have lots of neat shops and restaurants there. Also, the drive to San Antonio is not to far, we did the river walk and the Alamo in one day.buffy • June 2015
Bandera for the cowboy capitol. BBQ is okay. San Antonio for the Alamo and the riverwalk.DennisK • February 2016
Lots of pretty drives and neat old towns in the area. Tons to do in San Antonio (an hour or so). Don't miss Mission San Jose and the Riverwalk boat tour. No good grocery stores close by so stock up in Boerne (about 30 minutes away). The grocery store in Lakehills is fine for basics but expensive, and forget the produce.rushin river • February 2016
Be sure to eat at the Family activity center on the weekends-great breakfasts, especially! Lakehills' True-Value and the grocery store across the street sell deer corn if feeding the deer is your thing. They'll eat out of your hands! Easy 1 hour drive to San Antonio and the airport. The 1 hour drive to Fredricksburg is beautiful and there's lots to see there, too.Jeni • April 2016
A beautiful lake, I wish we had a better experience with the park.Jetandnoche • July 2016
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