13 RV Parks near Merkel, Texas
Nov 2015 - $30.00
This park is really a home to men and families working on the oil line with one space for people traveling through. The owner is very kind the space is very large, hook ups easy but not sure I would come back. Train is nearby and the place is really quiet by 9:00 but by 5:30 there is a lot of noise as the men leave for the day. - Bev&Dick
Aug 2015 - $30.00
New park about 12 miles west of Abilene that is still being developed. Had to shut down engine while being registered because of road dust. Site plenty long enough but sewer connection placed so that you have to park on first half of pad. No trees or grass. Bar ditches at entry and exit of site that will be mud holes if it ever rains. Just a flat, barren, gravel place with hookups. - countrycoach99
May 2015 - $32.00
This RV park is only 18 months old, so much is still in progress. The manager was super friendly and helpful, even driving one of us to the nearest store for some needed parts. Sites are very long - the pull-through sites are over 100'. WiFi was good, occasionally slowing down, but still quite useable. Far enough away from I-20 for the vehicle noise to not be a bother.
Excellent location for one nighters just passing through.
Cost was $32.50 if paying cash. If charging, cost is $33.50.
Owner and manager(s) continue to improve the park. We will happily stay here next time we pass through. - L'Andante
Aug 2017 - $30.00
The owner was very friendly. Good spaces - not much shade. Problems encountered were the park lies right in the pathway of Dyess Air Force Base flight pattern and it is really loud as the planes are not very far above ground at takeoff. We also encountered trouble cleaning our lines as the sewer drains are too high and we had to keep picking up the line to drain. - DRBurns
Sep 2015 - $28.00
A basic RV park with good access from I-20. Fuel close by. Mostly filled with pipeline workers who are there long term. Residents were quiet and considerate. W/E/S worked well. Interior roads have washed a bit, but sites were solid and level as well as shaded. Highway noise was minimal, but Train noise was noticeable. Honestly, if you don't like train noise, then anywhere along I-20 is probably not for you. Staff was very friendly and helpful. A good solid park that meets your needs. - BounderPounder
May 2015 - $30.00
Not too impressive to look at but if you want 50A hook-ups for a night convenient to the highway it works. Graveled pull-thrus, some very long, ours was level. Graveled roads needed grading. With the plains spring weather rolling through it was nice to know they were keeping on eye on it and a shelter was available. Kinda pricey for what you get but it seems competitive in the area. - fulltimer121
Apr 2017 - $35.00
Dyess FamCamp is overpriced for the area, for the campground, for the space, and for what it offers. Many much better, much nicer military Famcamps are way less money.
This is basically a parking lot, with short sites, spaced closely together. The back in sites are not even numbered so that those arriving with reservations know which site to park in! Sites are short, and pretty close to neighbors considering the vacant base land all around.
There are many homesteaders, and they occupy many of the pull thrus. Move the homesteaders to the back ins, and let those passing through have the pull thru sites.
The bathrooms don't even have hand soap at the sinks. The information board on the outside of the laundry/shower facility has no information on it. The folder with "base maps" inside the laundry room has no maps in it. We have stayed in Famcamps across the nation, and even at $25 per night this one would still be overpriced. Truly, this Famcamp is a disgrace in the overall system.
The only thing saving this campground financially and for occupancy appears to be the long term homesteaders paying by the month. - AC7880
Oct 2016 - $35.00
We went to the campground coming in off the road and there were no available sites. The next day we went back and got a site and the next morning we were told we had to leave because our site was assigned to someone else. We were not told this the day before. It appears that Dyess FamCamp is for homesteaders or people living on base who choose to stay in the campground instead of living in base housing or off base. Don't bother to stop here hoping to get a place to stay for the night or multiple nights because the homesteaders have it locked up. - Debby W
Mar 2014 - $35.00
Dyess AFB just opened their FamCamp last summer. They have 18 concrete pads that are approximately 45' long and very wide. Sites are nicely spaced with about 20' of grass between each one. All roads are paved and it's easy in/out. Each site has full hookups including cable. When I checked in, I was told the cable was out at my site but I think it was just a temp thing. Each site has a picnic table and outdoor grill. There is ample parking and light at night, plus you are on the base with other military & retirees so security is no concern. WiFi worked sporadically, but I got a great signal on my Verizon WiFi. ATT showed 3/5 bars & LTE signal. The camp has a small pay laundry and small shower/bathroom facility. They do take reservations, but the site I was told to go to on the phone was occupied. Luckily, there were two open sites so I got one. I don't think they have tight control on reservations versus available spots and folks are used to just pulling into any open spot at FamCamps. There are 6 concrete pads adjacent to the camp that I presume they use for dry camping overflow. I thought $35 a night was pretty steep given they have no other amenities like playground, pool, dog walk, propane, or camp store. But their weekly rate of $130 seemed fair if you are staying that long. I rated the park lower due to high price and lack of amenities compared to other camps in that price range. - Danno
Jun 2017 - $35.00
Very friendly workers. We were literally parked along one end of the paved parking lot with 50 amps & water. We stayed 2 nites & there was a 3 nite max. The rate was $35/nite which was high to us, but we are not VFW MEMBERS anywhere. Members I'm sure must get a discount. It was very safe we felt, but there are cars coming & going until about 11:30 pm. - slawrence
Dec 2016 - $19.00
We are staying on there newly opened part. It just opened up 2 weeks ago. Brand new laundry and bathrooms with showers. Large sites large, level and gravel. The staff is very friendly and helpful. I would stay here again if I am in the area. My daily rate was based on the weekly rate. - rynosback
May 2016 - $25.00
Five electric and water hookups. Dump station provided. No shade. Site surface is a concrete pad. We have friends in the area and it is a good place to park for a few days. - Trvl4Evr
Jun 2017 - $40.00
Easy in, easy out. Shaded, quiet, nice little swimming pool. Park manager quite attentive, answered all questions including restaurant recommendations. No problems. - M-Dot
Jun 2017 - $42.00
Typical KOA. Old and run down. If it's dry it's very dusty. Lots of potholes in the dirt road inside the park. Trees that need trimming. But the worst part is the management allowed a toy hauler 5th wheel, two pickups, and a large delivery truck into the two sites next to me. They spread out into the neighboring sites, including mine. Stuff everywhere. I counted 11 people but there might have been more. It's a good thing I didn't want to use my patio table or any of the area, as they took it over. I couldn't even open my basement doors without getting them to move. They even lit their BBQ almost under my slide. They never apologized or got out of the way. They even pitched a tent right in front of my door. They were noisy playing their music and talking up until about midnight. There would have been a problem if I had to confront them so I didn't. The management drove by on golf carts numerous times and never said anything. - Dennis_K
Apr 2017 - $29.00
We have a Sprinter-based class B. We were in a large site, #4, next to the cabins with water and electric only. Most other sites were the typically narrow. Wi-Fi was present, but even though we were close to the office we could not maintain an adequate connection to even read email. The staff was pleasant. They were painting the pool in preparation for the busy season. Bathrooms were dated but fine and clean enough. There is no dump station at this park. We were told we could find an unoccupied site and dump there, a minor inconvenience. - leorah
Nov 2016 - $1.00
This place is a few miles off the interstate and signs are few and far between however the GPS coordinates were spot on. Roads and sites are gravel. Sites are just kind of scattered around in amongst the trees. You find power (30 & 50 amp) and water that are close to one of the wide spots, park and hook up! Most areas are level and range in size from small to huge. No problem finding an open spot for satellite and Verizon 4G was strong. Very quiet sparsley populated with campers. Great place for an overnight stop to get away from the interstate noise. - Pjoe
Apr 2016 - $10.00
Nice park located below the dam of lake. Trees and shade available. Dump station located near exit of park. Power pedestal located next to site. We camped during motorcycle rally and cook-off. - TnL Thomas
Jun 2015 - $10.00
This park is completely adequate if you do not need showers or a clean bathroom. The spacious grounds are mowed and green at this time after the rains. There is a very helpful camp host so one does not have to stop at the golf course to register. We had a pick of probably 5 level sites, all with 50A and water service on grass or gravel. . We were warned of fire ants but did not see any. Most sites have no significant shade. There are flush toilets and a sink with cold water. Ceilings and walls have spider webs and mud dauber nests. I understand there is very little water in the reservoir so don't plan on using the beach to swim. If one wants to golf, this would be a great place to park. There is a dump station as you exit. There is a pavilion that one could use for a group camp. Nice tent camping area as well but where would one use the latrine? - easydoesit
Sep 2017 - $40.00
This park, for what it is, is very good. I wouldn't call it "nice" yet. They are working on it. It's a work in progress. All amenities are there, including fire pits, picnic tables, strips of land between each site, dog park, pool, et cetera. It's kind of a gravel and dirt pit right now but sites were level. Streets are wide and easily navigatable. Sites were easy to get into and out of. A good 1-2 night stop. VERY convenient to town/shops. - Kamnel
Aug 2017 - $55.00
As stated by others this is a brand new park - And all that entails. No shade - just a few brand new trees. We stayed in a premium pull thru - this included a larger concrete patio with a weber grill, fire pit, table and chairs and a swing. Our site had a large grassy area in addition to the concrete patio. It is obvious that they are working hard to get grass growing - we saw large amounts of dark loom being brought into some sites and sprinklers running. Lots of new facilities including pool, pavilion etc - we did not use any of these. For us it was an excellent one night stay on the way to our final destination. We will use again in the near future. - cmwb
Aug 2017 - $1.00
The nicest people!!! We stopped on our way from Austin to Lubbock with our horse. He just needed a rest after 4 hours in the trailer. Great facility! Roomy stall and well shaded! The pool looked so clean and inviting! Cleanest restrooms! I see us stopping here many more times! Great hospitality!! - Dana Williams
Jun 2017 - $18.00
We pulled into Abilene Texas State Park yesterday and are just enjoying the day here. The park is well shaded and there is a lovely swimming pool for the warm afternoons. It appears that they are cleaning up after some weather incident, but even so, the park is very well maintained. Pads are fairly level asphalt. Each site has a picnic table located on a concrete patio - no covering needed with the great shade. This park gives easy access to Abilene where you will find everything you might need; Wal-Mart, grocery stores, Abilene Mall, health services, etc. Just on the edge of west Texas, the sunsets here are pretty spectacular. Our site had water/50amp/dump station. Almost all of the state parks in Texas are good places to stop along the way to wherever. http://tpwd.texas.gov/ - the Fishers
Jun 2017 - $8.00
We stayed here two nights on our way home from five days at Palo Duro Canyon ST.Park. Since we made last minute reservations we where put in to the "Overflow" area, which we had no problem with since we made these reservations on such short notice. With that being said I would not like to do overflow again as it was very close quarters and no privacy, but they told us that ahead of time, so no surprise, just would not prefer to do that again. We did go around checking out the regular campsites and for the most part all looked pretty good, tent and R.V. sites. Lots of shade trees and fairly level sites. If we come back this way again we would definitely like to get one of those sites. We had water and electricity 30/50 amp in our overflow site. Campground was very family friendly and has a very nice swimming pool ! Cost two dollars per person to use pool (open 11 am to 3 pm then reopens at 4pm to 7pm. Being a hot summer day it was crowded (the pool) very nice ,clean pool though. Park employees very friendly and helpful. The fee for camping was only eight dollars for the two nights , but that reflects a 50% discount coupon I had for buying state park pass. - Jayco2017
May 2017 - $18.00
On a weekday, when school in still in session, this is an excellent place for an over night stop or as a destination location for a few nights. I've never been here on a weekend. The park could be difficult to locate the first time. Find Buffalo Gap and then follow the signs, carefully. The Pecan loop has excellent, and spacious sites, for RV trailers or motorhomes. Most are level, and will easily accommodate a twenty four foot motorhome. The utilities are excellent and well placed. There is no sewer connection for the Pecan loop sites. The big negative here is the restroom. It is centrally located within the loop, but way to small for the potential number of people. The restroom is in need of a major renovation. There are plenty of trails here for biking or hiking. The place is dark at night, as it should be. There are an assortment of natural night sounds here including a chorus of Poorwills, and frogs. These pleasant sounds can be vastly disturbed by the occasional flyover by a B-1 Bomber. We camped here in a Motorhome, and we will return again next May. - James Barr
Jun 2015 - $30.00
In town right off the interstate. Not in a very nice/safe looking neighborhood. Some pull thru sites but they are very short. Check in was not ideal. When you enter, there is a very run down house that looks like it should be condemned. The office is a little further in. When we arrived it was closed and it said to check in at a certain site number or to call a phone number. The site numbers were not visible so it was impossible to locate the site they referred to. By the looks of the mostly permanent trailers, I would not want to risk knocking on the wrong door. I called the number and the lady came right over.
We checked into a site right in front of the office. When we plugged our EMS/ surge protector it read high voltage! Needless to say we could not stay. They were very nice about refunding our money.
Most of the sites were occupied with what appeared to be permanent residents or maybe rentals working in the oilfields.
Unless you are really desperate I would recommend passing Sweetwater on by. - jvkATX
Jul 2014 - $10.00
Sites are scattered over the campgound, but dispersed so you are not close. First electric we tried had open ground, but the one on the other side of the pole was good. Managed by the city and had a very friendly host on site. Great little park for an over night or a few days. We will come back. - Orlan
Oct 2013 - $27.00
Limited sites, good overnight stop. - twocoots