7 Parks near Rusk, Texas
Sep 2016 - $38.00
A check of this page shows we stayed here when we left Texas in May 2016; we are back, passing through on our return to Texas for the Winter.
The Workampers who were experienced with this park tragically had to rush home to Louisiana where they lost their home to flooding.
A new crew of very nice people are here working very hard at catch-up.
This is a park cut into the piney woods of East Texas. The woods border the park and make landscaping and grounds maintenance very difficult.
The soil is sand mixed with many millennia of pine needles and coaxing grass is a chore and a knack. This is still a nice park, we like it, but it is not as sharp as it was.
There are a variety of sites. Be careful what you ask for, it can be expensive. All sites are gravel with well placed utilities. They are long enough to leave your tow attached. They are all level, packed gravel.
There is a huge rectangular rally site with full utilities and rally hall.
Some sites have cement patios with furniture, all have a picnic table and fire ring. There is also a dog pen that encloses trees; my dog thought it was great. Check-in at the office was easy and friendly; the camp store is very nice. The grounds are well lit at night.
The ubiquitous Kabins that we are familiar with are placed in the woods. A neat spot for a cabin stay. Much larger, self-contained Kabins, which are more like park models are scattered about the open RV sites.
There is also a pool and small children's playground. My wife and I found hiking trails in the woods.
Wi-Fi was very good, and cable was passable: ok on satellite channels but fuzzy for local stations
The bathrooms and showers are all sparking clean and very comfortable.
We used them. The laundry also looked up-to-date.
The park is very quiet and relaxing. We'll be ready to drive again tomorrow. - Jack B
Jul 2016 - $43.00
Park is neat and clean. Interior roads are gravel with asphalt patches, but serviceable.
We were guided to our site by a very nice camp worker who said to call if we needed anything, as they answered the phone even after hours.
Way over priced at $43 (pull thru) for this park located far away from shopping, restaurants and activities, unless you want to be surrounded by the piney woods of East Texas.
Cabins scattered among the RV sites. Most of the RV sites appear to be very level, some spacious and some grouped to close to others. Gravel and asphalt roads, gravel sites, grass in-between and trees at various heights.
We were the only Class A in a end site: 25, with large patio and iron furniture. Some patios concrete but mostly picnic tables on grass.
Nice office staff, pool, laundry and shower facilities well maintained. We did not use showers, baths or laundry. Yes, they have good cable and wifi service. Yes, there is a rec room. This was just a over night on the way to Galveston. Park was about 1/4 occupied. - Oooooooo
May 2016 - $33.00
This is unlike any KOA we've been to, except everything is yellow and begins with a "K". It is off the beaten path, not near a highway. You won't see advertising signage, use your GPS, we did and it worked.
The park is unbelievably quiet no games, no jumping pillows, no hayrides, or nightly movies, and no traffic noise.
The campground is literally cut into a piney woods, the Loblolly pines have been cleared from the RV sites, they are notoriously unstable. The grounds have been replanted with shade trees. This heavy pine forest totally surrounds the park. It is deep and dark. If we hadn't heard owls at night, we would have heard nothing. There are building lights and each electrical pedestal has a welcome light atop.
The sites are very big and spacious. We never unhooked our tow.
Each site has a picnic table and fire ring. The deluxe sites have a poured patio and table and chairs. There is lots of grass on all sides.
There are a lot of Kabins. There are four Log style Kabins that have been cut deep into the woods. I have never seen such a cool setting for these ubiquitous Kabins. There is also tenting in the woods.
Larger cedar sided Kabins with porches and decks are set among the RV sites. They resemble KOA styles but look a lot like Park-Models.
The office is clean and neat with lots of camping stuff for sale.
Bathrooms and showers are sparkling and cleaned daily. They are new and very well equipped. There is also an enclosed dog area. A very nice looking pool and a small equipped playground for family fun.
The managers here are very nice. Even bought us milk when they went to the store. This has been a very welcome respite after seven hours of driving. We stayed two days to just relax. KOA doesn't use the word, but this park could be a KOA Retreat. - Jack B
Rusk, Texas (map) | 903-683-3451
Sites: 71 | Latest Rate: $30.00 | 21 Reviews
Mar 2016 - $30.00
The park office signage requests registration at the store/office, which was locked. There was a woman inside on the telephone but she didn't answer the door. Another camper told us to go to the train depot to register, so we did. A site can be reserved in advance but individual sites are first come-first served. The sites are paved pull throughs compromised of turnouts off the narrow access road. Some are very bumpy and unlevel. Others are okay. The bathrooms in the RV campsite loop were disgusting. On a Friday afternoon around 2 pm this is what we saw: Men's bathroom was dirty. The two shower stalls share a common dressing area. Only one stall had a shower curtain. The Women's room had a similar layout but both showers did have curtains. The showers were full of dead and soggy bugs. The toilet seats were old and discolored, spotted with dirt and missing the original finish. Dead bugs were on every flat surface including the sinks. There were soap and paper towels. The other shower room by the pavilion was unusable: no electricity. How this facility achieved a 7.5 Good Sam rating is a mystery to me. As far as the rest of the park, the various buildings and amenities were dirty, broken down and borderline dangerous. The railroad is the obvious beneficiary of the money saved through neglecting everything else. There is a nice lake for fishing and some woods for a short hike. No reason for us to ever come back here. This was a poor value for the cost. - leorah
Nov 2015 - $32.00
Heavily wooded sites and limited big rig access. The group area has no sewer, but better big rig access.
The park is a bit run down and need maintenance. It is not as well maintained as it was when a state park. - TXiceman1
Jul 2015 - $26.00
Full hookups gets you a campground spot with lots of shade. If you only want water and electric they put you in the Group section with some shady spots. - CharlieB
Aug 2012 - $40.00
Pretty easy to get in to with a motorhome and does have pull throughs. Very shady under the pines. Owner was nice. We arrived after dark. Lots of permanent residences, quite a few in older trailers which were not in the best of condition. Maintenance the next morning started mowing and I could hear the mower hitting stuff. I had to go outside to stop him after he threw stuff and it hit my motorhome. We left shortly after that and will not go back. - tlkhorses
Dec 2006 - $20.00
Lots of trees. Manager was very friendly. Dirt roads were in acceptable condition. You could definitely hear the traffic on US 79 although being so close to the highway made it easy to find. - Dr. Pam
Feb 2012 - $26.00
Not exactly a "destination" campground, but there are things to do in the area. Owner extremely friendly and helpful. Our dog loved playing with the campground dogs. Looks pretty primitive but it has all the necessities and they are in good shape. We would come here again without a doubt, if we were in the area. - Grumpier99
Jul 2010 - $25.00
Disregard that prior review ("Best RV park in Texas"). This is a clean, plain, remote (12 miles from Palestine), run-down looking CG with shaded grassy sites, loose dogs, a friendly manager, no WiFi or cable TV. Didn't see a bath or shower house. The grass needed mowing. It was great for an overnight after a long tow, but not much else. - Prof Bill
Aug 2016 - $15.00
This is quiet little State Park on the edge of the Davy Crockett National Forest. They have five RV campsites with full hookups for only $15 a night. Other campsites are available with water and electricity for $13 a night. The park has a dump station. The RV sites are not level but they are asphalt. Campsites include a picnic table, fire ring with grill-top, a lantern post, and also a waist high cooking grill. The towering pines and oaks are magnificent and there are plenty of birds and other wildlife.The Park Ranger and staff are very friendly and helpful. This park offers free firewood! The park office sells bagged ice for $2 a bag.
We enjoyed the peaceful serenity of camping among the East Texas pines. It was so quiet. We even had an armadillo come into camp after dark for a short visit. - rvbozo
Jul 2015 - $15.00
This was our first camping in a new RV, a small 22-foot. Called ahead and had a pull-through site (#9) for us when we arrived, and found it without any issues. (It probably wouldn't have fit anything bigger than a 30 footer, though.) The site was very nice, tree shaded, except it wasn't level. We hiked on a couple of the trails which were nice. All the shade made for a surprisingly cool late afternoon/evening/morning. We very much enjoyed our experience there and look forward to returning. - RobtL
Jul 2015 - $12.00
I've only gone fishing there, and I won't camp there in a camper much less a tent on account I didn't like how the sites look. The campground wasn't well kept the last time I was there. Most areas are unlevel, from camp sites to everywhere else. There's 1 pond for fishing. It needed cleaning the last time I was there. Yet I must admit that the campground is well shaded for the most part. It does have hiking trails, and there's a pavilion for get togethers. - jimLE
Mar 2016 - $30.00
Stayed here 3 nights in mid week. Very satisfied with facilities. Long pull thru with concrete strips, required slight leveling but no problem. Electricity, water, sewer worked great. Wifi was good but at times would slow to a crawl but most of the time was OK. The park wasn't crowded when we were there but they seem to have frequent groups that may fill the campground. Make reservations to be sure. The front entrance is gated and the park is very secure. Slight road noise from Highway 69 but didn't cause any problems. Would definitely stay here again. - threehendersons
Dec 2015 - $30.00
Concrete pads, grass between. Sunny. Tables, FHU, PTU, 30 & 50 Amp, WiFi, pool. - jcpjane
Jul 2015 - $27.00
This park is off the beaten path and has narrow pads. It has many full time residence. Dogs were left tied up outside various sites and left unattended in the dog park all day in near 100 degree temps. One dog was an office workers dog. This is against park policy. Office workers were not friendly. After returning home I received a solicitation from a realty company. The only way they could have gotten my address was through park workers. The park is very well maintained and the maintenance man was hard working, friendly, and helpful. - LucyToo