11 Parks near Vanderpool, Texas
Nov 2016 - $20.00
We visited in what was described as an "off year" for vibrant colors from the maples, but we were still very pleased!
This is mainly a hiking park: there are just a couple of roads leading from the entrance to the camping loop to the day use area and trail heads. All the trails were worth the effort, but Maple Trail offered the best views.
This is a very busy park this time of year. They had to turn people away at the gate because it had reached capacity in the early afternoon.
We stayed 4 nights in site #29, a back in with water and electricity. There is no cell service in the park, although the park HQ had iffy wi-fi. We drove a few miles up the road to the country store and had full LTE. No OTA TV channels but we were able to get a good satellite signal. The bathhouse was clean some days and not so clean on others.
We really enjoyed our stay here and look forward to making it a part of our fall tradition. - texasAUtiger
Nov 2016 - $20.00
Campground is easy to get in and out of and is close to level. Has covered picnic tables as well as a fire ring and lantern pole. Utilities are well placed and worked well. Park is very scenic and offers very dark night skies for stargazing. Reservations are a must on the weekends. No cell coverage or OTA TV, but wifi is available at the headquarters building. - BrentB
Nov 2015 - $20.00
We camped at Lost Maples State Natural Area in site 15. All sites are water and 30A electric. Central dump station. Great hiking trails, some strenuous. Beautiful park. RV sites are a bit narrow and the asphault pads are not perfectly level. We had site 15 which is very private and good for large RV's. Only a few sites are too small for 30+' RV's, the park office will give you recommendations for sites. Covered picnic tables and fire rings at all sites. No cell coverage in the park. WiFi available at park office. - drfife
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
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
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
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
Oct 2009 - $29.00
Wow, this is a unique park which has an indoor pool and workout area. The owners are really nice and seem to always have a positive attitude. There is great variety of wildlife in the park, so pets must be on leashes. I really loved the deer and donkeys live next door. This is a well kept park and the landscape and grounds are very well maintained. There is a quiet time in the park at 10pm and I found that to be a blessing. I love the peace and quiet that this resort has and I really like the concept of recycling. All of the people I met at the park were really friendly. If you have a chance to stay in the Texas Hill Country, this is a park I highly recommend. It's a paradise. - butchboy
Sep 2009 - $30.00
We have stayed at this park several times over the last three years, but our last visit turned out to be quite different than in the past. There are several year round guests now, and some of the sites are a little trashy. There is no dumpster and they expect you to separate your your cans, glass, paper and garbage. The compost pit attracts skunks, rats and possums which roam freely around the park at night. During the day you can smell the trash they burn in barrels from anywhere in the park. There an outdoor cold water only, public shower, one public bathroom and one washer/dryer. They play Caribbean music on outdoor speakers non-stop which can be heard from any site in the park. If you want peace and quite, I would pick another spot. - landrover
Jul 2009 - $29.00
A wonderful resort park with fantastic landscaping, even in this drought! I really enjoyed beating the heat at their indoor pool. This park has the only laundry within 15 miles and even with one washer and dryer it was clean and appreciated. Free Wi-Fi worked great at our site. Their program to sell lifetime leases has made this unique resort even better. - Dane
Jul 2016 - $13.00
Stayed for the first time last week in site for back-in against the hill.
The views are tremendous and wildlife galore. In the morning, watching the herds of deer walking through the park was fantastic. Beautiful area to take lots of dog walks. The Friday night catfish dinner good, but the cook got sick and apparently not much of a back up system in place for this. So we made the 60 minute round-trip drive to Bandera and bought our barbeque provisions for Saturday night dinner. At outdoor music area/stage, in the heat of dusk, employee poured a lot of gas on the open fire-pit (by the stage) and lit it----needless to say it was smoky, nauseating and we had to move. Infinity pool was packed with big family groups and pretty dirty, but refreshing. Would like to try this place in cooler weather, because very little shade where most RVs park.
There is minimal cell coverage at this park, but staff will get a message to you from their toll-free #, if necessary. Manager and office staff great! - ALively
Aug 2015 - $50.00
This is a large resort that has not only rv sites but cabins of varying sizes as well as a very large house that serves as a bed and breakfast. We enjoyed our stay and plan to return for a longer one.
Check in at the office was quick and easy. Staff was friendly. Reservation process was ok, but they do not have an online reservation system. For such a modern campground owned by a larger company this is surprising.
The camp store sold a variety of items including ice and fuel. There is also a restaurant on site. We did not try it since we had other plans for our meals during our say.
RV sites are spacious and include a picnic table and firepit. They have concrete patios as well as some grassy areas and an area with gravel. Sites look mostly level. Ours was on the very end of the pull through sites (211) and was not the most level site. In fact our front left jack was maxed out when we got our rv leveled up. The trees near the RV sites are mostly smaller and provide little shade.
Wifi is great. There are many boosters throughout the park.
No noise from the highway but, this area is frequented by bikers, many of whom stay at this resort so there is periodic noise from bikers coming in and out of the park.
Pets are allowed and they provide a pet area down the hill from the park. There are lots of deer roaming the grounds at night so definitely keep your dogs on leash to keep them from running off after a deer.
Nice amenities including a large pool and hot tub. When we were there a very large family had rented out the large house next to the pool. They pretty much took over the pool area so it was not the most relaxing experience for us. Not sure how often that house or the nearby cabins are fully occupied but if it's often, maybe they will build a separate pool area for rv guests at some point.
Nice ~1 mile hiking trail on property that goes to an observation deck. - jvkATX
Jul 2015 - $44.00
Nice resort. Restaurant on site was good. Store is well stocked. Wi-Fi worked well. Cable TV was decent. Utilities were fine. Resort is in good condition. Site has a nice concrete patio with picnic table. Pool area is really nice. Park was not full over the 4th of July weekend. Tons of motorcycles on site, operating "mostly" respectfully from a noise standpoint. The gravel areas could use some weed control, dogs picked up some grass burs in our site. Resort employees were nice. - KeystoneTT
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
Jul 2007 - $35.00
It is mostly cabins here but they have 5 sites that accommodate up to 28 foot and 4 newer sites for 40 footers.The 4 larger sites are separated by trees and the other sites are side by side but also have trees. Its nothing fancy but the river is beautiful and just down the hill from the sites. They have a store for most anything you may have forgotten, plus a gameroom. They also rent inner-tubes and have nightly hayrides in the summer months. Family owned and family oriented. - vetrncwby