Date of Stay: November, 2015 - $1.00
I don't know where the excellent reviewers were staying but it couldn't have been this campground. I reserved a campsite for 2 weeks and this review is being submitted at the end of the first day here.
Pros: there is a lot of space between most campsites which are spread among the cedar trees.
Cons: Wi-Fi is advertised but there are only 2 hotspots in the campground and one is currently down and the other one doesn't show up on my phone.
Cable TV is advertised but it is nonexistent. Roads are terrible and full of potholes.
Adult lodge and laundry room are closed with no advertised reopening. Went to the Family Activity Center and it was closed for renovations. Campsites are not level and have not been attended to in awhile. No over-the-air TV channels. If you use a satellite dish you have to pick your site wisely. Verizon cell service is iffy and spotty, so my Jetpack is constantly dropping service. The water pressure is low and water flow is poor.
The campground was hit by a tornado in May 2015 and 6 months later they still use this as a reason for the condition of the campground. Poor management and poor maintenance are the reasons, not a tornado. We camped at Thousand Trails Lake Whitney in a Travel Trailer.
The park for bit hard with the fall rains. Apparently most of the facilities got flooded and they are in the process of renovating. The laundry is finally open and the family center is the hub of activity until the adult center is finished, should be by the end of the month. The roads are in need of repair, as they are very pot holed. The member activities are still going on and the staff is working hard to get the park back into tip top shape. We had no problem with the electric or WiFi through our Verizon hotspot. We camped at Thousand Trails Lake Whitney in a Motorhome.
Tips for other Campers:
Patience is the key word until they get the park back up to normal status.
Date of Stay: August, 2015 - $25.00
The campground was hard hit by the spring storms, but the staff is working hard to repair and reopen all the facilities. There are a good number of sites, but some are small and uneven for larger rigs. Small trailers seem to fit just fine. The electrical hook-ups have had some problems, be sure to test before settling in completely. The water pressure and septic systems worked fine. The internal park roads are terrible - potholes everywhere. There are two pools which are well maintained and clean. The staff is very friendly and helpful. The park is pretty, quite wooded, serene and great for walking. We camped at Thousand Trails Lake Whitney in a Fifth Wheel.
On Mother's Day, 2015, Lake Whitney Thousand Trails was hit by a tornado that damaged some buildings and did considerable tree damage throughout the park. When we arrived a tree trimming crew was hard at work clearing campsites so the park could be open over Memorial Day weekend. We couldn't get level on the first site we tried so we moved across the way to the other available 50 amp site. It wasn't perfect but it we much better and we settled in with no further problems. The campground has two nice pools and two activity centers. The main pool and activity center is near the check-in booth. The adult pool is at the far western end of the campground. There is also a workout room, library, and spa at the adult activity center. It's more common than not for Thousand Trails to have roads in poor repair and that's true here. In fact, getting to Loops A & B, which are closest to the adult sections of the park, entails a drive of a few minutes over some of the worst roads in the place. There's no real access to the lake from the campground aside from parking in a parking lot at the western end of the road and then hiking a trail onto Corps of Engineers land to a finger of the lake. We found the staff to be very friendly and helpful. Usually, they told us, there is very good Wi-Fi in Loop D where we stayed. However, the tornado had taken all that out and it will have to be repaired. Our Verizon, though, worked pretty good. Also, there was what looked to be a nice mini-golf course. Sorry to say it was close to tornado ground zero and was buried underneath downed trees and limbs. The campground is in a forest of cedar. If you have a problems with cedar you might want to think twice before coming during the time of the year when the trees are pollinating. As I understand it the tornado has spurred several big upgrades for the campground. We camped at Thousand Trails Lake Whitney in a Fifth Wheel.
Tips for other Campers:
Whitney is just down the road and there are plenty of fast food places, a grocery store, and an old downtown that is showing some life.
Date of Stay: February, 2015 - $3.00
Stay here was just ok. We stayed for 4 weeks. Sites were teeny tiny. Very wooded. Trees and bushes need serious trimming. We like rustic, but we also like to pull our rv and car in without causing huge gouges. There is a happy medium, they need to work on this. Wifi nonexistent at the sites, which wouldn't be a big deal except they advertise it. Stop advertising if you can't follow through. Kids activities are good in theory, poorly executed. We would show up for an activity just to find out it had been rescheduled or cancelled altogether. Of course, it was off season. But again, don't advertise it. Lots of older people who obviously don't like children. Had to explain to our children more than once to ignore the grumpy old man/woman yelling at them or giving them attitude for no reason. Kind of perplexed as to why older people who hate kids would be hanging out in the "family center" anyway when there's a perfectly good "adult lodge" in the park. Had a run in with the staff on our second to last day of our stay because they were rude to our 10 year old daughter who was just sitting putting together a puzzle in the family center. Would stay again, if we were in the area. I mean, can't beat the price with a TT membership. But would know to take what they advertise as a grain of salt. We camped at Thousand Trails Lake Whitney in a Fifth Wheel.
Date of Stay: December, 2014 - $1.00
We stayed here on 3 times in 2014 during the fall and winter. We love this park even if the roads are a little rough. Sites are gravel and mostly level. No problem with satellite reception at sites we stayed in, but at some sites if you don't have portable dish - no service. Power, water, and sewer all worked great. Traveling with kids - loop "D" is close to the family pool and family lodge. Loops "A and B" are a hike to the family lodge but closer to the Adult lodge, Adult pool and laundry room. Fond memories of this park with my parents in the 80s and 90s. We camped at Thousand Trails Lake Whitney in a Motorhome.
Date of Stay: December, 2013 - $3.00
We are Thousand Trails Zone Members and price reflects the membership. Great park even though we were not able to take advantage. There was an ice storm in the Dallas area and we hunkered down for 4 days waiting for it to pass. Staff was helpful and provided everything we asked. Not many people there and no activities during this time since it was not crowded. We use laundry facilities and showers were clean. Electric was excellent. We were at a 30 amp site. No sewer where we were located, but I do not know about the rest of the park. We camped at Thousand Trails Lake Whitney in a Travel Trailer.
Date of Stay: August, 2013 - $3.00
We enjoyed our visit here. Activities for adults and kids. Enjoyed the Adult pool and Adult activity center. This is a large campground and with the heat you couldn't walk from area to area very well. We were in the "A" campground which is closer to the Adult area. Rate reflects Thousand Trails Membership and 50A rate. Personnel very friendly. Saw some roadrunners and a bobcat. They only have 13 pull-through spots. 1 with 50 amp and 6 with 30 full hookup and the other 5 with 30 water/electric. In the entire complex there are only 14 sites with 50 amp hook ups. Some sites had more shade than others. Most sites were gravel. We would definitely return. We camped at Thousand Trails Lake Whitney in a Travel Trailer.
It's a nice clean park with a lot to offer. Roads are showing some long term wear, and need to be repaired. We were unable to get a 50 amp site, but the 30 amp site had clean electric. In Loop B, we were able to get a solid Wi-Fi signal, which worked flawlessly during our stay. We would stay here again. We camped at Thousand Trails Lake Whitney in a Motorhome.
The roads are really bad. Speed limit is 15 mph but you cant travel much faster than that. We stayed in loop B so we could have WiFi but we had to call office several times to get them to reset their modem. The sites are ok but there are a lot of cedar sharp branches about head high so be very careful. The picnic tables are in really bad shape. The boards have decayed and have big holes in them. The filling station (dinning hall) is fine but to get in you have to pass by equipment stacked with dust. It seems that the workers are so use to it that it doesn't bother them. When we arrived we were greeted by folks that had just eaten sour pickles and it showed. They need a good course of smiles and welcoming people in to park. We camped at Thousand Trails Lake Whitney in a Fifth Wheel.
Membership park that is now available to public for a fee. We are members so rate shown is for public stay. Adult pool was fantastic and recently redone. Activities are generally only on the weekend but water aerobics were M-W-F at adult pool. Family pool is also open and miniature golf course was fun. Roads need work. We camped at Thousand Trails Lake Whitney in a Fifth Wheel.
We have used this park since 2004. This is our last visit though. The park continues to deteriorate. The roads are rough and when we stayed part of the road was one lane due to a washed out culvert area. We had to call the ranger to have somebody use a weed eater on the area around the power pedestal and sewer. Much of the infrastructure needs attention. We camped at Thousand Trails Lake Whitney in a Fifth Wheel.
Date of Stay: November, 2011 - $1.00
Friendly staff, cheerful and helpful. Pretty wooded area, but sites are very unlevel and no amount of leveling in the coach helped. Was able to get good satellite reception but no Wi-Fi. Park is fairly small, but quite comfortable. We will stay here again. We camped at Thousand Trails Lake Whitney in a Motorhome.
Date of Stay: February, 2011 - $1.00
Lake Whitney is in great condition over all, needs some road work soon, or the roads will go from needing maintenance to needing replaced. We did not photograph the mini golf as it is buried in the snow right now. Loop D has great FREE internet reception in the sites closest to the main road. Rumor has it, internet is good in the B loop as well. All the sites are in great condition, though some of the electrical boxes are suspect. As far as electrical is concerned, we took a 30A site, and it was more than adequate for our needs.The laundry is 1 mile from loop D; today we drove 8 miles just going to the laundry and back. :) Everything in this park is so far apart, one can really get his cardio in if he chooses to walk from point to point. Most of the buildings were closed for the winter, but the members are doing some activities on their own in the family center. This park is excellent for a Thousand Trails preserve; the staff is hard working and very friendly. Scale of 1 to 10, we give this park a high 9. The park would get a 10 if the lake was more accessible and visible. Visit Fort Worth stock yards from here. Don't forget to stop in Austin on the way or on the way out to see the presidential library and the new Texas History Museum. We camped at Thousand Trails Lake Whitney in a Motorhome.
This is a very nice park, spaces are great, people are very friendly, park very clean. The only complain I have is with the Adult swimming pool. This pool is for ADULTS ONLY, over 18 years old. We stayed at the park for 6 days - I swam every day and every day adults would come to this pool with kids. CAN'T PEOPLE READ. There are big signs posted everyone. We would have to call the ranger and he would come and ask them to leave. There is a very nice family pool for kids. Please people read and obey the signs, they are there so we can have fun and be safe. We camped at Thousand Trails Lake Whitney in a Travel Trailer.