This is a well-maintained, scenic, little park. It has a lot of shade trees, and the facilities are convenient and clean. The river is a short walk from the camping area. We arrived on a Sunday, and the day-use facilities were packed with people, some of them loud and confrontational. The RV camping area had no such issues. We will stay there again, but most likely not on a weekend.
This is simply a beautiful park. The sites nearest the lake are treeless, but there are other sites with lots of trees and shade. Sites are paved and level, with an extra parking place for a vehicle. The grounds were very well-kept and the restrooms/showers were clean. The rate shown includes the senior park pass discount. This park does not have day-use facilities. The folks who camped there were versed in and demonstrated good campground etiquette, which always makes your stay that much more enjoyable. We'll be baaack!
This is a nice little park. The staff is very friendly and helpful. There are numerous long-term residents in the park. Our site was gravel/dirt, and required minimal leveling. The community room was very nice, and the restrooms/showers/laundry room were all shiny and clean. A TACO card gets you a 10% discount. We chose this park because it's near the Texas Renaissance Festival in nearby Plantersville. There are other parks closer to the site, but the ones we saw consisted of an open field with hookups installed; no trees, etc. Rambling Vines has no picnic tables, cooking grills, or swimming pool, but it's a quiet little park. We had stayed here a couple of years ago, and will go back again.
Since we stayed here last, the County has raised the nightly rate about 30% with no improvements whatever. I thought 18 bucks was steep for this shabby park. The place is an asphalt parking lot with numerous pot holes. We had problems with the electrical service; not enough amperage to run either the A/C or the microwave. Park personnel suggested we change sites, but couldn't tell me which were good and which were not. Next morning a motor home pulled into a site next to ours and had the same problem with his site. He had to move, a hassle which could have been avoided had park staff known which sites were defective. Next time I go to Padre Island I'll stay at the Mustang Island State Park down the road with reliable 50-amp service for $16.00 per night. We stayed there in a fifth wheel.
This is one of the best of the Texas State Parks. The lake is beautiful and at a constant level, so it's always full despite the drought. Boat rentals are available, and there's a small store in the park. Both have fairly reasonable prices. Sites are level and clean. A great deal of activity is visible from both the park employees and camp hosts. When we were here the park was completely full. A couple of caveats: the park has many loops and roads, which can be confusing, especially at night. The route to the exit is not well marked, so be sure you keep a park map in your vehicle. The daily fee for a water & electric site is $20, but there is also a daily fee of $5 per adult and, if you bring more rolling stock than a trailer and tow vehicle, there's a $6 daily fee for each extra vehicle. We enjoyed our stay and will come back some day.
Very nice park with what appears to be some recent improvements. There is a nice common area now on Lewis Point, with benches, tables, etc. A large picnic area has new pathways and there is an improved swimming beach. The swimming area was recently cleared of underwater vegetation which is prominent in the lake. Unfortunately, lake water is used to cool the electric generating facility, so the pool-water is too warm in my humble opinion. Restrooms and showers were clean but shabby, ie: faucets and showerheads need to be replaced. No soap dispenser in the men's lavatory at my visit. Note: the $20 camping fee does not include an additional $4.00 daily use fee for each adult, plus a $5.00 reservation fee if you used the Parks & Wildlife reservation center. Finally, my water pressure gauge registered nearly 90 pounds at the faucet; consider using a pressure reducer. All in all a very nice facility; I'm sure we'll be back.
This park has three types of sites available; waterfront, open area, and wooded area. The waterfront sites are a few yards from Copano Bay, and include a 2-sided shelter. The open area is similar to a standard RV park setup. The wooded areas offer a lot of privacy, with a dense copse separating the sites from each other. Sites have water & electric, a fire ring, charcoal grill, and a lantern pole. Some of these wooded area sites can be difficult due to the trees, brush, and narrow roads, so bring your trailer-backing skills with you. Our stay was made less than perfect by hordes of aggressive and hungry mosquitoes, some of which fought their way through dense applications of repellent. Bring plenty! We like this park a lot and will return many times.
Very nice park with very nice personnel. We received a 50% discount for having a Golden Age pass. Lots of deer roaming around, and a beautiful lake just a few yards away. The pull-through sites are somewhat odd; they're long, with one site being in front and the other directly behind. Seems to work OK. We had site #1 and there was a large fenced-in machine of some kind, about 50 yards from us. I don't know what it's job was, but it ran most of the time and was rather noisy, but not too bad.
This park looks like it was just built. In fact, they had some construction materials stored in a picnic shelter near our site, so I guess they're still working on it. Some of the sites are paved and some are on grass, which are less expensive. We had one of the paved sites and it was nice and level as you would expect. They have a nice fishing pier. Everything was shiny, clean, and quiet.
This park is simply spectacular. The campsites are located almost two miles from the main gate through a forest of streams and trees. The vegetation is dense almost everywhere you go, and there is much interesting flora. We were unable to take the cave tour as it was booked up with school kids, but they have an interesting video of the cave and a small museum at the site. It rained while we were there, and the mosquitoes were numerous and voracious. Take your repellent! There is a nice-looking golf course next door which is part of the park. We will return to this park some day!
This is a nicely wooded park with pull-through sites and a good bit of room between sites. The personnel were friendly and helpful. They offer a 10% discount for AARP and Good Sam rates. We enjoyed our stay here. There are a couple of issues you should be aware of; if you come in the gate after hours, you have to enter a code to raise the bar. DO NOT HESITATE after doing so. The bar comes down rapidly. Also, some of the sites are very near the highway, so if traffic noise is a problem for you, be sure to avoid these sites. All in all, a good park.
This is a nice, woodsy park. Our site was a little tough to handle due to the narrow roads, but we managed to get 'er in. If you want to spend a few more bucks, they have some really nice sites on the "upper level" of the park (we were down the hill). Each of the high-end sites has a wood deck with a stainless-steel gas grill; this area also has a new restroom/shower facility. We would stay there again.
Park was very clean and the staff was courteous. Sites are large and level, with utility hookups well positioned. It is a bit of a hike to the river. I would advise driving if you're carrying ice chests, small children, etc. The park by the river is well appointed with restrooms, a playground, and numerous pick nick tables. There was a total burn ban in effect, so no fires were allowed, not even for charcoal grilling. Sad, but this part of Texas is experiencing its worst drought in 50 years.
This is a very nice campground, clean and well-maintained. Park personnel were very efficient and accommodating. We had sites #16 and #17. These are right next to the lake and are handy for launching kayaks or other small boats which don't require a ramp. Only drawback is that this is a popular lake access point, so there's quite a bit of foot traffic. Sites were neat, clean, and required minimal leveling. The park also has lakeside and park side cabins for rent. I didn't inspect the interior, but the outsides are quite attractive, with ceiling fans on the porches. We will definitely return. We really liked this park.
Crater of Diamonds is a beautiful facility. There are lots of trees and paths, some paved and some left in the natural state. Sites are well laid out; ours required only minimal leveling. The roads inside the park are somewhat narrow, and eroded on the edges. Some of the turns are a little sharp for my taste, but no real problems were encountered. Park staff was very friendly and helpful, which made our stay even more enjoyable. The showers had no soap dish or shelf to put your soap, shampoo, etc. other than on the floor. The water was on the chilly side, and the flow was controlled by a button which gave you about a 30-second squirt. Our overall impression was very good; we would definitely like to return.
We enjoyed this park very much. The scenic trails by the river are very well maintained as is the campground as a whole. We were fortunate that the river was low and the dinosaur tracks were visible. Campground personnel were very knowledgeable and helpful. The grandchildren loved it. We will definitely return to Dinosaur Valley.
A very attractive and neat park right on the lake. The sites are level, both back-in and pull-through are available. Personnel were not overly friendly. According to campground personnel, detail crews are encouraged to come in and perform on-site detailing of RVs; if we didn't care for the noise, we were out of luck. As a result, we got to listen to the whirrrr of buffers next door over the Columbus Day weekend. Not exactly what I had in mind. I would have rated the site much higher had it not been for the attitude, mechanical noise, gnats, and sticker burrs.
Nueces County operates two RV parks; one at Port Aransas (I.B. McGee Park) and one at Corpus Christi (Balli Park). This review is for Balli. Personnel were courteous and the facilities were neat and clean, but spartan. The park is an asphalt lot with picnic tables and water/electric hookups. There is a bathhouse with washer and dryer, accessible to campers only. A buoy has been installed nearby in the Gulf of Mexico which emits a "HOOT" every 20 seconds, day and night. If you're a light sleeper, this can be annoying. Camping area is protected by a row of high sand dunes, with the beach and Gulf of Mexico on the other side. Very easy walking distance. If you want to camp near the beach with hookups, this is a pretty good place to go. If you want swimming pools, clubhouses, etc. there's a place down the road for about $40 per day.