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05/2014
rating [ 9/10 ]
This is a very nice, green, and shady park! It offers camping, picnicking, hiking, biking, swimming, fishing, playgrounds, and boating. For boating, you can launch your own, or rent one from the park store, which offers canoes, kayaks, and pedal boats for use on the lake. The store also rents inner tubes for floating on the San Marcos River, which runs through the park. The park has many trails available for hikers and bikers. It also has structures that were built in the 1930’s by the Civilian Conservation Corps, and an informative and scenic interpretive trail. There are a wide range of accommodations ranging from tent sites with water only, RV sites with water and electric, 1 full hookup RV site, and 1 mini-cabin. Some sites are very level, while others have a slope. Water and electric supplies are good. On the technology side, we received a few over-the-air TV stations, from Austin and San Antonio, but they were weak. Also got weak 3G cell phone service from Verizon. The park was quiet and peaceful, even on a holiday weekend, and it's sites are very shady to help keep you cool.
03/2014
rating [ 10/10 ]
This is a very nice campground. It is scenic, quiet, and clean. It has good shade provided by huge pine trees, and easy access to the lake. There are 2.5 miles of trails for hikers, and clean showers and restrooms. There is a boat dock and pretty picnic area right on the shore. Most sites are large, fairly level, and well spaced. Some have lake views. The only negatives we noticed was an intermittent hum from the nearby water treatment plant, and the host could have been friendlier. But other than that we loved the place and plan to return in the future.
03/2014
rating [ 7/10 ]
This park has about 6 miles of hiking & biking trails, but there has been some damage done by recent floods. The walk-in campground, visitor's center, and Rock Shelter trail are closed as a result. Some roads are narrow and some sites are not level. There are lots of birds singing, but unfortunately you also hear noise from the nearby vehicular and aircraft traffic. There is supposed to be WiFi at headquarters, but we got no signal at our nearby campsite. The falls are scenic and are worth checking out.
02/2014
rating [ 10/10 ]
Wow, this is a really nice park! Located just north of Tyler and I-20, it feels worlds apart from the hustle and bustle. It is quite large, hilly, and scenic with beautiful pines and hardwood trees, creeks, and a gorgeous lake. It offers camping, picnicking, hiking, biking, swimming, fishing, playgrounds, and boating. For boating, you can launch your own, or rent one from the park store, which offers canoes, kayaks, pedal boats, jon boats, and bike boats. The store also offers souvenirs as well as limited camping supplies and groceries. The park has scenic roads for vehicles and road bicycles, as well as 13 miles of trails for hikers and mountain bikers. It also has many structures that were built in the 1930’s by the Civilian Conservation Corps. There are a wide range of accommodations ranging from tent sites with water only, all the way up to full hookup RV sites, screened shelters, and mini-cabins. Some sites are very level, while others have a slope. Water and electric supplies are good. On the technology side, we received about 30 over-the-air TV stations, 4G LTE cell phone service from Verizon, and Wi-Fi internet from the park, although it was slow at times. While all the sites are quite nice, our favorite area is the Lakeview tent and trailer camping area. It is right on the shores of the lake, has great views, and is right on the Lakeshore trail, which is a very scenic and easy 2-mile loop around the lake.
06/2013
rating [ 8/10 ]
This park isn't overly scenic, but it is quiet and peaceful. It does have very interesting natural and historical exhibits at the headquarters. RV sites don't have any shade for the RVs or vehicles, but there are shade shelters for the tables. Sites are fairly level and don't require much adjustment. Good views of the night sky and lots of deer and rabbits. Beach/swimming area was completely dried up due to the drought.
06/2013
rating [ 8/10 ]
We stayed at this nice, shady park on our way home from visiting the Panhandle parks. There are shade trees everywhere and you can stay in tents, screen shelters, RVs, and even yurts! The sites are level, but we paid extra for one of the full-hookup sites and were disappointed to learn that the sewer hookup was not within reach of our hose! the water and electric were at the mid point of the trailer on the driver's side as usual, but the sewer connection was about 10 feet behind the rear of the trailer! That was about 30 feet from my drain. Other than that we enjoyed our stay. It was quiet at night, and there are lots of nice hiking trails, a nice big swimming pool, and a lake. Nearby points of interest include Lake Abilene; the Grace Cultural Center with the Abilene Fine Arts Museum, Historical Museum and Children's Museum; Paramount Theater; Abilene Zoological Gardens; Dyess Air Force Base's vintage aircraft, and the Buffalo Gap Historic Village.
06/2013
rating [ 9/10 ]
This is a great park to visit, one of the most scenic in Texas! At the entrance you can see a portion of the Texas State Longhorn herd, and visit the visitor's center which has natural and historical exhibits and gifts for purchase. After that, you begin the long, steep, and winding descent into the canyon. You will see the Pioneer Amphitheater were the "Texas" musical is held, the very nice Mack Dick Group Pavilion, as well as the Trading Post, which has food, groceries, gifts, and gasoline. There are numerous campgrounds throughout the park. We stayed at the Mesquite Camp Area, which is the farthest drive, but also the most scenic in our opinion. The sites have some slope to them, but not too bad. There is no cell or wifi service in the canyon, but who needs them with all the scenery, hiking, and wildlife all around you?! We really enjoyed out visit and can't wait to go back!
06/2013
rating [ 8/10 ]
Wow, very hot while we were there! No shade for the RV or truck, but there was a shade shelter for the table and grill. Site had some slope to it, but not too bad. You can see the Texas State Bison herd here, along with prairie dogs, rabbits, and rattlesnakes! There is a very scenic drive, and some very scenic hiking trails.
09/2013
rating [ 9/10 ]
This is a beautiful park with great facilities and lots to do. There is camping, backpacking, hiking, geocaching, swimming, boating, water skiing, scuba diving, and fishing. Most campsites have good spacing from neighbors and some shade. There is lots of interesting geology and wildlife. There is a cafe and grocery store, as well as canoe, kayak, and pedal boat rentals. Campsites are in good shape and close to the water. It is a very popular park, so reservations are recommended for weekends and holidays.
11/2013
rating [ 8/10 ]
This is a very nice state park with lots of hiking trails, wildlife, swimming, fishing, and even golfing. Most of the famous pine trees were killed in the big fire of 2011, but it is still a nice place to spend some time. There are 35 sites with water and 30A electricity, and 35 sites with water, 30/50A electricity, and sewer. The full hook-up sites are $20 a night. The restrooms in both campgrounds are currently being rebuilt. Portable toilets are available in both campgrounds, and a temporary shower facility is available in the Piney Hill campground. Hopefully the construction will be done soon and brand new facilities will be available.
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