This small, well-stocked fishing lake and county park is a peaceful surprise in the Texas Panhandle. Only about 10 miles south of Perryton, 94 campsites with electric and water hookups surround the lake, which is in a lovely creek valley with trees and canyons. Ask for a site on the south side of the lake and you may be right on the water, shaded by tall cottonwoods and elm trees. The campground headquarters, the Lobo Trading Post, includes a good diner-type restaurant. There is a bait shop near the boat dock and you can buy fishing permits in the Lobo. Two playgrounds are available, but most of the numerous kids in the campgrounds entertained themselves on inner tubes or anything else that floats. Skiing is allowed, but no jet skis. The campgrounds can be noisy (the 10 p.m. to 7 a.m. quiet time is not enforced) and some of the campsites are uncomfortably close together. But at anytime other than holiday weekends, you can find a campsite that is away from others.
This park is best for anglers and hikers who don't mind dry camping. The scenery is majestic and the river is stocked with rainbow trout. Try to get a spot in Maverick Campground, which has shade and is next to the Gravel Pit Lakes fishing area. The other campgrounds (Ponderosa and Tolby) are just big parking lots. Wildlife is abundant: we saw skunk and a large bear which the ranger had to scare away.
This is the first "10" I've ever given to a campground. We stayed 6 nights in a premium site by the creek (#34). Our site had plenty of room for our hammock, picnic table, lounge chairs, gas grill and hummingbird feeder. Everything in the campground was clean and well-maintained. Our site offered electric/water/sewer and the WiFi was consistent and speedy. An ice cream social was held on Tuesday and Friday nights. The campground is only five minutes from downtown Durango but it borders the San Juan National Forest and there is a nearby trail head for hiking and mountain biking.
What a nice find for camping in Dallas! We were visiting relatives in Plano, which is about 25 minutes away, but you can easily jump onto I-35 from this park and get anywhere in Dallas you need to go. Our site (#15) was on the water and a great distance from any other campers (except across the street). There is some airport and highway noise, but considering you are in the middle of Dallas, that was expected. The park hosts were delightful and the setting was beautiful. We'll be back.
This park offers bay front sites with water and electric. Our camper was approximately 18 feet from the water. There are also wooded sites that have great shade and lots of space, but those sites are a quarter mile from the water and have no ocean view. Fishing is free (no license) for state park guests and there is a long, lighted fishing pier available. The Texas Parks and Wildlife employees were helpful and the park was very clean. Every space was reserved several weeks in advance for Spring Break. The park is about 30 minutes from Aransas National Wildlife Refuge, where you can see Whooping Cranes during the winter.
This is a very nice KOA, but like many KOAs, this park stacks you into neat little diagonal rows with only a few feet between you and the next trailer. There wasn't even room for a picnic table in our site. Don't camp here if you want to feel like you are camping, but only if you want to feel like you are staying in a Comfort Inn in a nice resort town. Only complaint about the service: the WIFI had been out for 5 days, but the management still gave us a code for it and failed to say that we would be wasting our time trying to access the WIFI.
This park is in beautiful mountain setting (elevation 7000') with a clear running stream, wildflowers and July nights getting down to 55 degrees. There are two fishing lakes full of trout. Many hiking trails are available from easy level to strenuous. Don't miss the guided hike on the Coal Camp Trail, where you will learn the fascinating history of the coal mining town (now a ghost town) that occupied this site during the first half of the 20th century. Few traces of the coal mining operation remain and none of them mar the beauty of this park. Sugarite is only 5 miles east of I-25, but seems a world away.
This campground is about 2 miles north of Interstate 40 near Fort Smith, Arkansas, so it is convenient for travelers without seeming like a truck stop. It is wooded with a lovely pond with ducks, fishing and some nice areas to walk with your dog. The cable and WiFi work very well. Compared to other KOAs, which can feel like large parking lots, this one is a winner for a night or a weekend.
We stayed here for a week while we were sightseeing in Washington, D.C. The campground is public, so don't expect cable or WiFi. It does offer a water park and a nice marina. Our site was not level, but we did have plenty of trees and sufficient room between our site, and our neighbors, so as not to feel crowded. We couldn't get a site with a water hookup because those sites apparently get reserved very early, so we had to hitch up and go to the potable water hose halfway through our stay to refill our fresh water tank. The best part about this campground avoiding the D.C. traffic. It is easy to get to the Franconia/ Springfield Metro stop to journey into D.C. However, be prepared to spend one and one-half hours driving, and on the Metro, from the time you leave the campground to the time you arrive at the Smithsonian or other popular tourist attractions.
This is a beautiful shaded campground on Lake Barkley. Many sites are on the water, others have a view of the lake. The owners are very helpful and friendly. Many people park their RV's here all summer, but as overnighters, we felt welcome. Our gravel and grass site was almost level. The campground welcomed children and we saw several in the pool and along the lake shore, but by 9:30, the campground was quiet. My only complaint was that despite two Wi-Fi towers, the wireless signal was still so slow and poor as to be unusable. But we would definitely return for a longer stay if we are back in that area known as the Land Between the Lakes.