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Old 09-18-2012, 05:19 PM   #1
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Huntsville, Tx State Park

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new to tt camping (had a Roadtrek previously - put lots of camping miles on it) so the Wife and I are planning on a couple/few short distance 2 or 3 day trips, to get used to it

we're just south of Huntsville so drove there today (sans trailer) to check out the place - liked what we saw and will do our 1st trip there, in a week, or so

very woodsie on a small lake - no fishing license required within our SPs - later my Wife will take her Niece and 3 grand Nieces there for a weekend of bike riding, nature walks and fishing - should be fun for all of them

the Park was almost empty of campers and will be VERY quite for our stay - the Park Hosts outnumbered the campers

we've also signed up the the Texas SP annual pass as we'll probably use quite a few of them this coming year.....Bill
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Old 09-18-2012, 07:26 PM   #2
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Huntsville is a neat little park. I've had it on my list for a while, but just haven't made it there. You should also check out LIvingston State Park. It's another really nice one. The lake is not wholly inside the State Park, so you will need a license to fish, but it's a great park.
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Old 09-18-2012, 08:57 PM   #3
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Couldn't get into Huntsville sp last month so we went to Goliad sp nice park. Try bastrop or Stephen f Austin state parks. We really enjoyed them. Now we want to try Tyler sp. we are just south of Houston and also want to try matagorda lcra. Have a good time at Huntsville
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Old 09-18-2012, 09:32 PM   #4
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I've been to Huntsville SP many times. Great place with good fishing, alligator watching, and a swimming area for summer (gets very crowded with day users)! Livingston SP is my preferred campground. You can fish with no license as long as you stay on dry land in the park. Both Huntsville SP and Livingston SP have riding stables with horses provided.

The annual park pass will easily pay for itself in no time. Make sure to use your half price camping coupons (stored electronically on the card) when you check in at the park office.

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Old 09-19-2012, 07:11 AM   #5
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thanks to all for the comments - yep, will be sure to use the 1/2 price coupons - will post pics from the visit.....Bill
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Old 09-25-2012, 05:11 PM   #6
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Livingston State Park would be my choice over Huntsville. Do they have sewer at Huntsville? When I lasted checked they did not. Livingston State Park is very nice
but I live close by and would not go there much before October because it is to HOT. I do have 2 ACs in my fifth wheel and because of the shade there it is not to bad. But I don't want want to sit by the campfire in 95 degree heat. Good fishing!
After Labor Day you can find a place but some times during the summer they both are full. If I am going to be there for a few days, I must have sewer, my better half wouldn't have it any other way.
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Old 09-25-2012, 05:32 PM   #7
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I don't know when you last checked but yes - there are sewer hook-ups on the loop where we will set-up (haven't decided which one we want as yet - hardly anyone camping) - also a "community" dump station for those who don't have one at their site

the Raven Hill Trailer Area - $25 per night - pull-thru, 30/50amp, water, sewer, picnic table, fire ring, restrooms w/hot-cold showers.....there are 24 sites

the back-in sites don't have sewer hook-ups, nor do the "camping" sites

look up the Park on the internet - tells all about it
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Old 09-28-2012, 05:02 PM   #8
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Huntsville SP trip over

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checked in to Huntsville SP Wednesday morning and got back today (Friday) - we enjoyed the park and the 1st camping trip in the new tt, being towed with the new F150 ecoboost

went up the freeway on the way to the SP to the Pilot travel stop on Hwy 45 - to get the rig weighed - all went well there - then on to the Park

almost vacant so we were able to go into the all-hook-up area (Raven Hill) and see which site we wanted.

the tt worked as advertized but I didn't have it quite level so the fridge stopped working - lucky we had an ice chest to keep stuff cold 'till I did a better job with the leveling

need to do a better job too on getting organized (I'm a stickler for organization) - where to put what, for example

gotta say that our 3 children (Shiba dogs) got along quite well and seemed to enjoy the outing

we drove to Lake Livingston SP and did a "tour" thru it - to tell the truth I believe I like Huntsville better - it's prettier and better maintained - the one thing that Livingston has going for it is the Lake, where Huntsville's Lake is tiny, Livingston is LARGE - we stopped at a nice KOA, on the Lake in Onalaska - just to look

will probably check out another local state park in about a week (but it won't be Livingston..)

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Huntsville SP road


Sam Houston Natn'l Forest - just North of our house
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Old 09-28-2012, 05:53 PM   #9
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Nice report. Another one we keep trying to get to is Stephen F. Austin. If you get that way, let us know how it goes.
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Old 09-28-2012, 06:12 PM   #10
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will do - will "report" wherever we camp (inquiring minds want to know..).....Bill
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