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Old 01-28-2016, 12:17 PM   #1
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Texas State Parks

Most of our travels relate to 2 things, first is business (I hate hotels) and secondly dogs, I compete in retriever field trials. We spend almost 100 days a year in the RV.

I was doing some planning this morning and had a thought I'd like to share;

The best places we stay are almost always at Texas State Parks. They are always clean, very well maintained, security is wonderful and just a great experience.

If there is a state park near where we are going we almost always stay there.
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The one drawback I think is all the Texas State Parks I look at do not allow you to reserve specific sites, just guarantee a site. Not a problem at most but at the really popular ones (Enchanted Rock, Inks Lake, etc) it can be frustrating.
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I enjoy Texas state parks also ,but their policy of charging for a camp site then charging $7.00 per person in the camper kinda make me only camp in Texas when I have to.
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Old 01-29-2016, 08:27 AM   #4
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I enjoy Texas state parks also ,but their policy of charging for a camp site then charging $7.00 per person in the camper kinda make me only camp in Texas when I have to.

If you visit them enough the annual pass pays for itself, but yeah, it is a big negative otherwise. I prefer Corps of Engineer parks for several reasons.
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We camped in various Texas State Parks between 2009 and 2012...I don't recall paying for each person...only the site?
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We really like Texas State Parks as well. What we like:

1. A gate for security- many other states parks (OK and AR, for example) have no restricted access to the campgrounds. Any thief or child molester can drive right on in without checking in with anyone. Most corps parks have a gate as well, so we stay at them quite often, too. We really like many parks in OK an AR, but I tend to be more "on guard" there.
2. Regular patrolling with an officer on staff. Like this about most COE parks, too.
3. No open containers, which results in pretty much NO partying idiots.
4. Lots of sites with W/E and a considerable number with sewer as well. Never even knew why a fresh water tank was a standard item until I started doing some camping a little farther North. Really sucks not having a direct water hookup once you've become accustomed to having it.
5. Ample room with some campsite privacy. Some of our long distance destinations we are considering would require staying in private parks. I keep putting them off because I can't stomach the thought of having my neighbor so close I can touch both campers at the same time. That's not camping to me.

As far as the entrance fee- I think that is really a push to get people to buy the pass. If you pay to camp there, you should NOT have to pay an entrance fee, but it is a big money maker, I'm sure. With that being said, if you stay at a really nice private park for 3 nights you probably would have saved enough to buy a park pass in campsite savings. Remember that with the park pass you get, I think, 4 coupons for 1/2 price second night of camping. If you plan to stay at several parks through the year, that covers around half the cost of the pass.
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I enjoy Texas state parks also ,but their policy of charging for a camp site then charging $7.00 per person in the camper kinda make me only camp in Texas when I have to.

When we came across Texas, we ended up excluding the Texas state parks because of that and opted for private parks.
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When we came across Texas, we ended up excluding the Texas state parks because of that and opted for private parks.
Man, ep, you really missed out.
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I enjoy Texas state parks also ,but their policy of charging for a camp site then charging $7.00 per person in the camper kinda make me only camp in Texas when I have to.


[QUOTE=ependydad;1089055] When we came across Texas, we ended up excluding the Texas state parks because of that and opted for private parks.
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All Texas state parks do charge a per person fee, but it is not always $7. Some are as low as $2. Combine that with a camping fee of around $20 for a total of $24 per day for 2 people, and that will still beat most private parks.
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Man, ep, you really missed out.

It actually worked out. The first place was just for a single overnight, so cheap worked. That was Desert Willow in Van Horn, TX. $13.50.

The next stop was 2 nights and we checked out the Caverns of Sonora. Only about $25/night for those (so still cheaper than the SP for the 4 of us).

And then the next 2 stops covered a week but we picked location over anything else in order to visit friends in Austin (Oak Forest) and Houston (Rayford Crossing).
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