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Old 07-25-2015, 10:21 AM   #1
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Greetings, intrepid travelers! We're doing some uncharacteristically early planning for the spring of 2016. We plan to leave the week after Easter (I am a pastor, after all, and they seem to want me to show up Christmas and Easter) and camp through the Texas hill country for wildflowers, then head to Big Bend National Park, then mosey up the western part of our 2nd biggest state, hit Palo Duro Canyon, and loop back home to the Gulf Coast (south of Houston). We're towing a 35' 2011 V-Lite with a 2012 F-150 EcoBoost tricked out for max towing (we've done a longer, harder trip with this TV with a bigger, heavier TT so I know it will do it. Hensley Arrow hitch made it possible!). Any counsel on campgrounds (we like state parks), sights not to miss, etc.? Thanks in advance, and happy trails to you all!
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Old 07-25-2015, 10:38 AM   #2
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Greetings, intrepid travelers! We're doing some uncharacteristically early planning for the spring of 2016. We plan to leave the week after Easter (I am a pastor, after all, and they seem to want me to show up Christmas and Easter) and camp through the Texas hill country for wildflowers, then head to Big Bend National Park, then mosey up the western part of our 2nd biggest state, hit Palo Duro Canyon, and loop back home to the Gulf Coast (south of Houston). We're towing a 35' 2011 V-Lite with a 2012 F-150 EcoBoost tricked out for max towing (we've done a longer, harder trip with this TV with a bigger, heavier TT so I know it will do it. Hensley Arrow hitch made it possible!). Any counsel on campgrounds (we like state parks), sights not to miss, etc.? Thanks in advance, and happy trails to you all!
State Parks in Texas are very good and there are a wide variety of them. Big Bend has some campsites in the national park but they are pretty full in the spring. Davis Mountains State Park in Fort Davis is one of my favorites. It has full hookups and the last time i was there it had cable TV, It is also a great birding site and about 10 minutes from Fort Davis National Historic Site
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and 25 minutes from McDonald Observatory complex. You could spend a week there easily.

Palo Duro is also a great park and it has one of the nicest outdoor theater setting you will ever see. While there be sure and attend the play "Texas". Check on Tickets early.
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There is more to tell. Check out these links and let me know if you have any questions.
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Old 07-25-2015, 11:02 AM   #3
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We stayed at Peach County RV Park in Stonewall, Texas [Peach Country RV Park Stonewall TX Hill Country] April 7 - 21 this Spring ... used the park as a home base to tour Fredericksburg, Johnson City and all near points. Be sure to drive the Willow City Loop northeast of Fredericksburg and around Lake Buchanan to see great wildflowers!
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The LBJ Ranch State Park is just a few miles away.
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It's good that you're planning early as all state and national parks will be very busy at that time of year. It would be advisable to plan your itinerary and make reservations early. Enchanted Rock SNA is in the middle of wildflower country but there is no place for RVs so you might look in the Fredericksburg area. As for Big Bend, keep in mind that you wont be able to stay at Chisos Basin campground as trailers over 20' are not recommended due to narrow, winding road to the Basin and small campsites at this campground. As was mentioned earlier, Davis Mountains is very nice, and I would also recommend stopping by Caprock Canyons State Park while you are in the panhandle.
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It's good that you're planning early as all state and national parks will be very busy at that time of year. It would be advisable to plan your itinerary and make reservations early. Enchanted Rock SNA is in the middle of wildflower country but there is no place for RVs so you might look in the Fredericksburg area. As for Big Bend, keep in mind that you wont be able to stay at Chisos Basin campground as trailers over 20' are not recommended due to narrow, winding road to the Basin and small campsites at this campground. As was mentioned earlier, Davis Mountains is very nice, and I would also recommend stopping by Caprock Canyons State Park while you are in the panhandle.
Ditto on the Caprock Canyons State Park. You'll be camping with the Buffalo.

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Old 07-25-2015, 12:47 PM   #6
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We just stayed in Bastrop at the LCRA South Shore campground. Pretty campground, right on the lake (not many full hookups, though - only a handful with sewer). We liked the area - all pine trees. Don't miss the museum in Bastrop - surprisingly good (and I'm not a museum person!).
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Banda and TexasBob have it pretty much covered for you. I'd throw in a dinner in Terlingua,,,,,,just west of Big Bend......The Starlite Theatre is a great restaurant for pork medallions. The chef trained in Paris....don't ask me why he works out in the middle of nowhere. He apparently loves the area. There's a neat cemetery in the little town. The Starlite Theater Restaurant used to be a roofless theater, but it now is a restaurant with a roof. Neat history in Terlingua. We stayed at The Lost Alaskan RV Park in Alpine,,,nice place. See the mysterious Marfa Lights at dusk in Marfa if you have a chance,,,,and speculate on what causes them. There's a real nice state park right off of IH10 at Balmorhea State Park. See the Cadillac Ranch on IH 40 near the mile marker 62 on the south side of the interstate. Neat.
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Yes make your reservations as early as you can.Fed and I assume state parks use Contractors for making reservations and that is the only way you can do them. Later RJD
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Inks Lake State Park is my favorite in the Hill Country. Park Road 4 is a beautiful drive. Longhorn Caverns State Park is right there, too. The play "Texas" mentioned above in Palo Duro Canyon is a must see; it doesn't start until June 2nd., so hopefully, you're planning a long trip. Have a safe trip!
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All you need to know about Texas State Park reservations on the web or by phone. No reservation fees.

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