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CampinHappy

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We purchased our trailer 1-30-21 and won't take delivery for a week or two. Now I'm trying to find a 4-6 day cruise around central Texas or even the gulf coast from west Texas and I'm not finding any state or national park (Big Bend) availability.

We might end up boondocking up in the mountains around Cloudcroft, but I'm concerned about the Covid restrictions and weather in New Mexico.

Any suggestions would be appreciated.


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Spring Break is an extremely busy time of year at Big Bend NP.

I'm also finding Texas SP heavily booked for weekends months in advance.

I lost over $100 last year when the state of NM cancelled several paid state park reservations we had in June, July, Aug and Sep.

Don't know how far east you want to go, but there might be availability at some COE campgrounds near Canyon Lake, Proctor Lake, Hords Creek Lake.

Over the past 9 years, I found March to be busy and crowded in Texas as a lot of people put their rigs on the road for the first time of the year.


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Posted: 01/31/21 07:15am Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

Is it a requirement to stay in a state/NP?

We are in RGV and the parks are darn near empty. We just came from Port Aransas and while not empty, they had plenty of sites (private parks)


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PawPaw and Valhalla,

Hords creek used to be one of our favorites when we lived near Brownwood. I didn't think about COE, great idea. The wifey nixed the gulf coast, too many college spring breakers (that I used to be a part of , so I should know better). I'll check into the COE campgrounds. THanks!

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Have you considered Ft. Davis and Davis Mountain area? I agree with Hords Creek Lake! Had a very nice site, with privacy and quiet last time there. (April)

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You mentioned Central Texas. There is no better time to visit, especially around Fredericksburg than April. We prefer the KOA at Fredericksburg. Inks Lake State Park is ideal but may be difficult to get a reservation even now. I often try for a couple of weekday nights then supplement with something like the KOA. There are also some nice choices around Kerrville.

You might enjoy a visit to our part of the state--Northeast Texas. Springtime is also a beautiful time to visit here. There is Tyler State Park, Daingerfield SP, Bob Sandlin SP, and Atlanta SP. Again, it might be difficult to get into Tyler SP, but my comment above also applies here--try a couple of weekday nights. It would be worth it.

There are two COE lakes which have excellent campgrounds: Lake 'O The Pines with Buckhorn Campground and Brushy Creek Campground. There is also Wright Patman Lake with my favorite, Spring Creek Campground. Atlanta SP, mentioned above, is on Wright Patman.





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How about Canyon Lake, Potters Creek? We are booked there for end of March.

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Hords Creek.


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Thanks for the replies. Lwiddis, we're doing a shakedown to Davis Mountain SP in a few weeks and of course a couple of nights at good ole camp Driveway. This is our third trailer and we've been doing this for over 15 years, but definitely I agree a good shakedown before we go out on a longer trip.

I love that everybody loves Hords Creek, we went there probably 20 times when we lived in central Texas and had great experiences with our boys there. But for just me and the Wifey, sitting at the lake for a week isn't what we're looking for. We may look at some of the private campgrounds down around Fredricksburg or even venture over to the piney woods, but the state parks for the most part are booked. Thanks for all the ideas.

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