Fourth of July weekend is barely six weeks away, but even with higher fuel prices, campsites across Texas are already booking up quickly for the holiday weekend, according to the Texas Association of Campground Owners (TACO).
“Folks still want to get away and camping is an excellent option. The best advice we can offer is to plan ahead and book your reservations now because the most popular campgrounds always book up first,” said Brian Schaeffer, executive director, and CEO of TACO, which hosts TexasCampgrounds.com, the travel planning website.
TexasCampgrounds.com provides descriptions, photos and links to more than 400 campgrounds, RV parks and resorts across the Lone Star State, many of which have park model RVs, cabins, and other rental accommodations.
“Many RVers like to travel with family and friends who don’t have RVs, but they can still spend the weekend together at campgrounds, RV parks and resorts that have quality rental accommodations,” Schaeffer said.
Following is a sampling of RV parks across the Lone Star State that are eager to host RVers along with their friends and family over the Fourth of July weekend:
Pecan Park Riverside RV Park in San Marcos: Located on a scenic bluff overlooking the San Marcos River, this park is a popular location for river tubing enthusiasts. The campground, which has access to nature trails, has 116 spacious RV sites, many of which are shaded by mature pecan trees. Premium sites feature gas barbecue grills. Amenities include an indoor swimming pool and hot tub, Jacuzzi tubs and two off-leash dog parks, a children’s playground and a children’s library area.
San Jacinto Riverfront RV Resort in Highlands: This park features over 300 concrete RV sites with full hookups, including several river-view RV sites with private spas. The park also has luxury rental accommodations, a riverfront clubhouse, parking for boats and trailers and climate-controlled storage facilities.
Sea Breeze RV Community Resort in Portland: This park features bay view RV sites, a private lighted fishing pier, and a heated pool with a waterfall and a beautiful view of the Corpus Christi skyline. Other amenities include exercise equipment, a TV lounge, and a large fully equipped clubhouse. Wi-Fi is also available.
Texan RV Ranch in Mansfield: This 145-site park is within 20 minutes from major Dallas/Fort Worth Metroplex attractions, including Cowboys Stadium, Hurricane Harbor and Hawaiian Falls. The park features big rig-friendly, pull-through RV sites as well as one-bedroom and two-bedroom rental accommodations. Amenities include a swimming pool, a pavilion and free Wi-Fi and cable TV.
Texas Ranch RV Resort in Alvarado: Texas Ranch RV Resort spans 100 acres of Texas grassland, with 50 acres of oversized RV sites and another 50 acres of recreational area. The park features a fishing pond. Other new amenities include a swimming pool, a clubhouse, an exercise room and a banquet hall with a large kitchen.
The Vineyards Campground & Cabins in Grapevine: The Vineyards Campground & Cabins occupies 52 acres of an 850-acre mostly wooded scenic area encircling Grapevine Lake. The park offers RV sites with concrete pads as well as furnished cabins. Amenities include cable television and upgraded Wi-Fi service and a pavilion as well as kayak and bicycle rentals.
Schaeffer noted that companies like Mansfield-based Athens/Champion Park Models are also supplying Texas campgrounds with fully furnished park model style cabins and cottages with separate bedrooms, kitchens and bathrooms. You’ll find these types of rental accommodations at numerous campgrounds, including Sun Outdoors Texas Hill Country in New Braunfels; Sun Outdoors Lake Travis in Austin; and Yogi Bear’s Jellystone Park Camp-Resort in Kerrville.