CROWLEY, Texas — Texas campgrounds are quickly booking up for Labor Day weekend, according to the Texas Association of Campground Owners (TACO).
“If you haven’t already, now is the time to book your campsite or cabin for Labor Day weekend,” said Brian Schaeffer, executive director and CEO of TACO, which hosts TexasCampgrounds.com.
TexasCampgrounds.com provides descriptions, photos and links to more than 350 campgrounds, RV parks and resorts across the Lone Star State, many of which have park model RVs, cabins and other rental accommodations.
“You don’t even need an RV to stay in many of our campgrounds,” Schaeffer said, noting that companies like Malakoff-based Platinum Cottages (www.platinumcottages.com) are supplying Texas campers with fully furnished park model style cabins and cottages with separate bedrooms, kitchens and bathrooms.
“Once you have identified a campground of interest, you should contact the park as soon as possible because campsites and cabins are booking up quickly,” Schaeffer advised.
In addition to serving as a one-stop-shop for campground information, TexasCampgrounds.com also features links to companies that provide RV sales and service, such Channelview Supply in Channelview (www.channelviewsupply.com), which provides RV parts and service as well as RV storage.
Here’s a sampling of parks featured on TexasCampgrounds.com that have vacancy over Labor Day weekend:
— Forest Retreat RV Park in New Caney: This RV Park has almost 100 sites with 50 amp and 30 amp service and lots of amenities, including a swimming pool, free cable TV service, free Wi-Fi, public bathrooms and showers, a clubhouse with free coffee and ice, onsite propane and a laundry facility. www.forestretreatrvpark.com
— Fort Amarillo RV Park in Amarillo: This park is a popular location for visitors who want to see the Panhandle-Plains Historical Museum as well as Palo Duro Canyon State Park, a rugged 800-foot deep, 110-mile long chasm that is the largest canyon in the U.S. after the Grand Canyon.
Other Amarillo area attractions include the Big Texan Steak Ranch, which will serve you a 72-ounce steak free of charge — provided you can eat it along with all the trimmings inside of an hour.
Park amenities include a 4,500-square foot dog park, tennis courts, an indoor heated swimming pool, and Lizzie Mae’s Mercantile, the park’s unique gift store, which features everything from Texas-themed souvenirs to Christmas ornaments to specialty food items, unique baking mixes and condiments to unusual lamps, throw pillows and one-of-a-kind home decor items. www.fortrvparks.com.
— Loyd Park in Grand Prairie: Loyd Park is a 791-acre recreation area located in the middle of the Dallas/Fort Worth metroplex on the west shore of Joe Pool Lake.
The park has 221 campsites, eight lakefront cabins, an 18-room lodge and a two-bedroom, one bath house for rent.
Built on a site with large majestic oak trees just a few steps from Joe Pool Lake, the Loyd Park Lodge, which opened last year, features a fully furnished kitchen, a covered porch with rocking chairs, barbecue grill, a fire pit and big screen TVs and Wi-Fi.
Loyd Park also features furnished one- and two-bedroom cabins with kitchens and bathrooms as well as large private and group campsites, each of which comes with its own picnic table, pavilion, grill and fire ring. www.loydpark.com
— Majestic T.L.C. RV in Cedar Creek: This park features quiet country views on privately gated property. It is also conveniently located with ease of access to downtown Austin, the Circuit of the Americas, and shopping in Bastrop (voted most Historic small town in Central Texas!). RV sites feature 30 and 50 amp service. Amenities include an onsite laundry facility and a fenced dog run. Lodge, cottage and executive suite rentals are also available. https://texascampgrounds.com/campgrounds/majestic-t-l-c-rv/
— Pecan Park Riverside RV Park in San Marcos: This park sits on a scenic bluff overlooking the San Marcos River, and is a popular location for river tubing enthusiasts. RV sites are big rig friendly and many sites are shaded with mature pecan trees. Park amenities include an indoor swimming pool and hot tub, a private Jacuzzi, a children’s library, an RV supply store with propane sales. www.pecanpark.com
— Stone Creek RV Park in Schertz: This park is a great base camp for excursions to major attractions in New Braunfels, such as Schlitterbahn Waterpark, Rockin’ R River Rides and Texas Tubes, and San Antonio, which is home to The Alamo, The River Walk, the San Antonio Zoo and Aquarium and many other attractions. Onsite amenities include a hot tub; family and adult swimming pools; two large off leash dog parks with dog agility equipment; and two large recreation halls. The park also provides free cable TV and Wi-Fi and cabin rentals. www.stonecreekrvpark.com
— Texas Ranch RV Resort in Alvarado: Texas Ranch RV Resort spans across 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 will soon be available, including pickleball and a swimming pool. www.texasranchrvresort.com
— The Vineyards Campground & Cabins in Grapevine: The Vineyards Campground & Cabins won last year’s “Park of the Year” and “Best Accommodations” awards from the Texas Association of Campground Owners (TACO) in the medium size park category, despite suffering severe floods in 2015 and 2016 that submerged the campground for months at a time, causing hundreds of thousands of dollars in damage.
The park also offers new services, including cable television lines and an upgraded Wi-Fi service, a new pavilion and new restroom facility. Campsites have concrete pads.
The Vineyards Campground & Cabins occupies 52 acres of an 850-acre mostly wooded scenic area encircling Grapevine Lake. www.vineyardscampground.com
Schaeffer noted that the fastest growing segment of the camping industry is cabins and cottages; particularly among millennials. Companies like Malakoff-based Platinum Cottages are supplying Texas campgrounds with fully furnished park model style cabins and cottages with separate bedrooms, kitchens and bathrooms. Techies can relax and disconnect while experiencing the camping lifestyle, without an RV. You’ll find these rental accommodations at numerous campgrounds, including Hill Country Cottage and RV Resort in New Braunfels (www.hillcountryrvresortnb.com); La Hacienda RV Resort & Cottages in Austin (www.lahaciendarvpark.com); and Yogi Bear’s Jellystone Park™ Camp-Resort: Guadalupe River, which is converting to a Yogi Bear’s Jellystone Park Camp-Resort in Kerrville (www.jellystoneguadalupe.com)
Based in Crowley, the Texas Association of Campground Owners is the trade association that represents campgrounds, RV parks and resorts across the Lone Star State. For more information about camping in Texas, please call Brian Schaeffer at (817) 426-9395. Whether you have an RV or not, visit www.TexasCampgrounds.com.
SOURCE: TACO press release