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Inks Lake State Park, Burnet, TX

Inks Lake State Park, Burnet, TX

We stayed at Inks Lake State Park for 5 days in April 2019 on our way back towards the Round Rock area for our bi-annual visit. This was a great time of year for our visit as the wildflowers were beautiful and an evening campfire was great for the cool evenings. Inks Lake has always been a favorite park in this area although we never came here much when we lived close by. During the peak season this park stays very busy and closes entry to additional people during the day when the park reaches capacity.

Rating: ⭐⭐⭐⭐
Site Quality:  Asphalt roads and pads. Most sites are back in but there are a few pull throughs. The park was clean and well kept. On Easter Sunday it was quite busy which made navigating through the park with a big rig somewhat difficult.
Type:  State Park
Access: Easy access from Highway 29 between Burnet and Llano TX.
Staff: It was very busy when we arrived on Easter Sunday. The staff were professional and courteous but curt. They did not offer any additional information in the park like we usually see.
Amenities:  50A power with water but no sewer. Fire rings and picnic tables were at each site although some were placed in awkward locations relative to the sites. For instance, far away or on the wrong side of the site. Restrooms and showers looked nice and a couple had been recently replaced with updated ones. The dump station was a bit small and tight to get into and out of for our rig. There is a park store where you can also rent canoes and kayaks. There are also several playgrounds throughout the park. Finally, there are about 9 miles of hiking trails around the park.
Cellular/WiFi: Verizon and AT&T were decent with and without amplification. After thunderstorms came through the nearest tower apparently went down and then out connections became marginal for Verizon.
What we liked: Our site (#274) was right on the lake – maybe 100 feet from the water across a grassy field. We also had good satellite reception from the site. Most sites are spacious, and some offer quite a bit of seclusion. Lockers located throughout the park sell firewood bundles by credit card but were expensive for what you got.
What we didn’t like: The park gets very busy on weekends and holidays. The roads and dump station are difficult to navigate for a big rig. No sewer connections.
Verdict: We would definitely stay in the park again particularly if we can plan far enough ahead to get a good site. Some of the sites we thought looked good were 232, 235, 267, 274, and 275. Other sites may work but without being lakeside.

Fort Mason City Park, Mason, TX

Fort Mason City Park, Mason, TX

Rating: ⭐⭐⭐1/2
Site Quality:  Asphalt roads and pads. Most sites are back in but there are a few pull throughs. The park was clean and well kept.
Type:  City Park
Access: Easy access from Highway 87 on the south side of Mason, TX.
Staff: I talked to the camp host a couple of months before our stay and everything was as planned when we arrived. Once there, we never saw the hosts. We paid at the pay box and that was the only interaction.
Amenities:  50A power with full hookups. Restrooms and showers seemed fairly clean but maybe a bit dated. There was also an on site laundry facility that looked good although we didn’t use it. There is also a dump station and playground. Short hiking trail – maybe 1/2 mile long.
Cellular/WiFi: AT&T was decent with amplification. Verizon was intermittent and weak. This whole are of Texas is a dead zone for Verizon. Most of the time phone calls would work particularly if you were near the amplifier.
What we liked: Our site (#1) had good shade from the Pecan tree grove in the park. We were also able to receive satellite once we moved the trailer over to clear the trees in spite of about 1/2 tree cover. We liked the nature trail and other places to walk around the park. Great rate – $30 per night for the daily rate but weekly is even less. We averaged about $26 per night.
What we didn’t like: This is a city park with a rodeo arena, 4 baseball fields, soccer fields, a football stadium, golf course, playground, and community center. It stayed busy nearly every day. Roads in front of the sites were rough and 20 MPH in spite of having a playground there and many people probably went twice the speed limit. There was a lot of daily traffic. Cellular connectivity was marginal. On the first day we were hit with an errant golf ball in spite of being pretty far from the tee.
Verdict: There is a lot to like about this park and we would stay here again. Sites 12 through 29 might be better as far as the traffic goes but they are a bit closer together and might be small for a big rig. We deducted 1/2 star because of the traffic.

Fort Mason City Park
South Llano River State Park, Junction, TX

South Llano River State Park, Junction, TX

Rating: ⭐⭐⭐⭐
Site Quality:  Asphalt roads and pads. All sites are back in. The park was clean and well kept, however a large flood went through the area about six months ago and there is a lot of flood debris along the river.
Type:  State Park
Access: Easy access from U.S. Highway 377 on the south side of Junction, TX.
Staff: The staff fixed an issue with our original reservation that caused us to be overcharged by $60 before we could even ask. ther staff we interacted with were friendly and helpful.
Amenities:  30A power and water only, no sewer. Bird blinds and hiking and biking trails, clean restrooms and showers.
Cellular/WiFi: AT&T was decent with amplification. Verizon was intermittent at best. Most of the time phone calls were impossible.
What we liked: Our site (#33) had plenty of shade so even at 96 degrees we were able to stay comfortable running just one AC unit (due to 30A power). We were also able to receive satellite from site 33 in spite of probably 2/3 tree cover. Nice trails; wildlife – birds, deer, turkeys, armadillos; quiet park. It was a relatively small State Park compared to others we have camped at.
What we didn’t like: Only 30A power available. Not a lot of long spots. Our site was advertised as 55 feet but that included being able to hang over the back of the pad, actual pad was only 50 feet which made it a bit small for us even hanging over. We had to lower the tailgate on the truck and bac up right to the trailer to park on the pad correctly. They do not allow parking off the pad. In April, trees (Elms?) were dropping green pollen pods which were a pain. Flood damage from a large flood 6 months ago.
Verdict: Site 33 was large with plenty of shade and could easily be the best site for us overall. We would stay at this park again.

Broke Mill RV Park – Del Rio, TX

Broke Mill RV Park – Del Rio, TX

Rating: ⭐⭐⭐1/2
Site Quality:  Asphalt roads and gravel pads. All sites are pull through. Mix of long and short term people. The long term folks appeared to be mostly winter Texans. The park was clean and well kept.
Type:  Commercial
Access: Easy access from U.S. Highway 90 on the north side of Del Rio.
Staff: The owners run the park and they were former full time RVers so they understand what people are looking for in a park. They were friendly and helpful.
Amenities:  Full hookups, free fast WiFi, pool, event center, dog park, bird watching area, fitness room, laundry room, restrooms and showers. Premium sites have additional parking for folks with a boat for instance.
Cellular/WiFi: AT&T and Verizon were decent with 3 to 4 bars unamplified and about 4 Mbps download speeds. The WiFi at this park was the best we have seen with download speeds of 7 Mbps or better and it was reliable. Since they no longer offer free cable TV they actually encourage streaming TV – something we have never seen before.
What we liked: Trail through the park and into adjacent properties. Decent diesel prices along with a variety of stores (Home Depot, Walmart, HEB, etc.).
What we didn’t like: We tried a couple of local restaurants, one suggested by the park and another that wasn’t and all were a bit mediocre. No picnic table at each site. There was quite a bit of road noise from Highway 90 even though they had taken steps to reduce it such as planting hedges.
Verdict: Good park when passing through town. Limited things to do in the area.

Fort Davis, TX

Fort Davis, TX

Fort Davis is a small unincorporated town of about 1200 in the Davis mountains of West Texas. We had visited here about 30 years ago and thought it would be a good place to stop on our way east after Carlsbad and El Paso. It is an interesting town with a short walking tour of some of the prominent buildings from the towns history along with the remains of Fort Davis – a key post in the defense system of west Texas, and a small museum to find out more about the history of the area. For such a small town there are actually several restaurants in the area. We really liked the Fort Davis Drug Store and Hotel which offers a soda fountain and grill reminiscent of “the old days”. We had cheeseburgers that were great.

The Fort Davis National Historic site is located within the town of Fort Davis. In fact the town grew up around the fort during the years that the fort was active between 1854 and 1891. The fort was established in a box canyon near Limpia Creek and is one of the best remaining examples of a frontier military post. The fort was named after Jefferson Davis, who was then the Secretary of War under President Franklin Pierce. Black soldiers, known as Buffalo Soldiers, served at Fort Davis from 1867 to 1885. Fort Davis’s primary role was safeguarding the west Texas frontier against the Comanche and Apache Indians particularly along the road from San Antonio to El Paso.

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