TACO ID's 28 Campgrounds with Winter Openings
At least 28 Texas campgrounds, RV parks and resorts still have room for winter visitors. Some even have park model cabins available.
“Winter is a great time for empty nesters and retirees to check out what Texas has to offer,” Brian Schaeffer, executive director and CEO of the Texas Association of Campground Owners (TACO), stated in a news release.
Parks that still have vacancy for short- and long-term winter visitors include:
- Abilene KOA in Abilene: This park, located in a former pecan grove, also has numerous mesquite trees. Sunny and shady sites are available.
- American RV Park in Corsicana: This park features park model cabins, a dog walk, a heated swimming pool with a spa/hot tub and horseshoe pits. A clubhouse is also available for rent.
- Austin Lone Star RV Resort in Austin: This 158-space park, part of the Carefree RV Resorts chain, features complimentary cable TV and wireless Internet service.
- Bay View RV Resort in Rockport: This park, which features two outdoor swimming pools and an activities director, is walking distance to Copano Bay and Aransas Bay fishing piers.
- Bethy Creek Resort in Riverside: This park fronts Lake Livingston and features pontoon, canoe and paddleboat rentals.
- Corpus Christi RV Resorts in Corpus Christi: This is a network of parks in the Corpus Christi area, including Colonia del Rey RV Park, a Best Parks in America affiliate; Padre Palms RV Park; and Greyhound RV Park.
- Crockett Family Resort in Crockett: This is a full-service RV park with a marina and cabins. Centrally located between Houston and Dallas, the family owned park is nestled on a trophy bass lake.
- East View RV Ranch in Georgetown: This park features a recreation room with a big screen TV as well as a Bowflex gym.
- Fig Tree RV Resort in Harlingen: This park, purchased by new owners last year, has undergone remodeling in the pool, laundry and bathroom areas. Wi-Fi service has also been added throughout the park.
- Hidden Valley RV Park in Von Ormy: This park near San Antonio has sites available with 30- and 50-amp service as well as dry camping areas and sites with partial hookups.
- Hill Country RV Resort and Cottage Rentals in New Braunfels: This park has furnished cottages and cabins, free Wi-Fi and cable TV, a game room with bumper pool, air hockey, Wii, Playstation 3, Xbox and other games. The park also offers a jumping pillow and aero ball for kids as well as pedal karts and a Gaga pit.
- Landa RV & Campground in New Braunfels: This park, located on the banks of the Comal River, features tube rentals and shuttle service adjacent to the campground. The park is also within easy walking distance of some of the best German restaurants, bakeries and stores in historic New Braunfels.
- Mill Creek Ranch Resort in Canton: This park has cabin rentals and RV sites, including 90-foot pull through sites that can accommodate multiple slideouts as well as back-in sites lined with trees. Amenities include daily trash pickup, a fenced dog park and free firewood for your first night.
- Mission Bell and Tradewinds RV Resorts in Mission: These resorts are 55-plus retirement resorts with numerous activities, classes as well as live entertainment.
- North Texas Jellystone Park at Rustic Creek Ranch in Burleson: This park features 37 luxury cottages as well as 248 RV sites. Fun family activities are scheduled throughout the winter and spring.
- Rio Raft & Resort in New Braunfels: This Hill Country park along the Guadalupe River offers cottage rentals in addition to RV sites.
- Rusk KOA in Rusk: This hilltop park offers spectacular sunset views. Sites include 50-amp pull-through sites. The park is located near the Texas State Railroad’s steam train and the longest wooden footbridge in the U.S.
- Shady Oaks Riverside RV Retreat in Buchanan Dam: This park offers cabins as well as RV sites.
- Texan RV Ranch in Mansfield: This park, which is less than 20 minutes from Cowboys Stadium, Texas Rangers Ballpark, Six Flags over Texas, Hurricane Harbor and other attractions, has a fully stocked store as well as cottages and cabins.
- Turtle Bayou RV Park in Wallisville: This park is close to historic Anahuac as well as Beaumont and Houston. The park offers boat, paddleboat and canoe rentals as well as a fishing pond.
- Valley Gateway RV Park in Edinburg: This park offers organized activities in its clubhouse, including card games, shuffleboard, ping-pong and billiards as well as occasional dances.
- The Vineyards Campground & Cabins in Grapevine: Many of this park’s weekly sites are available at this time of year. The park is located between Dallas and Fort Worth along the southeastern shore of Grapevine Lake.
- Watts RV Park in Gilmer: This park has four fully stocked fishing ponds, pet walking areas and barbecue pavilions as well as a clubhouse, event hall, pool and community building.
- Woodsy Hollow Campground in Goodrich: Centrally located between Houston and Nacogdoches, this park features a private lake, a swimming pool as well as opportunities to walk, hike and bike in the woods.
- Yogi Bear’s Jellystone Park in Canyon Lake: This family friendly Hill Country park has both RV and cabin accommodations available during the winter season. Park activities include gem mining, hayrides, laser tag, arts and crafts, horseshoes, pedal carts, karaoke and themed weekends.
TACO publishes and distributes the Texas RV Travel & Camping Guide each year. For more information about the 2012 directory or for statistics involving the latest camping trends in Texas and New Mexico parks, contact Brian Schaeffer at (817) 307-0129 or visit www.texascampgrounds.com and www.texascabinrentals.net.