Campground Review: Lake Whitney, TX Thousand Trails

More on the trees: the campground is in a forest of cedar. If you have a problems with cedar you might want to think twice before coming during the time of the year when the trees are pollinating. This shouldn’t have been a problem for us this late into the spring but I think the storms stirred things up and both of us began having sinus problems after a few days.

The nice town of Whitney is just down the road and there are plenty of fast food places, a grocery store, and an old downtown that is showing some life.

In addition to the tornado of Mother’s Day this area has been pounded by big storms for several weeks now. We happily missed the tornado, but had two severe thunderstorm warnings during our one week stay. We understand that is not the fault of the campground but the potential of more severe weather pretty much deflated the camping experience here for us.

I was told by management that the tornado has spurred several big projects for the campground. In addition to insurance money, more money is coming in to upgrade much of the campground. I hope that some of that goes into leveling the campsites, fixing the roads, and upgrading the electric so there are more 50 amp sites. I’ll look forward to making a return visit and seeing all that has been done – and, I certainly hope, enjoying the campground without having to keep such a close eye on the weather.

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Lake Whitney TX Public Library

PHOTO_20150521_145747Lake Whitney, TX Public Library
602 E. Jefferson Ave, Whitney, TX 76692

This beautiful library is just a few years old with something for all ages. I was greeted by a warm and friendly staff who are available to answer questions and give directions. I appreciated the ongoing book sale a was able to pick a paperback to carry and read this summer. For more information go to whitneylibrary.org.

Sightseeing Review: Around Waco, TX

Our visit to Waco Mammoth Site was interesting and educational. Our guide, a gentleman named Jeremy, met us at the welcome center and led us on the tour. At the amphitheater he gave us a history of the area and as we continued he told us how the first bones were found by a couple of boys looking for arrowheads. He talked about the various animals whose bones were found in this area along with the mammoths. These included the saber tooth cat, giant sloth, and camel. From there it was a short walk to the climate controlled building where we able to view the artifacts still in the ground as they were found. Jeremy was an excellent and patient guide as he described and explained what we were seeing, making the scene come to life for us. After the guided tour we could stay in the building and continue to view or walk on back to the welcome center and parking area. If you are in the Waco area I recommend this as a family outing.

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Campground Review: Airport Park COE, Waco, TX

Airport Park is on the northwest side of Waco, right on Lake Waco. We always like CoE parks and this one earns high marks all the way around. The roads are good and the sites are level, paved, and spacious. The views of the lake are just great. Many of the sites have large shelters and all of them have plenty of shade trees. We’ve enjoyed our 50 amp, full hookup site. The park has a huge boat launch and also group camping/event facilities. Our Verizon 4G was good and we had a good Dish network satellite signal. We saw deer, turkey, and especially got a kick out of seeing a fox run across the road as we drove in.

A 2019 Review is here.

The campground is right by the airport and there is some noise from it. However, we didn’t find it objectionable and it was quiet overnight. There are interesting things to see and do around Waco. Jackie will do a post about that shortly. I’ll also mention that Waco has been in the news lately because of some seriously bad stuff going on. We saw none of that and the campground itself is gated with the gates being locked overnight. We had no sense of unease at all in the campground or when out in the community.

Honestly, I can’t think of anything I’d change about Airport Park. The next time we come it won’t be just because we had to change our plans: we’ll include it in our plans!

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Campground review: Lake Conroe Thousand Trails, TX

Let me share what I think is an important Lake Conroe tip: just know that the pull through sites are the worst in the campground. Not only are they generally rough and unlevel, they are “back to back” sites in which your neighbor’s slide will practically touch your camper. Listen, the back in sites here are big and there aren’t any tree problems – you’ll like this place a lot more if you find one of them and stay away from the pull throughs. (BTW, I’ve seen 40+ foot 5vers being pulled by HDT’s on those sites – you’ll fit!)

While we think of Lake Conroe Thousand Trails as our “home” preserve, we’re more than ready to get on with our 2015 Adventure!

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