We’ve enjoyed another nice stay at Lake Conroe Thousand Trails at Willis, TX. Several of our Adventures have started and/or ended at this nice campground. During this stay I think the place has been the most full we have ever seen it. The new section is scheduled to be opened in a couple of weeks; perhaps that will alleviate some of the congestion. I’ve done several reviews of Lake Conroe through the years. You can find them here.
One highlight of this stay has been the opportunity to visit with several friends, both folks who happened to be at the campground and friends who live in the community.
We have enjoyed many stays at Lake Conroe Thousand Trails in Willis, TX. Since I have written several reviews of this, our sort of “home” campground, I think I’ll forgo writing yet another. I will, though, mention that this campground continues to receive impressive upgrades. As I understand it, the plan is to make one property in each state into a showplace. Thousand Trails promises that other campgrounds are going to see improvements as time goes by, but for now, the focus is on just a few properties.
Another project that has been going on during our stay was leveling and resurfacing the pull through sites. Those sites have been the worst in the place for a long time now. The work that is being done will result in considerably better sites. However, they are still back to back parking and, even though they are no longer rutted and rough sites, several are still downhill, either side to side or front to back (or both). I think many people will be disappointed that leveling boards, etc. will still be needed in these pull through sites.
All in all, though, the improvements to the campground are really nice and will do nothing but make this already popular Thousand Trails even more popular. Since we often begin and end our annual adventures here I’m glad for the work that has been, and continues to be, done.
We’ve enjoyed several visits to Lake Conroe Thousand Trails near Conroe, TX and our big travel adventures have all started and ended with stays at this nice campground. Many people who visit here make sightseeing trips into Houston and even go as far as Galveston. However, since we lived in the area so many years and actually volunteer at one of the primary Houston attractions, San Jacinto Monument and Battleship Texas, we aren’t interested in fighting the Houston traffic to go sightseeing there during our Conroe stays.
The fun fact is that there are some really great places to visit within an hour or so of Lake Conroe. During our stay this time we revisited a couple of interesting areas just to the west of Lake Conroe.
One terrific destination is Brenham, TX. During the springtime Brenham and the surrounding area has wonderful windflowers; especially the bluebonnets and Indian paint brushes. The town also has many restaurants and shops to wander through. For us the main attraction is visiting the Blue Bell Ice Cream Factory and buying ice cream on site. You can learn the history of Blue Bell Ice Cream and see artifacts in the Visitor’s Center and buy ice cream and souvenirs in the Creamery. But sure to check on the availability of factory tours. In front of the buildings is an original Blue Bell delivery truck and lovely statuary surrounded by flowers.
The other good day trip is to the Washington-on-the-Brazos State Historic Site. It was here that the Texas Declaration of Independence was signed in 1836. Even as the delegates were meeting at what would become Independence Hall the brave defenders were at the Alamo. You can visit Independence Hall and learn about this historic event. We took a stroll past the Hall and through the old town site, looking at the information about what was a bustling riverboat community during that period of history.
Near the Visitors Center is another prime attraction in the park: the Star of the Republic Museum. This museum tells the story of Texas from the early days of the American Indians, Spanish explorers, the migration to Texas, through the early days of the Republic. There’s a free video that gives an overview of the 1836-1846 period. There’s a hands-on area for children as well as exhibits including historical quilts, medical utensils, farming equipment, and everyday items used by families. One area has information on the steamboat Yellowstone that Sam Houston used to take troops across the Brazos River.
Last but not least, the park is the home of the Barrington Living History Farm. The home of Anson Jones, the last President of the Republic of Texas, is here. It’s a working farm with costumed staff and period livestock. We saw Texas Longhorn cattle, Ossabaw Island hogs, and chickens. Scott was happy to spot a small “historical” snake making itself at home in one of the restored slave quarters. Our hostess was a friendly lady dressed in period clothing. She gave us a lot of interesting information on the farmhouse and its history.
We had a great time visiting these “no-Houston-traffic” attractions and recommend them to young and old alike.