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.
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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.
You might say that Lake Conroe Thousand Trails, near Willis, TX is our “home” Thousand Trails. So far each of our travel “adventures” has started and ended here. We’ve been here often enough that we head straight for the section we like the best when looking for a camp site. We find it kind of funny that we’ve found the exact same site open for three different stays now and are calling it “our site.”
Other reviews of this campground and area are here.
Since I have written about this particular place a couple of times prior to this I’ll just focus on a few things. First, Thousand Trails has poured a great deal of money into Lake Conroe, making it one of their primer properties. The pool is the primary focus of the place. It has been completely redone with lots of places to sit, including several cabanas that each has its own refrigerator and even a TV. I’m kind of wondering about how well the electronics will survive in the open air environment, but for now it’s pretty impressive. The other really big effort has been the enlarging of the cove that includes a new swimming beach. There’s more to come at the cove, including a community of residences and the development of the “island” in the middle of the cove as a recreation focal point. Also, several of the campsites have been freshly graveled and leveled and the electric service in most sites is now both 30 and 50 amp. The restrooms/showers are all being updated as well.
I’ll mention that there is a new electric policy in place. Since so many sites are now both 30 and 50 amp, and since there’s a $3 surcharge for using 50 amps, the campground charges the extra charge based on how the RV is wired. If the RV has a 50 amp plug on it, the extra $3 is charged up front, no matter where you park. If the RV has a 30 amp plug, there is no surcharge unless you park in a 50 amp only site. Most people with 50 amp rigs prefer 50 amp sites, so the policy works fine for them. A few, though, want to use an adapter and save the $3 – so there’s been some controversy. The staff says it’s a pilot program from the company, but I’m guessing this is how it’s going to be and, as other Thousand Trails add 30/50 amp service to each site the policy will be standard everywhere.
Aside from all the construction and upgrades the other major story for us has been the weather. One storm in particular was quite threatening with high winds and a torrential downpour. Surprisingly, there was no real damage in the campground. I think we were seriously close to seeing a lot of damage. The weather here, though, wasn’t as bad as it has been in the middle and north of Texas. A tornado hit Lake Whitney Thousand Trails, which was to be our next stop. With that campground temporarily closed, we extended our stay here for a few days and then added a short stop at a Waco campground. We’ll see what happens next and the Lake Whitney campground is still in play if they can get it open again before we move on north and east.
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!
Our first stop on our 2013 adventure is a short drive up I45 from south of Houston to Lake Conroe Thousand Trails near Willis, TX. We were just here in February when we took a short shake down trip with our camper. This is such a nice place. There’s an inlet of Lake Conroe right here on the property and lots of campsites. Some of the roads are gravel, but others are paved, although the pavement is in considerable need of repair. We’re camped right next to the big pool and large heated jacuzzi. The park is well laid out with the Activity Center, pool, tennis courts, and more right in the middle of the park. The Hidden Cove area is a neighborhood of permanent, small cabins. There’s also a neighborhood of long term residents and another area pretty much dominated by seasonal people.
Other reviews of this campground and area are here.
With all of that, there’s plenty of full hookup sites for short term visitors like us. There’s WiFi but it’s not that great. We have a five bar connect but it’s still sluggish at best. My Verizon 4G, though, is 3 bars and not bad at all. We’re in a 30 amp site, but for an extra $3 there are plenty of 50 amp sites available. When we were here in February we went to a Valentine’s dinner at the Activity Center. A talented fellow played the keyboard and the steak dinner was very good. Now, though, we’re into May and most of the seasonal people have headed north. We went to a scheduled potluck and were out of luck, as no one showed up. It think the lack of attendance was due to the number of departures coupled with a local tragedy that resulted in the death of one of the long time residents. Nearly every “long timer” we talked to mentioned it. I think that speaks well of the sense of community here. The park has it’s share of trees, but not so much that there’s any problem getting satellite TV. Also, our rooftop antenna is sufficient for us to get most of the Houston TV stations. I think most of the area attractions are Houston oriented; around 40 to 60 minutes to the south. Since Houston has been local to us for the past many years we’re not inclined to fight the traffic so our time here is more being used for decompression from the intense events of our lives the past few weeks. That’s okay with us but we are starting to think about the next parts of our big adventure.
Let me also mention that just a few minutes from the preserve, on Little Egypt Road, is John Burge Park. It’s a county park with some nice wooded trails and a nifty frisbee golf course out through the deep woods. If you like to enjoy a 30 minute hike through the woods you’ll enjoy this park.