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2018 – Lake Whitney, TX Thousand Trails

This is our second stay at Lake Whitney, TX Thousand Trails.  Our first stay was in the aftermath of the Mother’s Day, 2015 tornado.  We’ve been looking forward to visiting Lake Whitney under more normal circumstances.

This is a large campground with many camp sites.  There are a few 50 amp sites, but they are limited in number with many sold to annuals.  When we arrived on an April Monday there were still three 50 amp sites available to us so we picked the one we liked best and settled in.

There are three camping loops: A, B, and D (loop C isn’t open to the public).  Loop D is closest to the campground entrance.  While most of the campsites are full hookup, 30 amp sites you want to know that there are water-electric only sites scattered around the campground.  You’ll want to keep the campground map before you as you pick your site.

Loop A, which is the farthest in from the entrance (over a mile) has a row of pull through sites.  Again, keep an eye on your campground map as some don’t have a sewer hookup.

Anyway, we ended up in Loop A, a nice 50 amp back-in site.  While we weren’t alone, there were many vacant spots all around us, making for a quiet, enjoyable stay.  We were also an easy walking distance to the Adult Lodge.  (I’ll mention that the road by Loop A is bordered by a golf course and once we came within just a few feet of being hit by a golf ball.) Neither of the pools were open yet but we checked out the game room, workout room, and lodge.  A bit farther is the parking lot for those wanting to hike the trail taking them off the Thousand Trails property down to Lake Whitney.  Really, there’s not much reason to come to Lake Whitney Thousand Trails to enjoy Lake Whitney.

The only real negative to Lake Whitney Thousand Trails is the roads.  Honestly, they are really bad.  The mile in from the highway to Loop A gets worse the farther you get into the campground.   While we liked the campground and enjoyed the campsite we certainly didn’t like bringing our camper in over the pothole filled road.

If I were rating this campground based on campsites and amenities, I think I would give it an eight.  However, if you factor in the roads, especially if driving deeper into the campground, that rating drops down to maybe a six.

2018 – Midway Park COE – Waco, TX

This Corps park is on Lake Waco, on the west side of the city of Waco. It is just a few minutes west of I35. We always like the CoE parks and Midway Park CoE is no exception. Most of the sites in this smaller park are back-in, 30 amp, water/electric sites. Several offer nice views of the lake. Most are shady, with covered picnic tables. There are a few “double-wide” sites in which two RVs share a spot that has two electric/water hookups. Also, a few have fairly steep ramps. I don’t think we would have drug the back bumper in these, but it would have been close. Most of these sites, though, are very long – long enough for any RV.

There is one row of pull-through, 50 amp, full hookup sites. All of these have covered picnic tables. The sites are a bit closer together but not unreasonably so. Honestly, these aren’t the best sites in the park. The reason is that they are located along the Highway 6 frontage road. This is a busy expressway with lots of traffic. The road noise is pretty much constant, 24 hours a day. Also, people with really big rigs might want to know that making the turn to drive into these pull-throughs is rather tight.

There’s a small, but nice playground and big boat ramp. The roads are excellent. There are many restaurants and stores within minutes of the campground. Our Verizon had a solid 4G signal and I had no problem getting my TV satellite signal. That might not be true in some of the more wooded sites.

I think we liked the nearby Airport COE campground just a little better than this one, but we would happily return here for a future stay.

2018 – Lake Conroe Thousand Trails at Willis, TX

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.
 
  

2017 – The Year of the Dog

Some full time traveling RVers set out to visit all the National Parks. Others plan their journeys to see as many minor league ball parks as they can and more than a few focus on seeing the grandkids who are scattered around the country. I think, though, that we have a corner on doing animal highway sketching! At least this year, we did a pretty good drawing of a dog.

Honestly, it was only after I began planning our 2017 Adventure and I started mapping it out that I realized we were drawing a dog. Next year we’ll likely go back to drawing nondescript maps of amoebas.

Check out our 2017 Adventure Map page for links to reviews of all our stops during this “year of the dog.”

2017 – Lake Conroe Thousand Trails, Willis, TX

20171116_095441.jpg 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.

20171109_163152.jpg 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.

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