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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 – 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 – 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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2017 – Lake Texoma Thousand Trails – Gordonville, TX

20170921_183701.jpg In spite of Texas late September summer-like temperatures, we enjoyed our stay at Lake Texoma Thousand Trails, Gordonville, TX. We were last here in May, 2013 and the campground is about the same as it was then. We appreciated the ranger giving us a list of vacant full hookup, 50 Amp sites that were available, I think there were 8 or 9. We picked the one that looked good to us and settled into a large, level, gravel site. There’s a $3 a night surcharge for 50 Amps – in fact, the power pedestals for those sites are padlocked until the surcharge is paid. This Thousand Trails has both a large “family” pool and Activity Center and a smaller Adult pool with spa and Adult Activity Center. There are many annual campsites that have been improved in various ways by the residents. A surprising number of the residents light their sites at night with “running lights” whether or not they are present. However, if a person arrives looking for a 30 Amp full hookup site they would have many nice spots from which to choose. The roads in the campground are typical Thousand Trails: read rough and pothole filled.

We had no problem getting a satellite signal and our Verizon signal was a solid 4G.

20170925_094859.jpg Our arrival day at Lake Texoma was a difficult travel day for us in which a tire on the pickup came apart, doing considerable damage to the pickup. As a result the pickup was in need of repairs and we needed to travel to Houston to pick up our car so we would have transportation during the repairs. The campground management worked with us as we dealt with these unexpected, unwelcome circumstances. We did shorten our stay by a few days as we needed to time our relocation days with the repairs.

20170921_104144.jpg One strange coincidence is that the last time we visited Lake Texoma Thousand Trails we had a tire begin to delaminate as we traveled. We had to stop and buy two new tires. Here we are four years later and, as we traveled to the campground we had a tire (likely one of those bought on that day in 2013) come apart, forcing us to stop and buy four new tires. It almost makes us afraid to schedule Lake Texoma Thousand Trails again!

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2017 – Horseshoe Lakes Thousand Trails, Clinton, IN

20170628_103526.jpg I think we like Horseshoe Lakes Thousand Trails, near Clinton, Indiana better than we liked it on our first visit. When it comes to campgrounds it’s basic real estate: location, location, location. We felt like we got a better site than we had on our previous visit and because of that, we liked the campground better than we did then.

  • Previous review is here.
  • Honestly, things are pretty much the same as they were when we were here four years ago and that’s not a bad thing. The setting is beautiful and most of the campsites available to those of us who travel are nice while not the best ones. The best spots with wonderful views of the lakes are taken by long timers. Many of these folks have made lots of upgrades to their sites, turning them into showplaces.

    IMG_0058.JPG As I said, we liked our site. It sits on a finger of land with drop offs on either side, giving us some really nice separation from those on either side of us. While it isn’t one of the really great spots overlooking a lake, it was one of our favorite spots so far this year.

    This being Independence Day weekend there were lots of people around. However, I think I counted two empty spots (although they may well have been due to no-shows). The campground was in great shape and there were some nice events including a “zoo” with interesting animals and a barbecue with the meat provided by the campground.

    Our Verizon signal was good and I was able to get 2 of my 3 Dish Network satellites through the trees. We had one low voltage episode in which our Surgeguard cut power to the camper for a few minutes.

    This is a pretty campground and we’ll likely return when future travels bring us to western Indiana.

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