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On this week’s show I am reviewing two of my favorite campgrounds from my recent five week trip to Texas and parts south.
While visiting Fredericksburg, Texas I stayed at the municipal campground for that town, the Lady Bird Johnson RV Park. It is located just three miles from downtown Fredericksburg on the same grounds as the municipal golf course and county pool. It’s a beautiful drive down a long road into the campground which is adjacent to the Gillespie County Airport. The campground has 98 available RV spaces offering full hook ups. The sites also include wifi and dedicated cable lines. They rent for $40 a night with monthly rates available in the off season. They also offer a great tent area with lots of shady trees.
The campground is old but loved. The sites were paved and level with large grassy areas between each of them. Each site holds two trailers end to end. There are no fire rings here but you are allowed to have portable propane fires. The campground had a lot of mature trees offering shade but not too much. It is surrounded by open fields allowing for nice sunsets and the airport was a great bonus to me. It had small single engine colorful planes taking off and landing during the day. I heard no planes at night and because they were single engine they didn’t make much more noise than a lawn mower. It was fun watching them come and go.
The bathhouses were probably the most dated thing about the campground. They looked original but were clean and enclosed. I had just come from several campgrounds in which the bathhouses had lofted spaces which were open to the elements. Not only was that unpleasant in the unseasonably cold weather, they were full of bugs and even birds. I appreciated the closed doors and windows of the Lady Bird bathhouses.
All in all I really liked this campground. It was so close to town but away from the noise and surrounded by grassy fields. It felt so out of the way. If you like a good hike in the morning it was big enough with paved roads to get a good walk in. Also, I thought the price was a real bargain. Full hookups, cable and working wifi for $40! Bargain. I’d definitely stay here again.
The other take away campground from my last road trip was the Honeycomb Campground in Grant, Alabama. This was the site of a Girl Camping trip and the campground was right on the waters of Guntersville Lake adjacent to the Tennessee River. This campground is owned by the Tennessee Valley Authority and was completely renovated and reopened in 2009. There are 141 sites available, some long term. Most sites have electric and water available although there are a few primitive sites. None of the sites offer sewer. A dump station is available. Honeycomb also has three cabins available for rent.
The lakeside sites at this campground are so beautiful. I was staying with my friend Jeanne who had reserved her site in February for our April camp out. You are able to fish, kayak and canoe right from your site. If you want to dock a boat that you have towed to the campground they do rent slips for $8 a day. Honeycomb also offers boat, kayak and canoe rentals at their office. There is a day use beach that is open to the public for a fee ($8 for a carload of five) but is included in your site rental. Word around the campground from the regulars is that if you want a good seat, picnic table or grill at the beach, get there early and stake your claim. It’s a hilly campsite with water views from just about every spot on the property.
When the campground was renovated in 2009 they added all new bathhouses that are walk in units with shower, potty and sink all in one. I thought they were exceptionally clean, bright and large. The campground also had a great camp store and laundry room. It was also well staffed with camp hosts cruising the campground in golf carts offering assistance.
The short term water front sites with electric and water rent for $36 a night which is again a bargain in my book. All of the rentals were very reasonable here. I loved that you could rent a party pontoon boat and cruise the lake and river for 8 hours for a fee of $250!! You can also rent it for four hours for $150. I’m imaging a sunset cruise around the lake or a trip to the nearby bat cave to see the mass exodus of gray bats at dusk each night. This campground was chock full of things to do without ever leaving it including just sitting on the shore taking it all in.