The State of Texas has reduced funding for its state park system, and it is beginning to show. This park is showing the results of neglect and lack of funding. If you camp here (which we don't advise) and want a pull-through there are some pretty nice ones here with quite a bit of shade. The pads are dirt and sand and become a real mess in the rain. The bathrooms were fairly clean but were very poorly maintained and generally shabby. We decided not to use them at all. We still can't figure out why the State of Texas located one of its parks here. There is nothing of note in the park - no lake, no river, or anything else we could find of particular interest. We chose Bastrop State Park so that we could spend some time in Austin which is about 35 miles away. The drive into Austin is an easy one on a good four lane highway. On the way back from Austin we decided to visit Lake Bastrop and found that is has an outstanding public campground owned by the Lower Colorado River Authority. Lake Bastrop is beautiful with a sandy beach and wonderful paved roads throughout the park. The RV sites are enormous and are all concrete with lots of large shade trees. We wish we would have found this park before we paid for the state park which is, incredibly, less than two miles away! We plan to return to the area next Spring when the bluebonnets are in bloom and will definitely stay at Lake Bastrop and not at Bastrop State Park. The State Park charges $20 per night per vehicle plus $4 per person per night. Certainly not a bargain.
This park was formerly a Texas state park that has now been ceded to the City of Kerrville. For those wanting a good location from which to tour the Texas Hill Country, this park is hard to beat. It is a short and scenic trip from the German accented city of Fredericksburg with its excellent restaurants and surprisingly impressive wineries. Its also only a short drive to the thoroughly Western dude ranch community of Bandera. Then there are the scenic hill towns of Boerne, Blance, Ingram, and far too many others to list. If you want a real taste of Texas this is a good start. The RV sites are all pull-through and are actually very shady. Though this part of Texas is generally only covered with short, stubby mesquite and cedar trees, the Kerrville park is loaded with large oak and pecan trees that shelter you from much of the Texas sun. While the shade is nice, there are lots of low hanging branches that can be challenging for large rigs and even relatively modest size ones. The restrooms and showers were clean enough but a little shop worn. Other than its location in the heart of the Hill Country, the best thing about this park is its location on the beautiful Guadalupe River. There are no RV sites fronting on the water, but it is easy to get to the river for some kayaking, tubing, or just taking a swim. Since we camped during August in Texas it was, of course, very hot, but the river and the ambiance made our stay a great one. We will definitely stay here again.
We stayed here for three nights and were very impressed. Before we reserved our sites we had heard Fausse Pointe referred to as the gem of Louisiana's state parks, and I can see why. The park is immaculate, and the restrooms and showers were as neat, clean and functional as facilities in most people's homes. The RV sites themselves are reasonably spacious, though they are all back-in with no pull-throughs available. Those of you who can't take heat and humidity should avoid Fausse Pointe during the summer months. It is hot and not very accommodating during the heat of the day. The evenings are tolerable, and we encountered relatively few bugs considering the park is virtually in the heart of one of the country's largest swamps. A very important advantage related to Fausse Pointe's swamp location is the proximity to many outstanding Cajun seafood restaurants. If you camp at Fausse Pointe and don't try some of the local restaurants, you will have missed a real treat. We will definitely return to Fausse Pointe again, but the next trip will likely be in the Fall or Winter.