CROWLEY, Texas, Jan. 5, 2010 – Most Winter Texans who plan to spend all or part of the next two to four months in campgrounds, RV parks and resorts have already made their reservations.
But for those who have waited to the last minute, the task of locating a private park that still has room for short or long-term winter visitors just got a little easier: The Texas Association of Campground Owners has surveyed its members and assembled a list of parks that still have room for Winter Texans.
As of early January, the association had identified 20 campgrounds, RV parks and resorts that had yet to fill up for the season. “Generally speaking, our parks are busier this winter than last winter, but there are still a number of parks that have room for snowbirds,” said Brian Schaeffer, executive director and CEO of the Texas Association of Campground Owners. Parks that still have vacancy for short- and long-term winter visitors include:
- Advanced RV Park in Houston-Pearland: This park offers hot showers, a tree at every campsite, a clubhouse, playground, swimming pool and spa and shuffleboard courts. www.advancedrvpark.com
- Bethy Creek Resort in Riverside: This park fronts Lake Livingston and features pontoon, canoe and paddleboat rentals. www.bethycreek.com
- Canton I-20 RV Park in Wills Point: This park features pull through sites as well as a 900-square foot ranch house rally room with full kitchen facilities and banquet tables that can be used for parties, meetings and other special events. The park also has facilities for guests who travel with their horses and Canton hosts the largest monthly flea-market (Canton Trade Days) in Texas! www.cantoni20rvpark.com
- Columbus RV Park and Campground in Columbus: This quiet park offers its guests free cable TV and wireless Internet service as well as a video and book library. The park is popular with Winter Texans who want to be in a central location for day trips. www.columbusrvpark.net
- Cottonwood Creek RV Park in Dripping Springs: This Hill Country park offers tree-covered RV sites, two-miles of pet-friendly walking trails, a book exchange and free wireless Internet service. www.cottonwoodcreekrvpark.com
- Dixieland Mobile Home and RV Park in Harlingen: This Rio Grande Valley park has a heated pool, billiard tables, shuffleboard courts and a recreation hall. www.dixielandretirementcommunity.com
- Jamaica Beach RV Park in Galveston: This park offers free wireless Internet service, free cable, free Continental Breakfast with homemade waffles, and a free daily newspaper. Other amenities include pull through sites, an exercise room, a swimming pool and hot tub, a splash pad for the kids, a game room and planned activities. www.jbrv.net
- Koyote Ranch in Medina: This Hill Country park offers RV and tent sites as well as cabin rentals. Other amenities include a restaurant and grill with “all you can eat” fried catfish on Friday nights; a camp store; a beer and wine garden; and an infinity edge swimming pool. A 5,000-square foot, 1940s limestone brick ranch house bed and breakfast inn is also on site. www.koyoteranch.com
- Magic Valley Park in Welasco: This Rio Grande Valley park has 24 shuffleboard courts, a pool hall, swimming pool and hot tub and numerous activities, including morning exercise classes, square dance lessons, painting classes, a quilters group, a golf group, a wood carving group, a computer group, bingo and potluck suppers. The park also has a dance band and organizes tours to nearby points of interest. www.magicvalleypark.com
- Mockingbird Hill RV Park in Burleson: This park has pull-through sites with 20/30/50 amp service as well as instant phone and modem hookups and wireless Internet service. It is convenient to everything in the Dallas / Fort Worth area. www.mockingbirdrvpark.com
- Palmdale RV Resort in San Benito: This Rio Grande Valley park has a 6,000-square foot recreation hall, shuffleboard and horseshoe courts and a full-time activities director. www.palmdalervresort.com
- The Mermaid’s Cove in Spring Branch: This park along the Guadalupe River features cabin rentals, tent camping and boondocker sites in addition to RV sites with 30 and 50 amp connections. www.themermaidcove.com
- Rollin Homes West RV Park in Donna: This Rio Grande Valley park features pull through sites and wireless Internet service. www.rollinhomeswest.com
- Spring Branch RV Resort in Spring Branch: This Hill Country park features ADA compliant family restrooms, onsite propane delivery service, pet walking areas and a recreation hall with a large kitchen. They are just minutes from San Antonio. www.springbranchrvresort.com
- Timber Ridge RV Village in Magnolia: This Woodlands area park offers cable TV and high-speed wireless Internet service, a stocked fishing pond and a dog walk area. Nearby activities include hiking and biking trails in the Woodlands. www.timberridgervvillage.com
- Treetops RV Village in Arlington: Located between Dallas and Fort Worth, this park features pull through sites, premium and presidential sites, a swimming pool, cable TV, wireless Internet service; a laundry room, a bathhouse, and private phone rooms. www.carefreervresorts.com
- The Vineyards Campground & Cabins in Grapevine: Many of this park’s weekly sites are available at this time of year. The park is located between Dallas and Fort Worth along the southeastern shore of Grapevine Lake. www.thevineyardscampground.com
- Mill Creek Ranch RV and Cottage Resort in Canton: This park, which hosted a New Year’s Eve murder mystery dinner, offers RV sites as well as park model rentals. It is the closest park to the largest monthly flea-market (Canton Trade Days) in Texas! www.millcreekranchresort.com
- Valley Gateway RV Park in Edinburg: This park offers organized activities in its clubhouse, including card games, shuffleboard, ping-pong and billiards as well as occasional dances. www.valleygatewayrvpark.com
- Yogi Bear’s Jellystone Park in Canyon Lake: This family friendly Hill Country park has both RV and cabin accommodations available during the winter season. Park activities include gem mining, hayrides, laser tag, arts and crafts, horseshoes, pedal carts, karaoke and themed weekends. www.jellystonehillcountry.com
The Texas Association of Campground Operators publishes and distributes the Texas RV Travel & Camping Guide each year. For more information about the 2010 directory or for statistics involving the latest camping trends in Texas and New Mexico parks, please contact Brian Schaeffer at (817) 307-0129 or visit www.texascampgrounds.com and www.texascabinrentals.net.