Fort Parker State Park
State Parkwrite a review 194 Park Rd. 28
Mexia, TX 76667
GPS: 31.6008, -96.5359
|Last Price Paid:||$20|
|Number of Sites:||25|
Cell Phone Coverage
|AT&T Voice Only|
mczoo would stay here again
“Had a very enjoyable stay, we will visit again when this direction”
Reviewed May 18, 2017
This is a very nice smaller RV camp at a state park (25 RV sites total). The road into the park is narrow but manageable. Stop at the office on the way in to pay for your stay, or if after 4:30p, you can camp and then settle up in the morning. The Park Rangers were very friendly and helpful. We noted that the Rangers and the Park Host were pretty active and made several passes through the camp each day - there weren't a lot of campers during our stay but it was nice and quiet.
The rate is $20 per nite for the RV sites. There is also a $4 per person per day park fee.
After leaving the office, follow the signs for 'camping'. The RV area is a long skinny area along the edge of the lake - for most of the sites, you will need to go all the way to the end and turn around to come back to your site - it isn't bad. Anything over about 31' with a tow should definitely disconnect before proceeding to the turn around.
Sites 12, 18, 21, and 23 are pull-through. All other sites are back-in type. The sites have 30A electrical connections and water - there are no sewer connections at any of the sites. There is a dump station on the road in.
As the camping area is at the edge of the lake, the ground is sloping to the water. All of the sites are paved, but there are differing variations of 'level'- for instance, sites 18 and 21 are pretty similar, but we found 21 to have some slope both side-to-side, and front to back. Nothing drastic, but our automatic leveling system had both the front and back right side wheels off of the ground. At site 18, I used manual leveling to take care of a gentler side-to-side slope. (We stayed at 21 the first nite, then moved to 18 for our second nite).
Sites 12 through 16 are at the turn around area, and this is a very shady part of the camp - there was no one camping there during our stay and we enjoyed walking our dogs in that area. There are a lot of trees in the park, but no worries for RVs - the camping sites are all clear of low branches, etc.
At each site, the pavement is wider than an RV, but we noted that an awning or other set-up on the side of a rig or trailer would probably extend beyond the pavement and over the gras s. Not a complaint, just a thought.
There is a fishing dock extending out into the lake near Sites 6/20. Looked like a nice place to wet a hook. There is also a fish cleaning station near the dock.
The Park offers canoe and maybe also kayak rentals. You pay at the office and meet a Ranger at the boat launch in another part of the park. One of the other campers had their own kayak and launched at site 19.
There is a restroom building in the middle of the RV area - 2 toilets, 2 urinals, 2 sinks, and 2 showers on the Men's side. I did not visit the Women's side 😀. The showers have decent stalls, but the dressing area is the common space outside the two stalls - I noted that when I showered, a fair amount of water sprayed under the shower curtain and on to the floor of the dressing area. The restroom was clean and well lit.
There is a blue heron that hunts right off shore near Site 21 - gorgeous. Raccoons were active while we were there. Plenty of squirrels around as well. Lots of birds too.
We made a quick morning trip to Fort Parker which is about 1-1/2 miles down Hwy 14 from the state park. The Fort is not affiliated with the state park, and there is a $2 per person admittance fee. The fort is nicely restored. Man was that a hard life!
Our RV: Thor Hurricane, measures 31.5 feet long; we did not tow.
Cell phone coverage: 3 out of 5 dots on my iPhone, and also on my wife's rotary dial android phone.
Since this is the first review for this park, we are noting everything we can think of.
This review is the opinion of a Campendium member and not of Campendium.com
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- 30 Amp
- 20 Amp
- dry camping
- Partial Hookups
- boat ramp
- boat rental
- picnic area
- recreation trail
- swimming beach
- water access
- big rig
- picnic table
- pull thru
- dump station
- restrooms: flush
- water available
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