Just got back from a week long stay at Beavers Bend State Park in July, 2013. It was a wonderful place to stay. We planned ahead and reserved a camping spot for our trailer a couple months in advance and were very pleased that we did. Even in the middle of July, most of the campground were full. Full bathrooms provided but they could be cleaner. We've stayed in remove National Forest campsites that were cleaner. (Honestly think it's because they were "cleaned" by a couple of guys that were more interested in dumpster diving than cleaning.) But honestly, its a toilet that you don't have to dump later and a shower that had hot water when you need it so we were happy. Campsites are a little closer together than we are used to but not nearly as bad as you'll find in other commercial campgrounds. Camps were kept clean and campground hosts were friendly and knowledgeable. Camp sites are well covered with trees so we ever baked in the sun which was a huge plus.
There is something for everyone to do. We loved the trout fishing - we're originally from CA so have missed that living in TX. We fished both from camp and from locations further down river. Be sure to listed for the sirens that warn of the dam opening at the power plant. They sound when they are opened and closed and the river will rise 6+ feet pretty quickly.
There is also as swim beach, paddle boats, canoe rentals... plus more. We visited for a week and were never board. Hiking was great - don't forget the bug spay as mosquitoes, chiggers and ticks were plentiful.
Picture ops were outstanding - I forgot my "good" camera so only got shots with my phone. Which means I missed getting the pictures of the bald eagles that we saw. Was sooo excited to see those beauties.
Close to "town" so you can run get all those things that you forgot. Loved watching the mist roll in and off the river every morning and evening. Great little Friends of the Forest museum at the visitors center.
Grateful Head Pizza is a must do for wood fired pizza - be sure to check it out.
I'm sure there's more that I will think of later...I'll just say that you need to put this on your "must do list". We'll be planning future visits soon.
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