We’re a family of 5 with kids ages 9,9, and 6. Our setup is a 35’ motorhome with 50amp service. We rely on the MH bathroom and shower but will take advantage of park facilities when they are acceptable. We have an inflatable kayak for smaller lakes and we like to fish and geocache. We also take the kids’ bikes along. We typically spend 2 or 3 days max in a park and consider things to do nearby, but most of our time is spent in the park itself.
Our park experiences and reviews are based off the above.
Fort Richardson State Park
I spent 2 nights at this state park with just one of the kiddos over a hot weekend in July. We had a nice experience at the park and would recommend it if you have a chance to visit. On to the details:
Camping Sites – The full hookup (water/sewer/electric) sites and the screened shelters are located in more of an open area towards the back of the park. There is not as much protection from the sun along these sites but there seemed to be a nice breeze along the stretch since it is more open. I noted that most of these campsites seemed backwards to me. The picnic tables and firerings were on the opposite side of where your RV door and awnings are. It just seemed odd as I don’t think I’ve run across a Texas SP set up in this fashion. Even the RV dump station was on the wrong side as almost all RV plumbing fixtures seem to be on the driver’s side. In order to dump you have cross the oncoming traffic and pull to the side of the road. Not a huge deal, but odd. Although we normally get a full hook-up site, we opted to stay around the curve and down at #22. There is a lot more shade down there and it is an elevation change as well. Site #22 is right next to the path that leads back on one of the creek trails. It is about 50 yards from one of the creek fishing holes. The campsite pads had plenty of room to accommodate some very large rigs and outside of crossing the small creek bed the whole park was easy to get in and out of.
Lake/Reservoir - I thought this looked like a good size pool of water to drop the kayak in from the looks of satellite images. Well, it was perfect size, but the water is about 25’ straight down a rock wall. The reservoir was actually a nice peaceful place and you can walk all the way around it. Water was pretty low from the looks of it. Fishing was hard due to all the grass/moss you had to fight through, and since you are fishing from so far above the water it is a little more difficult. We had no luck fishing for bass during the weekend. We had some really decent catfish bites at night but only had luck hooking one small one that didn’t make it up the rock ledge before wiggling off. It was a little scary fishing off the ledge in the dark as it was a good drop down to the water with no easy way back out. Be careful with the kiddos out there.
Bathrooms/Showers – The bathroom over by the group area was pretty new and kept nice. The all appear to be cleaned daily. the shower facilities were “meh”. I wouldn’t use them given I have a better option, but I’ve seen worse.
Misc. – If you are into historical things you will probably enjoy the actual fort park of the park. I myself I’m not a huge history buff but we checked it out. The hospital is nicely reconstructed and staged and my 9 yo son enjoyed it. It was really hot while we were out there and this part of the park is wide open to the sun so we went, we saw, and we left. The interpretive center has some stuff to read and check out. We did not do the tour.
Trails – we walked the trails on both sides of the creek and they were nice. Very shaded for the most part and was surprised at the elevation changes. We stumbled on a couple of the fishing holes. Very small and shrinking fast. Held a couple good size fish but they had no interest in anything. They were fun to watch none the less and we spent a decent amount of time down there.
Group Area – this park had one of the best group pavilion areas I’ve seen in a Texas SP. It looked newly constructed with a big grill area and a huge group fire pit/ring made out of stone. The playground was pretty nice and the whole area is pretty well shaded back there.
Wildlife – this park is filled with white tail deer. I don’t think I’ve seen more deer in one specific park. We mainly saw them in the morning up on the main road by the back campsites. The fawns looked like they were only a couple weeks old. We also saw a decent bit as we were hiking on the trails along the creek.
If you’ve not been out there, there’s not a whole lot heading into Jacksboro. There is a small grocery store and a Fred’s general store, but I’d take what you’ll need rather than plan on getting things while you’re there. Dining in town is slim. Chicken Express, Sonic, and a couple small sit down restaurants. We did have a pizza at Romas on the main road into town and it was pretty good. I didn’t see a whole lot of reason to head into town personally.
All-in-all, we had a good trip and enjoyed visiting this state park. It was hot as heck, but it was Texas in July! I’d recommend stopping by if you’re anywhere in the general area, especially if you like Texas history.
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