This being our third Thousand Trails campground, we’re definitely feeling comfortable and settling in to the routine of Thousand Trails campsites. Bay Landing Campground is situated about midway between Dallas and Wichita Falls. While the entrance to the park is right on US-380 and adjacent to the municipal airport, the sites are all grouped around a cove of Lake Bridgeport at least four miles down a partially paved road. This separation creates a good amount of buffer from road noise, and the airplane noise is minimal and not very frequent.
Lake Bridgeport is a fresh water reservoir on the West Fork of the Trinity River and is a popular fishing and boating destination. Bridgeport is the stage coach capital of Texas, and the region offers a number of unique attractions like a big cat sanctuary and a paddling trail (more information here). Town amenities are readily available in both Bridgeport and Decatur. We especially recommend Pronto’s Italian Restaurant in Bridgeport and Trinity Street Coffee Bar in Decatur.
This is a sprawling campground, and the sites are fairly large as a result. We had the good fortune to have a waterside site with sunset views over Lake Bridgeport. We enjoyed several relaxing evenings watching the sun go down and listening to the songs of insects and birds. Here’s a little sample for your moment of Zen . . . turn up your volume 🙂 . . .
The campground is moderately wooded with live oaks and mesquite trees which provide some dappled shade in the early morning and later afternoon. Fortunately, the temperatures were not overly hot, so the lack of good shade was not a big issue. The sites on the east side of the cove do not have sewer hookups but were more spacious than the full hook up sites on the west side of the cove. The lack of sewer hook up was not much of an inconvenience though as the park offers a honeypot service three days a week. There are clubhouses and pools for families and for adults as well as the normal recreational amenities like mini golf and playground.
We graded this park a “B” for the peaceful atmosphere and availability of waterside sites. We will definitely come here again whenever we’re in the area.
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