Small Towns in Texas – Exploring and Discovering Treasures

Small Towns in Texas — One of our favorites aspects of RV Life is exploring small towns, and we discovered some great ones in Texas. We’ve traveled through Texas several times in our first year as RV Nomads. Considering that three major interstates (I-10, I-20, and I-40) run east and west through the state of Texas, chances are, if you’re traveling in an RV around the country, you’ll be passing through the state at some point. In our first year we passed through Texas three times !!

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Lake Lanier – Duckett Mill Campground, Army Corps of Engineers; Gainesville, GA

Lake Lanier is a beautiful lake in north Georgia with one of our favorite campgrounds so far ! The campground is operated by the Army Corps of Engineers, located in north Georgia outside Gainesville, and is right on the shores of Lake Lanier. We will definitely be returning to this campground as it’s only a 30 minute drive from our younger son’s home. We were here for two different stays — one in early May and one in early June of 2019 and were very pleased both times.

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Natchez Trace Wilderness Preserve; Hohenwald, TN – Thousand Trails – Campground Review

We’re doing another review of a Thousand Trails campground due to the unique features and experience at this RV park. We had planned to be at Natchez Trace Wilderness Preserve for the last two weeks of May but only stayed one night. While this park has many things going for it, there was one aspect that was a total deal breaker for us. First, let’s review the basics.

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Carolina Landing RV Resort; Fair Play, SC – Thousand Trails – Campground Review

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We stayed at Carolina Landing RV Resort for ten days in early May. We were in the Carolinas area for business reasons and also were able to visit with our sons while we were in the region. We don’t do full reviews on every Thousand Trails RV park we stay in because they’re fairly consistent in experience. However, this one is different enough from the norm that we thought it would be good to share our experience.

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Campground Reviews – Pecan Haven RV Campground; Caldwell, TX

Campground Review - TX - Pecan Haven RV Campground-Caldwell

We needed to be in the Bryan-College Station area for 3 weeks for business and were grateful to find this campground.  Most campgrounds in the vicinity are geared for Texas A&M tailgaters and are basically just parking lots with hook ups — which is fine if you’re having a tailgate party and just in town for a night or two.  However, with staying for three weeks, we were looking for a place that was more cozy.

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Campground Reviews – Ole Towne Cotton Gin; Quanah, TX

Campground Review - TX - Ole Towne Cotton Gin-Quanah

This was a great little campground.  It’s an independent campground located between Wichita Falls and Amarillo.  It’s set on the site of an old historic cotton gin with much of the building and equipment restored and on display.  We stayed here for just a couple of days on our way to NomadFEST.   The best thing about this campground is it’s where we met new friends who were also going to NomadFEST — Phil and Stacy Farley of You, Me and the RV; and Chris and Donna Clark of Runaway with the Clarks.

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Campground Reviews – Thousand Trails Bay Landing; Bridgeport, TX

Campground Review - TX - Thousand Trails Bay Landing-Bridgeport

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.

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Campground Reviews – Thousand Trails Lake Texoma; Gordonsville, TX

Campground Review - TX - Thousand Trails Lake Texoma-Gordonsville

This was our first campground stay in the state of Texas 🙂 and our second Thousand Trails stay.  Lake Texoma is actually a widening of the Red River and, as the name suggests, is on the border between Texas and Oklahoma directly between Dallas and Oklahoma City.  The campground is situated on the south side of the lake, and you can access the lake directly from the campground.  We had a good time exploring around the shore of the lake on some of the moderately rough unpaved roads in the Jeep.

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