We camped in the electric/water only site due to the heavy season. There were plenty of birding classes to occupy our time. There are plenty of trails to walk. McDonald observatory is near by but the weather was a problem this time. Marfa is close by also for the festival. This park is a must for the kids. We camped there in a fifth wheel.
We have stayed here previously and enjoyed the scenic views and wildlife that wanders right through the park. Has a variety of facilities which are all well maintained. We visited the McDonald Observatory and Fort Davis both which are close by.
As state parks go, this is one of the best we have stayed in. Full hookups and cable. The odd thing was that the TV cable was on the curb side of the trailer as opposed to the street side where all your other hookups are. The staff was very nice. There are plenty of trails. Don't forget to visit Fort Davis. We camped there in a travel trailer.
Conveniently located close to McDonald Observatory - a MUST do! Full hookups are nice - some sites are located close enough to WIFI to pick up the signal and there are cable TV hookups. Good bird watching blinds.
Nice park with separation between sites and lots of trees. Services hookups if you want them.
Nice hiking trails. Very beautiful location. Restaurant in park is great. Also close to McDonalds Observatory. Thumbs up !!
Full power and cable!!! Has bird sanctuary. Loved just watch the different types of birds behind glass wall.
Bureaucratic Incompetence PROS: Hiking, close to McDonald Observatory, thorough ranger talks, good water. Beautiful scenery. CONS: Paid $20 too much due to state park reservation system bureaucratic incompetence*1. Too smokey due to a “Prescribed Burn” program in the park. No cell coverage*2. Picnic table on wrong side of rig. Unreliable electric pedestal: had to wiggle the connection to get it to work. Then the electric went up and down during the night, repeatedly tripping the transfer switch in the rig. I called maintenance and all they did was reset the breaker. It should have been replaced since it could damage the rig. Restaurants in the town of Fort Davis are expensive: $13 for a burger and milk shake meal and $18 for a gourmet burger meal. Boring downtown historic district walk: only three expensive specialty shops and some hotels were open: not unique, not interesting to us. Cops are crawling the town looking for the slightest infraction. There are flashing speed signs: I was one MPH over the limit, the sign flashed and and a cop got on my tail. He did not stop me though. Dump station and picnic table on wrong side. Not customer focused. *1 We had to make two reservations to stay two nights due to the prescribed burn program. Upon arrival, when we tried to settle this clerical mistake, they charged a $10 reservation change fee since the reservations were already made online. The ranger had no remorse that their incompetence that led to the overpayment and we were not happy. Their business motto is “Satisfaction not guaranteed”. Texas State Parks charge a daily use fee PER HEAD: very expensive. For a family of five, this could cost up to $280 per week. *2 AT&T and Verizon coverage maps showed coverage in the campground. However the reality was ZERO coverage since the campground is in a “bowl” of mountains.
This is a wonderful state park. Nestled in the Davis Mountains, you will enjoy cool mountain air, gorgeous views, access to wonderful hikes and mountain roads. We have a 44' motorhome and had no problem navigating to our site and getting level, but we were in the lower area (sites 1-17) which seemed more level. Water pressure is high, so use a regulator. There is an additional charge for state park access fees.
Another state park that does not include day-use fees in its camping fee. It was an average site with clean bathrooms and showers. $25 camping fee (partial hook up....electric and water only) but $6.00 per person "park use fees" that were not optional. Despite only camping overnight, we had to pay the additional fees....we did nothing in the park. We did go to the Ft. Davis National Monument in town, and it was fantastic. We won't stay here again, as it's a pet peeve when parks do this. I would rather just pay the camping fees all inclusive! Once they say "oh, and here's an additional fee..." we're done.
Easy in and easy out - we have a 40 foot MH and tow. Nice sites - spread out. WiFi was very iffy- that is the reason for 3 stars. 15 minutes to McDonald Observatory.
When camping would campers start posting picture of campground map so fellow campers can see area. Thank you! Fellow camper
Stayed two nights which were both below freezing here. Sites are level for both big and small rigs. Bath clean showers only warmish. At our site 35 there in NO Verizon. Calls cannot be made. The S.P. wifi was available though weak and intermittent. We were able to get some texts. It on the up side, it's shady attractive and base many good trails. A restaurant too ,though we didn't go there. There is a mountain too Vista where phone reception is good if you need it. Also we tried to reserve via the Internet but the dollar amount was way off. Best to call...
Great location where we made trips out from. Can do a great loop around the Davis Mountains. Or another day trip to Maria and Alpine or base yourself to go to and from Big Bend. Great birding and many shaded sites. One of the better state parks in Texas.
We stayed here for 4 nights and couldn t have asked for a better stay! A lot of wildlife come within feet of your campsite; we saw mule deer and skunks and a bull snake during our stay. We didn t have cell service at our campsite but did when we went up the scenic road. The park isn t but a few miles outside of Fort Davis and you can get cell service there if needed. Also, there s fuel/gas, a grocery store and a few restaurants in Fort Davis. Balmorhea is approx 45 minutes away and Marfa is only about 30 away and you can t not go to the McDonald Observatory that s only 13 miles away. Lots of fun places to explore here!