The Texas Bucket List

21 Mar


Lake Whitney, Texas

Having only a few more months left in the Lone-Star-State, we are trying to squeeze in all this big ol’ state has to offer an adventure-seekin’ family. One thing I learned…if you’d like to go camping in one of the 93 Texas State Parks…plan ahead…WAAAAYYYYY ahead. We thought a month out would be ample time to schedule a two night camping trip in one of the Hill Country regions. Come to find out, those prime parcels are booked up to a year in advance. After spending an hour on the phone with a gal who was trying her best to find us a place, she came up with two nights during Spring Break at Lake Whitney.It was literally the ONLY place available within a two-hour drive of Killeen, Texas. I booked it, hoping it would at least offer my young family a fun, first-time camping experience.

All in all I give Lake Whitney a “B”. I think the highlight for us was the camp site we were assigned..Site 128. It literally was right on a bluff that overlooked the lake.  Very scenic…a little windy, but the view was totally worth it. We splurged and rented a pop-up camper from the Ft. Hood MWR. $40/day plus a $50 deposit. The site had electricity and water. We had to walk about 1/4 mile to the closest bathrooms which were brand new and in very nice shape.

The lake itself is pretty basic. There is a main beach area which is open to the public. We were turned off by the number of people there, so we found a nature walk that took us right to a private beach. We were able to let the dogs off their leashes and clown around without seeing a person for hours.

The park is clean and quiet, maybe not as “pretty” as some of the other places you can find in the Hill Country, but all in all it was a fun and pleasant experience for us.

Other state parks you must visit:

Garner State Park – Hill Country

Guadalupe State Park – Hill Country

Pedernales Falls State Park – Hill Country

Enchanted Rock State Park – Hill Country

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