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“Wish I Had Arrived Earlier!”

Sam Houston Jones State Park
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Reviewed 30 November 2017

Unfortunately, I had only an hour in the park before sundown, but that hour didn't disappoint.

Upon entering, and paying the small fee, I was told, "You'll see plenty of deer!"

No kidding! Within five minutes, there was a doe and her baby, out for dinner. Doesn't hurt when they didn't seem to mind my camera, and in fact, seemed to smile for me!

Immediately across the road, dinner was also being served for an armadillo, once three inquisitive young boys took off on their bicycles. (Gotta give kudos to the parents, who have taught these boys to be quiet when they see wildlife. In fact, they tiptoed behind me to see I was shooting deer, and simply whispered to each other until they ran off.)

There are areas where Mother Nature could use some help from man, and I pray these areas rebound quickly.

Continuing around the drive, I only wished I had arrived sooner, to allow more than an hour before sunset. Sunset over the water was gorgeous, with the various colors enhanced by the glow. Gorgeous.

The cabins look nice, and I may just have to rent one on my next holiday to the area.

Overall, it was an extremely pleasant visit, even if too short.

2  Thank Txtrigeek
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Reviewed 28 November 2017

Will always enjoy the wildlife and the river at this park. Miss living close to it these days. Love watching the grandkids play on the playgrounds and enjoy watching the boats going by.

Thank Carolee S
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Reviewed 14 November 2017 via mobile

Taking a shower at this Campground was a pain in the elbow (which I used to press the button for water).
THE SHOWER WATER RUNS FOR EXACTLY 15 SECONDS.
Let me break down that math real quick.
I need at least 20 minutes to shower (especially when traveling!), so I can thoroughly wash & rinse my body & hair.
That means I HAD TO PUSH THAT BUTTON AT LEAST 80 TIMES.
You also don't get a choice of water temperature. Whatever temperature the water is when it comes out, is what you get.
There's just one button.
Four times a minute.
Fortunately the water was nice & hot, but not too hot. It was a perfectly acceptable shower temperature.

The campground fee says $20/night.
After choosing a spot & coming back to pay, all the "fees" brought the total to $28.50.
That is a 40% price increase over the stated price!
The camping spots are pretty close together (I prefer a Campground with a little bit of personal space).
We got site #33 which was on a corner of the one loop, so we had a bit of privacy & forest.
The campfire ring was not cleaned out before our arrival (it was full of ashes & nails), & we had not even checked in early.

There are places to walk, bike, & picnic, & while we did walk nearby the campground to some of the pond areas ("Beware Of Alligators" read the signs), we didn't check out the lake/river areas.

Thank CountryGirlFromPA
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Reviewed 13 November 2017

I've visited Sam Houston my entire life. We took field trips during elementary school, my family visited for the day, we frequently launched our boat. I've stayed in the campground and in the cabins. I've spent a lot of time here and I can wholeheartedly say this park needs a good dose of TLC: the roads, trails, campgrounds, bathhouses, playground all need some love. They never really recovered from Hurricane Rita in 2005. The "lake" in the middle of the park is always dry and the fairly new bathhouses could use a good scrub.

Additionally, if you are interested in RV camping the sites are pretty close together with little room for slide outs or longer wheelbases.

Thank Sara H
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Reviewed 10 November 2017

Brought our grandkids camping and had my granddaughters birthday party. We had a wonderful time. Park was clean and kids had a ball playing games, taking the nature walks, and playing at the park.

Thank robincourville2266
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