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Thursday, April 3, 2008

LADY BIRD JOHNSON MUNICIPAL PARK, FREDERICKSBURG, TEXAS

Our Opinion: A great public (city) park. This is our second visit here; we will return and recommend this park to others.

Date of Stay: April 1st through April 5th, 2008

Weather During Stay: Arrived in breezy sunshine, temperature in the low 70’s at 1:30 pm. The following day, the humidity caught up with us again; we had two days of overcast with 98% humidity with high’s in the 70’s, lows in the upper 60’s. Finally that all cleared out (firing off a few severe thunderstorms nearby) and we had a day of beautiful sunshine.

Rate: $20 per night for 50 amp FHU with cable TV. Long-term winter rates available 9/1 through 3/31: 2 weeks for $160; $250/month if designated sites are available. Mail and deliveries accepted at office. Reservations: 830-997-4202 M-F 9 am to 6 pm.

Sites: 90 sites have 30/50 amp FHU with cable TV.

Verizon: Great phone reception; aircard on Broadband

Elevation/Landscape/Terrain: Gently rolling campground in a 330-acre city park at 1680‘ elevation. River, small lake, not heavilty forested, but lots of mature trees provide shade, grass picnic and play areas. Swimming pool, tennis courts, 18-hole golf course and driving range. Softball and baseball diamonds. Adjacent to the Gillespie County airport (small planes). Good birding.

Lighting: Low lighting, reasonably dark at night.

Favorite Sites: The campground has three distinct areas. Our favorite sites are in the Horseshoe Loop (8 sites only), or on the small ridge adjacent to the airport near the office. Horseshoe Loop sites are back-ins, very spacious; the ridge top sites are LONG pull-through. Top photo: site 75 in the Horseshoe, April 2007; second photo: site 87 B/D on the ridgetop, April 2008; photo on left: sites on the ridgetop.

Hiking/Walking: Not many miles of developed trails, but on 330 acres, there is plenty of pleasant, safe walking.

Special Features: Odel enjoys the 18-holes golf course, $22 to walk on a weekday. The park is a short drive (a few miles) from Fredericksburg, the heart of Hill Country, with all kinds of shopping and good restaurants in F'burg and beyond. Outstanding natural features (including Enchanted Rock, 18 miles north) and historic sites (LBJ Ranch National Historic Site 16 miles east) nearby. The HEB grocery store is fantastic. Natural food store also available in F'burg. Local NPR available at 90.1 FM.

1 comment:

Colleen said...

Prices are now $25/night. The third and largest area of the park was not mentioned but is the area you would most likely get. While there is lots of room on the sides of each sight, RVs are parked back to back often with only inches between the RVs. Not great for motorhomes but really bad if you are in 5th wheels with large back windows. We have stayed here for years and love it; however, it seems as though the staff is less and less knowledgeable about RVs, length of sites, etc.