Saturday, April 6, 2013

Lockhart State Park

We spent 4 nights at Lockhart State Park (March 24-28, 2013). This small park on the outskirts of Lockhart, Texas, provided us a good jumping off place for eating BBQ, visiting San Marcos, and hiking at McKinney Falls State Park near Austin. I'll be posting entries on these outings soon.

As regards a real outdoors experience, there really isn't much to recommend Lockhart SP. There are only 16 camping spots, and only 10 of those are full hook-ups (see map). Hiking opportunities are limited to probably fewer than 4 or 5 miles (I'll post a hike report later). Although a creek runs through the park, there really are no fishing opportunities. There is a swimming pool near the park headquarters and a nice day-use area. The big draw is the 9-hole golf course.

We were happy to get to the park. For the previous 6 nights, we had stayed at parks without full hookups. We can last several days with our holding tanks, but it is always comforting to know you don't have to. We were looking forward to some continued good weather so that we could sit out and watch golfers on the course. However, the morning we left Palmetto, the weather turned cold and windy. The remainder of our stay at Lockhart would be with below average temperatures, keeping us inside more than we wanted.

All interior roads in the park are paved, as are all camping sites. Probably no more than 4 or 5 sites were occupied the entire time we were there. We were not able to pickup any WiFi signal, and even TV reception was limited, as it was at Palmetto SP. The 10 full hookup sites at the park are in a circle overlooking holes 2 - 5 of the golf course. We were fortunate enough to get arguably the best site, #5. In warm weather, this site would be ideal with its shady oak tree. We actually started in site #4, but that site was very unlevel, so we moved next door to site #5. It was also quite unlevel. It took 2 boards for us to even things up.

Site #5. Tree would provide welcome shade in the summer.

Our site overlooked 4 holes, including the par 5 #2 hole, whose tee box is shown above.

Green for hole #5 as seen from our campsite.
Green for hole #2 as seen from our campsite

The campground, as seen from near the restroom. Our trailer is in the center of the picture.

Cascades on Clear Fork Creek just above park road near day use area.

For travelers looking to relax a few days, the park is a good stop. It is only a mile or 2 outside the Lockhart city limits. A Super Walmart is located on the south side of town along US 183, and if you like Texas BBQ, then you'll enjoy Lockhart.

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