Wednesday, June 28, 2017

Staying at Jim Hogg Park

Staying at Jim Hogg Park

We loved this park! It has big campsites, plenty of places to walk, and a couple of fishing piers for campers who didn't bring a boat. We stayed for 9 days in late June. The temperatures were typically in the high 90s, but we got lucky and there was a couple of summer showers that dropped temps into the low 80s.
Price: Our site was $22 a night, but there are different fees for different campsites. All campsites are 30 amp and also have water. There is a dump station on the way out. Make sure to call if you have any questions - we made our reservations online and there was still a little confusion on our reservations.

Dog Friendly: This is a great park for dogs, but there is no off-leash areas. Most of the trails inside the park lead to the different bathhouses, so be aware that there may be kids using the trails at odd hours.
Motorcycle Friendly: All campsites are back-in. If you are hauling a bike, make sure to check out the campsites by satellite first. We used Google Earth to make sure we had a campsite with plenty of room for both trailer and RV. Jim Hogg Road is a short but fun road to ride just outside the park, but be aware that park roads do have ruts and potholes, and there are deer everywhere! 
Cell Service/Wifi: Verizon was 2-3 bars, without a booster.
Amenities: Each campsite has either a large pavilion or a screened cabin, and also a large, sturdy picnic table. Each site also has a fire pit and a barbecue grill. There are several bathhouses with toilets and showers, and the camp hosts do a great job keeping things neat and clean. The toilets seem to be an ongoing issue. We were here for nine days and there was generally a toilet out of commission on both the women's and men's side at the two bathhouses we used. There is also a 25 mile hike and bike trail near the entrance.
Getting There: We drove north on I-35 to get to this park, but we were coming in on a Sunday and the only real traffic was the usual bottleneck at the Hwy 79 exchange. The drive into the park was fine, but be aware that a lot of campers don't pay attention to the one way signs in the park. We left on a weekday and knew I-35 would be a mess, so we took DB Woods Road down to 29, then out the 130 Toll Road, where we headed south to Hwy 79.

Know Before You Go: The park has both an upper loop and a lower loop. The lower loop has more level spots and a lake view, but very few trees. This is also where most families camp, so it can be noisy on the lower loop on the weekends. 

The upper loop has a lot of nicely shaded spots, but many are not level. We had a pretty level spot on the outer edge of the upper loop, but there were some spots that require a lot more leveling and would probably not work well for a Class A or larger Fifth Wheel. The upper loop is generally closed during the fall and winter months.
Local Stuff: There is a good size HEB nearby and if you take DB Woods Road, you can cut through to a Walmart and a Home Depot that are right off I-35. There is also a very large shopping center called Wolf Ranch just one more exit down on I-35. Both the Cotton Patch Cafe and Fish City Grill are good places to eat at Wolf Ranch. If you want to drive into Georgetown proper, Monument Cafe has great specials and a wonderful breakfast!


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