Great place to camp at Canyon Lake. We stayed at the "Sunny Side" RV Park; only nine FHU sites. Shady sites on a dusty gravel road. Sites are level concrete pads. Small laundry room, but washers were broken. Each site has a picnic table and fire ring. All sites except Site #1 can fit big rigs. Hiking trails. Busy on weekends. Close to New Braunfels and San Marcos.
When making reservation, young lady said I got the last spot, after we arrived and even a day later, we found twelve spots still open. A few spots seem to be reserved for employees or other type homesteaders because they were set up along time. Gates close early, need code to get in or call host (who we never saw) thinking someone needs to provide better oversight of this area, dogs running loose with no leash and dog poop not being picked up. Otherwise, good alternative for commercial sites. Go Air Force, aim high!
The location on Canyon Lake is great, the recreation area is nice. The hiking trails were excellent and went for miles. There are two sides; the old Randolph AFB side and the Fort Sam side. To say the least the old USAF side is much nicer all around. We were in a RV spot on the Fort Sam side, the large concrete pad was very level with nice awnings and two fire pits. All utilities were within reach and worked fine. I know not many use the shower house anymore, but it was terrible. Mold in the showers, non-working sink and hand dryer. The washer/dryers were priced right, and seemed to be in fine working order. There is a small store with a few items, closes at 1600, a little early for most. We had to ask about WiFi, it worked very well, but did drop out often. I am sure this place is crazy in the summer but in the off season it was empty and very nice. Despite the dirt roads in the RV park, I would stay on Sunny Side if I came back.
My wife and I stayed here for several days while visiting relatives in Austin, Cedar Creek and Houston. This is a great location to see several sights in the area. We stayed on the Randolph AFB side - could not get long term stay on the Fort Sam Houston side of the Joint Base Recreation area. The shower/restroom facility is quite a distance to walk especially if disability hinders you. The closest restroom was a "one holer" with one urinal. The urinal was not in working order. There is no office on this side. Reservations must be made on the Fort Sam Houston side. There is no wi-fi available on the Randolph side, but it is available on the other side. One day, workers were clearing/cutting brush and dragged their cuttings between my 5th-wheel and my pickup, scraping the truck with branches and leaves. I hope if I am in the area again, I get on the Fort Sam Houston side!
We thought this campground was very scenic with the lake and wildlife, i.e. deer, gray fox, etc. The area should be expanded to add more sites; there are not very many available. There had been no rain in weeks, and the road into the sites was that white limestone dirt common to the area, which made getting the motor home and vehicle extremely dirty. They poured concrete for the sites, why not the road? In other words, there could be some improvements to make the area better. Laundry and bathrooms not all that great either. Not sure we will stay there again.
What a beautiful location for a campground. Uncle did well arranging to have this and the Ft Sam Rec Area on the map on this Corps of Engineers lake. Campsite pads are level and easily accessible ... plenty of room between them for moderate privacy. Weekends are very busy, with some noise after hours ... but not bad. Weekdays are like being in a private setting ... very quiet and nice. Cabins are adequate. We rented one for our Son/DtrIL/GDtr to visit us. Nothing fabulous. Typical "on-base" housing / TLF is much better. But for the setting, cabins are very adequate. Now the problem ... and I'm going to sound like a "repeat artist" here, because my only other review so far has the very same complaint. Bathrooms / Showers were not clean at all ... in fact, I'm not sure the floors had seen a mop for weeks. Toilet paper was out in both men's and women's ... you needed to carry your own if you wanted success. I offered my request for TP and a cleaner setting, which met with TP success, but not cleanliness success. Sent off a comment to the mgt which seemed to make a difference. At least TP was there and the showers looked cleaner, but the toilet area still lacked attention. Hey ... I'm really not a "clean freak" ... these bathrooms needed much more attention than they were receiving. Other than that ... I'd stay here again in a heart beat. Great setting ... beautiful lake ... price is right, as it is most of the time at military campgrounds. What a deal we get, eh?
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