Buckhorn Lake RV Resort, Kerrville, TX

24 04 2017

Buckhorn Lake RV Resort

We’ve decided to skip San Antonio and continue to the Texas hill country. With the kick-off of Fiesta San Antonio on Thursday, the RV parks are full, the streets are packed and we’re ready for something a bit more quiet than the urban setting of Travelers World RV park south of town.

Instead, we’re parked at site 6028 at Buckhorn Lake RV Resort, just outside Kerrville at exit #501 of I-10. This is a spacious corner site, but nearly as close as you can get to I-10. In fact, we can see the East/West entrance ramp signs from here. This is a beautiful resort – well planned, plenty of space, nice wide concrete pads and patios, blacktop roadways and well positioned full hookups and spotlessly clean. Most of the main sites are organized in two loops of pull-throughs surrounded by back-in sites. There are also coach sites (pull in with hookups on the opposite site) along the small creek that runs through the property. Beyond is the “Adult-Only” area with 6 pull through sites, each with shared utility areas, surrounded by 14 mostly coach pull-in sites.

Across a bridge over the creek is “The Club”, a 60 site, very exclusive residential community for Class A Motorhomes. Sites without buildings are in the $70,000 range. Built-out with a casita, these sites are listed for up to $270,000.

As an added benefit, and completely unplanned, we’ve met up with good friends from Dallas.  Here at Buckhorn Lake for a weekend rally, we enjoy spending an evening with them and fellow-ralliers from all over Texas. Safe Travels M&C – it was great seeing you again!

Standard back-in sites run $39.60/night with Good Sam discounts. Water-View sites are $44.10 and Adult-Only sites run $48.60. Monthly rates get the nightly rate on a standard back-in site down to about $18/night plus metered electric. As nice as this resort it, the noise from I-10 is nearly always in the background. Arriving on Sunday there was a slight breeze from the north that effectively cut the traffic noise. But as the winds shifted from the south, the traffic was always noticeable. Even back in the Adult-Only area, furthest from the highway, you could hear the traffic, especially the drone of the 18 wheelers. For a Hill Country Resort, where you expect peace and quiet, Buckhorn Lake doesn’t measure up to other parks in the area.

Tomorrow we’ll pack and travel west about 50 miles on I-10 before turning north toward San Angelo. More from there…

Kerrville, the Texas Hill Country

25 03 2015
River Rock Saloon

River Rock Saloon

We’re parked in site #61 at Guadalupe River RV Resort, a beautiful resort that backs to the meandering Guadalupe River in Kerrville, TX. A complete review of the resort is here. Kerrville offers many RV resorts, but this one is perhaps the nicest with the most amenities and even an onsite social club called the River Rock Saloon.  We were here last year and met good friends from Montrose, CO – Dave and Mary currently staying in site #59.  They have been here since early February, and have introduced us to more great new friends.  These new “biker” friends are off on a 4 day trip to Big Bend early on Wednesday morning.  The two days in Kerrville go by quickly and by mid-day on Wednesday we’re bound for San Antonio after firming up plans to meet Dave and Mary over the July 4th weekend back in Colorado.  We’ll spend a couple of nights just south of downtown San Antonio, more from there…

Guadalupe River RV Resort, Kerrville

18 03 2014
Guadalupe River RV Resort

Guadalupe River RV Resort

We’re parked at Guadalupe River RV Resort, just on the edge of Kerrville, TX considered by most to be the heart of the Texas Hill country.  We’ve arrived early, around 10:30AM, but the reservation staff was very helpful allowing us an early check-in to a premium riverfront site.  This is a large park with about 200 sites, 3 laundry rooms, 2 pools and even an on-site bar called the River Rock Saloon.

We’re in site #56, a back-in site with views out over the Guadalupe River as it wanders through the property.  These premium sites are level, each with a tree or two, a concrete patio pad with a small table and benches, and water, sewer and electric hookups.  The nightly rates range from $39 to $49 not including a 10% available Good Sam discount. TV cable is not included in these rates but available for an extra charge.  WiFi is also not provided in the nightly rate, and available for around $4/day from Tengo Internet.  While rig and car washes are permitted on the property, they charge $5 per wash.  With nightly charges plus these add-on fees, their premium rates which could exceed $65/night seem a bit over the top. But, the facilities are in general very good.  The pool areas are immaculately clean (maybe because they don’t get much use yet) and the laundry rooms and showers/restrooms are neat and in good repair.  The River Rock Saloon seems to be hit with many residents, especially on Friday’s for Karaoke and Saturdays when live bands are performing.  We enjoyed the $1.25 beers on Tuesday night and the company of new friends Dave and Mary from Montrose, CO. Thanks for buying the beers Dave!

Sites to the east of the main building (#1-#45) offer the best shade trees and lawns – however some of these sites backup directly to highway 27, which may present a noise problem.  Sites on the far west side (#173-#188) lack any type of shade trees and not much in the way of lawns either.  Sites in the center, (#45-#114) all have ample space, some trees and some lawn areas.   Cell phone service isn’t great in this location, our T-Mobile phones constantly have full 2G bars.  The Verizon broadband works best with the Cellular Booster, providing adequate 3G services.  All of the over the air TV network broadcasts come from San Antonio, and are not available from here on an RV wing antenna.  We did manage to find a local CW and ION channel.

Services are very convenient from this park, we resupplied both groceries and propane while here.  There are also numerous restaurant choices nearby and the San Antonio River Walk is only about an hour away.  After arriving early on Monday, we’ve spent 2 enjoyable nights here in Kerrville.  We’ll hit the road on Wednesday for the 3 hour trip down to Laredo.  More from there…