Tempo and I work full time. But we also travel a lot (logging 6,000 miles in the last six months or so), often managing to get away in The Whip for a week (or longer) at a time. For the times when we don’t have the band-width for a long get away, Eisenhower State Park, Texas is an ideal destination for us to have a quick, long week-end camping trip.
Eisenhower State Park is located near the Texas-Oklahoma border on Lake Texoma. The park is just east of highway 75 north of Sherman, Texas. We have camped at this state part on two occasions, once at the end of summer and once in winter time. I will warn you though. The main road to the park is not accessible due to the main bridge being in disrepair. The detour route is both hard to locate and is a very rough (but short) road if your rig does not have air ride suspension.
These are our impressions from our stays at Eisenhower:
- Full hook-ups are available with both 30 and 50 amp connections.
- Sites will accommodate larger rigs.
- Firewood is available on site and every site has picnic table and a fire ring.
- Decent hiking trails for novice to intermediate hikers.
- Challenging trails for mountain bikers.
- Numerous pull through sites in the full hook up area.
- Boating and fishing are accessible onsite.
- Landscape can be very beautiful at the right time of year.
- The sites are paves with a solid bed of asphalt so no leveling blocks were necessary.
- The pull-through sites are narrow and short with a short radius on the curve. At 36′ with a 3′ bike rack on the back, our rig was a little snug in the space.
- In the winter time the park is a bit desolate and scruffy looking. We managed to get a couple of nice pictures due mainly to our having a versatile camera.
- This is a prime Boy Scout destination so, if you are seeking solitude, you may want to call ahead and ask about large groups with reservations.
- I noticed a lot of dog waste at this park. People just don’t seem to clean up after their pets here. Perhaps at check-in it would be helpful it this was emphasized by the rangers. We even had one “neighbor” let their dog poop right by our electric hook up. Nice surprise when we were breaking camp.
- The trails are cut away from the lake so that you have no lake view.
- Watch out for mountain bikers as these are shared trails.
All in all we enjoyed our stays at Eisenhower. The close proximity to our storage and full hook-ups make this an attractive destination. We will be back!
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