Livingston

Livin’ Livingston

“Livin’ Livingston” – Review of Lake Livingston State Park (with a twist)

Tempo and I like to take advantage of every opportunity to escape our city lives and work remotely from our rig. Preferably at a scenic spot away from people. Once again we were able to point The Whip south and head out of town on a Monday afternoon, our work duties complete for the day. Our destination; Lake Livingston State Park. We would be “Livin’ Livingston” for the week! This stunningly beautiful lake is located in the Piney Woods, East of I-45 near Huntsville, TX. We made our obligatory overnight stop at a Walmart in Madisonville, Texas and drove on to Lake Livingston the next morning.

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A picture is worth a thousand words (or video in this case) and I have included our Livin’ Livingston YouTube video below and also linked here, but we want to share some of our “Likes and Do Betters we experienced during our stay at Lake Livingston State Park.

Likes:

  • Free WiFi available in the park. This is unusual in Texas state parks. (See the Do Better section below)
  • Spacious and level lots. Our RV is 36′ long, weighs almost 28,000 lbs. and we have a bike rack that extends an additional 3′ behind the rig. We fit perfectly in our spot and did not need leveling pads! We did have to maneuver back and forth a bit in order to keep our slides free from tree branches.
  • Some spots (like ours!) have an unobstructed view of the lake (even from the opposite side of the park road)
  • Very wide trails which is ideal for hiking side by side or riding your bike with your pup jogging beside you.
  • 30 and 50 amp connections available with full hook ups. Some state parks in Texas have limited or no 50 amp connections.
  • Easy access from I-45 with well maintained highway leading to the park.
  • Lush and well maintained park grounds.
  • The staff here go out of their way to be friendly and helpful.
  • The park is well patrolled by park rangers giving the impression of a safe environment.

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Do Better:

  • As with many state parks campers are not allowed to bring your own firewood onto the property. Normally, firewood is for sale at park headquarters. However, we were told that wood would not be available until closer to the weekend. Sigh.
  • WiFi was not available at our site. The signal was just not strong enough to get to our site (#69). We may have been able to get a signal with a WiFi booster, but, we don’t currently have one. This forced us to use our data plan in order to complete our daily work.
  • Our site had the fire ring and picnic table in the rear of the site making it unusable if we wanted to keep the lake visible.

All in all this is a wonderful state park and we had a fantastic time hiking and biking or just hanging out with AussieOne. The weather was fantastic and even though it is winter time the temperature stayed in the high 70’s during the day and in the 50’s at night. Check out our video below for a cool visual of our stay at Lake Livingston State Park, Texas! Safe Travels!

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Hi, I'm Gonzo (call sign "Ironman"). I like to think of myself as an ordinary guy making the "next thing" happen now. I live and work in Texas with my wife, call sign "Tempo" and our fur babies AussieOne, Red and Griz (call signs of course). Together we make up a merry band of travelers wandering in search of extraordinary experiences, good wine and the occasional craft beer. Thank you for your interest in our blog! Cheers!

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4 thoughts on “Livin’ Livingston

  1. Thanks for sharing your review. We had heard about unreliable internet on the road so we went ahead and bought an unlimited Verizon hotspot (grandfathered) from a third party. It has really been a life saver. 🙂

    1. Thank you for your comments. Yes we have a hotspot and had to use that on the LL trip (unfortunately I forgot to turn off the Dropbox and iCloud apps on my Mac and iPad so the syncing ate up my data plan). We are on AT&T and do not have an unlimited plan, so expensive! We are looking at purchasing a Wifi Ranger and perhaps a weBoost to extend our wifi and cellular reach. We have also been in parks where we couldn’t get a cell signal on our phones nor our hotspot. Our hotspot has an antennae ad-on which seems to help our signal by a bar or two, even when on the move. Thanks again for reading the post and your comments! Safe travels!

      1. Jessica Meinhofer

        Oh wow, we’ve never been without cell service. I guess we haven’t been anywhere too remote. Yeah, I don’t think Verizon even offers an unlimited plan anymore. They are available via eBay though. It is totally unrelated to our cell phones. 🙂

        1. Appreciate the eBay tip! I’ll look into that. We were in Chickasaw National Recreation Park campground in Oklahoma and were advised ahead of time that no cell signal is available. With our external antennae on the hotspot we were able to get one to two bars of signal strength but that’s it. There were times where we had no signal. WE are leaving on a long trip in less than two weeks in which we plan to remote camp some. I’ll be interested to see our connectivity level. Thanks!

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