Fall Camping at Lake Somerville

Nails Creek Unit, Lake Somerville State Park

A nice, quiet fall camping weekend on Lake Somerville. It was a solo trip and since the weather was warm, I brought my kayak on this trip. πŸ‚

6280 FM 180
Ledbetter, TX 78946-7036
Burleson County
(979) 289-2392
Type of Park: State
2 Nights
Check In: 2p   Check Out: 12p

Site #26 - Back-In
πŸ’²20 per night + $4/person/day
Parks Pass Discount saved $18.00 (no daily fees and 1/2 off second night camping fee)
  • Water
  • Max Electric: 30 amp
  • Fire Ring with grate
  • Picnic Table: wood with metal legs, concrete base
  • Site Pad: Asphalt, level, long enough for my camper and truck with room to spare
  • Corrals for horses
πŸ‘πŸ» Pros:
  • Extra parking places across the street
  • Can see the lake from this spot
  • Directly across from the trail to the restrooms/showers
  • Nice green space between this site and neighboring sites. Plenty of room for slideouts, awnings, etc. 
πŸ‘ŽπŸ» Cons:
  • There's not a direct trail to the lake shore other than animal trails through some of the tall grass
  • The table and fire ring are on the non-camping side so it was a little strange. Very dark at night on that side. 

πŸ“ Park Notes: 
  • There are two Units in Lake Somerville State Park. Nails Creek (this park) and Birch Creek (where I stayed recently)
  • Dump Station
  • The Bent Tree and Cedar Creek Camping Areas have a portable trailer for the restrooms and showers. The main buildings are closed from the previous flooding episodes.
  • There are Munzees and Geocaches here
  • Miles of trails in the park and between this and the Birch Creek Unit
  • Great trails for equestrians 🐎 (Equestrians can only access the trails from the Nails Creek Unit. Birch Creek equestrian areas are under reconstruction)
  • 🚫 Some of the trails and areas of the park were closed this weekend due to public hunts
  • Enclosed Group Shelter is available for events (no kitchen). There is a small parking lot next to it though.
  • Family Fishing Pond in the Cedar Creek Camping Area 🎣
  • The open style pavilion near the entry gate doesn't appear to be open. Looks like it's is structurally unsound from previous flooding as well.
  • Eagles have been seen around the Lake but I didn't see any on this trip πŸ¦…

🐦 Wildlife:
  • Birds: Great Blue Heron, Cardinals, Chickadees
  • Deer
  • Squirrels
Crocs are not the recommended hiking shoes

πŸ’œ Highlights of this trip:
  • πŸ”₯ Campfires and breakfast over the fire (and a good steak too)
  • πŸ• My brother came for a short visit to walk the dog. We hit some of the trails and drove around the park.
  • πŸ’š Found a couple geocaches and put out a few Munzees
  • πŸ›Ά I took the kayak out and there was only ONE other boat on the lake
  • πŸ‚ Nice fall colors, but a lot of leaves are starting to fall off already
  • 🌟Warm temperatures and clear nights. Lots of stars are visible out here.
  • πŸ’² Renewed my Texas State Parks Pass
  • 🐴 Several people had their horses with them
  • πŸŽ‚ Came home for Mama's birthday and time with the family πŸ’•
  • 🚘 77 miles round trip - 10.5 mph  

Only saw ONE other boat while out kayaking for about 45 minutes