Pre-Christmas Camping

I would rather camp than be in the stores before Christmas, especially this year. It's just not the same. I was supposed to have Boondockers this weekend, but they cancelled so I made last-minute reservations and hit the road. 

Birch Creek Unit, Lake Somerville State Park

14222 PR 57, Somerville, Texas, USA 77879
Burleson County

Type of Park: State 
Check In: 2p    Check Out: 12p
December 22-24, 2021 - 2 Nights

⛺ Site #73, Old Hickory Loop - Back-In

πŸ’²20 per night + $4/person/day entry fee
Daily fee waived and 1/2 off 2nd night with the Texas State Parks Pass

• Water
• 20/30 amp (had 50 amp outlet, but only 20 & 30 breakers)
• Fire Ring with adjustable height grate
• Picnic Table: Wood with metal legs, has a canopy, concrete base
• Site Pad: asphalt. Site was long enough for my camper and my truck and was about double-wide
• Accessible site: wide site, concrete walkways (there were others available in the park so I didn't take the last one)

πŸ‘πŸ» Pros:

• Near the water with a trail to get there
• Green space between the site and neighbors
• Good buffer from the wind

πŸ‘ŽπŸ» Cons:

• No complaints

πŸ“ Park Notes: 

• Park does not have a gate 
• Dump Station for each camping loop
• Restrooms / Showers in each loop
• Boat ramp
• Old Fishing jetty/pier is closed
• This campground is better for winter camping. Great buffer from wind and neighbors. Only a handful of sites have direct access to the water.
• Lots of trails
• There are Munzees (including a new one I put out) and Geocaches here
• Group pavilion/kitchen available
• 2 group shelters available
• 🎣 They recently stocked the front pond with rainbow trout

🐦 Wildlife:

• Birds: Shore birds, gulls, egrets, herons, cardinals, mockingbirds, chickadees
• Deer
• Squirrels

πŸ’œ Highlights of this trip:

• Walking the trails
• Finding Geocaches
• Campfires at night and in the morning to make breakfast 
• I love using the packets that change the colors of the flames - AFTER I have done my cooking.
• My brother changed out some light fixtures - LIGHT!!!
• Solo Trip
• NOT being in the stores a couple days before Christmas!
• My son is coming out later to spend Christmas Eve night at the house

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