Easter Weekend

The Birch Creek Unit of the Lake Somerville State Park & Trailway is the closest State Park to my home so I go here if I don't have time to travel far. Lake Somerville has over 11,000 acres of surface water (depending on the amount of rain we have received). This complex has lots of good trails (almost 40 miles of them). The trailway between the two parks is 13 miles long and is accessible by foot or horseback. 

The units have good areas for fishing, swimming, kayaking and boating. Most of the sites have vegetation separating them so there's a good bit of privacy. It also acts as a good wind block, so it's a good place to come for winter camping as well. If you enjoy scavenger hunts, be sure to look for Munzees, Geocaches and Letterboxes. There are also small group pavilions for day use and a larger group hall with kitchen and AC and it has a few RV sites. 

Since I have the Texas State Parks Pass and get my daily entrance fee waived, I also come out to these parks sometimes just to walk the trails alone or with my dogs and I have been to geocaching and letterboxing events there. The Pass also gives you a discount on items in the Park stores.

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
Length of Stay: 2 Nights

Regular cost per night $20 + $5/person daily
Discounts: Texas State Parks Pass - daily fee waived, half off 2nd night
My Total Cost πŸ’²30

πŸ“‹ Site #71, Old Hickory Loop:

  • πŸ”™ Back In
  • Site Pad: level, asphalt, long enough for camper. If I stayed connected, my truck would barely fit. Disconnecting, I had to pull the truck in at an angle. Not very wide.
  • πŸ’§ Water - about knee height
  • ⚡ Max amp: 30 - all green lights
  • πŸ”₯ Square Fire Ring w/adjustable-height grate
  • Picnic Table: wood with metal legs, concrete slab with cover
  • Lantern hook
  • Trail directly to the Lake from the site
  • Privacy from neighbors due to vegetation - wind block can be a plus or a minus depending on the time of year

πŸ‘ŽπŸ» Cons:

  • πŸ’© No Sewer - dump station available in each camping area
  • πŸ“Ά No Wifi
  • πŸ“Ί No Cable
  • No Standing Grill
  • The "Lake Trail" runs between this site and 69 so there are people walking by on one side

πŸ“ Park Notes: 

  • 🚻 Restrooms
  • 🚿 Showers
  • πŸ›’ Store
  • πŸ’© Dump Station
  • πŸ”Ž Munzees and Geocaches in the Park
  • 🚢🏻‍♀️ Trails
  • 🌊 Water access
  • πŸ›Ά Canoe & Kayak rentals
  •  πŸ¦Birds: Cardinals (they are early risers), Buzzards, Pelicans, shore birds, small perching birds, Woodpeckers, No Eagle sightings.
  • 🦌 Deer, Squirrels, Frogs.  
  • Friendly and helpful staff
  • Beware: Site 65 has lots of leafcutter ant mounds. Might not be the best for children or pets.

πŸ—Ί In the Area:

  • πŸ›’Dollar General, Kovasovic's (General Store & Meat Market, firewood)
  • 🍽 Several restaurants/cafes on PR 57, more in Lyons/Somerville
  • 🍺 Bottleneck's in Deanville has beer, food and music. Half price appetizers on Thursday and Karaoke. Good bands to dance to on weekends. Got a good cheeseburger, fries and fried mushrooms.

πŸ’œ Highlights of this trip:

  • 🚢🏻‍♀️πŸ• Walked several of the trails: Sunset Loop, Wilderness Run, Eagle Point Loop, Bluestem Bend. Started using the All Trails app which is quite handy. 
  • πŸ• Camping with Pepper
  • My brother stopped by Saturday morning and we walked the dogs
  • First trip with the screen door bar. It helps! (I installed it myself)
  • 🚘 49.9 miles round trip - 9.85 mph
  • While I was away, I had a guest at my Boondockers Welcome site. 

Other stays at this State Park Complex:

Birch Creek Unit - Map

Yaupon Loop

Site #12 - in my old pop-up - January 2013

Site #23 - one of my favorites - August 2020

Post Oak Loop

Site #42 - the answer to life - on my birthday - August 2021

Old Hickory Loop

Site #69 - spontaneous adventure - January 2022

Site #73 - before Christmas - December 2021

Nails Creek Unit - Map

Bent Tree Camping Area

Site #26 - Fall camping - December 2021

Cedar Creek Camping Area

Site #54 - in my old pop-up - April 2013

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