When planning out our Texas Vacation itinerary, an overnight stop was not in the plans. We had planned to just make a quick stop to see Magnolia Market at the Silos. As I continued to plan our trip, two things became evident. The first is that there is more to do in Waco than Magnolia Market and the second is that parking would be difficult to find while pulling our travel trailer. So I reached out to Kristin at The Touring Camper to see if they had trouble with parking on their recent RV road trip through Waco and she shared that they actually camped at Midway Park right in Waco. It is located on Waco Lake and run by the Army Corps of Engineers.
This was a great recommendation and worked out perfect for our needs. Something to note is that we did not spend too much time at the campground. We only stayed here one night and the time that was spent there was mainly the time that we slept.
This campground is managed by the Army Corps of Engineers and is located on the South Bosque River where it merges into Waco Lake. This campground would be a great location for anglers or those wanting to get out boating. It is a rather small park with no hiking trails but does have a boat ramp which makes it easy for those wanting to get out on the water. We also thought it was a great location for those wanting to have a base camp for exploring Waco.
There are 38 Sites in the campground-33 sites have water and electric, 11 of those sites are also full hookup. There are five other tent only sites that come with water hook up but no electricity. Six sites are pull through sites and the remainder are back-in. The pull through sites are situated close to the highway so I would anticipate some road noise at those sites. Our site was not there so I can’t say for sure though.
Another thing to note with this campground is that the gates close at 10:00 PM. I have seen this as many state parks but they never actually lock the gates. They would just like you to arrive prior to that time. Here though, the gates actually lock. So we had to make sure to arrive for sure before 10:00 PM. So not late arrivals. If there was an emergency you could leave the park but it was one of those gates where you can drive one way and if you try to go the other way the spikes would puncture your tires. If you were outside and needed to get in you could park before the gates and then walk to your site.
Reservations are made through Recreation.gov, a common place to make reservations for public campgrounds. You will need to create a log-in to make a reservation. Reservations can be made up to six months in advance. I am not sure how fast these sites fill during other times of the year. I believe the campground did end up being filled to capacity when we were there. I made our reservation one month in advance and there was a handful of sites to choose from.
Cost for this campgrounds ranges from $12.00 for a primitive site up to $40.00 for a standard electric site. It also states that a $10 reservation fee may be added on top of the campsite fee. We paid $28.00 for our full hook-up site and was not charged a reservation fee.
Specifics between the sites vary from primitive to full hook-up. Most sites are back-in sites and there are a few that are pull-through. Our site-Site #24 was a back in site. It was pretty long and there was plenty of room in front of our truck if you had a bigger rig. The Fancy Nancy had no problem fitting in. If you back up all the way towards the back the pad becomes more level but the further up towards the road you go the more slope you get. You can see this in the picture above. It appeared to be this way with many of the sites.
I was pleasantly surprised with the size of the campsites. They were pretty large and had a nice gravel area for the picnic table and fire ring. Gravel areas are always appreciated-they cut back on the mud which keeps everything just a little bit cleaner. They also had a grill that was separate from the fire pit which was also nice.
This campground did not offer much in the way of amenities. It did have a small playground, which is always nice for the girls. The bathhouse was a bit disappointing. Thankfully, we did not need to use it because we had our bathroom in the trailer. It hadn’t been kept up well and when we were there it did not even have soap to wash our hands with. Other amenities that the campground had was a boat launch and dump station.
Things to Do
Being so close to Waco, TX there are many things to do to keep you busy on your stay. We hit up a few desitnation but there was plenty more to do that we could have made a multi-day trip out of it. We explored the area a bit and you can read about our adventures in Waco. I would recommend checking out the Waco Visitor Information Center. Throughout downtown there are numerous free parking locations and there is also a free downtown trolley which makes it easy to get from place to place.
Some Suggestions for things to do in the area:
- Magnolia Market and Silos: We had a great time here and was pleasantly surprised that it was more of an experience that I thought it would be. My #1 suggestion-arrive early! And if you are really into Chip and Joanna Gaines and all things Fixer Upper there is the Magnolia Trail-a self-guided tour of places that have been metioned or featured on the show.
- Waco Mammoth National Monument: Explore this site either on your own or as part of a guided tour. They offer a Junior Ranger Program for the kid’s too!
- Dr. Pepper Museum: Located downtown Waco, this museum features all things Dr. Pepper. It includes the original 1906 Bottling Plant along with various exhibits about Dr. Pepper and the Free Enterprise Institute.
- Waco Suspension Bridge and Riverwalk Area: I really wanted to get over to this area but we ran out of time. I thought it looked like a great place to let the girls run around, see the historic bridge that was completed in 1870 and enjoy some food from the Chowtown Food Truck Park.
I hope that eventually, we will be able to make our way back down south to Waco-It has so much to offer
Dates of Visit: March 10th-11th, 2017