Volunteering for Parks and Campgrounds

If you’ve been enjoying your RV for any time at all, you’ve probably noticed “Park Host” signs in your favorite state parks and campgrounds. These kind people are usually volunteers who live in the park, make life easier for the park staff, and are a huge help to RV travelers.

TPW Volunteer

Photo: Texas Parks and Wildlife.

If you’ve considered volunteering, here are some resources that may be helpful.

1. Texas Parks and Wildlife has an extensive volunteer program. Whether you’re interested in a Park Host position, or want to offer your services as a tour guide, your gift of time can help stretch the parks’ budgets!

2. Likewise, the National Park Service has opportunities available at parks across the country through their Volunteers in Parks (VIP) program. Download their brochure and read all about it.

3. Finally, many private parks offer volunteer opportunities. For example, KOA has a Work Kamper program for seasonal volunteers. Like the National Park Service, KOAs offer opportunities to work anywhere in the country.

Besides making a difference in the great outdoors, RV volunteers also enjoy discounted or free camping fees.

Are you a volunteer? Where are you volunteering? What’s your specialty? Be sure to post a pic or send us a postcard from the road!

~ Elaine

RV Camping at Goose Island State Park

Enjoy RV Camping in Texas at Goose Island State Park

Deer at entrance at Goose Island State ParkFor the past four days, I’ve spent my evenings enjoying Gulf breezes in the shade of oaks, and waking up to the sounds of cicadas in Goose Island State Park.

Located on Aransas Bay just 15 minutes east of Rockport, the park offers hiking trails that wind through oak groves, RV camping in woodland or bayside campsites, fishing from the park’s piers (or even from your campsite!), and extraordinary bird watching opportunities in the marsh areas.

Pelicans at Goose Island state park

Goose Island State Park Fishing Pier

 

 

 

 

 

 

Fishing from RV campsite at Goose Island State Park

 

While you’re in the area, be sure to visit Rockport. You’ll find great places to eat, like Charlotte Plummers, Moondog Seaside Eatery, or  The Daily Grind, which is the best place for a coffee or lunch break when you’re exploring the art galleries in the Historic District. (Hint: the quiches get rave reviews!) For more ideas on places to go and things to do, visit the Rockport-Fulton website!

Rockport may be best known for its annual HummerBird Celebration. This year, the event celebrates its 25th Anniversary, and is scheduled for September 12-15.

Here are a few tips for RV camping at Goose Island State Park:

1. The oaks grow close to the road and close tightly around many of the campsites. (You’ll see lots of reflectors marking the branches that are likely to nip your RV.) Call the park in advance and make sure you’re comfortable that your rig will fit.

The Big Tree at Goose Island State Park2. Take a bicycle. Goose Island State Park is large, and it’s fun to cycle along Lantana Loop, Warbler Way, or Redfish Road.

3. Don’t miss the “Big Tree.” It’s located about a mile east of Goose Island State Park. It’s the State Champion Coastal Live Oak, and it’s more than 1,000 years old.

Whatever your favorite coastal activity may be, Goose Island State Park is a great home base for RV camping. Be sure to stop by and say hello to to the team at Camper Clinic if you need any supplies for your trip!

~ G. Elaine Acker

 

Sunset Resort RV Park Review, Lake Tawakoni, TX

Lakefront RV sites at Sunset Resort.

Lakefront RV sites at Sunset Resort.

Sunset Resort opened in 2012 and is situated on 15 acres on the southwestern side of Lake Tawakoni in East Texas (about 50 miles east of Dallas near Quinlan). RV sites here range from shady, interior sites in a woodland setting, to waterfront sites that offer expansive lake views.

Cabins are available for those not traveling in RVs.

Cabins are available for those not traveling in RVs.

The resort is located adjacent to a public boat ramp, and its facilities include gated access, laundry facilities, bath houses, and wi-fi. There are also nice cabins for any non-camping family members or friends.

Pavilion at Sunset ResortTheir brand new Pavilion (below) is perfect for family reunions or other events. The Acker family was lucky enough to be the first guests at the Pavilion, which offers a combination of fully air-conditioned as well as outdoor spaces. The kitchen is well organized, and although we spent a lot of time under the shade at picnic tables outside, it was great to be able to sit down together inside and have a meal without sweating and swatting flies.

Sunset view at Sunset Resort

Although you probably can’t tell from the sunset photo, the drought has left the lake about 8-10 feet low. But, there’s still plenty of deep water for fishing and water sports. Just make sure you stay in the deeper water and avoid the sandbars near shore.

My family and I loved the park and would definitely visit again. It’s peaceful, the people are friendly, and you get to enjoy gorgeous sunrises as well as sunsets.

~ G. Elaine Acker

Sunset Resort is just one of the many RV parks you can enjoy when you buy a travel trailer from Camper Clinic in Rockport, Texas, or Camper Clinic 2 in Buda, Texas. Go see what’s on the lot, and the friendly sales staff will help you find the right travel trailer, toy hauler, or fifth wheel for you!