Travel dates :: February 17 – 20, 2016
After eating plenty of beignets in New Orleans and camping overnight in Lafeytte, Louisiana we headed west to Lake Conroe, Texas. After a busy couple weeks we opted to take it easy for a few days. We knew there was a lot to do in Houston but we also knew we needed to slow down for a bit – for our sanity and to catch up on life. So we skipped Houston (and it’s traffic) all together and headed north about an hour to Thousand Trails Lake Conroe RV Resort.
Thousand Trails is a national camping network that you can join via a membership fee. Broken into regions around the country your membership allows you to camp for free (or a discounted rate) at campgrounds within your region. We know a lot of full-time families who have Thousand Trails memberships and tend to stay at Thousand Trails locations for long stays.
We personally don’t have a Thousand Trails membership and have never stayed at a Thousand Trails campground before – so this was a first for us! We weren’t quite sure what to expect but were pleasantly surprised when we pulled in. They seemed to have great security – having a gate that seems to be staffed for early to late in the day and you’ll be given a gate code to get in after hours.
Our spot was in a row on a slight hill giving you a nice view of the valley. It was easy to back into and perfectly level. I love it when I don’t have to worry about leveling the trailer! The electrical box and hook-ups look like they had been upgraded recently and were in great condition. Although the spots aren’t huge, we didn’t feel as cramped as we had at some other campgrounds. And more importantly I loved our location – just a short walking distance to the playground, the miniature golf course and the pool/hot tub.
The amenities were definitely the highlight for our stay. The kids loved the playground and spent a lot of time there. Because there seem to be a lot of full-time residents and families here, the playground really picked up in the evenings and weekend – which was fun for our kids to play with other kids.
They also have FREE mini golf, pickle ball and ping pong – which our kids took advantage of at least 6-7 times in the short time we were there.
The pool was too cold to swim in while we were there (bummer!) but it was so very dreamy. The entire pool area must have recently been remodeled because it was one of the nicest facilities we’ve seen.
It was landscaped beautifully with lots of lawn chairs, cabanas and umbrellas I imagine this place would be AMAZING on a hot day in June or July.
Although the pool was too cold, Jeremy and I took turns soaking in the hot tub (kids aren’t allowed in hot tub). It felt very spa-like nestled next to the pool behind some landscaping.
The pool-area bathrooms were immaculate – like hotel/resort-fancy – they must have also recently been remodeled, they looked brand new. Because we had full hook-ups we didn’t take advantage of the restrooms but we were definitely impressed.
The resort had a bunch of activities on the calendar while we were there. Potlucks, ice cream social, walking group, water aerobics, line dancing, kids crafts, flag football, bingo, Texas Hold’em, karaoke and even church services. It was definitely geared toward creating a community for long-term residents, which I think there were many.
Thousand Trails Lake Conroe RV Resort is located right on a Lake Conroe and you’re able to rent paddle boats, canoes or kayaks for as low as $10/hour. And if you have a boat, they have a FREE boat launch for guests or members. If you don’t have an RV you can rent cabins down near the lake.
One of my other FAVORITE things about Lake Conroe RV Resort was the incredible wifi. Although not FREE (I think it was $12 for the length of our stay), it was wicked fast and we had our own connection. This is a huge plus for us as we were paying per GB for our internet usage and I was able to catch up on work and steam movies and music while we were here. I’d much rather a campground charge a nominal fee for wifi and have it work, then offer a FREE service that is useless (sadly, usually the case at campgrounds).
Although Thousand Trails Lake Conroe RV Resort is tucked enough off the freeway, it’s just a short drive to The Woodlands. We had the great pleasure of visiting friends in The Woodlands and got to see what a nice community it is. If you have any shopping needs – there is EVERYTHING you need within 30 minutes of the campground. My iPhone had started acting up and I was grateful there was an Apple store in the Woodlands Mall. We also got groceries and shopped some Goodwill stores (my favorite!).
For us, Thousand Trails Lake Conroe RV Resort, was the perfect respite for us. We needed a chance to recharge and slowdown after a busy time in New Orleans, Mobile and Montgomery. We loved having full hook-ups and amenities that made us feel like it was a mini-vacation.
I’d LOVE to visit again in the summer when we can take advantage of the pool and the lake as those seem to be some of the best features of this location. I imagine this would be a great place for a family getaway whether in a cabin or an RV!
Do you have a Thousand Trails membership? If so, what are your favorite Thousand Trails locations?
Sponsored post :: Thousand Trails sponsored our 4-day stay at Thousand Trails Lake Conroe RV Resort so that we could review it and share our honest opinion with our readers. All photos and opinions are my own.
We just purchased a travel trailer this weekend. It came with a free 1 year membership to Thousand Trails.
I’ve been going to Thousand Trails since I was six months old and my parents passed there membership to be a few years back, they’d been members since the 70s. It’s great now that I have children they can go and play it’s safe. The staff are friendly and you don’t have to worry about lots of noise with rowdy people at night. I haven’t been to many however frequent the ones in Washington, there is on about 1.5 hours away from home. It is easy to pack up and get away for the weekend. I have also been to some in Oregon and California.
We don’t have an RV and don’t camp anymore, so I checked out the cabins. Pleasantly surprised that they are fully equipped, including linens and a bathroom. Will have to keep this option in mind when we want a getaway.