2015 Keystone Passport
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Plan your next RV camping trip to include Lake Somerville State Park near Somerville, Texas. No worries if you don't own an RV — book an RV in Burleson County and explore the vastness of Texas. The park is centered on Lake Somerville and is a great place to get active or just lounge around taking in the beauty of the park. Drop by College Station to stock up on camping supplies before parking your rental RV at Lake Somerville State Park.
The bustling metropolis of Austin is only about an hour and a half to the west of the park, whereas the smaller town of Caldwell is less than 30 minutes from the park and is the county seat, offering quaint shops and diners for visitors to enjoy. Finding time to get away from the rigors of everyday living can be daunting, but well worth it when you get to relax while state park RV camping in Texas.
Spending time outdoors is a treat for some, especially when staying at a state park RV campground where nature abounds. Lake Somerville State Park is divided into four unique units, and each unit has a network of trails totaling nearly 40 miles in all. The Trailway is over 13 miles long and connects two of the more popular park units, Birch Creek and Nails Creek. Hikers and bikers are allowed on all trails throughout the park. Many of the trails are also open for horseback riding.
When packing your rental motorhome, don't forget your fishing gear. Anglers of all skill levels enjoy casting their lines while camping at Lake Somerville State Park. Largemouth bass, crappie, white bass, and catfish are abundant in Lake Somerville. A fishing license isn't required if you are fishing from the shore or a jetty within a Texas state park. A fishing jetty is located in the Birch Creek Unit. A valid Texas fishing license is required if you're fishing from a boat. If you're new to fishing, you can borrow gear from the park office.
Boating is a big draw for day visitors and campers to Lake Somerville State Park. The lake offers over 11,000 acres to explore and spend a relaxing day on the water. Both motorized and non-motorized boats are allowed on the lake. Kayaks, canoes, and stand-up paddleboards are also a common sight. There are two boat launch ramps in the park: one at Birch Creek and the other at Nails Creek. Swimming is permitted at the lake; however, there's no lifeguard on duty.
Camping at Lake Somerville State Park is a great way to make memories that last a lifetime. The campgrounds have more than 100 sites with electric and water hookups. Restrooms with shower facilities are within walking distance of each campsite. A dump station is available on-site for RV campers. A camp store is also conveniently located where visitors can stock up on supplies and pick up souvenirs.
Sometimes state park campgrounds fill up quickly during the busy months, forcing some campers to find other campgrounds. Paradise RV Park in Somerville is a great alternative to camping at Lake Somerville State Park. Sites have 30 or 50-amp electric hookups, as well as access to laundry facilities and Wi-Fi.
Also in Somerville, Frank and Kev RV Park is a great place to park your rental RV for the weekend. Each site has full hookups with electric, water, and sewer. Wi-Fi is available at no additional charge. Modern shower facilities and laundry room are within walking distance of all campsites. This campground is less than two miles from the Birch Creek entrance of Lake Somerville State Park.
On your Lake Somerville State Park camping adventure, you'll want to explore the area surrounding the park. Drive over to Brenham and visit the Texas Baptist Historical Museum. People of all walks of life and of varying faiths will find this museum an interesting experience. The current church building dates back to 1872, and the pulpit furniture dates back to 1852. This was once the place of worship for Sam Houston and his family. Houston was baptized in the church and his initials, along with his wife’s, are carved into their family pew.
Take a few hours to visit Bluebonnet MX Park in Caldwell, just to the north of Lake Somerville. There are shaded picnic areas for visitors to enjoy a leisurely lunch or dinner while taking in the sights. The park features a natural terrain MX track which is excellent for beginners and younger kids. Vintage bikes also tend to do well on the natural track. This track is about one mile in length, and you can view the entire course from the grandstands.
See a piece of history when you visit the George H.W. Bush Presidential Library and Museum in College Station. This is also the burial site of the 41st United States President and his wife, former First Lady Barbara Bush. The library and museum is one of the top places to visit in Texas and hosts thousands of visitors each year. Learn about the president through artifacts, photographs, film, documents, and interactive videos.