We don’t typically review the campgrounds where we stay here on The Compass Is Calling. We post reviews on Campendium and RVParkReviews as their system is designed specifically for this purpose. However, we recently stayed at Spring Branch RV Park in Spring Branch, Texas and were blown away. It is absolutely, hands-down, the best place to camp near San Antonio for rigs of any size.
In our monthly budget reports we briefly talk about our budget for camping. We don’t boondock as a standard preference. We will a night or two, but not weeks on end. We like to stay in RV parks. We enjoy the convenience of electric, water and sewer as well as the bonus of free wifi, laundry facilities and bathrooms. And when we stay at a nice park that is also reasonably priced (which believe it or not isn’t always easy to find), we really enjoy these amenities.
Warning: This review is full of glowing statements and happy campers. Spring Branch RV Park deserves every word written and more. We included the things that could be done better, but far and away, this campground blew every other park we’ve stayed in away. If reviews like this turn you off, read this one instead.
We found Spring Branch RV Park on RV Park Reviews and followed up with a visit to their website as we usually do. They advertised wifi, but so does everyone (and it’s not usually that great). They also had a small park for children which would give us something to do with G. Things looked good, but nothing stood out as something that led us to believe this would be the best place we’ve camped on our journey thus far.
Initial Reservation at Spring Branch RV Park
At Spring Branch RV Park, it all started with a phone call. A very enthusiastic one I might add. Paige Hall, the proprietor, returned my telephone request for a reservation within an hour. She took our details and even extended a 10% discount for our week-long stay (we had Good Sam but were not a returning guest).
Paige explained that although the site we were assigned was not a pull through, if one opened up prior to our arrival she would ensure we were placed there. Although unnecessary, it was very nice.
I hung up the phone thinking that she was quite possibly the nicest person I had spoken to in some time. (Their website DOES say they provide customer service that is second to none.) I couldn’t help but smile for several minutes after I hung up.
Arrival at Spring Branch RV Park
We arrived at the park on our scheduled date. As we pulled in, we noticed the propane area – we needed to fill up as we were expecting a winter storm. As Adam was turning situating the motorhome for access to the propane, I went to the office to check in and let them know we needed to fill up.
As I walked to the office, a gentleman in an SUV stopped to ask if we needed propane. He was heading there to get us filled up and we hadn’t even mentioned it yet! (I later learned this was Paige’s husband who runs the facility with her.) I radioed Adam that he was on his way to fill him up.
As I entered the office, Paige greeted me by name and verified that we needed propane. She took the requisite details and explained everything – from the bathroom door locks to the laundry, to the antenna signal to expect (no cable), to the wifi (they have FIVE networks!). She then followed us to our site to walk us through things. Someone happened to be parked temporarily in our site and she spoke to the guest on our behalf – again, greeting them by name.
After everything was situated, we pulled into our spot and set up camp without issue.
Sites at the RV Park
Spring Branch RV Park has 59 sites in two sections of the campground. All are hard packed limestone and fairly level. We had no issues setting up and leveling our rig. The roads are also limestone. I imagine it can get a bit dusty at times, but we didn’t have any issues as it rained/sleeted/snowed while we were there.
The sites offer full hookups including water, sewer, and electric. Each site has a picnic table as well. No cable is offered.
We didn’t have any issues with the hookups until the weather took a turn for the worse. The temperature dropped into the teens and despite having a heated hose and insulated bay, we awoke one morning to what we thought were frozen pipes.
Turns out, it was actually the spigot on the water supply to our hose that froze. Most of the sites we noticed later had two spigots and if two hoses weren’t hooked up, those guests didn’t have water on the coldest mornings – including us. We dripped the second spigot the next night and didn’t experience the issue again.
There seem to be quite a few full-timers in the park, but these sites are maintained well for the most part.
Wifi at Spring Branch RV Park
One of the first things we typically do on arrival day shortly after setting up camp is connect to the wifi and try to get a little work done.
Paige gave us a card with the available networks, password and bathroom door codes. She even circled the network that was closest to us. We logged on without issue. The park has FIVE networks – FIVE – in order to accommodate all guests and their needs.
This is the ONLY RV park we’ve stayed in that has had more than one network, but it made a HUGE difference. We did not have any issues during our stay connecting or working, no matter the time of day. It was a welcome difference.
Other RV parks, take note. An investment in additional networks is appreciated. Good internet is expected at hotels across the globe, why should RV parks be any different? More and more people are working from the road and need reliable access.
We have both a personal hotspot and Mifi which we use when we have to, but a good wifi connection always makes us extremely happy.
There are two bathhouses in the park and we visited both during our stay. The doors are kept locked and a code is needed for entry (given at check-in).
The bathrooms seem to have been recently updated and they were by far the cleanest and best smelling bath houses we have experienced to date. I still wouldn’t take off my shower shoes, but let’s face it, I don’t do that anywhere.
Two thumbs up to whoever takes care of the cleaning here – it was top notch, and I’m a germaphobe.
Laundry/Entertainment Room at Spring Branch RV Park
Laundry facilities are always hit or miss for us. We’ve had some great ones and some that took hours to dry a load. At Spring Branch RV Park, the machines were clean, newer and fairly priced.
One of the things that really stood out was the facility itself. The laundry machines are housed in a clubhouse/entertainment room so if you wish to stay with your clothes there was plenty to do. The room had a big screen TV, recliners, a table and several chairs. In addition, there was a huge library of DVDs and books for your enjoyment. There were also several board games and baskets of toys for little ones.
We spent about 3 hours up here one evening doing laundry and G didn’t get bored.
There were three wonky houses and a train for kids to play on. We didn’t see many kids utilizing them during our stay. G played around for a few minutes, but until he found a friend, he wasn’t really interested in them.
They also have a basketball goal and a soccer ball, but we didn’t play with these.
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Honestly, G and his friend played in the dog park more than the playground…It was a nice large space and had a few tunnels and jumps for pups. We don’t have a pet, but G said it was fun. 🙂 If you have a pet, there were benches within the park to sit on and it seemed nicer than other places we have visited.
We filled up with propane on our way in and out and it was fast, friendly and convenient both times. Plus, they also offer propane delivery to your site if needed (10 gallon minimum) one day a week. We almost needed the delivery service due to the freezing weather, but luckily it warmed up a bit and we managed.
There is a barn which houses the office, and one side is designated as a rec hall. It has a TV, full kitchen, games and sitting area. I imagine there are parties here in the summer and fall. Unfortunately, it was too cold to use during our stay and we didn’t see anyone else there either.
Paige and her husband seem to go out of their way for everyone in the park. If there is an issue, one of them is on it. If there is something that needs to be done, it’s finished before you can check again. They are both the perfect hosts in every way. I don’t know if we have met a nicer owner/operator duo in our travels.
If we had to give Spring Branch RV Park a rating 1-5, it would be a 5 hands down. While cable TV might be critical for some, we don’t watch TV often so we didn’t even notice. The frozen water supply was tough, but a small amount of insulation on all the secondary spigots would likely resolve the issue. All in all, this is the best RV park to date and we will stay here again if our travels take us in this direction.
Next time, we will book for a month!
NOTE: We were not paid or sponsored for this post in any way. Our opinions are our own and this review was something WE wanted to write – we feel this strongly about this RV park.
Now we want to hear from you! Have you ever stayed somewhere that just blew you away? Tell us which park, we may have to stop by!