Fort Davis, Texas

Davis Mountains State ParkOther reviewers at

March, 2015

The Lowe’s overall rating = 8 out of 10 stars

Here’s a view of the campground from one of the hiking trails we traversed


Noise level and overall “feel” of the park?
This is a quiet park, mostly because the layout and separation between
sites prevents traffic on the interior roads.  It is well-patrolled by
Park Police, and we didn’t hear any noisy groups while here.  The
campsites are about a mile off the main highway, so no noise from
there, either.  Very quiet at night.

Road and site access/type?

Spaciousness/levelness of sites?
Many sites were not level, ours (#5) was fairly close and we noticed
that #4 was also nice for a smaller RV.  Many sites had sparse trees,
but the location of them left lots of folks out in the full sun.  The two
I mentioned above both had favorable shady areas.  Large rigs
leaving the site we had would be subject to tree branches scraping
the sides and roof.

Utilities and WiFi/cell reception?
Very strong 50A electric service, water pressure strangely varied
between low and very high.  I couldn’t figure out what caused that,
and I had to frequently adjust my regulator to get the pressure we
wanted.  It appeared that most sites were full hookup, at least in
the section we selected.

Forget about cell reception – even with our booster we couldn’t get
a signal with all of the mountains around.  We had to drive 3-4 miles
into town to use our phones and hotspot.

Picnic table and/or fire pit?
A nice metal table anchored to a concrete pad, and a fire pit were
included at each site.  Firewood was sold on an “honor system” and
was a bit pricey.  We found excellent dry wood in town at the nearby
grocery store, but it was even more pricey.

Facilities – bathrooms/showers/laundry room?
No laundry room, as is typical of a state park, but the bathrooms
and showers were modern and clean.

Pet and/or kid friendly?
Pets had to be kept on-leash, but there were many areas to give them
a good walk.  There were some swings for the kids, but as is typical of
a state park this place is more about the camping and hiking

Bike/walking trails nearby?
Not a great place to ride bikes, unless you are into serious mountain
biking and want to take on the hiking trails, which is allowed.  We saw
no bike riders and never took ours off the rig.  The hiking trails were
another story – yay!  There were a few moderate and one strenuous
trail, and when we put some of them together we got excellent

Grocery stores and other services nearby?
The tiny town of Fort Davis was just 3 miles up the road, and it had
a fair grocery store, a decent health foods store and some restaurants.
We had a pretty good lunch at the mexican restaurant while we were
getting caught up on our email, but I was disappointed that they didn’t
serve beer.  Mexican food without beer or a margarita?  What’s up with
that?  The town of Alpine was about 26 miles away for any other

We liked this park for the trails that we could access right from our site,
It was quieter than many state parks we have visited recently, even on
weekends.  Even though Fort Davis was very small, it was nice to have it
so close by.  We went to the McDonald Observatory for tours a couple of
times, it’s 13 miles away and the main attraction in this area.  Be aware
that this state park is at 5,200 ft. elevation and it gets a bit chilly at night.

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