While we were moving into our RV, we spent five days/four nights at Bay Landing RV Campground just west of Bridgeport, Texas. This is about an hour northwest of Fort Worth off of Texas SH-114. Our family had mixed emotions about this park. For some of us, it was wonderful, one of our favorites on our trip across America. For others, it was just ok. A major reason is because we visited in the heat of July—90-100-degrees or higher. Because it was one of the first RV parks we visited, we waited to write this review until we had visited enough others to give us a clearer perspective. Here’s what we found.
Bay Landing Activities
Bay Landing offered an array of activities. In fact, this is the main reason why some in our family loved this park. We enjoyed breakfast one morning in the clubhouse, which was more than reasonably priced. The café is open each day. The pool area was quite nice with a water volleyball net strung across the middle and a hot tub for adults. Other activities include ping pong, mini-golf, horse shoes, pool table (fee for sticks and balls), fishing hole, playground and dog park. For a small fee, you could also rent bikes. The park even schedules fun and yummy activities each week like a root beer float social in the clubhouse or a burger bar.
Bay Landing Facilities
The bathhouse was clean with several stalls and five showers, one of which was a handicap shower. All were in good working order. The pressure was good, but on two occasions, we experienced cold showers.
Bay Landing Sites
Bay Landing offers full hookup 50- and 30-amp sites along with cabins and tent sites. Most RV sites are back-in with only seven pull-through sites. Although the park boasts several 50-amp sites, seasonal or full-time residents had taken most of them. When we arrived, there was only one 50-amp site that would come available the next day. There was no reserving it. We would have had to hang out at the clubhouse and watch for the site to become vacant. That wasn’t an option for us, so we had to make do with the 30-amp, full-hookup site. The challenge was that since our RV has 2 AC units, we faced regular blackouts each day, during the heat of the day. The nights were fine, but the days—those hot, muggy Texas days—caused us problems. Each site came with a fire pit.
Bay Landing WiFi
WiFi is free at the clubhouse and adult center but the signal isn’t strong. You can send and receive email very slowly, but that’s about all.
Wildlife at Bay Landing
We enjoyed seeing several deer. There was even a doe and fawn that we saw regularly on our morning or evening trips out of Bay Landing. Of course, the peskiest wildlife was the mosquitos. They grow ’em big in this part of the country. They were so thick that we did not venture outdoors after about 6 pm unless necessary, and if we did, we hosed ourselves down with [amazon link=”B00A6FAXOM” title=”Skin So Soft” link_title=”Avon Skin So Soft” /].
While the park office is right off the highway, the sites and grounds sit in a country setting about five miles off of the highway. Because of this, there wasn’t a concern about people “just passing through.” Security and park attendees drove through the park with regularity. Nothing concerned us or appeared out of place. Of course, we monitored our children and always accompanied them to the bathhouse.
Nearest Shopping to Bay Landing
There is a Dollar Store just down the road from the park office which provided small, typical items like toiletries and snacks. Bridgeport is a short drive away where you can shop for groceries. We were moving into our unit full time, so we needed home improvement solutions. We had to drive 30 minutes to Decatur to find a Walmart and Lowe’s.
Bay Landing Through the Eyes of Kids
The kids really liked the pool and the breakfast (which included pancakes), but since we were busy moving into our RV, we didn’t have time to take advantage of the all the amenities. So while they liked it, our week consisted mostly of unpacking and reorganizing.
Bay Landing RV Campground is a Thousand Trails park as well as a Resort Parks International (RPI) Preferred park. In fact, at this writing, it is the only RPI Preferred park in the state. Since we belong to RPI, that’s how we made our reservations, which gave us a discount. As mentioned above, we have mixed emotions about this park. If we stay here again, which is not out of the question, we’ll go into it with our eyes wide open. We’ll expect a 30-amp, full-hook-up, back-in site and bring buckets of bug repellent…but we’ll also expect to enjoy the nice pool and other amenities.