Pecan Park served as our “home-base” for 3 months while we got a grasp on living full time in our camper and performed some much-needed upgrades to our truck. Having lived in NE Austin, the move down to San Marcos was very easy. With only a 30-40 minute drive into downtown Austin from the park, we still had the convenience of the city while we were living there. The park itself was nice with decent amenities and access to the river. They also accept mail for you and always gave us a call whenever we received a package.
The park itself is pretty quiet and low key for the most part. There are quite a few full-timers living there, which helps reduce some of the overall noise levels of the park. That being said, the sites are a bit close together unless you’re paying for one of the premium sites. But at $400-500 per month plus the cost of electric (about $44 for us), it isn’t too difficult to see why people end up sticking around, especially when they offer you winter deals on monthly rent (buy 2 months, get the third half off.)
There are two dog parks on the property, which worked out great with helping Lulu transition from living in our house to being an RV dog. She was able to make some friends while we were staying here, as we were invited to take part in the recurring 5:00 doggy play date. Lulu quickly learned when it was getting close to 5 and would start getting excited when she would see her friends heading down to the park.,
Since we were still so close to Austin, we were able to go back and eat at many of the amazing vegan restaurants the city has to offer. Places like The Beer Plant, Casa de Luz, Koriente, and many of the food trucks, all offer a wide variety of great vegan fare. Also because we were here for so long, we also were able to make trips to San Antonio and visit Viva Vegeria and to Dallas to eat at V-Eats Moden Vegan. Both were well worth the drive!
One thing we did learn while living here is that RV parks just aren’t quite what we are looking for on this adventure. Especially after our trips to Pace Bend and Bolivar Peninsula where we got to wake up and look out the window to beautiful scenery and not right into someone else’s rig. We also enjoy the added privacy that we got while staying at state parks or while boondocking. However, with the convenience of full hookups and super cheap monthly rates, it’s hard to beat staying in an RV park.
The one great thing about staying in the same place for so long is that we got to meet some incredible people that truly reinforced our desire to take part in this lifestyle. Check them out to see where their incredible adventures take them. We hope we cross paths with them again in the future!
Name: Gulpha Gorge Campground
Location: 305 Gorge Rd, Hot Springs National Park, AR 71901
Campground Notes:Full hookups, laundry, heated indoor pool & hot tub. 3 different “levels” of sites; some back-in, some pull-through, some with concrete “patios.”
Dog-friendly:Yes! 2 conveniently located large dog parks
Rates:$450 + electric
Cell service: Great service on T-mobile & Verizon. Park also has free wifi.