Barefoot Bay Marina & RV Resort Review & Rating
Barefoot Bay Marina & RV Resort Overview:
Review of Barefoot Bay Marina & RV Resort Pittsburg Texas
The RV Park at Barefoot Bay Marina is located on a small protected cove of Lake Bob Sandlin about 4 miles from Pittsburg. The RV Park is across the street from the Bayfoot Bay Marina which has a store, cabins, Sports Bar, marina, nature trail, gas, and more. In addition to cabins and a lake house rental, there are 80 full hook-up RV sites.
Barefoot Bay Marina changed hands in late 2011 and the new owners have made significant improvements and are committed to making more additions and changes to their Resort.
The staff is outgoing and friendly and the Resort is clean and well maintained. The RV Resort is family and dog friendly. Barefoot Bay Marina and RV Resort is well deserving of being named "Best RV Park in Upper East Texas" by County Line Magazine.
Amenities and Fun Things To Do:
The Barefoot Bay Marina RV Park has 80 full hook-up sites with water, electric (30 & 50 AMP), and sewer. The parking pads are a combination of dirt and grass and range from level to a gentle slope. Most are long and wide enough for a big rig with quad slides. Most of the sites have picnic tables, a small grill, and a fire ring. 27 sites are along the shoreline of Lake Bob Sandlin which is perfect for swimming, boat parking, or fishing.
The RV sites at Barefoot Bay Marina and RV Resort are a mixture of back-in and lone pull throughs. The roads and sites are crushed gravel with grass between all of the sites - which like most RV Parks are side-by-side. Some sites have hook-ups at the rear of the site and others have the hook-ups toward the middle of the site. Big rigs shouldn't have any trouble getting in and out of the sites.
Barefoot Bay Marina & RV Resort also has 4 small one bedroom cabins and one two bedroom cabin for rent that sit about 50 yards above a very small arm of the lake and overlook the marina. There is another cabin across the street in the RV Park. The cabins have recently been renovated and upgraded.
On our last visit we stayed in the 1750 square foot 4 bedroom lake house that sits on a small bluff 150 yards from the lake. It's just across the bridge from the Marina and has a beautiful view of the Lake. The 4 bedrooms will sleep 9 comfortably and the living area has comfy couches, a fireplace, and a great view of the lake. The kitchen is well stocked and includes a full refrigerator, dishwasher, microwave, toaster, coffee maker, 4 burner oven, and more. There is even a washer and dryer. But the best of all is the deck outside the back of the house that overlooks the lake.
In addition to adding and/or improving the sites, the new owners have added several other amenities at Barefoot Bay Marina & RV Resort, some of which include:
- a country store that has everything including beer, food staples, ice cream, bait, RV supplies and more
- food service that includes burgers, chicken sandwiches, fries, pizza, and more
- a sand volleyball court as well as horseshoe pits and washers and plenty of picnic tables to enjoy the action
- a boat ramp (with no fee for camping guests) and trailer parking
- a marina with wet slips, guest slips and boat gas
- a gas station with propane
- covered picnic tables on the edge of the lake
- washateria that includes 2 washing machines and 2 dryers
- dump station
- fish cleaning station
- clean restrooms and showers in the campground
- free Wi-Fi
The nature trail was recognized by a well known birding professor from Texas Tech as one of the best in the area - he said he spotted 39 different varieties in less than 30 minutes.
We love the new Sports Bar at Barefoot Bay Marina which has:
- an enclosed area for drinking and dining
- a separate game room overlooking the marina with pool tables, shuffleboard, and video games
- a very cool bar area with a dance floor and stage as well as a fire pit - three sides of this area can be opened to the outside
- a deck with tables and chairs and a hot tub overlooking the marina and lake
During the year, particularly during the summer, the Sports Bar is lively and fun and home to live music.
A Typical Texas Outsider Day:
During our first visit to Barefoot Bay Marina & RV Resort we stayed in one of the cabins and spent a day on Lake Bob Sandlin - cruised by the State Park, past some huge beautiful homes, and checked out the party cove which was empty because it was Wednesday. We found a small protected cove, dropped an anchor, went swimming, and played some dominos.
The Sports Bar wasn't open yet or we would have spent some time playing pool. Pittsburg is nearby and we went into town that evening for some pretty good Mexican food and a great margarita at Papa Nachos.
The next morning we had an excellent breakfast at Earls, checked out Lake Bob Sandlin State Park, and cruised by some interesting metal sculptures on a scenic country back road. And that night we drove 25 minutes to Winnsboro for some good Italian food at CiboVino.
On our most recent visit just before Christmas, we enjoyed our stay in the lake house and had an excellent dinner and some very good wine at Los Pinos Ranch Vineyards. Several people recommended that we have breakfast at the historic Pittsburg Hot Links - so we did and it was pretty good.
We had a tee time at Princedale Country Club Golf Course that morning but unfortunately it was cold and drizzling, so we decided to skip golf.
Cool Nearby Activities:
We ask several people what there is to do nearby and the typical answers were:
- visit the Pittsburg town square, the Prayer Tower, the Depo Museum, or the Heritage Museum
- sample some wine and good food at Los Pinos Ranch Vineyards
- try some Pittsburg hot links which Pittsburg is famous for
- enjoy the lake - rent a boat if you don't have one or go fishing with one of the local fishing guides
- play some golf - here is a golf map to help you find a course
- visit Mt Pleasant
- check out Cypress Springs Lake with adjoins Lake Bob Sandlin
- spend some time at Lake Bob Sandlin State Park or Daingerfield State Park
Or just hang out at Barefoot Bay Marina and enjoy the lake, the Sports Bar, or a good game of volleyball or pool. Visit Barefoot Bay Marina's website to check out their list of fun things to do. Here is a link to our review of Lake Bob Sandlin.
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Texas Outside uses a tough rating scale and it’s difficult for a campground to get a “10”. Each park is rated on:
- Scenic Beauty: a campground that is flat with no trees or character gets a “1” and hills, lots of trees, beautiful lake site, and lush ground cover gets a “10”
- Park Condition: the cleaner, well kept, and maintained campgrounds receive high scores
- Amenities: we are looking for lots of amenities like restrooms, dump stations, playgrounds, boat ramps, shelters, concession stand, rental toys, and more.
- Campsites: low scores are given for sites that are right next to each other (good for getting to know your neighbors, but not what we’re looking for when we’re camping); have no lantern holder, no water or electricity, no fire pit, no grill, or no picnic table (or it’s rotten wood); have no trees and no view; the ground cover is crushed rock (my bare feet hate that stuff!); and they require a lot of work to get your rig level.
- Things To Do: Bonus points are given for campgrounds that offer lots of fun things to do at the park or very nearby – this includes: biking, hiking, climbing, boating, entertainment, golf, swimming, fishing, volleyball, horseshoes, and more