Lake Bob Sandlin State Park Review & Rating
Lake Bob Sandlin State Park Overview:
Lake Bob Sandlin State Park Review
Lake Bob Sandlin State Park is nestled under the tall pines and along the shoreline of Lake Bob Sandlin. As such it is a perfect place to camp if you want to explore the lake, catch some fish, or just relax in this quiet and tranquil park with large spacious sites, cottages, and screened shelters.
The Park is very clean, well maintained, and has several amenities. All of the roads are paved and big rigs shouldn’t have any trouble maneuvering until they try to get into the sites, some of which are short – make sure you let the rangers know the length of your rig before you head to a site.
The lake has lots of tree stumps off the shore near the sites. Which means its good for fishing but not good for boats, swimming, or boarding.
Amenities and Fun Things To Do:
Lake Bob Sandlin State Park has 63 RV sites in two camping loops – Fort Sherman and Cherokee Trace. The RV sites range from level to some fairly significant slope (you’ll need blocks to get level) and they all have 30 AMP electric, water, picnic table, firepit, and a lantern holder. The vast majority of the sites are heavily shaded and most are very spacious with lots of room to spread out. All are an easy walk to the lake and some are less than 50 yards from the water. The bad news is that this end of Lake Bob Sandlin has lots of tree stumps in the water – making it difficult to impossible to get your boat close to your site and not the best for swimming. State Park Cove, a small cove near sites 6 to 11 may be more suitable for boat parking, but be careful.
Two other loops, Moccasin Track and Broken Bow Camping area, have a mixture of campsites, screened shelters, and cottages, all of which are under lots of trees. The campsites have water and electric, picnic table, firepit, and lantern holder and some of the picnic table are covered. The cottages and screened shelters also have picnic tables, firepit, and lantern holder. The cottages at Lake Bob Sandlin State Park have bunk beds and AC but no indoor plumbing or linens. Some of the screened shelters and cottages are lakeside but again, the lake is loaded with tree stumps.
Some of the amenities at Lake Bob Sandlin State Park include:
- boat ramp and ample trailer parking
- group facilities with a group picnic pavilion
- day use area with picnic tables, grills, and a playground
- lighted fishing pier and fish cleaning station
- 4.5 miles of intermediate hiking and biking trails that meander through the forest and past two ponds
- primitive hike-in camping area
- swimming area with a swim platform
- restrooms and showers between each of the two camping areas
- dump station
- a small cemetery that dates back to the 1840’s when Fort Sherman was built to protect settlers from Indian attacks
- interpretive tours and nature walks are offered on some weekends and by request
Lake Bob Sandlin is great for fishing, not bad for boarding, and ok for cruising and there is one party cove. See our map of Lake Bob Sandlin to learn more about the lake and what to see and do.
A Typical Texas Outsider Day:
We came to Lake Bob Sandlin State Park to explore the local area and check out Lake Bob Sandlin and explore the local area in search of some fun things to see and do. We did boat around the lake and covered most of it in a little over an hour – some good coves for boarding/skiing/tubing, some huge beautiful homes, and a party cove, which was deserted when we were there on a Thursday. Lake Bob Sandlin has a great reputation for fishing and boaters need to watch out for the stumps. Read our review of Lake Bob Sandlin.
We didn’t find much else to do in the area. Boated over for a burger at Barefoot Bay Marina – they have karaoke and live music on some weekends, a great deck, and volleyball and horseshoes. Had a good Italian dinner in Winnsboro at ciboVino, an ok Mexican meal at Papa Nachos, and a great breakfast at Earls. We understand that Vaughns, near the State Park, has good fried fish.
Cool Nearby Activities:
As mentioned earlier, we didn’t have time to do as much exploring as we wanted, but here are some ideas and things to do that we heard about:
- everyone said we had to have some Pittsburg Hot Links - the restaurant was closed so we bought some to cook and haven’t tried them yet
- Lake Cypress Springs feeds into Lake Bob Sandlin and it’s a beautiful small lake
- there is a Heritage Museum in Pittsburg
- here is a link to some local golf courses
- there is some interesting iron artwork in Hopewell on one of the side roads
- if you like cemeteries, we saw signs for lots of them
Bottom line - if you come here you should plan on doing stuff in the campground (biking, eating, swimming, hiking, playing games, cooking some good food, etc.), or go boating and try to catch some fish, or hire a fishing guide.
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Additional Pictures of Lake Bob Sandlin State Park
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