Fairfield Lake State Park Overview:
Fairfield Lake State Park is about 8 miles from Fairfield and has three camping areas on Fairfield Lake (reviewed and given only 4 Texas Outside Stars). The Park has 128 water and electric sites and 36 with water only. All of the sites have lots of trees (shade for those hot Texas summers), wooden picnic table, fire pit, and a lantern holder. Most are very spacious with plenty of room to spread out and not cause your neighbors any noise problems. There are some great sites about 100 yards from the water - unfortunately, in May 2006 reservations could not be made for a specific site. Access to the water from the sites was limited due to the tall grass and cattails lining most of the lake. If you are driving a big rig, be very careful getting in and out of the pull through sites - I don't think they were designed for anything over 30 feet or so. A lot of the sites can present challenges getting your rig level.
The trails are great for family and kid hiking or biking because they are relatively flat with only a few easy ups and downs - serious mountain bikers looking for a challenging and streneous ride will be bored stiff. In fact, on one of the trails (2.5 miles) we took a baby bike carrier with an 11-month-old boy and passed another family doing the same thing. The 2.5-mile loop trail winds through the trees and along the banks of Fairfield Lake and is a nice easy cruising ride and rated 4 Texas Outside Stars. There is a nine-mile hiking and biking trail along the perimeter of the Fairfield Lake State Park and a shorter 4.5-mile hike and bike trail near the entrance of the Park leads to primitive campsites.
Fairfield Lake is only 2350 acres so it doesn't take long to cruise the whole lake. It is undeveloped except for the Texas Utilities Power Plant and the Fairfield State Park, so there isn't a lot to see or do. Fishing is good (native largemouth and lunker Florida bass, hybrid white and stripped bass, channel catfish, and panfish) and the lake is home to a lot of fishing tournaments. If the winds not blowing, the lake would be good for skiing or boarding. There are also a couple coves that would be OK for anchoring and swimming.
From November through February, Fairfield Lake State Park is home to a number of bald eagles that winter in Texas.
Amenities and Fun Things To Do:
Some of the amenities at Fairfield Lake State Park include: lots of deer, raccoons, armadillos, and other wildlife; two boat ramps; fishing pier and cleaning station; primitive camping; restrooms with showers; dining hall; two dated playgrounds; volleyball court;amphitheater; day use areas with a swimming area; very nice interpretive trail; a bird watching trail, and three biking or hiking trails
A Typical Texas Outsider Day:
This is a great Park for getting to know your family, spouse, or best friend(s) by playing camping games, fishing or swimming together, sitting around the campfire, or taking family hikes or bike rides.
We started the day with hot eggs (see hunger busters in the Texas Outside camping section for how to cook them), then set out to ride the trails. After a good lunch of burgers, hot links, and all the fixings, we cruised the lake and found a cove to hang out in for swimming, dominoes, and appetizers. Back to the site for a great steak dinner and a rousing game of Oodles & Doodles.
Sunday would have been more of the same but on a different trail and then golf that afternoon but a nasty rainstorm blew in and put a damper on what would have been another fun day.
Cool Nearby Activities:
We didn't try real hard to find any nearby activities and I'm not sure what kind of luck we would have anyway. Fairfield has a population of a little over 3000 people and is known for it's acres and acres of peach trees that produce some delicious peaches from May to June, but that's about it. There is a golf course in Teague (Big Cedar Country Club which is about 10 miles southwest from Fairfield) and lots of restaurants at highway 84 and 45 - try Sams for some down home cooking and a buffet.
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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