Lake Livingston State Park Review & Rating
Lake Livingston State Park Overview:
Tall lobloly pines and water oaks shade Lake Livingston State Park, which is a popular haven for camping, hiking, horseback riding, and fishing. Lake Livingston is 82,400 acres and the park is 635 acres with 2.5 miles of lake shoreline. The sites are spacious, level, and all contain at least a picnic table, fire pit, and lantern holder, some have a grill. The park is clean, well maintained, and offers a lot to do. Lake Livingston Park is a very popular park and fills up most weekends, so make a reservation well in advance. You can click on the above reservation link to book a campsite with Reserve America.
Amenities and Fun Things To Do:
Some of the Lake Livingston State Park camping facilities include: 56 campsites with water and electricity; 21 premium (an extra $3 per night) sites with water, electricity, and sewer; 21 premium sites (on the water or across the street from the water and costing $10 more a night) with water, electricity, and sewer; 10 screened shelters (7 of which are on the water); 32 campsites with water only; and some sites available for cyclists who start or end their trips in the park.
Within the park boundaries you will find: activity center, park store and marina with boat slips and fishing pier, 2 boat ramps, interpretive trail, dump station, stables that offer guided horseback rides through the park trails, activity center and recreation hall. The park usually has some type of activities going on during the summer -- this trip they were holding a Saturday night dance with a DJ.
There are over 5 miles of hiking and biking trails that wind through the campground around the lake, and through the trees. The terrain is flat making it great for family biking/hiking, but you mountain bikers looking for a challenge will find it boring. The trails range from very wide and smooth to some narrow winding paths near the lake.
Although there is 2.5 miles of shoreline, a large portion of it contains a cement retaining wall making it impossible to dock your boat and difficult for swimming -- there is a concrete path around most of it for walking or hiking.
If you like fishing, there is plenty of paved or grassy shoreline to catch largemouth bass, white bass, stripped bass, flathead, plus channel and blue catfish. There is also a fishing pier and cleaning station.
A Typical Texas Outsider Day:
If you are boating, you'll be happy to know that in October of 2006 when most lakes were down 5 to 30 feet, Livingston had just received a lot of rain and was full. So no problem launching your boat in either of the two boat ramps and heading out to cruise the lake. We haven't boated Livingston, so we can't shed any light on where to go and what to do, but I understand it gets rough, has lots of coves, and the shore line is developed with some nice houses.
We spent our time biking the trails around the campground and throughout the park and doing all those other fun camping activities like eating, playing games, sitting around the campfire, etc. Cruise by the marina and climb to the top of the observation tower for a great view of the park and lake.
Cool Nearby Activities:
You have the lake and not much else unless you want to drive to Houston or Huntsville. If you found some fun things to do nearby, please let us know. You can find nearby golf courses in the Golfing Texas section of Texas Outside. The closest ones that we have played are Waterwood National (8.8 Stars) and Kingwood Cove (6 Stars)
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Additional Pictures of Lake Livingston 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