San Jacinto Riverfront RV Resort Review & Rating

Texas Outside Rating: 9.3

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San Jacinto Riverfront RV Resort Overview:

Review and Rating of San Jacinto Riverfront RV Resort in Highlands, TX

Wow, what a fantastic RV Resort overlooking the San Jacinto River.  San Jacinto Riverfront RV Resort claims that it is a five-star gated community that's all about "afforable luxury"  and that guests have described them as the "newest, largest, friendliest, cleanest, most beautiful, and most luxurious RV resort in the area."

Some of why we believe those claims are true include:

  • the Resort is very clean and well maintained and manicured
  • all the roads and parking pads are concrete
  • there are a variety of different types of sites and pricing structures
  • the entrance to the park is gated
  • the cabins are unique, upscale, and custom built
  • there are lots of outstanding amenities and plenty to see and do nearby

It's not surprising that Good Sam rated San Jacinto Riverfront RV Resort as one of the few 10/10/10 parks in Texas and the Resort also made Texas Outside's List of the Best RV Parks in Texas.

The Resort is over 33 acres with 300 full hook-up RV sites, 19 cabins, and over 500 feet of frontage on the San Jacinto River.  The Resort is quiet and peaceful (with stunning sunsets over the River) and is about 3 miles from Interstate 10 giving you easy access to the Resort and lots of other fun things to see and do.  Downtown Houston is only 20 miles from the Resort.

The staff is courteous and friendly and they seem to strive to make sure that they remain one of the best RV parks you've visited and that you had a very enjoyable stay. 

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Amenities and Fun Things To Do:

The hardest part of staying at San Jacinto Riverfront RV Resort is deciding what type of RV site or cottage you want to stay in.  There are 300 sites that are a mixture of back-in or pull throughs and they are broken into 4 pricing categories (see the color coded Resort map):

  • Standard Sites - a mixture of back-in or pull through toward the entrance of the Resort: the back-ins are wide enough for your rig and a second vehicle and the long pull throughs have a long concrete RV parking pad plus another pad  that can double as a extra vehicle parking pad or patio
  • Riverview Sites - these sites are back-in but wide enough for your RV and a vehicle side by side and all have a view of the river
  • Riverview Sites with a Spa - that's right, these back-in sites have a river view and a hot tub/spa -
  • Deluxe Riverview Sites with a Spa - these are front row back-in sites facing the River and green belt and some of these sites are also on the end of the second, third, and fifth row of RV sites and all have unrestricted views of the River

All of the sites are very level, all concrete, wide, and have grass between each site - as you would expect, like most RV parks the sites are side by side and close together, separated by 10 to 18 feet of grass plus in some cases a tree or some type of landscaping.  Big rigs won't have any problem getting into the pull-through sites but the back-ins will most likely require some finesse to get into.  All of the sites have 20/30/50 AMP service, water, cable, and sewer hook-up.  In most of the sites the hook-ups are convenient but in others the hook-ups are at the back of the site and may require extensions to reach the connections. 

A large number of the sites are taken by monthly renters but the Resort holds about 10% or more of the sites (a selection of all four types) for short term or weekend use.  The grass between each of the sites is lush and thick and the end sites have extra large grassy areas.  The Resort is landscaped with a variety of trees (including Palm trees) and other plants and bushes but most of the trees are small and won’t provide much shade.  Around the perimeter of the Resort and fronting the River are large grass greenbelts giving the Resort an open and airy feeling.  The entire Resort is very clean and well maintained. 

If you don't have an RV or if friends or family want to join you, the Cottages at San Jacinto Riverside RV Resort are perfect.  There are 10 "Standard Cottages" sitting on a small bluff just in back of the Clubhouse and one of the swimming pools.  These cottages are custom built one room studio type cottages with a full bath, fully furnished kitchen, and a queen bed plus a patio with a table and two chairs and grill.  

There are also 9 two story custom built cottages that are very well done and nicely appointed and will sleep 4.  The cottages are painted a variety of colorful pastels and each of the cottages have a view of the River – 707, 708, and 709 are directly facing the greenbelt and just 50 yards or so from the River.  The Cottage's configuration varies a little bit but each are two story with two bedrooms with queen beds, a living area, full kitchen, dining area with table and chairs, living area with satellite TV plus couches and chairs, two bathrooms, and more - everything is very well done and somewhat upscale.  The appliances are stainless steel and counter tops are granite.  Each cottage has at least one deck with a table and chairs and a stunning view plus a grill while others have two decks (one off the bedroom) plus a hot tub.  

All of the cottages include linens and a fully stocked kitchen with utensils, pots and pans, microwave, coffee maker, full refrigerator or more.   Housekeeping services are also included as is a weekly cleaning of the hot tub. 

What also makes San Jacinto Riverside RV Resort a top rated park are all of the amenities that you can enjoy during your visit, some of which include:

  • Two pools, one of which is an infinity pool that overlooks the San Jacinto River
  • A large clubhouse, also overlooking the River, for meetings and special events
  • Gazebos along the greenbelt in front of the River plus one by each set of cabins
  • Paved walking trails along the waterfront as well as along each side of the Resort
  • 24 hour laundromat
  • Pet park
  • Two playgrounds with swing sets and a half-court basketball court
  • 2 bathhouses with clean and well maintained private showers and restrooms
  • A  400 square foot fitness room and a 500 square foot lending library with games, computers, couch and TV
  • Excess vehicle parking as well as boat, RV, or vehicle storage and inside climate controlled storage
  • Security gate and cameras, Wi-Fi hotspots, and free cable
  • Propane sales and a convenience store with a little bit of everything from food staples to RV supplies
  • One lane boat ramp and two lighted fishing piers with excellent fishing for trout, flounder, red fish, and catfish
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A Typical Texas Outsider Day:

We stayed at San Jacinto Riverside RV Resort for two days on our way to New Orleans and really enjoyed our stay.  We were in site 233 which is a deluxe river view site on the edge of the fifth row of sites and it had a 45’ long parking pad for the RV and one for the car, shrubs on one side and grass on the other, and a hot tub plus a fantastic view of the River and sunsets!  Loved it.

We got in late but not too late for a refreshing dip in the infinity pool which was less than 100 yards from our site.  The view of the River from the infinity pool was breathtaking as the sun was setting.   After that we were ready for some Mexican food and a couple Margaritas at a pretty good restaurant just a mile down the road. 

The next morning we teed off at Eagle Pointe Golf Club about 15 minutes from the Resort.  Eagle Pointe is a fantastic layout with excellent conditions, reasonable rates, and some outstanding holes.  Read our review of Eagle Pointe to learn more. 

After golf we took a very short ferry boat ride across a busy shipping channel to Monument Restaurant for some excellent seafood and a great view of the shipping channel.  Less than a mile down the road is the San Jacinto Monument and the San Jacinto Battleship, both of which were fun to tour.

After the tour and 18 holes of golf we were ready for a cold drink and relaxing soak in the our hot tub watching the sun set over the River – it just doesn’t get much better that all that!  We hated to leave the next day.

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Cool Nearby Activities:

Some nearby fun things to see and do include:

  • The ferry, Monument restaurant, San Jacinto Monument, and Battleship or San Jacinto Battlefield State Historic Park are just 5 minutes down the road from the Resort and all three are fun for the entire family
  • If you like golf, this Houston Area Golf Map can help you locate a nearby golf course
  • Houston and all that it has to offer (museums, restaurants, shopping, zoo, aquarium, golf, biking and running trails, lively nightlife, etc.) is only 20 minutes away – here is a link to our interactive Houston map to find things to do and our Top 10 Favorite Things To Do in Houston

If you want to venture a little further you’ve got NASA, Kemah, and Galveston and all that they have to offer.

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Campground Information

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Texas Outside Favorite Sites: 264 to 268 have unrestricted views of the River and cottages 707, 708, and 709 are also Riverfront

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Texas Outside Campground Rating System

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