Texas 281 RV Park Review & Rating

Texas Outside Rating: 7.9

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Texas 281 RV Park Overview:

Review & Rating of Texas 281 RV Park

Texas 281 RV Park is located in Spring Branch on what used to be an Angus cattle ranch in the 1940's - in fact there are still cattle roaming outside the perimeter fence.  In 1987 some of the ranch property was redone as a new RV park and the very cool limestone ranch house is now used as the Park's club house, the old carriage house is now the showers and laundry room, and the limestone chapel still holds a Sunday service.

There are over 150 full hook-up sites, most of which are shaded by mature sprawling native live oak trees.  The vast majority of the sites and the 18 mobile homes are for full-timers, however, there are always a handfull of sites that are kept open for short-term rental. 

The paved roads are a little tight for big rigs but with care you should be able to get into your site. The Park is very clean and well maintained but some of the sites are showing their age and the electric hook-up posts are dated.  The staff is friendly.  We didn't get to meet or talk to any of the locals.

Texas 281 RV Park is on Highway 281 and a half mile from Highway 46 which makes it ideal for exploring lots of cool cities and all that they offer for things to see and do -  San Antonio, New Braunfels, Canyon Lake, Gruene, Blanco, Boerne, and more are all within 30 minutes or less!  Walmart, CVS, HEB and several restaurants and are within 5 minutes.

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Amenities and Fun Things To Do:

The Sites and Amenities at Texas 281 RV Park

Texas 281 RV Park is home to 155 full hook-up RV sites (a mixture of pull throughs and back-ins) and 18 mobile home sites.  All of the RV sites have 30/50 AMP service, water, electric, sewer, and cable. The sites are paved, somewhat level, a little wider than most (8 feet or so) and they all have a  picnic table and several have a concrete patio slab.  In the majority of the sites the hook-ups are conveniently located and in most cases, extensions won't be needed.  The vast majority of the sites are shaded with some large native live oaks.   Our site for this stay was #2 and it was about 75 feet long and level with a great grassy area under a large tree at the front and another tree at the back of the site.  The site was 30 or so feet from our neighbor's site. Site #1 has a permanent PVC sewer pipe that's attached to the sewer to attach the couches sewer hose to because the hook-up was at the rear of the long site - a nice touch and precluding the need for sewer hose extensions. 

For visitors without an RV or RVers with friends that want to join them, Texas 281 RV Park has a hospitality house for rent.  It's one bedroom with twin beds, a bathroom and shower, and a full kitchen.

Texas 281 RV Park has retained and leveraged the original ranch house structures.  The very cool old limestone ranch house with Spanish architecture now serves as the club house with exercise equipment and a ping pong table in two of the bedrooms,a living room with an enormous stone fireplace now serves as an event/function room, the full kitchen with a refrigerator and sink and more is used for events and get-togethers,  and a full bathroom with a shower is available for use.

Another stone structure that was once a carriage house is now a restroom with showers, a game room, small kitchen area, and a larger room for events and games and get-to-gethers.  The Little Rock Chapel is still used for Sunday church services and choir practice.  Very cool!

Another newer building is home to mens and womens showers, a pool table and TV, game table, and lots of games.

The office is in a small original limestone structure and it's got a mail room and a very limited supply of basic RV stuff. 

There is also a shuffleboard and basketball court. 

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A Typical Texas Outsider Day:

A Typical Texas Outside Stay at Texas 281 RV Park

We stayed at Texas 281 RV Park because it was conveniently located to some activities that we wanted to do nearby. 

First up on our agenda was a round of golf at River Crossing Golf Club, which is now private.  What a fantastic course that's fun, fair, and well maintained. See our review of River Crossing Golf Club to learn more.

We loved playing River Crossing but unfortunately, it threw my back out, which means we had to cancel our tour at nearby Cascade Caverns and instead we headed to Max's Roadhouse for some tasty wings and a great Bloody Mary as well as some local craft beer.  Then we went to Lao Orchard for some pretty good Thai food.

Following that, we headed up the road to Shade Tree to catch a couple sets from a trio of country singers.  Shade Tree is a really cool venue with a large outdoor stage, pool tables, and good bar that also serves some pretty good food - burgers and such.

The next day we planned to tube or kayak the Guadalupe River - 5 minutes from Texas 281 RV Park - but the river was running a little slow and 3 hours of tubing and bouncing over some rocks didn't sound like fun or very good for my back!  So, we spend a few hours swimming in the river and sippin' some cold beer.  

That night we had dinner at Antlers and enjoyed a huge chicken fried steak with mashed potatoes, jalapeno mac and cheese, and a salad - very good and big enough to feed the wife and me and have a small portion left over for lunch the next day.  We waddled out of Antlers and back to Max's Roadhouse to catch another country band. 

We enjoyed a good lunch and a couple craft beers at the Dodging Duck Brewhaus in Boerne and strolled through downtown to check out some shops.  Shopping made me hungry and thirst so before heading back to the motorhome we enjoyed a margartia and nachos at Ay Chiwawa in Spriing Branch. 

A fun couple of days!

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Cool Nearby Activities:

As mentioned earlier, Texas 281 RV Park is conveniently located to a wide variety of fun things to see and do.  Some of our favorites include:

  • San Antonio for Six Flags, Sea World, Aquatica, the Riverwalk, the Alamo and more plus good restaurants, lots of live music, excellent golf courses, a zip line and several other fun things to do
  • New Braunfels and Gruene for shopping and nightlife; Natural Bridges Wildlife Park, tubing, and some very good restaurants
  • Gruene for good food, tubing, shops, and Gruene Hall for music,
  • Canyon Lake for fishing, swimming, and boating
  • Boerne for quaint shops, good food, Cascade Caverns, Cave Without a Name, and several nice parks
  • Blanco has a couple of good restaurants and a great swimming hole in Blanco State Park
  • Access to the Guadalupe River for swimming, chillin' on a hot day, fishing, tubing or kayaking - nearby Guadalupe River State Park has great river access and Guadalupe Canoe Livery rents tubes and kayaks and provides a shuttle service and they have a public access great day use area for swimming and chillin'

The links with take you to Texas Outside's information and articles on each of the highlighted items.  Have fun.

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Texas Outside Favorite Sites: 1 and 2 are good pull through sites and 2 has a great grassy area at the front of the site

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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