The first thing travelers have to say about Austin is, "I-35 sucks!" If your RV stay in Austin requires a return to the area around UT or 6th and Congress, all other RV parks will have you sitting in your towed car, wondering how much money is wasted by Austin on non-existent traffic planning. But at Oak Forest RV park, your daily "commute" avoids I-35 all together. You can travel the wide, MLK Blvd into UT, or take US 183 aka Ed Bluestein aka Research Blvd to the northern businesses. Don't ask me why Austinites feel compelled to hang a person's name on every numbered highway.
Oak Forest is along Decker Rd, surrounded mostly by large open fields for flood control (don't worry, in the current drought, even the Almighty would need more than 40 days). True to its name, there are plenty of mature oak trees. Which the grackles (demon birds akin to starlings) love to roost in, and drop surprises from. Twice-a-day wiping to prevent paint damage is a way of life.
The pool was resurfaced while we were there, and is beautiful. Best of all, it's open 24/7. Next to the pool is a pavilion for parties, the best wifi reception in the park, and the workout room. There are also four, individual showers and toilets which have to be among the cleanest in Texas. If you need to do laundry, they have four washers and driers.
The sites are concrete, and very level, with modest cable TV channels and normal amp service. The park is pet-friendly, but don't leave them tied up outside (a cruel thing, given hot summer temps).
Nearby are the Travis County Fairgrounds and Walter E Long Lake. You're about 15 minutes from the airport, so once in a while a jet will fly overhead. There is no "store" at the office, and the nearest ice is at the Conoco 1/2 mile away. If there's a down side, it's the lack of either fast-food or better family dining within 5 miles. This is our second stay here, and when we need to stay in Austin, we will return (unless someone turns IH-35 into a 16-lane mega freeway!)
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- A quiet forested Austin rv park conveniently located 10 minutes from downtown Austin Texas. We are your quiet home away from home. A forest area of 15 acres adjoins the park and includes a separate, fenced-in dog play area. Just mile up the road is the Travis County Exposition Center which hosts authentic Texas rodeos, horse shows, car shows, bike rallies, and more! Play a round of golf at nearby Bluebonnet Hill Golf Course or Morris Williams Golf Course! Catch a trophy-winning bass at Lake Walter Long or just zip around in your boat! It's all within 10 minutes! ... more less