We arrived today and although we had DoD stickers on both the RV and the car we were subjected to a full blown out search, they even opened the cabinets and went into the bathroom. This is after we had to guess what exits to take because no one knew what the exit numbers were that we needed to exit at to get here. When you enter the park the first thing you see is a bunch of back ins that are like sardines, maybe 10' between each. So if you come here take a pull through. Staff was rude and even put the wrong out date on the reservation. No park map, Sharp turns and homesteaders galore. Guess they never saw AR 25-1 "Homesteading is Forbidden" or they just do not give a _________. Oh yes, after you get the 3rd degree by the civilian police then you have to go through a military gate where, as usual the Army guard asks you for your ID, like every other military installation in the world. There is also NO place to park to register at the office so you will end up blocking the street. We stayed in a Class A.
The West Fort Hood Travel Camp is just that - a travel camp. Expect nothing above and beyond a parking spot that is maintained (lawn mowed etc), built for trailers with few slides, and very tight back-in accommodations. Arriving here, I had to wait for 3 different neighbors to move their cars/trucks to have barely enough room to back my trailer into the space. Parking is tight, although most are good about staying in their space. This park is an eye sore - the rows are all vertical spaces and some sites are not kept very clean by their residents. A few homesteaders have built porches that look nice, but are a fire hazard if you're near them since you can't get between the motor homes to escape if need be. Be wary of staying here during tornado season, the emergency plan involves you traveling to the other side of post to a gymnasium - it's an awful plan, but they've had no disasters yet. Also, be aware that the West Fort Hood Airfield/Killeen Airport is right there - so you'll hear UAVs and many other aircraft taking off. There's also an artillery impact range which you can hear rounds impacting at all throughout the night during training exercises - it's not super loud, but it was enough to wake me up and think there was a thunderstorm approaching. The staff is friendly enough, but I've seen MWR locations with much better hospitality. They're basically there to collect dues, tell you where to park, and make sure the grass isn't out of control. They do a good job of managing irritations though - if music is too loud, pets aren't tended to (cleaned after), or other problems, they're proactive about notifying other residents. The only plus side to this location is that it's on 190, with quick access to Copperas Cove, Killeen, or main Fort Hood. If you're just passing through along I-35, I'd recommend staying at Sun Belt RV Camp in Belton along I-35 - similar price, a little nicer with a pool, and right off the interstate.
Agree with all previous comments. We arrived from the west off US 281, so was about a 15 mile drive to get here. When we saw the place we hesitated and almost turned around to go back to Lampasas to stay at a commercial site. This place is rather grim, but has great potential. My understanding is that they do plan to make changes and add new pull-thru sites, then start taking out half of the existing sites to make room for large rigs. Would be great if they did. No wifi! The Army must have an issue with wifi as it has not been available at any Army campground we have been at. When arriving at the Clark Rd. gate, you need to stay to the right and go thru the x-ray machine. Your whole rig has to be x-rayed. Pets and people have to exit while the x-ray is completed -- big hassle.
I give this a four star for location because it is convenient to Fort Hood; however, if that isn't the intent of the trip, then I'd suggest passing on this one. Rigs are packed in like sardines. The CG appears to be mainly full of contractors who work on the installation or those waiting for housing. If you are just looking for a place to RON, then be advised that it's 30-40 minutes from the interstate highway.
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