Now taking reservations ONLINE!

For those that haven’t heard you can now reserve your spot at our state’s parks using the online reservation system. This is great for those parks that are difficult to get to and then you do get all the way there and see the dreaded “park full” sign. Not any more. You can now reserve a day pass to popular parks like Enchanted Rock and not worry about there being space when you get there. Plan ahead though as parks are filling up faster than ever.


Fall Foliage Report for Lost Maples

Fall Foliage Report at Lost Maples State Natural Area

taken 11/3
taken 11/3

If the weather forecast holds then the weekend of 11/15 will be a great weekend to check out the maples. Get there really early or late in the afternoon to avoid the biggest crowds.

Guadalupe River State Park Drought Conditions

From TPWD:

August 13, 2013 – All water in the park is currently off Monday through Thursday. Restrooms, showers and all potable water sources are currently closed during this time due to the drought related water shortage. Weekday camping is only available in the Turkey Sink, water and electric, campground and portable toilets are available to park visitors.

Full water service will be available for weekend Camping (Friday through Sunday) in the Turkey Sink, water and electric , campground and Cedar Sage, water only, campground. Wagon Ford campground will remain closed and the day use area restroom will remain out of service, however portable toilets area available to park visitors in the day use area. Call the park for the most up to date information.


Might be a good time to visit the park to see it in the summer without tubers and campers. (silver lining right?)

Fanthorp Inn

After Washington on the Brazos, we went 17 miles to the east to Anderson, TX to see Fanthorp Inn SHS.


This old inn is worth the drive as are the stories told by its volunteer innkeeper. The inn is only open on Saturday. There is no funding for the inn itself. The volunteer gives tours and sees to the upkeep. The electricity is paid for by Washington on the Brazos. I think after you hear the stories from the volunteer you’ll want to visit the donation box at the entrance. Entry to the inn is free, but a suggested donation of a few dollars each is asked.




There were some great old firearms in the inn. All of which are original.


You’ll want to take a peek into the cellar at the end of the dining room. There’s a surprise at the bottom of the stairs.


Part of the tour is a visit to the old stagecoach out in the yard. Believe it or not that was a 17-seater. 9 on the inside. The stagecoach started as a mail carrier on the La Bahia. Mr. Fanthorp built his house on the La Bahia and then added on when he saw how much traffic there was on the road. As you’ll see from the size of the place he was quite successful.