We left Martin Creek Lake State Park and drove about 95 miles northeast to our last Texas stop near Texarkana. Our destination was the Clear Springs Camp Ground another beautiful Corp of Engineers Park. We booked a site for the weekend expecting it to be a bit noisy as we noticed all the weekenders setting up for their fishing and/or fun boating trips on Wright Patman Lake where this park is located.
Right after setting up we took a 2.5 hike throughout the campground to take in its scenic beauty. Our loop had very spacious campsites located in the middle of some very tall loblolly pines and sweetgum trees so we knew immediately we would enjoy our stay. Continuing our walk in each of the camp loops we noticed some lakeside sites even had a small deck overlooking Wright Patman Lake… how cool is that?
Well it started clouding up so we headed into nearby Texarkana to check it out and we must say this town lacks a lot of character as it had run down areas with many buildings in decay. There were some interesting buildings around town but they are in sore need of a facelift. Someone with deep pockets and a knack for real estate could make a huge impact.
We did find a little cool little pub called the Hopkins Icehouse where we stopped in while it rained lightly and enjoyed a cold frosty beverage. Sharon ordered a Pig Trail Porter (our first Arkansas craft beer) and it was quite tasty with lots of body. We made a note to visit the brewery in Little Rock Arkansas once we get there.
The next day we decided to relax and enjoy our beautiful campground. We also wanted to hike the remaining trails in the park. Just before lunchtime we had some surprise visitors Curtis and Loretta Rose who noticed our check in on the RVillage web page. RVillage is a great site to find new friends and to stay in touch with those friends already made. It is kind of a Facebook for RV’ers. We had a delightful visit with the two of them and made lunch plans for the next time we pass through their hometown..
Our last evening while lounging around our site we suddenly realized this was actually the quietest park we have ever stayed in on a weekend because despite the crowds we experienced little or no noise! We ended our stay with a homemade dinner of beef stroganoff and a fine glass of wine to enjoy while we sat around our campfire. Yes this was memorable stay at a gorgeous campsite on our Road of Retirement…
NOTE: We are now at the Downtown Riverside RV Park in Little Rock, Arkansas for three nights …