The appeal of Lake Tawakoni began when I saw an article online about the “Giant Communal Spider Webs of Lake Tawakoni“. Given my increasing fascination with the animals of Texas, this was definitely something that I needed to see, maybe in order to conquer my arachnophobia–instilling bite from 2007. (There are 3 photos – arachnophobia, instilling and bite– that some might find a little gross….)
There’s a lot to say about this park…. some good, and some just informational. First of all, the address (10822 FM 2475) looks more like a zip code/radio station than a location the GPS would easily find. Knowing it would be a challenge (see previous post on our GSP), I did some searches on roads in that area and found out a lot of roads in rural Texas have “FM” in them– it stands for Farm to Market. I’m sure that in Chicago, visiting Texans would find it odd that we named our train routes after colors, or that Wacker Drive has a north, south, east and west direction, but Farm to Market just seems like one more thing to remind me I’m not in Chicago anymore.
After some kicking and screaming, the GPS located the park, and it was a breeze to get there. We left after work so the office was closed, but there was a ranger on duty to give us a map and our name with our spot number was posted on the bulletin board — we just had to stop back in the morning and pay.
Our spot was #30 — close to the entrance and a back in. Definitely not the best spot to have, but we were across the road from the Park Host, who besides wiping down his enormous 5th wheel and F250 every morning, we didn’t really see ,or actually know, what he did all day. All spots are slabs, have a picnic table and fire pit and have a decent amount of trees for shade.
We walked around and checked out the other spots — #20 and #22 were really nice and private with a lot of trees and a view of the lake. Number 19 also seemed really private. In general spots were kind of close together, but provided much more space and shade than a lot we’ve seen.
If you’re not going fishing and don’t have a boat, there really isn’t any reason for you to go to the actual lake, which is kind of odd — I thought that would be the main event. They say it has a beach (because there’s sand, I guess) but its really a tiny bit of sand that’s poured up to a grassy, marshy lakefront with a lot of tall grasses. I seriously expected an alligator to pop out any moment. After a short deliberation, we decided not to go in the lake. If I cant see through the water, Im not getting in the water.
There are a lot of hiking and biking trails around the lake… a few miles here and there that are well marked and really nice to walk through. We hiked two of them despite the 96 degree temps both days but were disappointed to hear from the park ranger that the giant communal spider web wasn’t around this year — instead there were a few smaller webs forming this year in several different areas. The spiders are spreading out….
Oh, and there were also bullfrogs,
and plants with giant thorns (had to throw those in).
The best discovery of this trip was learning that our A/C worked in the Airstream. We’d never used it in Chicago, because, you know its only summer there for about 5 weeks, but it worked great here in 95+temps. We were all cool and comfortable. We’re also starting a few more projects on this one that we’ll post soon!
In two weeks we’re heading to Atlanta State Park for the long 4th of July weekend and then we’re going to stay at a place we passed on the way to Lake Tawakoni called Bluebonnet Ridge RV Park. Its a bit off the highway and looked interesting — more long term campers seem to be there which is always a nice mix of folks to meet.