Visiting McKinney Falls State Park

Make McKinney Falls State Park the home of your ultimate spring or summer RV getaway. The park, packed with breathtaking waterfalls, hiking trails, scenic picnic spots, excellent fishing, and countless other outdoor sites, is one of the best places to cool down and relax during a hot Texas spring. Even better, the park is located in Austin, so you don’t have to venture far to feel like you’re light years away from it all.

McKinney Falls State Park is known for its scenic atmosphere that provides the perfect setting for enjoying the great outdoors. Admire Old Baldy (the more than 500-year-old cypress tree on park grounds), hit the mountain biking trails, swim in Onion Creek, catch some fresh fish for dinner, snap photos of the falls, and wander through the trails in search of wildlife sightings.

Outside the park, visitors can enjoy nearby Bastrop State Park, Longhorn Cavern State Park, Buescher State Park, Lockhart State Park and numerous outdoor-oriented day trips.

McKinney Falls State park is open daily from 8 a.m. to 10 p.m. The busiest tourist season lasts from March through November, and the entrance fees cost $6 per day for adults. Children under the age of 12 enjoy free admission to McKinney Falls State Park.

Campsites with water and electrical service are available at the park for $20 per night plus the daily entrance fee. Basic campsites can accommodate eight campers, and the sites include a picnic table, tent pad, water, 30-amp hookup, a lantern post, a fire ring with grill and nearby showers and restrooms. Campers can also opt for premium campsites with 50-amp service for just $24 per night plus the daily entrance fee.

Visit the Park in a New RV from CCRV

CCRV in Corpus Christi, Texas, is your one-stop shop for purchasing new and pre-owned RVs. Whether you’re searching for a luxurious travel trailer for full-time travel or something simpler for weekend excursions, we have everything you need right here at CCRV.

Find Tranquility in Salado, Texas

If you’re looking for a slice of tranquility in your RV travels, slow down and visit the mellow town of Salado, Texas.

Salado is a quiet small Texan town that’s rich in history – if you want to catch a glimpse of Texas as it was in the early to mid 20th century, look no further than Salado. Founded in 1859, Salado found early success as an industrial and agricultural center. Salado College operated for a brief time until it closed in 1885. By 1884, Salado had grown to include 7 churches, 14 stores, 2 hotels, 2 blacksmiths, and 3 cotton gins. Unfortunately, the boom that Salado was experiencing was cut short when the railroad bypassed the town. The population went from a healthy 900 residents to just 400 by 1914 and a measly 200 by 1950.

Luckily, the population took a turn for the better and has steadily increased over the past few decades. With eighteen different sites included on the National Register of Historical Places, Salado offers a rare glimpse into the past. Places to see include the George Washington Baines House. There are also 23  Texas Historical Markers. The Chisholm Trail used to go right down Main Street. Salado Creek was the first recorded Natural Landmark in Texas in 1966.

The town took a swing for the better largely due to the famed dining room of the Stagecoach Inn, which began operating in the 1940s. As people came back, business flourished. Today, the charming town is full of shops that cater to visitors. There’s a 5000 sq. ft. boutique that sells clothing, knick knacks, and gourmet food, among other items, as well as art galleries, wineries, breweries, and delicious restaurants.

The town is also home to a vibrant creative community of artists and artisans. From pottery and paintings to woodworking and craft beers, you’ll love a peaceful stroll through the downtown area. Spend the day checking out quirky shops and then grab a bite at one of the fantastic restaurants, all of which are located among the historic buildings of a bygone time.

Visit CCRV

Are you looking for the perfect RV to travel throughout Texas this winter or spring? There’s no better place to start your RV lifestyle than at CCRV — your No. 1 South Texas RV dealer. With everything from simple camping supplies to RV parts, maintenance and sales, we’ve got all of your Texas RV needs covered under one roof.

Destination: Tyler, the Rose Capital of Texas

Looking for your next Texas destination this winter? Look no further than Tyler, Texas, the rose capital of America. Besides Tyler’s colorful beauty, there are many attractions to be seen, especially for those traveling with small children. As such, Tyler is a great place to go if you’ve got your family along with you for the ride. From museums and wineries to wildlife preserves and parks, the Tyler area has got something to do for almost any tourist. Wait until the roses are in bloom for a spectacular display of color.

Caldwell Zoo

Tyler boasts a great zoo that’s home to over 2000 species of animals from all over the world. Sprawled across 85-acres of land, the zoo has plenty of exhibits for both local and exotic animals that mimic the natural habitat of each species. There’s even a petting zoo for younger visitors who wish to get hands on with some of the zoo’s tamer animals.

Kiepersol Estates Winery and Museum

Tyler’s climate, believe it or not, is perfect for making wine. Kiepersol Estates spans 63-acres and grows both red and white grapes. It’s one of the largest wineries in the area and certainly one of the most renowned. Even better, it’s also very welcoming to visitors. There’s a tasting room for guests that offers a scenic lookout while you sample the wines. Visitors can also enjoy a guided tour of the estate and visit the museum to learn more about the winemaking process.

Chamblee’s Rose Nursery

A perfect stop to learn more about what makes Tyler the rose capital of America, Chamblee’s Rose Nursery has been in operation since 1953 and has been family owned and operated the entire time. The nursery is home to a wide variety of roses and cultivates the blooms for maximum beauty. The 200+ species of roses present at the nursery are available to see and smell and the knowledgable staff is always standing by to answer your questions. You can even take home a souvenir rose by visiting the gift shop.

Visit CCRV

Are you looking for the perfect RV to travel throughout Texas this winter or spring? There’s no better place to start your RV lifestyle than at CCRV — your No. 1 South Texas RV dealer. With everything from simple camping supplies to RV parts, maintenance and sales, we’ve got all of your Texas RV needs covered under one roof.

Weekend Guide to Houston

A trip to Houston can be a fantastic way to spend a weekend. Before taking any trip, it is always a good idea to make sure that your RV is in good shape. Stop by CCRV in Corpus Christi before you head to Houston for a fun-filled weekend. Once you get there, here’s what you can expect.

Museums

Many tourists enjoy visiting museums to get a feel for the local culture and see interesting attractions in the area. The Houston Museum District is a great place to start. Many people enjoy the Contemporary Art Museum, families enjoy the Children’s Museum of Houston as well as the zoo, and the Museum of Fine Arts, Health Museum, and Holocaust Museum are all popular options as well. The area is also home to various shopping and dining options, making the district a trip nearly unto itself.

Music and the Performing Arts

Other tourists enjoy seeing what the local talent has to offer. The Houston Symphony is a highly rated option for those who enjoy music. The Hobby Center for the Performing Arts offers a variety of performances throughout the year as well. Those who might like taking advantage of the warm nights Houston has to offer might also enjoy the Miller Outdoor Theater. The Houston Grand Opera is another popular choice with a variety of performances through each season.

Miscellaneous Activities

Houston also offers a variety of unique activities for locals and tourists. The Cockrell Butterfly Center offers opportunities to see beautiful butterflies in simulated rain forests and other habitats. Hermann Park, the first public park in the city, is a great place to get out doors and enjoy some of the picnic areas and scenery.

Eating Options

It is hard to visit Houston without trying the barbeque or the steak. Many of the top rated places to eat in Houston fall into this category such as Taste of Texas or Goode Company Barbeque. There are also excellent options for those who might enjoy Tex-Mex dishes, including Gringo’s Mexican Kitchen and Chuy’s. Standard American fair can be found at Mel’s Country Cafe. More exotic top rated dining option include Ephesus Mediterranean Grill and Japaniero’s Sushi Bistro.

Visit CCRV

Taking a trip to Houston can be a fantastic way to experience new cuisine while enjoying some wonderful local museums and activities. Houston has a wonderful local culture that is fun for families and people of all ages to experience. Stop by CCRV before you go to see our inventory or to schedule some service.

RV Destination: Boerne, Texas

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Looking for a quick and easy getaway this fall or winter? Try checking out Boerne (pronounced “bernie”) is just north of San Antonio and can be its own destination or an addon leg of the trip if you’re checking out San Antonio and other surrounding towns like San Marcos, Fredericksburg, or New Braunfels.

Like other nearby towns in the Hill Country of Texas, Boerne has strong German roots since it was founded by German settlers. These cultural hallmarks are evident everywhere, from the architecture of the historic downtown to the heavily German influenced cuisine, Boerne is full of fun things to do and see.

Despite the heavy German influence, the town has a variety of cuisines to enjoy, such as Mexican, BBQ, Italian, and the closely related Czech.

Try taking a walking tour of the city and enjoy the shopping along Boerne’s Hill Country Mile, which includes clothing, jewelry, antiques, art, home decor, and more.

The central location of Boerne means that you can branch out to see other nearby attractions any time you want a break from Boerne during your stay.

Visit CCRV

Are you looking for the perfect RV to travel throughout Texas this fall and winter? There’s no better place to start your RV lifestyle than at CCRV — your No. 1 South Texas RV dealer. With everything from simple camping supplies to RV parts, maintenance and sales, we’ve got all of your Texas RV needs covered under one roof.

Top 5 Fall Road Trip Destinations Along the Gulf Coast

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When the temperatures start to drop, there’s no better place to escape than the Gulf Coast. The pristine white sand, emerald-colored waters and postcard-worthy scenery somehow sweep the fall and winter blues away.

Next time you’re looking to get away from the often overwhelming season of fall, escape to one of these top five gulf coast road trip destinations.

Orange Beach, Alabama

Orange Beach is a little more off the beaten path than most Gulf Coast destinations, especially in fall. Cooler temperatures and mild fall crowds make it the ideal destination for families seeking a little more beach time after the summer months have passed. Uncrowded beaches, sailing charters, fishing charters, family-friendly restaurants, Sharky’s Family Adventure Park and a long list of other activities await those who visit.

Perdido Key, Florida

Florida’s Gulf Coast keys aren’t as popular as its southerly ones, and that’s what makes them so special. Perdido Key is a secluded beach destination waiting for travelers seeking a peaceful and scenic getaway from the usual stresses of life. Golfers will also fall in love with the esteemed Perdido Bay Golf Club and Lost Key Golf Club courses.

Galveston Island State park, Texas

Galveston Island State Park feels thousands of miles away from it all, yet it’s only a short drive from the exciting day and nightlife of Galveston. The 2,000-acre park offers undeveloped beaches that are ideal for fishing, picnicking, birdwatching, swimming, camping and just about every beach-related outdoor activity you can imagine.

Pensacola Beach, Florida

When you’re looking for calm, turquoise waters and beaches that look like they popped out of a magazine, there’s no better escape than Pensacola Beach. Step away from the sand, and you’ll find the Portofino Boardwalk, which is loaded with fun shops and restaurants. Other Pensacola activities include taking paddle boarding lessons, exploring nearby Casino Beach, attending the National Museum of Naval Aviation and snapping photos from the famous Pensacola Pier.

Port Aransas, Texas

Port Aransas, a small town on Mustang Island, is one of the Texas coast’s longest barrier islands. The area is known for it’s endless opportunities to enjoy water sports, including fishing, paddle boarding, surfing and more. However, Port Aransas offers plenty to do when you’re not on the sand too. It’s known for a number of endangered birds that winter at the Aransas National Wildlife Refuge, and nearby hiking and biking trails that let you experience the island from a different viewpoint.

Port Aransas is a place to uncover your adventurous and more natural side by getting out and exploring the Gulf Coast environment in a more hands-on way.

Stop and See Us at CCRV

All of these awesome Gulf Coast destinations are just waiting for you to take a road trip. Find your dream RV right here at CCRV. Before you hit the road this fall, remember to stop in and see an RV tech at CCRV so that you’re road trip ready.

What to See and Do in Corpus Christi

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Corpus Christi is one of the most popular vacation destinations in Texas and traveling in an RV will make it even more enjoyable. If you are in the market for a new or used RV, a visit to CCRV, located in Corpus Christi, will get you on the road in comfort with your choice of travel accommodations to enjoy the many local and nearby attractions Corpus Christi has to offer.

Attractions around Corpus Christi

The Gulf beaches are, by far, one of the premier attractions for vacationers. Miles of pristine beach provide for a day of swimming, surfing, fishing, or boating. If you prefer staying dry, visit the Texas State Aquarium to get a glimpse at thousands of aquatic creatures that make the Gulf their home or learn about the history of seafarers at the Texas Maritime Museum in nearby Rockport. Just a short drive from Corpus Christi in Ingleside is the Dolphin Connection excursion where you go out on a boat and get up-close to these intelligent sea creatures.

For a leisurely afternoon, the South Texas Corpus Christi Botanical Gardens & Nature Center is a visual wonder with its butterfly house, orchids, and native flowers. The USS Lexington Museum on the Bay gives visitors the opportunity to interact with the flight simulator and virtual battle stations for eye-opening adventures. At Lake Corpus Christi State Park, Padre Island State Park or Mustang Island State Park, camp, fish, swim, and hike these beautiful acres filled with birds and wildlife wildlife or drop a line at Lake Corpus Christi and catch your evening meal.

Once you have settled in at your choice of RV park, it is easy to make your way around Corpus Christi with its trolley system that runs downtown, bike and moped rentals, as well as a bus transit system.

Visit CCRV

Before starting your vacation, be sure to make a stop at CCRV for a service check for your existing RV or check out their inventory of Redwood travel trailers, Starcraft popups, Forest River toy haulers, and Palomino fifth wheels to see how enjoyable your vacation can be in your home away from home.

San Antonio Missions National Historical Park

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When you’re looking for a fall RV destination that doesn’t involve a cross-country road trip, San Antonio Missions National Historic Park should be on your travel radar. The park includes four breathtaking Spanish colonial missions — San Jose, San Juan, Concepcion and Espada — that are all open for your exploration.

The San Antonio Missions National Historic Park has been preserved to teach visitors about the people of South Texas who sought survival in missions as attacks, disease and drought threatened their lives. It was in the missions at this national park that their traditional lives, religion and culture changed.

Things To See and Do

It’s hard to summarize all there is to see and do at San Antonio Missions National Historic Park, but you should plan your stay for at least a half day if possible. Guided tours of the missions, demonstrations, native natural habitats, trails and movies are just a handful of the many indoor and outdoor sites there are to enjoy.

The four churches within the park are active parishes, and if you time your visit correctly, you could enjoy a Catholic service within their historic walls.

Plan Your Visit

The San Antonio Missions National Historic Park is located in San Antonio, and all of the missions are connected by urban roadways. Drive along the Mission Riverwalk from downtown to Mission Espada, then you can continue north along the roadways to the various other missions.

The park is open all year from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. It’s closed on Thanksgiving Day, Christmas Day and January 1. The park is completely free to visitors, and reservations are not required for individuals or small groups. Educational groups, youth groups and large adult groups are expected to make reservations, so the park staff can prepare.

Start Your Fall Excursion With Us

Fall is the perfect time to visit San Antonio Missions National Historic Park with milder temperatures and substantially milder crowds. Start your RV road trip right here at CCRV — your local south Texas RV dealer — and we’ll take care of all of your RV lifestyle needs from sales and services to parts, camping supplies and so much more.

The Best Hikes Near Houston

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If you’re looking for your next destination in your RV and you’re starting out in Corpus Christi, consider going to the Houston area. It’s perfect as an end of summer destination since it’s so close by. If you’d prefer to avoid the big city though, Houston has got some pretty great natural areas near it and all of them make for a great hike. If you really like one of the parks, most have campgrounds so that you can stay overnight in your RV and make another day out of it.

Sam Houston National Forest

Sam Houston National Forest is massive. Covering 163000 acres, you can easily spend days exploring it. With the 128 mile Lone Star Hiking Trail, adventurous RVers can do just that. Pack your gear, lace up your hiking boots, and lock the door behind you: hiking the entirety of the trail is going to take a while, but it’s a great accomplishment if you can manage it.

Stephen F. Austin State Park

Just 50 miles from Houston, Stephen F. Austin State Park isn’t just a cool place to hike: it’s also the site of Texas’s first American colony. Before it became a country or state, Texas was part of Mexico, but Stephen F. Austin contracted with the Mexican government to settle 300 colonists from America in Texas. There are some remnants of this first colony still there along the shores of the Brazos River. Hike the park’s 12 acres with it’s 6 mile trail.

Big Thicket

Extremely biodiverse, Big Thicket is home to over 100 species of trees and 1000 species of flowering plants and ferns. The dense forest is also home to tons of wildlife. There are established hiking trails that allow you to navigate the thick foliage and see the area in its natural splendor. It’s about 90 miles outside of Houston and it’s more than worth the trip.

Galveston Island State Park

If you want to pass right through Houston, you’ll find Galveston on the other side. This swinging coastal town has also got a great natural area that’s so untouched you’d be surprised there’s human development anywhere in the immediate area. With 2000 acres, it’s easy to lose sight of anything manmade as you explore the sand dunes, wetlands, coastal prairies, and forests.

Visit CCRV

Don’t forget to stop and see us at CCRV in Corpus Christi for all of the latest and greatest RV supplies before you hit the road this camping season.

The Top 3 Fishing Spots Around Corpus Christi

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Summer is the perfect time to go fishing in your RV. Fortunately, you don’t have to travel far to find some of the best fishing spots in the state. These three unbeatable fishing destinations are right here in Corpus Christi, so grab your fishing pole and start casting your line and reeling ’em in.

Aransas Bay

The gorgeous Gulf of Mexico is more than a place for cooling down on hot summer days. The Gulf offers a selection of reefs, barrier islands, flats and marshes that are ideal for catching fish. The Aransas Bay marshes are some of the best places to cast a line from your boat or fishing kayak. They’re hotspots for catching redfish, flounder, trout, red snapper, marlin, shark, tuna and other species.

Lake Corpus Christi

Lake Corpus Christi is a scenic place to park your RV and enjoy some of the state’s best fishing just steps away. Bring your boat or cast a line from the shore, and you’re likely to reel in largemouth bass, crappie, white bass, a variety of catfish, bluegill sunfish, redear sunfish and a long list of other fish species. Lake maps are available at the state park office, and local fishing maps can be found at most bait stores, so you don’t have to be an expert on the area before you arrive.

Choke Canyon Reservoir

If you’re interested in catching loads of largemouth bass and catfish, head to the Choke Canyon Reservoir. The Choke Canyon State Park offers boat launch facilities and camping accommodations, so you can enjoy easy access to the fish-filled waters. The area’s large amount of submerged vegetation and rocky shorelines make it a hotspot for bass in excess of 10 pounds.

Start Your Summer at CCRV

CCRV is your one-stop summer RV shop with everything from new and used RVs, to RV service, parts and even a wide selection of camping supplies. Stop in and see us before you hit the road for National Go Fishing Day.