[Elfsea] possible camping site

Laura Feldner layla5 at mindspring.com
Sat Sep 29 10:10:13 PDT 2001

The big concerns about using State parks (as my Household found out the hard
way at Steppes Fall Court a couple of years ago at Tyler State park):

1. Site is probably dry (which is a big drawback to those of us who enjoy
'fermented grape juice' and other spirits). At Tyler there were park rangers
wandering through from time to time and viscious rumors about fines that
could be imposed to those found drinking alcohol.

2. Tyler state park did not let us do ANY fighting. (Let's hope the
Jacksboro park is not as uptight about allowing our fighting to take place).
In the case of Steppes Fall Court, we did not find out about this until it
was too late and had to cancel the fighting scenarios we had planned.

Just some words of caution that we would need to investigate thoroughly
before using a State park site.

On a positive note, most of the State parks I've been to are absolutely
gorgeous! (and not quite so primitive as Tanglewood).

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> There is a possible camp site in Jacksboro - Ft. Richardson State
> Park.  They
> have 41 camp sites w/water/elec, 11 shelters, an open primitive
> camping area
> and a group pavillion.  Bathrooms and shower facility and swimming at the
> resevoir.  They do not have a manned gate as such - you drive in and later
> pay at the park office.  Its off seasons are winter and summer.
> Drawbacks - there is lots of cactus in some areas, no cactus in
> many others.
> It is a state park with all that entails (however it is a very
> relaxed park).
>  It's not huge, but probably as big or bigger than Tanglewood.  Only one
> shower facility, but two bathroom facilities but a swimming beach
> is easily
> accessable.  Questionable about dry site - they have a large chili cookoff
> each year so? maybe not a problem.  Archery and fighting - must
> be discussed
> with the park manager but not a "no" up front when talking with them.
> Favorable points - Its very close, 35 to 45 minutes from Ft. Worth.  Its
> within the city BUT extremely secluded.  Motels across and next
> to the area
> as well as eating places and a Walmart.  Lots of shade lots of
> trees, lots of
> open places.  Screen shelters available.  Group pavilion available.  They
> themselves sponsor a historical re-enactment group and are used to have a
> large group (chili cookoff) in the park.
> The time we visited it - Fourth of July and the park was empty - literally
> only two or three campsites being used.  Deer, turkey and rabbit
> everywhere
> in the camp areas.
> The web site is:
> http://www.tpwd.state.tx.us/park/fortrich/fortrich.htm#facilities
> The park manager is:  Danny Peterson
> The phone number is:  940-567-3506
> I'm not saying its the perfect site, but it is a possibility.
> When I talked
> to them, they were open to the possibility.   I do not have the
> experience of
> looking for a site and cannot talk "brass tacks" and I do not have the
> authority to make assumptions on our needs - but this is a lovely area and
> well worth going to with or without an event.
> Asa
> Sermo datur cunctis, animi sapientia paucis.
> Speech is given to many, intelligence to few.
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