Buckhorn Lake Resort Review & Rating

Texas Outside Rating: 9.6

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Buckhorn Lake Resort Overview:

Review of Buckhorn Lake Resort

Wow, Buckhorn Lake Resort is what every RV Park should aspire to be when they grow up.  It's pristine and well managed by a friendly helpful staff and has great sites and a variety of  site choices, and lots of amenities for you to enjoy during your stay. 

Buckhorn Lake Resort is a premier and upscale RV Resort that is designed for big rigs, rallies, and guests who want to enjoy all of the amenities, special events, and fun things to see and do nearby.  All of the roads are paved and big rigs won't have any trouble maneuvering through the Resort and into their sites which are long and wide.  The park is pet friendly.

Buckhorn is conveniently located just off Interstate 10 with easy access to Kerrville, San Antonio, Boerne, or Fredericksburg. 

A great place to stay for a weekend, vacation, or few months to escape the cold weather.

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Amenities and Fun Things To Do:

When you arrive at Buckhorn Lake Resort you'll most likely say "wow, what a fantastic RV park."  You'll be greeted by a very friendly and helpful staff who seems committed to making sure you have an enjoyable stay.  Then comes the hard part - deciding where to park your rig!  There are 131 sites and you have several site choices:

  • pull throughs, back-ins, or pull-ins
  • an adults only section
  • shaded or open sites
  • sites facing the lake or one of several small ponds. 
  • sites that have views of the rolling hill out the back window
  • or sites close to the pool, tennis courts, or the clubhouse

There are four levels of pricing based on location or back-in or pull-through sites.  Regardless of your choice, you site will have a long level parking pad, a picnic pad and picnic table or table and 4 chairs, grass on both sides of the parking pad, plus a conveniently located pedestal with 30/50  AMP service and water, cable, and phone hook-up.  Like the roads, all of the sites are paved almost perfectly level.  They are also long and wide enough for big rigs with four slides.

If you want to stay at Buckhorn and don't have an RV or friends and family are joining you, then the three rental cottages are perfect.   Each cottage has a private covered patio with a table and chairs overlooking the pond and Swan Island.  Each cottage will sleep up to six in a private bedroom, twin built in bunk beds, and a queen sleeper sofa.  A kitchenette  has a refrigerator, sink, and microwave.  Utensils are not included.  The cottages are clean, functional, and relatively new.  

Across the stone bridge over the lake is The Club at Buckhorn - a very exclusive Class A Motorhome Community that is and well done with small ponds and waterfalls, a variety of colorful landscaping, and some unique and beautiful "coach houses."   At the writing of this review, there were a few lots still available for sale.  I only know of a couple other offering like this and Buckhorn is clearly the best and most unique and upscale that we have seen.  Owners get to enjoy all of the Resort's amenities.  Some of the parking pads in The Club at Buckhorn are in a rental pool for guests to enjoy. 

In addition to some fantastic sites, what makes Buckhorn Lake Resort stand out from 99% of the other RV Parks are the amenities, some of which include:

  • two large pools, both with hot tubs, and one of which is adults only
  • a fitness center with a treadmill, exercise bikes, elliptical trainer, and more
  • 9 hole putting green
  • two tennis courts one of which has a basketball hoop
  • 4 pickle ball courts
  • 4 person pedal surreys for rent
  • a gazebo for weddings or parties
  • restrooms, private showers with a dressing room, and laundries
  • fenced in dog park
  • free cable TV with movie channels
  • free Wi-Fi plus instant on local phone service and voice mail
  • a well stocked country store with a sampling of  everything including food staples, books, gifts, RV supplies, and lots more
  • a catch and release fishing pond with some huge catfish, perch, bass, and more plus some fish food to feed the huge catfish - no fishing license is required
  • kids playground
  • daily trash pick up at your site

In the center of Buckhorn Lake Resort is an 8000 square foot Event Center with limited food service (on Saturday you can enjoy a good breakfast), fireplace, outside covered patio and chairs, a huge party room with a band stage.  Attached to the Event Center is a Rally Building with social or meeting room, a private social room, and a movie theater with a big screen and 35 rocker seats.

Throughout the year, you can enjoy several special events ranging from dinner shows to New Year's Eve parties to music events.

Here are some comments from Kathy, the owner of Buckhorn Lake Resort, about our lower than expected rating on the RV sites and scenic beauty: "I understand what you are saying about not a lot of trees around the sites but it is a double edged sword.  Most of our guests have larger rigs and prefer not to be under a large tree as the birds make a mess on their rigs plus they have trouble getting satellite reception and a strong internet connection!  We do have ornamental trees on every site along with real grass, concrete pads and patios that are located on the shade side of your coach so you can enjoy the afternoon without the sun in your eyes, and patio furniture with some large oaks here and there.  However, we are in the Heart of the Hill Country so whatever direction you look we are surrounded by beautiful oak trees, cedars, wild flowers, etc.  We also have many water features, ponds, and water falls plus catch and release fishing."  I agree with all of that and Buckhorn Lake Resort is a fantastic RV Resort and one of Texas Outside top rated parks. 

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A Typical Texas Outsider Day:

We visited Buckhorn Lake Resort to attend one of their special events which was a two day music festival that was a blast - read our review of Thomas Michael Riley's Red Neck Rivera Music Festival to learn more about what will most likely be an annual event at Buckhorn Lake Resort.  It started on Friday night with a dinner music show with some delicious pork and the fixings plus a great dessert following by a get set from Thomas Michael Riley.  Saturday the music started at 2:00 with 4 different musicians - a great day of music.  And during the festival, Buckhorn cooked a variety of good food from fried pickles to pork sliders to burgers.  The prices were excellent, for example, $2 for cold beer and $6 for a huge juicy cheeseburger with fries!  Read our review of this fun music festival.

We also enjoyed time at the pool and hot tube and a set of tennis.  I only wish we had practiced putting on their putting green before we headed out to play golf at both Comanche Trace Golf Club and Riverhill Golf Course

What a fun 3 days!  Can't wait to do it again next year. 

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Cool Nearby Activities:

If all of the above is not enough to get you to visit Buckhorn Lake Resort, then here are some options to entice you to stay here.  Within 30 to 45 minutes you can visit and explore:

  • Bandera - "the cowboy capital of Texas" is a fun city with some fantastic bars and music venues and special events like gun fights in the streets
  • Fredericksburg - a Texas German town with lots of great restaurants, music venues, quaint shops, and museums
  • scenic drives through some stunning Hill Country that you won't see anywhere else
  • nearby Hunt and Ingram are worth exploring - small unique towns along the beautiful Guadalupe River
  • Boerne and Comfort ("a antique city") are loading with small shops and some good restaurants

Kerrville has lots to see and do from shopping to good restaurants to tubing, kayaking, fishing, or swimming in the Guadalupe River - use this Kerrville map to find some things to do and here is a link to our Top Ten Things To Do In Kerrville

Why not plan your trip around one of the many special events in Kerrville including the world famous Kerrville Folk Festival.  If you like golf you've got several choices - see this Kerrville Golf Map  to find a course to play. 

It's impossible to get bored on a trip to Buckhorn Lake Resort. 

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Texas Outside Favorite Sites: Pull throughs 6064 and 6065 have a large tree for shade and are close to the pool, 6049 has lots of room and is on the banks of the lake, and 6112 in the adult section has a view of the lake and is next to the pool

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Texas Outside Campground Rating System

Texas Outside uses a tough rating scale and it’s difficult for a campground to get a “10”.  Each park is rated on:

  • Scenic Beauty: a campground that is flat with no trees or character gets a “1” and hills, lots of trees, beautiful lake site, and lush ground cover gets a “10”
  • Park Condition:  the cleaner, well kept, and maintained campgrounds receive high scores
  • Amenities: we are looking for lots of amenities like restrooms, dump stations, playgrounds, boat ramps, shelters, concession stand, rental toys, and more.
  • Campsites:  low scores are given for sites that are right next to each other (good for getting to know your neighbors, but not what we’re looking for when we’re camping); have no lantern holder, no water or electricity, no fire pit, no grill, or no picnic table (or it’s rotten wood); have no trees and no view; the ground cover is crushed rock (my bare feet hate that stuff!); and they require a lot of work to get your rig level.
  • Things To Do: Bonus points are given for campgrounds that offer lots of fun things to do at the park or very nearby – this includes: biking, hiking, climbing, boating, entertainment, golf, swimming, fishing, volleyball, horseshoes, and more