Route 82 RV Park is located on Highway 82 in northern Texas. It is outside the little town of Savoy. That's about 70 miles north of Dallas. The campground has an appeal that is hard to describe.
Rt. 82 RV Park is a new RV campground. Although it officially opened in January of 2017, the first RVers moved in a couple months before that. The park has about 50 sites, with plans for possible future expansion on an adjacent parcel to the east.
We visited with the owner. He explained his vision for the park is to have a pleasant park, with good people, and low rates. This is a basic park, with gravel roads and pads. They are still putting in the finishing touches.
Every site has full hook ups, including water, sewer, 20-30-50 amp electric, and cable TV. Park wide Wi-Fi is also included -- and it works. Every site has a bar-b-q grill and a very sturdy picnic table.
The Rt. 82 RV Park manager is usually at the campground. When he is not in the office, he is usually out working on a project. Since we have been here, he has been working on the new shower room and laundry facility. He has planted crepe myrtles, which should add beauty and act as a sound barrier against highway noise. He continues to work on the sites, themselves, adding gravel to widen them.
Native cedar trees provide shade. Because the trees were here before the park was established, the sites are each different in their configuration and size. There are long pull through sites; small, secluded corner sites; and sites in between. This adds a uniqueness that you don’t see in a park with straight roads and cookie cutter spaces.
A little fishing pond sits on one end of the park. Several sites back up to it. The other pond bank is open, available for anyone in the park to use for fishing or to just sit and watch the pond life. Besides the stocked catfish and sunfish, the pond has frogs and a few turtles.
The trees attract a variety of birds. We often sit and drink coffee in the morning, watching the bright red cardinals flitting amid the trees. During lunch, we watch the roadrunner in the adjacent field, running through the pasture. We've seen bluebirds, blue jays, doves, and many smaller birds.
The neighbors vary, also. There are a few retired folks and some young families. Some are working RVers. Some are travelers passing through, stopping for the night or the weekend. The varied sites and assorted neighbors give the park a homey, neighborhood feeling.
The neighbors in the adjacent pasture are also varied. There are majestic Texas Longhorn cattle; a large, muscular red bull; some black cattle, and a couple of playful little red calves.
There are several towns in the area. Savoy is the closest town, just a few miles away. It has a well-stocked convenience store that serves hand-pressed burgers, as well as breakfast, crisp chicken, and pizzas. Bells, a few miles farther down the road, has the nearest real grocery store, a thrift store, and an Italian restaurant. Go a few miles more, and you get to Dennison, which has a A Taste of Italy, a wonderful Italian restaurant. Just beyond that is Sherman. Sherman has the big-box home building centers, discount stores, and other shopping. It has an Aldi for lower priced grocery, conveniently located next door to the Harbor Freight store. If you go much farther, you end up in Durant, Oklahoma, which has the Choctaw casino and a very good veterinary clinic. (The Bryan County Animal Hospital, where we took our NeeMo when he had a foot problem.)
Go the other way from the campground, heading east, and you'll find Bonham, TX. Bonham has Trade Days, a large flea market, one weekend every month. There are bargains galore at the Trade Days. Bonham also has a Wal-Mart, TSC, thrift and antique stores, and some good restaurants.
Coleen and I have really enjoyed staying at Route 82 RV Park. It is a quiet, friendly park, with a homey feel. It’s one of those places we hate to leave. Coleen, especially, gets antsy after being in one location for few weeks. Here, she commented that she will miss the park, and if we didn't have obligations to go other places, she would be content to stay here.
Editor's note: My husband, Bob Nilles, wrote this article. While he was writing this park review, I was writing an article that compared three campgrounds that we stayed at this winter. His comments about the feel of this park, and about it being homey, are very similar to what I wrote. We both enjoy Route 82 RV Park very much.