Sunday, October 25, 2015

Cedar Breaks Park Review - Lake Georgetown, Tx


Sitting on Lake Georgetown, Cedar Breaks Park is an excellent park for those that want to get away from the Austin area without having to spend hours on the road. The Army Corps of Engineers built both Cedar Breaks and Jim Hogg (also on Lake Georgetown) campgrounds in the late 70s. The park is named for the abundance of Cedar trees that grow throughout the area.   

Cedar Breaks sits on the south shore of Lake Georgetown and is a quick drive from Austin (only took us about 40 minutes).  It is a modest size park that only has 64 developed sites with electricity and water. It also has a large day use area and boat ramp. The sites can fill up quickly so reservations are strongly suggested. One nice thing about being a Army Corp of Engineering park and not a state park is that you can actually reserve your site number in advance instead being assigned a spot upon check in like the state park system. 

Sites



Each site is a single wide 55' long back in style asphalt pad, though some did seem like they were not quite as deep. It will fit most if not all RVs, 5th wheels, or trailers. There are a lot of trees with good shade coverage but generally kept clear of the pad so as not to interfere with RVs. While many sites are relatively flat, some sites can have quite a slope to them so leveling jacks may be required. Each site does have water and electricity (50A, 30A and 20A standard) but no sewer hook ups.  However, there is a dump station near the park exit so you can empty your wastewater tanks before you leave. Generally, sites are large enough for a single RV and perhaps a small car. If you have multiple cars, there is an overflow lot available. We saw folks park their extra vehicle with boat and jetski trailers in this lot.

Each site has a covered table with lantern hook, fire ring and BBQ Grill. Most sites have enough room for a couple of tents and plenty of trees and shade however, there are a few sites like 17, 18 and 19 that have sparse tree coverage.

Several sites run along the lake but there is no beach area at these sites. In fact, sites along the lake are generally next to a cliff so it can be dangerous, especially for young ones. There is a warning sign (see additional images) as well as a short cable like fence to keep campers from wandering too close to the cliffs. 


Restrooms
There are 2 restrooms in the campgrounds themselves and another over in the day use area. Restrooms do have 2 shower stalls and multiple toilets and are a short walk from most campsites. There is parking in front for those that don't want to walk. The staff does try to keep the restrooms clean but I don't think they are kept quite as clean as you would find at the state parks. The fixtures are somewhat dated but there is hot and cold running water for the showers.

Activities

As stated earlier, there is a large day use area with covered tables for large gatherings, pic nics, etc. We did see people set up in the day use area as well as a few that set up on the edge of the water at the day use area. There is also several hiking/biking trails with separate parking for those that enjoy getting their exercise. Trails are well marked but can be a bit rocky so wear good boots (see additional images). Unlike the trails at Palmetto, you really would not want to try taking a stroller on these trails, nor would these trails be good for the little ones or elderly due to the rocky nature of the terrain.




Since it is on Lake Georgetown, boating and water related activities are a great choice at this campground. Access to the the water from the campsite is somewhat limited however, there is a fishing/swimming dock a short walk away. The lake is a pretty decent size at 1300 surface acres and is a great spot for fishing, sailing, power boating, water skiing or just the leisurely paddle in a kayak or other human powered watercraft. With it's own dedicated launch ramp it's easy for boats of all kind to get out on the water. For the fisherman, the lake supports both large and small mouth bass, stripped bass, catfish, crappie and other varieties. There are some beach areas where swimmers can enjoy a dip in the water as well. Keep in mind, lake levels can fluctuate due to drought or excessive rain.   

While there is no store on site for forgotten items, shopping in nearby Georgetown is just a short drive away. It's quite interesting because while you feel like you are deep in the woods, everything from grocery stores to restaurants are easily accessible within just a few miles. Georgetown has a number of quaint antique shops and other unique shopping experiences for those looking for a day adventure outside the park.

Internet Connectivity
Internet connectivity and cell reception was good in the park. You should have no trouble making/receiving calls or jumping on the internet if you really need to but remember, you are camping so, disconnect and give yourself a break.

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