Date of Stay:  March, 2016

Old Military Road, Canadian, TX

$20.00/night for 30 amp electric & water    (No charge for sites without hookups)

(Please note, rates may have changed since our stay.)

Black Kettle Campground - Canadian, Texas

Black Kettle Campground – Canadian, TX

About 12 miles east of Canadian, TX, this is the first campground that we stayed at in our new life adventure. We were headed to Nashville to see my sister-in-law and wanted to get there during her teaching “time off” of Spring Break. So our stay ended up being in mid-March when the grass and trees were still dormant and the park was empty. But I believe in the spring and summer it would be beautiful and I’m sure it’s quite popular. The campground layout gives you plenty of elbow room from each of the other 7 RV sites and 7 tents sites. The RV sites have nice concrete picnic tables and heavy duty fire pits with grates. We were able to back-in fairly easily with our 35’ fifth wheel, but the cottonwoods are dense and were right up against our bedroom once we had our 3 slides out. A storm came up over the weekend and with the West Texas wind, the branches rubbed and creaked along the top. A little scary out in the boonies when you’re the only ones in the campground! Especially when I’ve read about every Stephen King book written in the 80’s & early 90’s… But we did not incur any damage nor did we see any ghosts of buried pets, so all was well!

There are wooden plank trails around the outskirts of the park for hiking and bird watching. We ventured down one and it ended at a wooden overlook of what would have once been the lake. At the time we were there, the lake had receded so much that we could not even see it from that point.  I believe it’s just a short drive, though.

The fees are paid from a kiosk and a ranger came by each day checking the vicinity and the payment box. We opted for a site with 30 amp service and a water faucet. There are no sewer hook-ups and we did not see a dump station on grounds. There is a dump station on the North side of Canadian at the City Park & at Flying J’s on I-40 outside of Amarillo (west) and Sayre, OK (east).

Black Kettle Walkway - Canadian, Texas

Black Kettle Wooden Walkway – Canadian, TX

The highways around Canadian are extremely rough.  Once you turn off to the campground, roads are paved part of the way, but a little narrow. Where the pavement ends you’ll have to drive down a dirt road for about 7 miles. Be aware that the turn into the camp is a sharp right. (During our stay road construction was being done on the dirt road, so it may have improved over time.)

We enjoyed our stay and look forward to visiting the park again while the foliage is in full bloom during the summer months.