Belton Lake near Temple, Texas, is a nice place to stop after escaping Dallas in a southbound direction on Highway 35. While there are several Army Corps of Engineers campgrounds to choose from, but only two are open year round, Live Oak and Cedar Ridge. In the late fall and winter, some loops close, but gate attendants open up sites on a first-come basis instead of turning people away. We emailed the district office via their website first, after finding no availability online for days near to and including Thanksgiving.
Live Oak Ridge Campground is roomy, with several loops to choose from. Big rigs can make it in and out to site 36 easily, especially since one of the hosts graciously climbed up on our roof to clear some low limbs. We went back a couple of weeks later and stayed in site 33, which was also nice for a big rig. The 40s loop is full of dangerously low limbs throughout and tight turns with obstacles on the back in. Our site was mostly level with good Verizon and antenna TV. Surprisingly, the satellite also worked through a canopy of trees. The only issue was campers who used our site for a shortcut to the bathhouse across the street.
Cedar Ridge Park was also roomy. We stayed in site 17, which was large, perfectly level, roomy and had good Verizon, antenna TV and Satellite. Camp hosts trimmed limbs up and back for us before our arrival. We previewed it ahead of time, and they were eager to please. Unfortunately, they missed a few limbs at the last gate before our site, so we did have some scratches to buff out. The bathhouse was a little dated, with the shower head installed at about five-feet, maybe less. Water from the men’s nozzle hits one like needles shot out at jet speed, I’m told. Tis site, too, was a preferred shortcut to the bath house.