Thousand Trails Lake Conroe is located about an hour north of Houston, TX. Thousand Trails was originally an exclusive members only park. There are several throughout the US, but you had to buy in in order to be able to use the facilities, more often than not for thousands of dollars. TT was then bought out by another company and is now open to the public. You can buy a pass for different zones, NW, SW, NE, and SE, the the US roughly divided into four regions. And then you pay for yearly dues. It’s much cheaper now to be able to use TT.
This particular TT park, and the only one I’ve been to, is a bit older, with the roads being difficult to drive on. They really need to be redone, but in my opinion, the potholes really help keep people from driving too fast. The sites are gravel and in need of levelling. But because it’s on a lake, with natural hills, I don’t know how level they can all be. It is what it is. If you want flat and paved, go to a Walmart parking lot.
On top of your pass, you can also opt in for an annual spot. This doesn’t give you 365 days a year to stay there. it only gives you about 210 to stay over night. But it DOES mean that no one else can stay in your spot for the year. So if you’re full timing it, you can have a “home base” and not have to worry about getting a bad spot when you come back from a trip. Your spot will still be there ready for you. You can also make improvements to your site if you wish. Some have brought in better gravel, or pavers, flowers and even some trees. And there are a lot of people who’ve put up small sheds to store some extra gardening or outdoor items.
With the high percentage of people who stay for at least six months a year, it’s still nicely kept and doesn’t look like a trailer park, which we’ve seen in other places that offer long term stays. The sites themselves are very spacious, with lots of large grassy areas in between different groupings of sites. Amenities are vast. There is a baseball field, a volley ball court by the lake, two tennis courts, a 18 hole mini golf, ping pong table, tetherball, two full basket ball courts, one of which also is used for pickleball (something in between ping pong and tennis). There are two stocked ponds for fishing, as well as Lake Conroe which is good for fishing and all sorts of other sports as well. There are boat and kayak rentals. The pool is Olympic sized and the spa is large enough to seat thirty people! There is a large activity center with a store inside and a cafe that opens mostly on the weekends for everything from hamburgers to banana spilts. The activity center itself is home to many tables to play bingo or put together a puzzle, toys for smaller children, and a large flat screen TV with three recliners and a sofa. Concerts and demonstrations like the one of the hula dancers are done in this large room. There is a large pavilion outside the activity center that is half covered and is where a lot of concerts take place so there’s enough room for lots of dancing! There is also a large grill that the manager kindly uses to BBQ up some good grub on the weekends! Across the pavilion is a family center. This is a smaller version of the activity center. It has a smaller TV in it with a few sofas, and some card tables. It is the place where many members find themselves in the evenings playing Fast Track or Texas Hold em. Attached to the family center is another room that is called the Adult center. It has a few pool tables, some card tables, and some books and puzzles. No one under 18 may enter, so it’s a nice place to get away from the swarms of kids during the summer. And to the side of the family center, is another room that is a small gym. This gym is unlocked with a code, and you must be over 14 to enter.
When TT was members only, there was a lot of activities that were put on for the members. BUt now that the members aren’t having to pay quite so much for membership, headquarters wants the members to put on their own activities. This has been met with mixed reactions, but the older members are mostly upset about it since they’ve been around for a long time and still remember “the good old days”. But some have come up to bat. There is line dancing lessons twice a week in the family center, pickup games of pickle ball and volley ball, and some bon fires now that summer is here! More members are still needed to start up activities on their own, but our schedule is still pretty full just from the activities that are offered weekly.
If I hadn’t been living close by and was just visiting this park, I would want to come again. I know the roads suck. We all know that. Everyone mentions it when they come and visit. But the amenities are unparalleled from what we’ve seen at other parks. It’s a great place to come as a family and we’ve known a few different families who were just passing through and ended up finding a way to pass through again and again because it’s such a great place for kids to explore. Did I mention it’s gated?