SFGN's Gay Camping 2019: Rainbow Ranch

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Rainbow Ranch is a LGBT campground and resort established in 1997 located in Central Texas just outside Groesbeck about two hours from Dallas.

Open every day it's an affordable gay environment and a safe place where you can be yourself and unwind. Before leaving town headed to the camp be certain to have all you need, it's a long trip back. Better yet bring everything you need from home, there are few local stores available.

Turning off the main highway there are about three miles of narrow rough pavement that leads across a small bridge that can seem tentative in a long and heavy RV. The road ends in the campground property.

After the final miles take in some fresh air and relax. Acres of stunning Texas scenery on Lake Limestone roll into the distance. The lake is beautiful and sunset across it is nothing short of spectacular. The pet friendly property is home to every insect that flies or crawls, no different than any other rural campground. Tenters are advised to protect their supplies from animals, which to my mind seems a good reason to up the tenting game to a cabin. 

Campground staff is friendly, helpful and accommodating. With a mix of permanent residents and weekenders, Rainbow Ranch has a wide variety of campers. Weekenders and permanent campers are friendly and quickly include newcomers inviting them to feel welcome. There is a strong sense of community and camaraderie. 

Beginning as a primitive camp, Rainbow Ranch has evolved into an RV park and campground with many themed weekends. Major events now include Memorial Day, Women's Fest, Men's Round Up, Ladies Summer Splash, Fall Fur Fest, the October Fest Party, and an annual New Year's celebration.

Accommodations include tent sites, RV sites, large and small cabins right on the edge of the lake and a complete full size house providing options for any visitor. Spotless showers and bathrooms with flush toilets are well maintained and located conveniently.

Tent sites are affordable, well maintained and each includes a fire ring and picnic table. Choices include primitive tent sites with no water or electricity and tent sites with utilities. If you enjoy a party atmosphere camp near the pool and pavilion. If you seek peace and serenity camp on the lake near the permanent residents in an area under shade trees. The view and breeze are wonderful and being away from noise and congestion delivers nature at its finest. 

RV sites have plenty of space and are close enough for groups to camp and party together. Full hookup RV sites include water, sewer connection and electricity. If you don't yet own an RV and want to experience one, several are available for rent.  

Large and small rental cabins, some with two queen beds, are neat as a pin. New smaller cabins without bathrooms are located lakeside, a short walk to a clean shower house, and offer spectacular views particularly at sunset. Accommodations also include a 2,800 square-foot completely outfitted house with room for up to 14 guests. Talk about a private party!

A pristine salt water swimming pool is refreshing with WIFI available. Free canoes and boats are provided for daily use. Nature trails, three fishing piers on the lake and pond, a sand volleyball court and a basketball court keep campers busy.

The Pavilion houses a venue for foul weather and nighttime activities. Covered and enclose-able, the pavilion space with new decking allows activities, parties, and dancing with a DJ in any weather. In addition, a pool table, air Hockey and big screen TV round out entertainment options after dark. For quiet times you can even borrow a DVD to watch in the comfort of your own site. 

There is always something new as the owners never stop improving the property, another reason why Rainbow Ranch has been awarded the Dallas Voice Readers Voice Award for best weekend getaway six of the past ten years.

Rainbow Ranch

1662 LCR 800

Groesbeck, TX 76642

254-729-8484 

RainbowRanch.net

5 Stars from 8 Google reviews

 

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