I woke up still in Mt. Pleasant KOA and headed to the Texarkana KOA campgrounds, a short 54 mile drive up the road on I-30. Texarkana is a twin city with nearby Texarkana Arkansas. I got some interesting facts from locals but more on that later!
Where is Texarkana?
Texarkana, Texas is the last city in Texas if you are traveling east on Interstate 30. It sits on the border of Texas and Arkansas so there is both a Texarkana, Texas and a Texarkana, Arkansas. The Texarkana KOA campgrounds are on the Texas side about a quarter of a mile from the Arkansas state line.
I pulled in around 12:30 pm and upon looking at the office door was directed to my envelope which had my name and cabin assignment on it.
My one room camping cabin was about 20 feet from the office and about 30 feet from the pool and restrooms. The spacious laundry room had a lot of great local info for newbies like me
. I put my gear in the cabin which was almost exactly like the one in Mt. Pleasant minus the fridge and TV. It had a full size bed and a set of bunk beds. The other camping cabin is a two room cabin wit two sets of bunk beds and a full-size bed.
I decided took a drive around the campground. It was a large park with 64 pull throughs and back-ins all around the park. It had 4 tent sites available and the 2 camping cabins available. Texarkana KOA campgrounds are a little different because the property was converted from a manufactured home park with various houses still in existence and a lot of permanent residents.
Does Texarkana KOA Have a Swimming Pool?
Yes, the Tearkana KOA has a swimming pool that is open from May-September. The pool was not very big but had an easy entry area and went from 3 foot all the way to 9 feet.
It was the deepest pool I’d been to in a KOA campground so far. It was a perfect temperature and a lot of great conversations the fellow campers and residents, so I stayed there most of the afternoon.
Year Round Campgrounds
I met a few people that lived there permanently and a mix of travelers like me wandering around Texas and a great couple from Florida that were in town for a month and had been staying in Texarkana.
The locals explained the twin city concept and how years ago the high school rivalry between the cities was one of the biggest match ups in high school football and how a lot of people live in one state and work in another separate by a not well known state line. The rivalry still exists today between the locals of each city and being a boy from Texas I chose my allegiance quickly!
Places to Visit in Texarkana
After swimming most of the day I had built up quite the appetite and didn’t feel like cooking headed out to see what was available. I
To my surprise stumbled on an El Chico Cafe, which serves Mexican food. I used to go to this once Mexican staple religiously years ago and to my delight nothing had changed. I treated myself to some sizzling fajitas and a margarita.
While getting gas in town, the clerk recognizing that I was from out of town recommended a local bar that I might like named Fat Jacks Oyster and Sports Bar.
I headed on over and walked in on some live music by a local band called Relentless. I sat by myself for awhile before being invited to sit with a group. I realized that this town was open to all strangers and that the magical state line was in fact the very road that I had driven on to get to Fat Jack’s.
On the Fat Jack’s side was Arkansas and literally across the street was Texas. Both called Texarkana, but in two quite different states. I left Fat Jack’s and headed back to the KOA campgrounds. I recommend visiting next time you are in Texarkana, Texas.
State Line Post Office and Federal Building
The post office in downtown Texarkana sits on the state line between Arkansas and Texas. This is a great photo op for selfies or with the kids. Half the family in Texas and half in Arkansas. This is one of the most photographed places in town.
The post office is a beautiful building with some photogenic architectural features for family photos or Instagram posts.
Trees with Faces on Wildscape Trail
Don’t be alarmed if it seems like to trees are watching you. These works of art are on nine trees along the Wildscape trail on in the Texarkana KOA campgrounds. This quirky art makes for a fun family walk trying to find all the funny faces first.
Texarkana Museum System
Discovery Place Children’s Museum This is great place to take the kids for some science education and fun. The exhibits are kid-friendly and interactive.
Museum of Regional History is a very comprehensive collection of historical artifacts and offers a complete history of the region. It also includes a Scott Joplin, the father of ragtime music, exhibit.
Ace of Clubs House is a 1885 Victorian home on the National Register for its very unique architecture. The home was built in the shape of a playing card club with three wings. This is a must-see for any fan of HGTV and home design.
P.J. Ahrens Home is a classical revival style home that hosts events for the museum system and it is also in the National Register of Historic Places.
Family friendly amenities at Texarkana KOA
- Dog Park
- Swimming Pool (5/24-9/28)
Should I Stay at the Texarkana KOA?
Short answer, yes. This is safe place to stop for the night. The Texarkana KOA is not a big campground but it has the same basic amenities that bigger KOAs offer. Plan to take the family to town, visit both sides of this stateline town. Texarkana is a small town with a museum system, restaurants and entertainment for you to explore.
Make sure you check out my full guide to KOA.