Editor’s Note: This story was written for Mobile RVing’s The Buzz.
Let’s begin by applauding the park’s name – BATL. It stands for, “Be About That Life,” a fitting moniker for founders who realize that a life full of experiences is a life well-lived.
Owners Greg and Anise Brown are avid travelers. Greg’s 25 years in the Marine Corps had taken them all over the world.
“We love to travel,” he said.
They parlayed their travel bug into running an RV park offering travelers an ideal place to, “Disconnect to reconnect, enjoy the outdoors, and revive and recharge,” as their slogan says.
Their vision for the park is impressive.
“We know what it’s like to live out of an RV,” Greg said. “We want to provide a place to camp in the woods but spacious enough for guests to bring all their amenities from home and be able to use them.”
At heart, he’s striving for a resort-like experience.
“We wanted our place to offer the things we experienced, like wine festivals and beer festivals and different food vendors,” Greg explained.
Glampers, in particular, will love what they are working to create.
Grand opening celebrations took place July 4 weekend and the resort is nestled on 49 wooded acres in Central Texas, about 30-minutes northeast of Waco. It’s near the small country town aptly named Mount Calm.
Referring to their piece of Texas countryside, Greg notes, “We had to build everything from the ground-up, the electric, water, sewer.”
Yet he acknowledged, the undeveloped parcel allowed them to concentrate on making their sites wider and longer than many parks so they can accommodate larger RVs. The largest rig they’ve had so far is 42 feet.
Greg believes the setting is the park’s most unique draw.
“It’s like going to a state park,” he said. “We have all these trees, wildlife, and ponds. But, unlike state parks, we can accommodate larger RVs, have full-hookups, Wi-Fi, and can have a campfire.”
Right now, the park has 25 full-hookup spaces, nine of which are pull-throughs. They’re planning for 100 sites in two stages of expansion.
Just four months old, the park already has some nice features. There are two stocked ponds with catch-and-release fishing, walking trails, a bocce ball court, outdoor games, and a playground for the kids. The park is pet-friendly and has its own dog park. An onsite store offers everything from sundries and clothing to pet supplies and even fishing pole rental.
In nicer weather, there are kayak and bike rentals. A BB gun range, and facilities for archery — and believe it or not, axe throwing — are in the works.
“In phase two we’ve planned another 25 sites, a pool, and bathhouse,” Greg said. He added that cabins and yurts are coming next year.
“I want to try a treehouse concept and elevate them on a platform. The area is kind of low-lying, so it’s perfect for that,” he said. “Plus we can create spots for hanging hammocks.”
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