What to do in Meridian State Park

Meridian State Park, near Meridian in Bosque County, is a 505.4-acre park. A rock and earthen dam was constructed by the Civilian Conservation Corps (CCC) on Bee Creek to form the park's 72-acre lake. The land was acquired from private owners in 1933 - 1935 and was opened to the public in 1935.

Tonkawa Indians lived in the surrounding area before the coming of white man; Tawakoni Indians also occupied the area prior to 1841. The Texas-Santa Fe expedition of 1841 passed through Bosque County near the present site of park in Bosque Valley.

The park is open 7 days a week year-round. The busy seasons are spring, summer, and fall.

This park is very wooded with predominantly Ashe juniper and oak, as well as abundant plants and wildflowers. A variety of wildlife and birds includes the endangered Golden-cheeked warbler in the spring. The lake is very popular for bream, crappie, catfish, and bass.

Available facilities are screened shelters; premium sites with water and electricity (pull-through); regular campsites with water and electricity (back-in for under 20' in length); campsites with water; developed sites with a table and a fire ring (no potable water in the area - restrooms 200 yards to 1 mile away); a group dining hall with a kitchen (capacity 56); a youth group area; a picnic area; restrooms with showers; a playground; 5 miles of hiking and nature trails (250 yards are paved and accessible to the disabled, with benches along the trail); 5 miles of scenic paved road for vehicles and biking; a boat dock; a boat ramp; and a Texas State Park Store.

Nearby attractions include Dinosaur Valley, Lake Whitney, and Cleburne State Parks; Fossil Rim; Six Flags Over Texas; Texas and Arlington Stadiums; State Fair; and Texas Ranger Museum.

Camping and entrance fees vary. For reservations, call 512/389-8900. Current weather conditions, including fire bans and water levels, can vary from day to day. For more details, call the park or Park Information at 1-800-792-1112.

Activities in the park include camping, picnicking, hiking, lake swimming (unsupervised), boating, bird watching, fishing, and bicycling.

Take State Highway 174 from Cleburne, State Highway 144 from Glen Rose or State Highway 6 from Waco. Join State Highway 22 and proceed to the park. Take State Highway 22 from Hillsboro or Hamilton. The park is located about 3 miles southwest of Meridian off State Highway 22.

Meridian State Park is located at an elevation of 1040 feet. Temperatures within the park range from an average July high of 98 degrees with a prevailing southeast breeze and January average low of 40 degrees. Spring usually provides the park with the wettest months. The first/last freeze are December/April. Current weather conditions can vary from day to day. For more details, call the park or Park Information at 1-800-792-1112.

Rt 2, Box 2465
Meridian, TX 76665

Phone: 254/435-2536

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