Meridian State Park
Things to Do
The park's 72-acre lake offers fishing in addition to swimming and no-wake boating. Bird-watching is excellent and there is a good chance of seeing the rare golden-cheeked warbler. Other popular activities include camping, picnicking and bicycling on park roads.
The Bosque Hiking Trail encircles Lake Meridian and features limestone outcroppings with fossils, a scenic overlook and aquatic vegetation. The footbridge over Bee Creek, part of the Bosque Hiking Trail, has been removed due to damage; the trail is only passable by crossing the creek, which is often dry.
In addition to for tents and RVs, the park also has , and group facilities.
We loan fishing gear for use in the park.
- Interactive Trails Map
- Detailed fishing and lake information for Meridian State Park Lake
- Swimming Safety Tips
The park offers a variety of educational opportunities; check the calendar for upcoming events or contact the park for special tours.
Get more information on the Civilian Conservation Corps, which helped develop this park and numerous others over 70 years ago, by visiting our CCC page that includes the interactive online exhibits and education resource, “The Look of Nature: Designing Texas State Parks During the Great Depression” and “A New Deal for Texas Parks."
Teachers: This is a Texas Aquatic Science Certified Field Site.
Download Birds of Meridian State Park: A Field Checklist (PDF).
Citizen’s Park Ranger Academy
Experience the adventure of working in a state park in this unique, four-week program. We cover wildland firefighting, interpretive programs, park operations, law enforcement and more. The program is free; students must be at least 13 years old. The next academy will be at Dinosaur Valley, Cleburne and Meridian state parks in April 2017; visit the academy's web page to learn more.
Nearby attractions include Dinosaur Valley State Park; Lake Whitney State Park; Cleburne State Park; Fossil Rim; Six Flags Over Texas; Texas and Arlington stadiums; the State Fair; Texas Ranger Museum; and the renovated historic Bosque County Courthouse in downtown Meridian.