Mother Neff State Park

Aug. 27, 2013 - Construction continues on the new headquarters and camping loop.

Mother Neff State Park

A Legacy for Texans

Along a scenic stretch of the Leon River southwest of Waco lies Mother Neff State Park, one of Texas’ earliest state parks. Isabella Neff donated the original six acres for the park in 1921. Since then, many folks have discovered what Mother Neff knew:  this is a very special place.

Things to Do

Come to the river to relax! You can hike, picnic, camp, fish, geocache and observe nature. Rent one of our three picnic pavilions for your next reunion. Learn more about the park and its history at our Visitors Center (opening Jan. 23, 2015).

Camping:  Stay at one of our campsites, six with water and electric hookups.

Hiking:  Explore nearly five miles of trails. Take a self-guided tour along the Lost Trail and learn about this area’s trees.

Fishing:  Fish from the riverbank within park boundaries. You do not need a fishing license to fish in a state park!

Volunteering:  We need your help! Learn more at headquarters or visit our Volunteer page.

Ranger Programs

Park rangers offer nature and history programs. Check the Events page to see the schedule, or contact the park to arrange special tours.

Kids aged four to 12 can become a junior ranger! Complete a set of activities to earn a badge and certificate. Download the activity sheets or pick up at headquarters.

Civilian Conservation Corps:  The CCC built many of the facilities at Mother Neff State Park, including park roads, the concession building and the lookout/water tower. To learn more about the CCC’s work here, check the links below:

      Area Attractions

      Waco offers shopping, dining, museums and more. Be sure to visit the Texas Ranger Hall of Fame and Museum and the Cameron Park Zoo.

      Temple has museums as well, including the Temple Railroad and Heritage Museum.

      In Gatesville, the “Spur Capital of Texas,” explore the Coryell County Museum & Historical Center.

      1680 S.H. 236
      Moody, TX 76557-3317

      Latitude: 31.324698

      Longitude: -97.469686

      (254) 853-2389

      Make reservations online

      Reserve by phone: (512) 389-8900

      Entrance Fees
      • Adult: $2 Daily
      • Child 12 Years and Under: Free
      Hours
      Busy Season

      Spring, early summer and fall

      Climate

      January average low is 36 degrees. July average high is 97 degrees. Wettest seasons are spring and fall. First freeze occurs late November. Last freeze occurs mid-March.

      National Weather Service forecast for this area
      Elevation

      Ranges from 610 feet along the bottomlands to 790 feet on the uplands.

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