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. (Due to river conditions, swimming is not allowed.)
Camping: Our new camping loop has 20 sites with water, sewer and 50/30-amp hookups. Or choose one of 15 tent sites (with water nearby) near the Leon River. You can also stay in our new cabin with a campsite.
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.
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:
In Gatesville, the “Spur Capital of Texas,” explore the Coryell County Museum & Historical Center.