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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.

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 TX-236 Highway
Moody, TX 76557-3317

Latitude: 31.321559

Longitude: -97.469150

(254) 853-2389

Make reservations online

Reserve by phone: (512) 389-8900

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

Spring, early summer and fall


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

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

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