Fort Parker State Park

Navasota River Crossroads

On the banks of the Navasota, the past and the present collide. Two ecosystems meet here, too, and you can explore it all on foot, bike or kayak. Fort Parker State Park is just 90 miles south of the DFW Metroplex.

Things to Do

Enjoy swimming, fishing, hiking and biking, camping, picnicking, bird and nature watching, paddling and geocaching. Host your group gatherings here, as well. Fort Parker offers some of the best sunsets in Central Texas, so bring your camera!

If you plan to swim, read through our swimming safety tips before you come.

Hiking and biking

Explore seven miles of trails on foot or bike. Learn about the plants in the park along the .6-mile Bur Oak Trail.

See many park highlights along the two-mile Springfield Trail: the Springfield Cemetery, the Navasota River Springs that feed the river, the dam built by the Civilian Conservation Corps, and spring-fed Lake Springfield.

Fishing

Drop a hook in 750-acre Fort Parker Lake, three-acre Lake Springfield, or the Navasota River. Catch channel and blue catfish, white and black bass, and crappie.

No fishing license is needed to fish from shore on our lakes or the river, or from a boat on the lake. You will need a license to fish from a boat on the river.

We have two boat ramps (one on the river and one on Fort Parker Lake), two fishing piers and a fish cleaning station. We loan fishing gear for use in the park.

Get detailed fishing and lake information for Fort Parker Lake.

Paddling

Paddle Fort Parker Lake and the Navasota River by canoe or kayak. Take the 5.3-mile Limestone Bluffs Paddling Trail to experience both.

Bring your own watercraft or rent one of ours (weather permitting).

Camping

Stay overnight at a campsite, screened shelter or cabin. Cabins don’t have beds or bathrooms but do have air-conditioning. Sites are scattered around the lake’s edge, and most are near a restroom with showers.

Group gatherings

Rent one of our group sites for your next reunion or summer campout. The barracks complex has a dining hall, game room and dorms; it sleeps 86 people. We also have a recreation hall, pavilion and primitive group camp.

CCC

Men of the Civilian Conservation Corps built Fort Parker State Park. They constructed the dam that formed Fort Parker Lake and the buildings and roads in the park. Learn more on The Look of Nature: Fort Parker State Park.

Get involved!

Ask at headquarters how you can help. Or you can:

Ranger Programs

Rangers lead a variety of programs. Learn about them on our Events page or contact the park for special tours.

Learn more:

Kids

Become a Junior Ranger!

  • Borrow an Explorer Pack loaded with tools for exploring the park.
  • Pick up a free Junior Ranger Activity Journal at the park. Complete tasks to earn a badge.

Area Attractions

Be sure to visit Old Fort Parker (learn more on our History page).

Confederate Reunion Grounds State Historic Site is five miles northwest of the park.

First Day Hike at this park on January 1, 2017.

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194 Park Road 28
Mexia, TX 76667

Latitude: 31.592347

Longitude: -96.526655

(254) 562-5751

Make reservations online

Reserve by phone: (512) 389-8900

Entrance Fees
  • Adult: $4 Daily
  • Child 12 Years and Under: Free
Hours

Open daily.
Gate is open from 8 a.m. - 10 p.m.

Office Hours

Monday through Thursday:
8:30 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.
Friday:
8:30 a.m. – 9:30 p.m.
Saturday and Sunday:
8:30 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.

Busy Season

Weekends in spring, early summer and fall

Climate

January average low is 34 degrees. July average high is 95 degrees. Wettest months are May and September with low humidity year-round. First freeze occurs late November. Last freeze occurs mid-March.

National Weather Service forecast for this area
Elevation

534 feet

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