Fort Parker State Park

Things to Do

Fort Parker offers camping, picnicking, swimming in an unsupervised swimming area, fishing, bird watching, hiking, biking, canoeing, nature study and baseball/softball.

Overnight options at the park include campsites, screened shelters, cabins and group sites. There is a group facility with nine buildings, including a dining hall, game hall, and four barracks; it sleeps up to 96 people.

Use the Interactive Trails Map for a virtual tour of the park trails. 

Detailed fishing and lake information for Fort Parker State Park Lake.

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

Equipment Rentals

Canoes and kayaks are rented daily during the season and upon request in the off-season. We also loan fishing gear for use in the park.

Ranger Programs

The park offers a variety of educational opportunities; check the calendar for upcoming events or contact the park for special tours.

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Get more information on the Civilian Conservation Corps, which helped develop this park and numerous others over 80 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.”

Area Attractions

Nearby points of interest include Old Fort Parker, a replica of a fort erected in 1833 by Elder John Parker and other settlers from Illinois for protection from Indians; Confederate Reunion Grounds State Historic Site; and Fairfield Lake State Park.

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

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


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

534 feet

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